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Today's News

  • Panel expands benefits to sickened Los Alamos lab workers

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A federal advisory panel has approved a petition that will expand the number of sick Los Alamos National Laboratory workers who will be eligible to receive compensation.

    The petition next requires the approval of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

    The Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health approved a petition that provides coverage to workers who developed radiogenic cancers after having been employed for at least 250 days at the laboratory between March 15, 1943, and Dec. 31, 1975.

  • NM GOP officials weigh-in on candidates' ad dispute

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Republican Party chairman said on Monday he interjected himself into a squabble over attack ads by two GOP gubernatorial front-runners because of calls from rank-and-file Republicans disgusted by the tone of the campaign.

    The complaints prompted a three-member committee, including GOP chairman Harvey Yates Jr., to ask both Dona Ana County district attorney Susana Martinez and former state GOP chairman Allen Weh to substantiate their charges against the other.

  • Stock markets slide on jitters over European, domestic financial woes

    NEW YORK (AP) — Financial companies have dragged stocks lower after the rescue of a Spanish bank raised investors' anxiety about Europe's economy. Uncertainty about the U.S. government's financial overhaul plan also pulled banks down.

    Investors can't shake their concerns that there could be more bank rescues in Europe if a wave of bad debt cascades through financial markets. They're also worried about limits that could be placed on U.S. banks in a final version of the financial overhaul bill.

  • 05-23-10 Update

    Opera discussion

      The Los Alamos Opera Guild of the Santa Fe Opera will host a discussion about Russian opera at 2 p.m. today at the Mesa Public Library. The talk, which Dr. Bill Derbyshire, professor emeritus at Rutgers University will present, is free to the community.   

    Piano recital

  • Alfalfa sprouts recalled after 22 sickened

    WASHINGTON — Salmonella found in raw alfalfa sprouts appears to have sickened 22 people in 10 states, including one infant in Oregon, prompting a nationwide recall of the product.

    Caldwell Fresh Foods of Maywood, Calif., announced the recall Friday. According to the Oregon Department of Human Services, which also announced the recall Friday, Caldwell’s product was sold in 18 states in the West, Midwest and South.

  • Low primary turnout expected

    SANTA FE — Nearly 924,000 New Mexicans are eligible to vote in the June primary election, but a veteran pollster expects relatively low voter turnout.

    About 565,700 Democrats and 358,000 Republicans are registered to cast ballots for the primary. That’s up about 4 percent from 2006, when New Mexico last held a gubernatorial primary and it’s a 3 percent increase from the 2008 presidential primary election.

  • One wheel wonder

    Skateboarders riding handrails down staircases and doing highflying acrobatics are commonplace around Los Alamos. A unicyclist doing the same, however, is a rather unique sight.

    If you frequent the park on North Mesa, you may catch a glimpse of world champion unicyclist Max Schulze and his friends practicing on their unicycles and doing tricks you may have thought only bicyclists could do.

  • Public provides ideas

    Community members gathered in the Community Building Wednesday to present ideas about projects they hope to see Los Alamos County build.

    Community Development Director Rick Bohn facilitated the meeting.

    Judge Alan Kirk was among the people presenting ideas that may be submitted for Capital Improvement Projects.

  • Getting clobbered by the immigration reform

    In my household, we’ve faced the budget-busting, savings-emptying need to reroof. Twice. Each time there was a lot of Spanish spoken up on the roof and Mexican pop tunes wafting into the neighborhood.

    Did we inquire whether those workers were legal? Nope. Are you kidding? For American roofers, the costs would have been even higher. If you’ve stayed in a hotel, bought a house or eaten in a restaurant, you too have benefited from cheap ­— and probably illegal — labor.

  • Perspectives on our budget

    The good news is that we have a budget to vote on. It was arrived at throughdiscussions that were a few  times at policy level and were more than a few times at very detailed levels. We looked at funds, departments and capital projects.

    Some of this detail is needed. However, I want to present a higher level perspective on the budget that will manifest some challenges and some questions, that both council and staff need to find answers for in the near future.