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Today's News

  • Construction Zone 03-29-11

    Public Works Projects:
    For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us or call 662-8150.

    Diamond Drive Phase 4  Please review with inexperienced drivers.
    Expect a significant change from previous phase traffic control, which typically consisted of two southbound lanes on Diamond Drive to provide primary accommodation to morning southbound commuters.
    This change was mandated by the LANL Traffic Engineer, whose approval was required to set up traffic control on federal land, which begins at the east end of the bridge.
    County staff will closely monitor traffic this week and will evaluate the success of the traffic control plan at the end of the week.

  • State budget ripple effect

    We complain that they aren’t competent. But now we have reason to worry that there aren’t enough of them.
    Government employees, that is — specifically, the front-line regulators who are charged with keeping us safe and keeping our institutions honest. This is an effect of the looming cuts in the state budget.
    Construction inspectors are in short supply, a construction industry executive told me.
    Budget shortfalls have led several New Mexico municipalities to let go of their own inspectors because they can turn over inspection duties to the state.

  • Spaceport: Economic and education engine

    As I begin my new position as the executive director of the New Mexico Spaceport Authority, I anticipate an exciting time ahead for New Mexico as the commercial space industry grows by leaps and bounds.
    My vision for Spaceport America is to create the world’s premier commercial space-launch facility, providing first-class customer service and attracting visitors from around the world.
    We view Spaceport America as an engine to help stimulate New Mexico’s economy by creating new jobs and to motivate and inspire our students to achieve greatness in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

  • Schedule for March 28-April 2

    Tuesday
    Baseball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.

    Wednesday
    Baseball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Thursday
    Softball: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Boys track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, JV, 3:45 p.m.

    Friday
    Baseball: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, JV, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

    Saturday
    Track and field: Los Alamos at APS Invite, boys and girls, 8:45 a.m.; LAMS at Memorial Middle School Invite, TBA.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, varsity, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Raton, varsity, 1 p.m.; JV, 2:30 p.m.

  • Men's basketball: Calhoun says legacy can wait until Final Four

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun compares himself to an old car — once shiny, new and well-liked by everyone, he’s had his share of dings to his reputation during the later part of his 39-year coaching career.
    “The shine will wear off the car...and you’ll get some nicks and dents and bumps,” Calhoun said Monday. “And hopefully when it’s all said and done, they’ll look back and see what the heck you did for your kids, for your university, for your community.”
    This week, the Hall of Fame coach, who already has two national titles on his resume, will take his program to a fourth Final Four, after a year that saw many critics calling for his job.

  • Sports update 03-29-11

    Dog Jog set for April 16

    The 2011 Dog Jog is scheduled for April 16 in White Rock.
    Registration is currently open for the Dog Jog, which features a 3.1-mile competitive race or a 2-mile fun run/walk.
    Dogs may take part in the event, but participants are welcome without a dog.
    The race is open to anyone 12 and over. The early registration fee of $20 ends March 26.
    The event is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Shelter. Entry blanks are available at Animal Clinic of Los Alamos, Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital, Pet Pangaea or on the Friends of the Shelter website, www.lafos.org.
    For more information, call 672-2089.

    Atomic Man Duathlon returning to White Rock May 1

  • Girls tennis: LA earns 2 wins in 3 chances at Taos

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team went 2-1 at this weekend’s Taos Quadrangular.
    The two-day quadrangular was held Friday and Saturday. Los Alamos hosted Española Valley in the first match Friday at home, then faced off against Taos and Farmington in the other two rounds Saturday at the Quail Ridge Inn at Taos.
    The Hilltoppers had little trouble with either Española Valley or Taos, picking up 17 wins in 18 contests. However, against two-timed defending state Class 4A champion Farmington, a team very well positioned to make another state title run in 2011, the Hilltoppers finished on the blank side of a 9-0 shutout.

  • Water shortage could impact NM's chili crop

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — An expected dry growing season could hurt the chili crop in southern New Mexico.

    There's a shortage of river water in Dona Ana County and a lack of a good groundwater supply in the Hatch area.

    Growers also say they're leaning toward planting cotton instead because of the water outlook. Cotton takes less water.

    Hatch vegetable farmer Jerry Franzoy says cotton looks especially favorable because it's experiencing a market boom this year.

  • Long blackouts pose risk to US reactors

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before the nuclear emergency in Japan, U.S. regulators knew that a power failure lasting for days at an American nuclear plant, whatever the cause, could lead to a radioactive leak. Even so, they have only required the nation's 104 nuclear reactors to develop plans for dealing with much shorter blackouts on the assumption that power would be restored quickly.

  • Syrian Cabinet resigns amid unrest

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's Cabinet resigned Tuesday to help quell a wave of popular fury that erupted more than a week ago, threatening President Bashar Assad's 11-year rule in one of the most authoritarian nations in the Middle East.

    Assad, whose family has controlled Syria for four decades, is trying to calm the growing dissent with a string of overtures. He is expected to address the nation in the next 24 hours to lift emergency laws in place since 1963 and moving to annul other harsh restrictions on civil liberties and political freedoms.