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Today's News

  • United Way fundraiser

    United Way Youth Team member Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta enjoys spending a few moments with Fiona, an 11-year-old cockatoo during the Taste the Sky fundraiser at the Los Alamos County Airport Sunday.

  • CRC approves DPU Charter revisions

    After two months of negotiations with the Board of Public Utilities (BPU), the Charter Review Committee (CRC) approved revisions to the Charter concerning the board and the Department of Public Utilities (DPU).

    The CRC incorporated nine of the 15 suggestions proposed by the utilities board into the final proposal.

    Harry Ettinger, chair of the subcommittee on the DPU, delineated their objectives: eliminating ambiguity, providing better clarity, providing flexibility for the future, maintaining the independence of the utility board and utilities operations, providing a supermajority control of the utility board and establishing consistency with New Mexico state law.

  • Detectives bust mobile meth lab operation

    Los Alamos detectives have unraveled a multitude of what they believe to be inter-related crimes including a mobile methamphetamine laboratory operating out of the bed of a pick up, which has been linked to several suspects.

  • Driving the rascals out comes back to mind

    In 1992, a little organization sprang up in New Mexico called “Drive the Rascals Out,” calling on voters to vote all incumbents out of the state legislature.
    This organization appeared to have just one member – Marvin something – but it caught on with public sentiment and got plenty of news coverage and TV time.
    This was the period when “RaymondandManny” was pronounced as one word. New Mexico House Speaker Raymond Sanchez and Senate President pro-Tem  Manny Aragon were quite different in style and substance, but the word symbolized the contempt with which many New Mexicans viewed their state legislature – as incompetent, corrupt and uncouth.

  • Lessons on sharing power

    Former Gov. Gary Johnson weighed in on adding more freight to the legislative camel: Gov. Susana Martinez has a right to add whatever she wants to the legislative call, he said, and the legislature has the right to hear it or not.
    Understanding what’s going on in Santa Fe requires a swim in the undercurrents.
    Martinez hasn’t shed her prosecutor persona and treats all encounters with legislators like a courtroom battle.
    In the legislature, we have more lawyers who often forget they’re not in court, plus some hardened political players. Neither side negotiates until everybody’s bloodied.
    The legislature itself is an institution of tradition, convention and formality, not to mention statutory requirements.

  • Dolphins torched by Tom Brady

    MIAMI (AP) — Desperate to slow down Tom Brady, the Miami Dolphins tried playing 12 men on defense.
    That didn’t work. They drew a penalty. Using only 11 defenders was even worse.
    Brady threw for a team-record 517 yards and four touchdowns, including a 99-yarder to Wes Welker, and the New England Patriots opened their season Monday night by beating Miami 38-24.
    Brady and the reigning AFC East champions picked up where they left off last season, when he was a unanimous choice for NFL MVP, and his team led the league in scoring.
    “He’s a great quarterback,” teammate Aaron Hernandez said, “and the world knows that.”

  • C team boys finish with 16 points

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper C team boys squad finished with a near-perfect score at Saturday’s La Cueva Invitational.
    Los Alamos took the 1 through 4 positions as well as the No. 6 slot to finish with 16 total points. The team was paced by Jeremy Goettee’s finish of 18:59, more than 30 seconds better than runner-up Skyler McCall.
    Katie Turner led Los Alamos’ girls C team with a time of 23:26.
    The girls C team was nipped by La Cueva Saturday, 40-42.
    Los Alamos’ girls placed three runners in the top 10 at the race.

    Girls

    Team scores
    1. La Cueva, 40; 2. Los Alamos, 42; 3. Eldorado, 57; 4. Volcano Vista, 100.

    Individual results

  • Boyer, Kelly win Bower 5K race

    Christie Kelly and Brian Boyer were the top finishers at the Jerry Bower Memorial Run Saturday.
    The Jerry Bower Memorial Run was a 5K road race starting from the Betty Ehart Senior Center and continuing through streets just north of the downtown area. Proceeds from Saturday’s race went to benefit Alzheimer’s research.
    Boyer was the top overall finisher, winning the race in 23 minutes, 32 seconds, 33 seconds faster than runner-up Matthew Hopkins. Andres Lovato was third with his time of 24:43.
    Kelly was the top female finisher in the race with her time of 28:30, just nipping Altana Gray by one second. Allison Rooney (30:55) was third.
    For more information about the local Alzheimer’s Association, call 662-8867.

  • Soccer Notes 09-13-11

    LA boys fall in third-place game to Chargers, 3-2

  • Census: US poverty rate swells to nearly 1 in 6

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranks of the nation's poor swelled to nearly 1 in 6 people last year, reaching a new high as long-term unemployment woes left millions of Americans struggling and out of work. The number of uninsured edged up to 49.9 million, the biggest in over two decades.