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Today's News

  • Make English official

    Hal Rhodes from NM News Services Editorial piece in the April 61 Los Alamos Monitor “English Only Please” was a disappointing example of the misunderstanding many have of the official English movement.
    More than 90 percent (177) of the world’s nations have enacted an official language. English is the most common official language on Earth.
    The universal language of science, commerce and industry is English.  Air traffic control the world over is conducted in English.  
    In order to facilitate unambiguous communication in engineering, protocols are adopted.  Adopting English as our official language helps make our government more efficient and is effectively simply a protocol.

  • March continues dry, warm weather

    Two storms left scant precipitation in March, continuing the very dry trend in Los Alamos in 2011.
    Temperatures, on the other hand, did an about face from the super-cold days of February, and March was considerably warmer than normal, and windier, too.
    Four cold fronts crossed New Mexico during March. Three of the four were “back door” cold fronts, coming from the northeast.
    The second such event, on March 7, brought with it enough moisture and cold that almost an inch of snowfall was measured in Los Alamos, which has accumulated almost 19 inches of snowfall this winter. This amount of snowfall may sound like a respectable total, but consider that the normal amount would be 54 inches by now.

  • State Notes 04-13-11

    Aggies’ Troy Gillenwater declares for NBA draft

  • Sports update 04-13-11

    Softball registration to be held at Bun Ryan Field

    Los Alamos Little League softball will have an open registration session for the 2011 season today.
    The registration session will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Bun Ryan Softball Field on North Mesa. Girls ages 6-14 are eligible to play LALL softball.
    For more information, call 690-4228.

    Tennis match for today canceled

    The scheduled boys and girls tennis matches between the Los Alamos Hilltoppers and the Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals has been canceled.
    The teams were scheduled to meet today in Los Alamos.

    LAHS baseball waffle breakfast is Saturday

  • Track and field: Over the Top

    Cameron Staples, an eighth grader for the Los Alamos Middle School Hawks, clears the final hurdle in the 100 hurdles during a meet Tuesday at Sullivan Field.

  • Girls golf: Toppers have rough outing at Ruidoso

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team fared no better on day two of the Ruidoso Invitational than it did on day one.
    The Hilltoppers struggled again Tuesday at the tournament, their first of the spring season, shooting a team total of 405.
    Only the Hilltoppers’ No. 1 player, Miranda Olinger, played better the second day than the first for the Hilltoppers. Olinger, who had an allergic reaction to seafood she’d eaten the night before Monday’s opening round, finished with a 90 in Tuesday’s second round, a 17-shot improvement.
    The second round was played at Cree Meadows Golf Course in Ruidoso.
    The Hilltoppers shot a total of 800 for the two days.

  • Boys golf: Toppers boys take second at Bosque

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys golf team finished second for the second day in a row Tuesday.
    Los Alamos took part in the Bosque Invitational Tuesday in Albuquerque. The team shot a healthy 338 to take the runner-up spot, easily outdistancing third-place finisher Bosque’s 368.
    The tournament was won by the Cleveland Storm, a Class 5A team, which posted a 319.
    One day earlier, the Hilltoppers squeezed out Raton at the Capital City Invitational for second place by one shot.
    Cody Wilson of To’Hajiilee was the individual winner at the tournament, played on the Four Hills Golf Course. Wilson finished with a 2-over 74.
    The top finisher for the Hilltoppers was once again Thomas Herrera. Herrera carded a 78, placing him third.

  • Tennis: LA teams cruise to wins over Tigers

    With the 2011 season quickly winding down, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls tennis teams are trying to take advantage of the time they have left.
    Los Alamos had scheduled nine duals meets in the span of eight days, including Tuesday’s contest against the Taos Tigers. Los Alamos had three straight days of home duals events set, but today’s contest against Las Vegas Robertson was a late scratch.
    While Los Alamos’ teams are juggling their lineups to keep people fresh and to allow for Saturday night’s Los Alamos High School prom, things have been going swimmingly during this stretch run.

  • Espanola bank employee sentenced to two years

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 53-year-old Espanola woman has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for aggravated identity theft.

    Roberta Dunsworth was sentenced in Albuquerque last week. She will be on a year of supervised release after the prison term and must pay more than $26,000 in restitution to her former employer, Wells Fargo Bank in Espanola.

    Dunsworth was charged last December with 14 counts, but entered a guilty plea to one count of aggravated identity theft under a plea agreement.

    She acknowledged using the identity of a bank customer, without the customer's knowledge or authorization, to obtain credit and debit cards and to open bank accounts between October 2008 and March 2009.

  • Obama makes $4 trillion deficit reduction plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama coupled a call for $4 trillion in long-term deficit reductions with a blistering attack on Republican plans for taxes, Medicare and Medicaid on Wednesday, laying down markers for a roiling debate in Congress and the 2012 presidential campaign to come.

    Obama said spending cuts and higher taxes alike must be part of any deficit-reduction plan, including an end to Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy. He proposed an unspecified "debt failsafe" that would go into effect if Congress failed to make sure the national debt would be falling by 2014 relative to the overall economy.