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Today's News

  • Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra presents: 'Music spans the generations'

    The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra is a good example of music spanning generations.  Members of the group, which will perform its Spring Concert April 29, range in age from 15-91. All have the same goal — to join others in performing some of the finest musical compositions written for orchestra.

  • The language of deficit reduction

    A couple of weeks ago, after Wisconsin Republican Congressman Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, unveiled the GOP’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2012, New Mexico’s 3rd District Democratic Congressman Ben Ray Lujan took to the House floor with some thoughts on Ryan’s offering.
    To characterize Ryan’s budget plan as controversial is to understate the case. Still, even some of the staunchest critics--in Congress, in the media and beyond—have deigned to tip their hats to the Budget Committee chairman for his ambitious, if unrelentingly doctrinaire, approach to whittling federal spending by $4 trillion over the next ten years.

  • Martinez gets mixed grades

    Gov. Susana Martinez entered a room packed with Navajo leaders from New Mexico, her first such meeting.
    As each person spoke about needs, the governor took notes. She listened, she was gracious, and her visitors left feeling they were heard.
    I give the new governor an A for finessing the meeting alone, with no underling to take notes. Imagine her male predecessors doing that!
    Martinez has gotten through her first 100 days with a few wins, a few losses and a few questionable decisions.
    Her report card would include most of the letters, plus “needs improvement.”
    Let’s begin with the A’s. While Martinez wasn’t a commanding presence during her first legislative session, her message certainly was.

  • Baseball: LA blanks Santa Fe at home

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team earned its fourth lopsided victory of the season against the Santa Fe Demons Wednesday.
    Los Alamos blanked Santa Fe 13-0 Wednesday at Bomber Field, holding onto its top spot in the District 2-4A title race. Los Alamos improved its district record to 8-1 and can wrap up a district title against the Española Valley Sundevils Saturday.
    In four meetings this season — one of which occurred in a nondistrict contest at the St. Pius X Invitational and doesn’t count in the district standings — the Hilltoppers outscored Santa Fe’s Demons 58-3. The Hilltoppers swept a 2-4A doubleheader at Santa Fe earlier this month by counts of 16-2 and 16-0.

  • Track and field: Pole Position

    Los Alamos’ Chris Ryan heads over the pole vault bar, set at 11 feet, during the Hilltoppers’ home meet April 8.

    Both the Hilltopper boys and girls track and field teams  will take part in the two-day Harper Invitational starting Friday. The Harper Invite, which is hosted by the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, is usually one of the most competitive meets of the regular season.

    Many of the top teams from the Albuquerque area are expected to make an appearance at that meet, which continues through Saturday.

  • Softball: LA claims share of first in 2-4A with win Wednesday

    The good news for the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team was that it finished the first half of the District 2-4A season with a share of the lead.
    The bad news, however, is that the Hilltoppers will have to play out the remainder of the district season on the road.
    Due to a scheduling anomaly, the Hilltoppers played all six of their home district games in row, but now will have to take their show on the road for the balance of the season. As unsettling as that may be, there are many worse places to be starting a long road stretch than at the top looking down.

  • Court rejects Mattel's Bratz doll copyright claim

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A federal court jury Thursday rejected Mattel Inc.'s copyright infringement claims involving MGA Entertainment's popular, billion-dollar line of Bratz dolls.

    The jury found that Mattel does not own the idea for Bratz or any of the sketches that led to the doll and awarded Mattel no damages.

    The complex, 28-page verdict was being read after the panel completed nearly two weeks of deliberations and a rancorous three-month trial.

  • Clinton: Gadhafi may be using cluster bombs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Thursday that Moammar Gadhafi's government may be targeting Libyan civilians with cluster bombs, cautiously endorsing claims by rebels and human rights groups that the Libyan strongman's troops are using the indiscriminate weapon on the western city of Misrata.

    Attacks by Gadhafi's forces have been deplorable, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said. Despite outlining more examples of what she termed Gadhafi's "inhumanity," Clinton refused to signal any new course for the United States to help anti-government forces in their war to end four decades of dictatorship.

  • Pipe bomb, two propane tanks found in Colorado mall

    LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — Investigators want to question a person of interest about a pipe bomb and two propane tanks that failed to detonate at a Colorado mall that were found after a security guard extinguished a fire.

    Investigators on Thursday released a third photo of the person. In two photos, he is seen entering a stairwell and carrying a white plastic bag. The latest shows him on an escalator inside the Southwest Plaza Mall.

    Firefighters found the devices after the fire that prompted the evacuation of the mall around noon Wednesday. No one was injured and the devices didn't explode.

  • Convicted sex offender nabbed lunching at local eatery

    The Los Alamos Sheriff's Office initiated an investigation that led to today's noon capture of a convicted sex offender who's been living in the 2000 block of 34th Street for several months.

    The Sheriff's Office, U.S. Marshals Service and local police participated in the arrest of Bruce Crousser, 44, a convicted sex offender from Missouri. Crousser was apprehended at a local diner about to have lunch. He failed to register as a sex offender as required by law, according to officials.

    "Court records show Mr. Crousser was convicted of several sex crimes, some of which involved minor children," Lucero said. "He's been working for a contractor doing business in the local area.”