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Today's News

  • District scrambles to cut costs

    Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series on the proposed bell schedule changes for Los Alamos Public Schools.

    Eyeing the prospect of a $600,000 reduction in state funding, the Los Alamos Board of Education is contemplating whether to change the current bell schedule for both primary and secondary grades in an effort to save money.

    The change in schedules could allow the district to gain some efficiency in bus routes with the potential to save up to $80,000 during the school year, although the final dollar figure in savings has yet to be confirmed by district officials.

    No conclusion has been reached on changes to the bell schedule; however, three proposals have been presented to the board for consideration.

  • Council rezones A-19-A tract in White Rock

    Los Alamos County has owned A-19-A, a 60-acre plot of land in White Rock, since 2002 and tried twice unsuccessfully to sell the parcel to developers.

    On Tuesday, the County Council took a different tact and agreed to rezone the tract from F-L (Federal Land) to P-L (Public Land). The vote was unanimous. The Council also agreed to rezone (A-19-B) a 5.4 acre tract at 115 State Road 4 from F-L to P-L. That vote was 5-1 with Vince Chiravalle the lone dissenter.

    “We want to get it out of the F-L designation and move it from F-L to P-L,” acting Community Development Department director Steve Brugger told the councilors. “We will be coming in for different zoning once the master plan has been established.”

  • Dollar saved can be yours

    Those of us who have been around the block a few times will remember the last time gasoline hit $4 per gallon a new industry sprang up.
    Drivers could buy magnets to attach to fuel lines to allegedly boost a car’s gas mileage by 20 or even 30 percent.
    The devices didn’t work, but the brisk market for them reflected the pain we were feeling at the pump.
    The Rock Doc confidently predicts the current spike in gas prices will lead to yet another round of activity by the charlatans we saw last time.

  • 10 items or less and other public education failures

    You’re standing in the grocery store “10 items or less” line and the person in front of you clearly has more than 10 items in his or her basket. Do you:
    •Mumble under your breath about the injustice of it all?
    • Love them unconditionally?
    •Think, “What the *@##! They’ve got 21 items in their basket. Can’t they count?” and recognize that our public school systems are responsible for dumbing down our math skills?
    •Feel guilty about placing the blame on math teachers and realize the problem is the failure of reading teachers?
    •Set your basket down and leave?

  • Women's basketball: Texas A&M tops Griner, Baylor

    DALLAS (AP) — When the NCAA brackets came out, Texas A&M coach Gary Blair knew his team would have to get past top-seeded Baylor to get to the Final Four for the first time.
    Well, when it mattered most, the Aggies finally beat Baylor and 6-foot-8 All-American Brittney Griner.
    After eight consecutive losses to its Big 12 rivals, including the previous three this season, Sydney Carter got Texas A&M off to a fast start and went on to score 22 points in a 58-46 victory over the top-seeded Bears in the Dallas Regional final.

  • Track and field: LA girls take 2nd at Robertson Invite

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team finished second behind Class 5A La Cueva at Saturday’s Buddy Robertson Invitational.
    Los Alamos finished with 138 points at the meet, held in Albuquerque, the only one of the eight competing teams that finished with even half of La Cueva’s winning total of 151 points.
    At that meet, the Hilltopper boys finished third, earning 72 points. La Cueva also won the boys’ end of the meet, with 142 points, while Class 5A Volcano Vista was second with 108.

  • Baseball: Toppers open district at Bernalillo

    To say that the 2011 District 2AAAA baseball title race is up for grabs is something of an understatement.
    That race officially got underway today with a pair of games. One of those games featured the Los Alamos Hilltoppers and the Bernalillo Spartans, who locked horns at Bernalillo.
    Los Alamos will be looking to overcome a rough nondistrict schedule, in which it went 3-9. Despite its subpar won-loss record, however, Los Alamos has started to show signs of life, earning two wins in its last four outings and staying competitive with its last five opponents.
    The Hilltoppers were nipped on the road at Moriarty Saturday, falling 4-3, five days after holding on to beat Santa Fe Indian School 12-8 in Santa Fe.

  • Rebels retreat from Libya oil port under attack

    AJDABIYA, Libya (AP) — Moammar Gadhafi's ground forces recaptured a strategic oil town Wednesday and were close to taking a second, making new inroads in beating back a rebel advance toward the capital Tripoli. Western powers kept up the pressure to force Gadhafi out with new airstrikes to weaken his military, hints that they may arm the opposition and intense negotiations behind the scenes to find a country to give haven to Libya's leader of more than 40 years.

  • Stocks higher after payroll report, pharma deal

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose Wednesday as a strong payroll report and a big pharmaceutical deal overshadowed concerns about the nuclear crisis in Japan and the battle for control of Libya.

    The ADP National Employment Report said 201,000 new private sector jobs were added in March. That is roughly in line with the 210,000 analysts had expected, but investors were encouraged by a strong gain in small business hiring.

  • US offers $5 million bounty for ICE agent killers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Wednesday offered an up to $5 million reward for information leading to the capture of the suspected drug traffickers who shot and killed a U.S. immigration agent and wounded another in Mexico last month.

    The State Department said its Narcotics Rewards Program would pay the amount to anyone coming forward with information that results in the arrest of those responsible for the February 15 attack that killed Jaime Zapata and wounded Victor Avila. Both men were agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.