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Today's News

  • Energy key to development

    “You couldn’t pick a better industry to concentrate on.”
    Energy was the topic for Jim Peach. His audience was the interim Economic and Rural Development Committee.
    The Aug. 2 meeting was in Grants at the Cibola County Convention Center, which doubles as the county office building. Or maybe the county offices double as the convention center. Unlike the committee’s July meeting in Santa Rosa, a sign on the door said the committee was inside.
    Peach spoke “from an economist’s perspective,” a good thing since he is a New Mexico State University economist. His focus was uranium, the appropriate emphasis given Grants’ location in the heart of the Grants Uranium Belt.

  • Fire column was flamingly arrogant

    We were shocked to read the self-righteous, condescending “ViewPoint” column written by Kathleene Parker in Sunday’s paper entitled “Understanding Fire Dynamics.”
    While Ms. Parker clearly has knowledge of the fire history of New Mexico, her writing suggests that this knowledge is purely academic, which is where the problems with her piece arise.
    She got off to a bad start by questioning when mountain homeowners will “get it.”  As mountain homeowners, we find that remark incredibly offensive. We all “got it.” We had cleared and thinned for years, and had large defensible spaces around our homes.  Our neighbors did too.

  • Topes Notes 08-10-11

    Offense comes up big as Isotopes rout Bees

    The Albuquerque Isotopes pounded out 21 hits Tuesday night to pick up the first win of their series against the Salt Lake City Bees.
    Trevor Hoffman went 5-for-5 with five RBI and eight of the nine Isotopes hitters in the game got at least two hits as the Isotopes won big, 19-6, at Isotopes Park.
    Albuquerque failed to score in just two at-bats Tuesday. It went up 6-2 after two innings and 8-3 after four innings before scoring eight runs in the bottom of the seventh.
    The Isotopes had 10 runs and 13 hits off Bees starter Matt Palmer (7-10, 7.37 ERA), who lasted just 4-1/3 innings.

  • NNMSMGA tournament results

    Reid Griffith of Los Alamos was among the top performers during Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association play.
    Griffith had a net score of 72 at Albuquerque Country Club Aug. 1,
    The NNMSMGA held a pair of tournaments last week, at the Albuquerque Country Club and at Twin Warriors Golf Course at Santa Ana Pueblo.
    Also from Los Alamos, Bob Quick finished with the low gross score in the first flight Aug. 1 and Spike Jones had the second low gross score in the second flight.

    Here are the results from the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association tournaments from Albuquerque Country Club and Twin Warriors Golf Club.

    Albuquerque Country Club,
    Aug. 1

    Championship flight

  • FBI: Sibling suspects captured in Colo.

    DENVER (AP) — The FBI is confirming that two men and a woman wanted for crimes in Florida and Georgia have been captured.

    FBI Special Agent Steve Emmett said Wednesday that the three Dougherty siblings are in custody in Colorado.

    Twenty-one-year-old Ryan Edward Dougherty, 26-year-old Dylan Dougherty Stanley and 29-year-old Lee Grace Dougherty were the target of a weeklong nationwide search.

    The Colorado State Patrol said the trio was captured near Walsenburg, in southern Colorado, after a short chase that ended in a crash.

    Trooper Richard Krantz said they were driving a car described in a reported sighting of the siblings in Colorado Springs on Tuesday.

     

  • Bautista moves on to semis

    Defending state women’s champion Marisa Bautista knocked off top local player Tami Martinson to move on to the semifinals of the women’s New Mexico State Amateur Championship tournament.
    Bautista topped Martinson 3 and 2 to move on to the semifinals of the tournament, which is being played at Los Alamos Golf Course. The tournament continues through Thursday.
    A pair of matches in Tuesday’s first round were decided by scores of 3 and 2 while the other two contests went right down to the wire.

  • Economic conditions whipsaw investors worldwide

    LONDON (AP) — Concerns over the financial health of Europe's banks and the state of the U.S. economy sent stocks sharply lower Tuesday, a day after the Federal Reserve's pledge to keep extremely low interest rates for two more years temporarily calmed market jitters.

    Shares in French banks took a particular pummeling in mid-afternoon trading on the Paris stock exchange on renewed market worries over France's bond rating and the European debt crisis. French bank Societe Generale's shares plunged more than 20 percent at one point, while stock in BNP Paribas was off nearly 10 percent and Credit Agricole fell more than 14 percent.

  • Cameron: UK won't let 'culture of fear' take over

    LONDON (AP) — Britain will not allow a culture of fear to take over the streets, Prime Minister David Cameron insisted Wednesday, saying police have drawn up contingency plans to use water cannons if necessary.

    "We will do whatever is necessary to restore law and order onto our streets," Cameron said in a somber televised statement. "Nothing is off the table."

    Cameron has already recalled Parliament from its summer recess for an emergency debate on the riots Thursday.

    Thousands of extra police officers on the streets kept a nervous London quiet Tuesday night after three nights of rioting, but looting flared in Manchester and Birmingham, where a murder probe was opened when three men were killed after being hit by a car.

  • US stock futures fall after best day since 2009

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock futures fell Wednesday as markets remain shaky in what has been a volatile week.

    The Dow Jones industrial average surged on Tuesday to its biggest gain since 2009 after the Federal Reserve pledged to keep its key interest rate at nearly zero into 2013. The central bank also said it considered other "policy tools" to spur economic growth. Some investors took that to mean that more stimulus may be coming.

    But the Fed's statement included a dim outlook on the economy's strength. It said growth this year has been "considerably slower" than it expected and that it anticipates a slower pace of recovery over coming quarters.

  • Kirk is OK following back surgery

    Former Los Alamos Hilltopper basketball standout Alex Kirk underwent back surgery Tuesday.

    Kirk, who will be going into his sophomore year at the University of New Mexico, now plays for the Lobos.

    The surgery was performed in Phoenix and the 6-foot-11 center was resting comfortably afterwards.

    Lobo head coach Steve Alford said Tuesday Kirk had undergone “very successful back surgery to relieve a herniated disc….We fully expect that Alex will recover 100 percent.”

    Alan Kirk, Alex Kirk’s father and his high school coach, is with his son in Phoenix and said the surgery went well, although it was unclear how much rehabilitation Alex would need before returning.