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Today's News

  • White Rock topped by Eastdale in 3-1/2 innings, 14-2

    TAOS — It was a big early deficit against a very good ballclub and the White Rock All-Stars wouldn’t be able to overcome it.
    Despite going into Tuesday’s semifinal round contest of the state tournament with some good momentum after two come-from-behind wins, the gap was too much to close. Albuquerque’s Eastdale All-Stars got their bats going early, pounding out nine hits in the first two innings and taking advantage of five errors to upend White Rock 14-2 in 3-1/2 innings at Kit Carson Park.
    Eastdale, one of the favorites in the Majors state softball tournament, had nine hits in the first two innings, including four for extra bases, while White Rock could only come up with single tallies in the tops of the second and fourth.

  • Complaint: Alleged rape by NM judge was videotaped

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A court document says a New Mexico prostitute who has accused Albuquerque's top criminal judge of rape made a videotape of the alleged attack.

    The complaint against District Judge Pat Murdoch says a detective heard about the tape from an informant and bought it for $400.

    Police then questioned the woman, who says Murdoch solicited her on a prostitution website.

    The woman says she met with the judge about eight times and he paid her $200 each time. She says he forced himself on her during one visit, but she returned and secretly recorded a second forced encounter.

    Murdoch is out on bond. His first court appearance is Thursday.

  • Albuquerque Hall of Fame inductees to be honored at Isotopes Park Saturday


    A trio of former Albuquerque players make up the 2011 class of inductees to the Albuquerque Professional Baseball Hall of Fame.
    Brian Traxler, Ted Power and Jason Wood will be enshrined in a pre-game ceremony Saturday as part of Dukes Retro Night at Isotopes Park.
    The three players were nominated and elected by vote of the Albuquerque Professional Baseball Hall of Fame committee, consisting of baseball history experts throughout Albuquerque.
    Power pitched for the Dukes from 1979-82, going 41-19 with a 4.29 ERA in 85 games, 83 starts.

  • World Cup win gives Japan reason to cheer

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Their country’s misery was never far from their hearts.
    Thousands dead or missing. Villages erased. Homes destroyed.
    The players on Japan’s women’s World Cup team invoked the slow recovery from a devastating tsunami and earthquake time and again. Whatever they could do, they vowed, they would.
    True to their word, the gleaming World Cup trophy will ride back on the plane with them — a prize, they hope, that will lift the gloom, even if only for a short while.

  • White Rock pulls off comeback wins to advance

    The White Rock All-Stars pulled off two thrilling wins in the first two rounds of the Majors softball state tournament to advance to this morning’s semifinal round.
    White Rock, which had had little success in its seven years of existence at the state level, was scheduled to play perennial powerhouse Albuquerque Eastdale for the right to advance to the state championship round. The winner of the Majors tournament, which is being played at Kit Carson Park in Taos, will advance to the Little League regionals.
    Hannah Mojica, the winning pitcher in Saturday’s opener for White Rock, had a game-tying hit in White Rock’s final at-bat Sunday to put the team into the semifinals. Morgan Hohner was the winning pitcher Sunday against Las Vegas.

  • Rice Bowl Dinner rescheduled

    The Rice Bowl Dinner, a House of Hope fundraiser for house-building mission trips to Juaréz, Mexico, has been rescheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. July 21 in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
    Tickets are available at the door and are $8 for adults and $4 for children younger than age 12. Kids attending VBS that week at Bethlehem Lutheran Church will be admitted free with a paying adult.
    Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned food donation for LA Cares for those in need, following the Las Conchas Fire.
    The Rice Bowl menu will offer rice, chicken teriyaki, stir-fry vegetables, ice cream and fortune cookies, following the VBS theme of “PandaMania, Where God is Wild about YOU!”  

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  • Be thankful more than once a year

    Welcome to Christmas in July. If you don’t celebrate the holiday, don’t stop reading, bear with me for just a minute. I’m going for a theory here, not a theology.
    I’d like us to look at that period of time after Thanksgiving and before New Year’s Day and how it relates to now.
    You see, in November we celebrate a day for which we are thankful for so many things. We acknowledge all of the people and little things that make daily life grand.
    Then the next month follows with a generally cheery attitude, where people get stopped on the street or in the grocery store and asked how they are doing.
    We even send letters or cards to mark the occasion and say a kind word.
    Now we flash back to three weeks ago.

  • Be There 07-19-11

    Wednesday
    Assets In Action and the JJAB will host a fundraiser for Los Alamos High School athletics based on the NBC television show “Minute to Win It.” The event will be from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Auxiliary Gym and admission is $2. Concessions will be sold and participants will be selected from the audience. To learn more call Assets In Action at 661-4846.

    Dances of India, a free performance, will be from 7-8 p.m. at the White Rock Town Hall. Los Alamos County Library’s Family Fun Night sponsors the event.

    The July Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada, Pajarito Cliffs Site.  For more information, call 661-4097.

    Thursday

  • Let us prepare now

    The Las Conchas Fire is mercifully coming to an end. Hopefully monsoon rains will finish it off.  
    But its effects will be long-lasting, and its size (despite the valiant efforts of firefighters) is alarming.
    After the Cerro Grande Fire, Los Alamos National Laboratory held a three-day conference on new concepts in fire suppression.
    It was widely recognized that existing suppression technology was badly outdated. The conference included experts from most agencies involved with fire fighting and research.
    Several very interesting ideas were forthcoming, but perhaps the most important one was a three-agency collaboration proposing to fight fires primarily from the air and at night when most fires are relatively dormant.