Today's News

  • Update: Blast in Pakistan's Swat Valley kills 5, wounds 58

    MINGORA, Pakistan (AP) — An apparent suicide bombing near a bus terminal in Pakistan's Swat Valley killed five people and wounded at least 58 on Thursday, officials said, a sign that Islamist militants remain active in the northwest region despite a massive army operation.

    The explosion went off around noon in Mingora, the main town in the one-time tourist haven that was largely overrun by Taliban militants in 2007.

  • Update: Stocks fall after weak manufacturing reports

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell Thursday following new signs that the recovery remains tepid even as companies report strong earnings.

    Regional manufacturing indexes in New York and Philadelphia plummeted this month, but a national report showed modest growth in industrial output nationwide. The government also reported that first-time claims for unemployment benefits fell, but that was largely because of seasonal factors.

  • Baseball: Braves acquire Alex Gonzalez from Blue Jays

    ATLANTA (AP) — The NL East-leading Atlanta Braves, looking to bolster their lineup for the second half of the season, acquired Alex Gonzalez in a swap of shortstops that sent Yunel Escobar to Toronto on Wednesday.

    The Braves also traded left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes to the Blue Jays in the five-player deal while also adding left-handed minor league pitcher Tim Collins and minor league shortstop Tyler Pastornicky.

  • Showing appreciation

    It wasn’t generally how I spend a Wednesday morning – inspecting the nooks and crannies of the exteriors of airplane hangars, which neatly line up one right after another along the runway at Los Alamos County Airport.

    If I hadn’t been so fixated on spotting a peculiar lump or bump on the smooth asphalt, I would have probably appreciated the cool morning breeze and the perfect cloudless sky.

    I would have enjoyed the fact that I was spending at least a few minutes of the morning in the fresh air rather than in the office.

  • A ‘bona fide’ duo to perform Friday

    At 7 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond, the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series will present the Sisters Morales at Ashley Pond.

    Sisters Morales plays rock clubs, cantinas, dancehalls, performing arts centers, festivals, concert halls, blues bars and honky-tonks all over the country.

    The sister played the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Voices of Latin Rock Festival in San Francisco, Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic, Taste of Chicago, the George Strait Country Music Festival, the Kerrville Folk Festival and the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series.

  • A new incentive to get fit

    Looking at a mirror can be a disagreeable experience. Sometimes the reflection isn’t what you were hoping to see.

  • A look at state foreclosure rates from Jan.-June

    Here is a list of foreclosure rates, by state, from January through June. The ratio shows, for example, that one out of every 17 households in Nevada received a foreclosure notice during this period.


    Rate      State       Ratio of foreclosures to   Total properties 

    rank                  households in state        with filings


  • Fed eyes steps to bolster recovery

    WASHINGTON— Federal Reserve officials cut their forecasts for growth this year and signaled they stood ready to take new steps to keep the recovery alive if the economy worsens.

    A new document, released Wednesday, revealed a more cautious mood among the Fed policymakers in light of Europe’s debt crisis, a volatile Wall Street, a stalled housing market and high unemployment.

  • County puts brakes on 3M project

    Time has run out for 3M IMTEC.

    On Tuesday night County Councilors terminated the economic development project for Hytec LLC, Imtec Real Estate LLC and 3M Imtec Corporation.

    The vote scuttled a deal in which the county, in 2007, entered into a loan agreement and promissory note with Hytec Inc. for $2.4 million under the county’s Small Business Financial Assistance Program.

    The loan was to be used to build a 20,000-square-foot building. So far, $2,032,475 has been disbursed and $496,581 has been held back pending a certificate of occupancy.

  • Big biz, unions back candidates

    Money is streaming in from unions, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and health industry political action committees for two local candidates battling for the District 43 House seat.

    The district encompasses Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties.

    The candidates released the numbers they’ve accrued in their campaign war chests through the most recent financial reports filed with the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office.