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Today's News

  • Topes Notes 07-22-11

    Isotopes win both ends of home doubleheader Thursday

  • Reedy is winner at Pace Race

    It was tough predicting at this week’s Pace Race and although a 42-second error usually isn’t close enough to win, it was this week.
    Bob Reedy not only finished with the top prediction error, he was a solid seven seconds better than runner-up Maddy Foley and 14 seconds better than Pauline Burnside.
    The Pace Race was Tuesday. It was run in Upper Bayo Canyon and North Mesa.
    The fastest finisher on the 1-mile course Tuesday was Marin Kelly, who completed the course in 10 minutes, 22 seconds. Bob Weeks finished in 16:16.
    On the 2-2/3 mile course, the top finishers were Alexander Romero (17:48) and Foley (27:18).
    In all, 24 runners and walkers took part this week.

  • Fishing report 07-22-11

    Got a fish tale to tell, or some photographic evidence to back it up?

    Then let the Los Alamos Monitor know! Submit your fish stories and photos to lasports@lamonitor.com. Then check out lamonitor.com and see if you made the trophy board!

    Northwest

    Animas River: The flow is 1,030 cfs. The river is starting to recede but still a bit muddy.  No fishing report this week but should have an idea on conditions next week.

  • City tournament opens Saturday

    The 64th annual City Championship golf tournament tees off Saturday morning at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The two-day tournament runs through Sunday, pairing some of the top players in the county. The 36-hole event gets going at 11 a.m. Saturday.
    The 2011 City tournament won’t have the same big participation numbers as did the 2010 event. Last year’s tournament attracted 103 players, which is the record in the event’s 63-year history.
    LAGC head professional Donnie Torres said the City tournament suffered from some schedule-shuffling. LAGC is scheduled to hold two big events in August, including the state women’s amateur championship, and was pushed up to this weekend.

  • Just A Wag 07-22-11

    Retired teacher tapes History Channel Show

    We hear that former Los Alamos teacher Petr Jandacek fly to New York City in June and was filmed as part of a documentary  about Otzi, the Neolithic iceman whose frozen remains were found in the early 1990s.

    Send us your wags

    “Just a wag” features initial snippets of news heard around town.  
    The wags may grow to larger stories or simply remain snippets, either way this is meant to spark interest and provide food for thought.
    E-mail wags to lanews@lamonitor.com.

  • Will teach pupils for pulp

    Being a teacher can be frustrating.  
    Meetings with parents after school, tutoring sessions, late nights and weekends spent preparing lessons, constructing tests, grading tests, getting really depressed over test grades – it’s all part of the job and as masochistic as it sounds, I love it.
    But there are things that do get you down. For instance, paper.  Yeah, those 8 1/2 by 11 inch flexible flash drives we use for kinesthetic education.  
    Maybe you remember these from before the computer age?
    You hold a stylus (called a pencil) in your hand and enter data (called writing) onto the information pad (called a piece of paper).

  • New Mexicans less educated, work less

    The interim Economic and Rural Development Committee held its July meeting in Santa Rosa.
    My concern here is the presentation by two esteemed observer-analysts of New Mexico, Adelamar Alcantara, who directs Geospatial and Population Studies at the University of New Mexico, and Jim Peach, economics professor at New Mexico State University.
    We couldn’t find the meeting. Alcantara and Peach provided their presentation materials.
    New Mexico’s population, as reported in the 2010 census, was Alcantara’s topic. Peach followed with a discussion of demographic trends and labor markets. Trust me, this stuff really is more interesting than watching paint dry.

  • Bomb tears through government HQ in Oslo; 2 dead--see video

    OSLO, Norway (AP) — A powerful bomb tore into the heart of Norway on Friday, killing at least two people and injuring 15 as it ripped open buildings including the prime minister's office. It was the deadliest bombing since World War II in Oslo, normally associated with the Nobel Peace Prize that is awarded there.

    Elsewhere, a gunman dressed in a police uniform opened fire at a Labor Party youth camp at Utoya, an island outside Oslo, on Friday, shooting several youths, party spokesman Per Gunnar Dahl told The Associated Press. He said unconfirmed reports said five people were hit as panicked youth tried to escape the island swimming.

  • Senate rejects House GOP budget-cutting plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Friday firmly rejected a House Republican bill to slash spending and require a balanced-budget amendment, leaving unresolved with just days to go the urgent issue of increasing the nation's borrowing powers.

    The 51-46 Senate vote against the tea party-backed measure — which had been expected in the Democratic-run chamber — came shortly after House Speaker John Boehner told reporters he and President Barack Obama had failed to reach a separate agreement to resolve the debt crisis.

  • Nation wilts as heat wave spreads eastward

    NEW YORK (AP) — Americans withered under yet another day of searing sun Friday as a heat wave spread in earnest into the urban core of the Northeast, while warnings about excessive heat stretched from Kansas to Maine and the Carolinas.

    Temperatures were forecast near or into the triple digits Friday and into the weekend.

    The high temperatures and smothering humidity will force up the heat indexes. Boston's 99 degrees on Friday could feel like 105 degrees; Philadelphia's 102 degrees like 114 degrees and Washington, D.C.'s 103 degrees could seem like 116.