Today's News

  • All about 'wasteful pork'

    Wasteful pork!
    It makes a good headline, doesn’t it?
    How about this one: Governor slashes funds to poorest counties!
    Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed $23 million in the $130 million bill. She is correct that our capital outlay system is unfair and inefficient, but you might say the same of her lengthy list of vetoed projects.

  • Powerful Storm offense downs LA

    Facing a big challenge in its 2012 home opener, the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball hung tough with a big-swinging ballclub.
    Unfortunately, the Cleveland Storm’s offense was too much for the Hilltoppers, despite some solid defensive play.
    Cleveland, a Class 5A school that was averaging better than 18 runs per game heading into Wednesday’s contest, slugged a pair of home runs in the third inning and pushed three important runs across in the top of the seventh to down the Hilltoppers 10-5 at Overlook Park.
    Cleveland, a very good hitting team from top to bottom, had three three-run innings in the contest to help propel it to the win. Only a couple of big defensive plays by the Hilltoppers limited further damage in the third and seventh innings.

  • Sports Update 03-15-12

    Rugby match is Friday

    The Los Alamos boys rugby team will host a match Friday.
    The match, against reigning state champion Rio Rancho, is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Sullivan Field. Admission for the match is free.

    LALL registration is open

    Registration for Los Alamos Little League baseball and softball is open through March 30.
    LALL is for youth ages 4 to 16 who live within the LALL boundaries.
    Interested participants can find more registration information at www.eteamz.com/lall-baseball/.   

    Coach starting new swim club

  • Felton fitting right in to top job at LA

    While going into new, unfamiliar territory is usually enough to get one’s nerves fired up, Matt Felton isn’t feeling that way. Not by a long shot.
    Of course, Felton, the new head coach of the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team, has plenty of people around to offer him some friendly advice when he needs it, including the two previous head coaches of the program.
    Felton, who was hired this past fall, officially opened his tenure two weeks ago at the Rio Rancho Chili Quad. After a big showing at last week’s Albuquerque Public Schools kickoff meet, the team is readying this week for a meet hosted by District 2-4A rival Bernalillo.

  • Fewer seek US unemployment aid, tying a 4-year low

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, adding to signs that the job market is strengthening.

    And in another reassuring sign for the economy, wholesale inflation remains mild outside of higher gas prices.

    Applications for unemployment aid dropped 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 351,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That matches a four-year low reached last month. The four-week average, which smooths fluctuations, was unchanged at 355,750.

  • Read this before jumping into the deep end of NCAA pool

    Welcome to BracketRacket.

    Think of it as one-stop shopping on game days for all your NCAA tournament needs. We'll have interviews with celebrity alums drawn from sports, entertainment and politics, plus "bracket-buster" picks, photos, news, gossip, stats, notes and quotes from around the tourney sites — all of it bundled into a quick read that will give diehard fans and officer-poolers alike plenty of material to sound smart during the day ahead. Look for it Thursday through Sunday mornings on the first two tournament weekends. So without further ado:


  • Schools will get to opt out of "pink slime" beef

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — School districts soon will be able to opt out of a common ammonia-treated ground beef filler critics have dubbed "pink slime."

    Amid a growing social media storm over so-called "lean finely textured beef," the U.S. Department of Agriculture was set to announce Thursday that starting in the fall schools involved in the national school lunch program will have the option of avoiding the product.

    Under the change, schools will be able to choose between 95 percent lean beef patties made with the product or less lean bulk ground beef without it. The change won't kick in immediately because of existing contracts, according to a USDA official with knowledge of the decision.

  • VIDEO: Today in History for Thursday, March 15th
  • VIDEO: 'Lifesaving' Doctor Becomes U.S. Citizen

    A neurosurgeon from Peru who performed emergency surgery on an Immigration Services Officer became a U.S. citizen Wednesday in Tampa, Fla. 48-year-old Gabriel Gonzales-Portillo says he's 'very happy' and 'very excited.'

  • Gas line leak prompts evacuation

    Construction crews working at the Municipal Complex site hit a gas line on the shoulder of Iris Street about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday.

    Department of Public Utilities (DPU) crews happened to be onsite and were able to repair the rupture in about 10 minutes.

    The wind blew the gas toward 125 Central Park Square, and DPU began receiving calls from tenants about smelling gas. The building was evacuated as a safety precaution and fire crews were called in.

    Once fire crews spoke with the DPU crews and confirmed that the situation was under control, tenants were allowed to reenter the building.