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  • Grisham and gridlock

    This could be the worst time in all its history to be a member of the United States House of Representatives.
    More than half of the House’s time is spent — wasted — not on the substance of issues, but on wrangling about procedural matters, said Democratic Congresswoman Michelle Luján Grisham, speaking last week to a hometown audience of supporters. Very little real work is getting done, and summer recess is coming up soon.
    Like every other member of the U.S. House, Grisham will be home this summer campaigning for re-election — as will New Mexico’s other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrat Ben Ray Luján and Republican Steve Pearce. The Washington pundits have ranked all of New Mexico’s districts as safe seats with the incumbents highly favored to win re-election. But Grisham takes nothing for granted. Because of national interest in our governor’s race, she’s assuming the state will be bombarded with big national Republican money.
    Calling Grisham a bundle of energy is probably cliché by now. It’s an apt description for a woman who is short, bouncy and so energetic she could be speaking from a trampoline. I can imagine her striding down hallways in the Capitol and cornering adversarial members twice her size.

  • La-crossed Up

    The Los Alamos Hiltopper lacrosse team took on Santa Fe Prep Saturday at Paul Spirio Field in White Rock. 

  • Battle of the Badges is May 2

    The Los Alamos Firefighters Association IAFF Local 3279 will host a charity basketball game against the Los Alamos Police Department May 2.
    The game, Battle of the Badges, is set for 6:30 p.m. at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Two charities will benefit from the event. The local firefighters are raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, while the LAPD is playing to raise money for Special Olympics.

  • LA, Española Valley to clash in big baseball, softball games

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball and softball teams will have big contests Wednesday afternoon in the valley.
    Both teams will be taking on the Española Valley Sundevils. Both games are scheduled for 4 p.m.
    For the Hilltopper baseball team, this could be their toughest test to date of the District 2-4A season. The Hilltoppers and the Sundevils are tied for the lead in the 2-4A standings heading into Wednesday’s contest, with both sporting a record of 3-0.
    The Sundevils (10-5) demolished Capital in two games this weekend, winning those by a combined 45-2 — the Jaguars aren’t likely to win a single district contest this season — and held off Santa Fe for a 4-1 victory in their first 2-4A outing.
    Meanwhile, with its sweep of Santa Fe this weekend, Los Alamos has again positioned itself early to compete for a district title, which would be the team’s sixth in a row.
    Although it’s still early in the district season, 2-4A is already shaping up to be a two-horse race between Los Alamos and Española Valley. Regardless of which team prevails Wednesday, the teams will meet for doubleheader in Los Alamos April 26, a twinbill that will likely determine the 2014 champion.

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  • U.S. to cut nuke count by 50


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says the number of launch-ready Air Force land-based nuclear missiles will shrink to 400 — the lowest total since the early 1960s — as part of a plan for complying with a U.S.-Russia arms treaty.

    The number of those deployed missiles will drop by 50 by February 2018. The Pentagon said Tuesday that the 50 missiles to be removed from their underground silos will be kept on standby rather than eliminated. The missile force has encountered numerous recent setbacks, including an exam-cheating scandal.

    The Navy will shed 40 submarine-launched ballistic nuclear missiles, and the Air Force will cut its nuclear bomber force by six.

    The reductions will put the U.S. in compliance with the 2011 New START treaty, which allows a maximum of 700 deployed strategic nuclear weapons.