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Today's News

  • Martinez proposes 3% budget cuts next year

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is proposing a 3 percent reduction in spending to balance the state's budget next year.

    In releasing her budget proposals on Monday, Martinez recommended spending about $5.4 billion to finance public schools, higher education and general government operations in the fiscal year that starts next July.

  • Locator signal detected in Colo. airplane search

    WESTCLIFFE, Colo. (AP) — Search teams say they've picked up an emergency locator signal in the southern Colorado mountains where a small plane disappeared.

    Air traffic controllers lost contact with the single-engine, six-seat Piper Malibu on Sunday over the Sangre de Cristo range about 50 miles west of Pueblo. It departed from Phoenix.

    Lt. Col. Mike Daniels of the Colorado Civil Air Patrol said Monday that two helicopters, two airplanes and 16 people on foot are searching.

  • AP IMPACT: Meth flourishes despite tracking laws

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Electronic systems that track sales of the cold medicine used to make methamphetamine have failed to curb the drug trade and instead created a vast, highly lucrative market for profiteers to buy over-the-counter pills and sell them to meth producers at a huge markup.

    An Associated Press review of federal data shows that the lure of such easy money has drawn thousands of new people into the methamphetamine underworld over the last few years.

  • Arctic blast coats South in treacherous snow, ice

    ATLANTA (AP) — Southerners more accustomed to sunshine than snow ditched wrecked cars on icy roadsides and huddled in chilly, dark homes Monday as a wintry blast swept the region and threatened days of treacherous conditions.

  • Drivers warned of snowy conditions in northern NM

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Snow and ice are making for difficult driving conditions in northern New Mexico's high country.

    The state Department of Transportation says crews were out Monday morning along sections of Interstate 25 plowing snow and spreading salt and cinders on the roadways.

    It is snowing heavily along a 60 mile stretch of the highway from Colmor to Raton and drivers are asked to slow down and be extra careful.

  • Girls basketball: Toppers upend Sartans Friday night

    ALBUQUERQUE — While “must-win” might have been too strong of a moniker, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team knew Friday night’s contest was a “probably should win.”
    And the team responded.
    Facing a tough challenger on the road, Los Alamos earned a big victory over the St. Pius X Sartans.
    It was the second of three tough games the Hilltoppers played this week. They lost Tuesday to Class 5A Volcano Vista on the road, then lost to a very good Class 5A team in Sandia Saturday night, 52-33 at home.

  • Swim teams earn victories at home

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming and diving teams cruised to victory over their two opponents Saturday.
    With just the three competing teams in attendance, Los Alamos’ girls racked up point to hold off Taos, while in the boys competition, Los Alamos grabbed 513 points, easily topping runner-up Hope Christian.

  • LA wrestlers win one of five duals

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team took one victory in five duals matches at the Moriarty Invitational Saturday.
    Los Alamos, wrestling for the first time in nearly a month, got off to a slow start at the Moriarty dual meet, hosted by the Pintos, one of the top Class 4A teams in the state. However, Los Alamos regrouped quickly to pick up a win over Sandia in its second contest of the day.
    The Hilltoppers topped Sandia’s Matadors by a final of 39-30. They would lose to Del Norte 31-18, Moriarty 60-18, Las Vegas Robertson 51-12 and Santa Fe 37-24.

  • Program helps library patrons learn a new language

    Mango Languages is a new database being offered by Los Alamos County Library System and it’s free and accessible from either the library or at home.
    Mango includes 29 foreign language courses and 15 courses in English as a Second Language-English for speakers of 15 different first languages.

  • Upholding the 'Spirit of the West'

    The 2010 Community Asset/Spirit of the West awards were presented Saturday night at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel.
    The second annual event garnered 44 nominations with recipients ranging from county councilors and Kiwanians, to a middle school student and one spectacular senior citizen.
    Los Alamos High School student Corbin Pfeffer and 91 year old Lorin Cox were selected for the first-time presentation of the Director’s Award.