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Today's News

  • School budget cuts stir emotions

    Teachers, librarians, parents and other Los Alamos Public Schools employees packed the conference room at the Pajarito Cliffs Site Thursday night to talk about the 2011-2012 proposed budget.

    The meeting began with a presentation by LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt, in which he outlined how New Mexico schools are funded, talked about the $8 million that LAPS gets from the Department of Energy, lease revenue funds, bond funds and referendum. He also gave a funding summary and went over the operational funding for 2010-2011.

  • UNM president to step down

    ALBUQUERQUE — University of New Mexico president David Schmidly is stepping down.
    He will leave the UNM presidency at the end of his contract on June 1, 2012, saying he wants to spend more time with his family.
    Schmidly became president of the state’s largest university in June 2007 after the Albuquerque school hired him away from Oklahoma State University.
    He was treated last year for a small abdominal tumor.
    UNM’s executive vice president for Health Sciences, Dr. Paul Roth, served as acting university president for a semester until Schmidly could resume the job.
    Schmidly said his health is not an issue in his decision to leave.

  • Opposition voiced for PNM rate hike

    ALBUQUERQUE — Environmental and consumer advocacy groups have filed dozens of pages of expert testimony with New Mexico regulators in opposition to a proposed rate increase by the state’s largest electric utility.
    Public Service Company of New Mexico is asking regulators for the increase mainly to recoup investments made in infrastructure to ensure reliability of its system for some 500,000 customers.
    The Public Regulation Commission has scheduled a hearing in May to consider PNM’s proposal. Much of the expert testimony was submitted to the commission last week.

  • County briefs 04-22-11

    Renovating playgrounds to be discussed April 30, May 3

    Residents are invited to attend a public meeting at 9 a.m. on April 30 at the playground located near the North Mesa tennis courts and Brewer Arena.
    Parks Division Manager Dick McIntyre will discuss the replacement and renovation of the playground.  
    Additionally, another public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. May 4 at the northeast corner of Community Park, which is located north of Central Park Square and adjacent to Peach and Nectar Streets.
    During this meeting, McIntyre will discuss the installation of a new playground at the park.

  • Grabbing a bite to eat

    A trio of deer is spotted grazing in the tall grass near a ravine along Rose Street Thursday morning.

  • Running: Rees wins Pace Race Tuesday

    Ben Rees had a spotless prediction at this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race is a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners. It is held Tuesdays at various sites around Los Alamos County.
    Tuesday’s race was held on the Cañada del Buey Trail in White Rock. In all, 24 walkers and runners took part.
    Rees, running on the 3-mile course, had a perfect prediction of his finish time. He needed it, as the next two closest finishers, Ted Romero and Bob Reedy, were a total of three seconds off their finish times.
    Dan Kelly had the best prediction, a 42-second error, on the 1-mile course.

  • Basketball: Rose, Bulls go up 3-0 in series

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Derrick Rose was beaten up and shaken up by Indiana’s trapping defense, which was intent on shutting him down at all costs.
    The Chicago Bulls guard struggled all game long and even lost his cool at times, but he still found a way to be the difference-maker.
    He scored 23 points, including the go-ahead layup with 17.8 seconds left, to help the Bulls beat the Pacers 88-84 on Thursday night and take a 3-0 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.
    Rose’s late basket was his only field goal in the second half. He made just 4 of 18 shots in the game as he was blanketed, and at times pummeled, by Indiana’s Paul George and Dahntay Jones.

  • Running: Results from the 2011 Dog Jog

    David Coblentz was the winner at the 2011 Dog Jog.
    The Dog Jog, an annual event that benefits the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter, was held Saturday in White Rock. In all, 54 people took part. Participants in the Dog Jog could do the 5K run or 2-mile walk accompanied by their dogs.
    Coblentz finished the 5K race with a time of 21 minutes, 31 seconds. Andrew Sutton was second with his time of 22:09.
    Here are the results from the 2011 Dog Jog:

    1. David Coblentz, 21:31; 2. Andrew Sutton, 22:09; 3. Vikki Saga, 22:19; 4. Leanne Smith, 22:19; 5. Susan Hanson, 22:31; 6. Jessica Kisiel, 22:39; 7. Duncan Hammond, 22:40; 8. David Telles, 23:48; 9. Ken Kisiel, 24:03; 10. Dana Crooks, 24:07;

  • Girls tennis: LA knocks off Santa Fe, 8-1

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team scored another solid victory over the Santa Fe Demons in a dual match Wednesday.
    The Hilltoppers swept all six singles matches to top the Demons 8-1 at Santa Fe. The Hilltoppers dropped just one set in their singles match wins and swept two of the three doubles contests as well.
    Los Alamos’ No. 1 singles player Colleen Fitzsimmons coasted to a 6-2, 6-2 won over Greta Miller, while No. 2 Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff earned a 6-1, 6-0 win over Cecilia Pacheco in their contest. The two teamed up to play in the No. 1 doubles spot, earning that victory as well.

  • Baseball/Softball: Piedra Vista, Academy hold on to top spots in new 4A poll

    Here are this week’s Class AAAA baseball and softball coaches polls. The polls are conducted by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. First-place votes are in parentheses.

    Softball, Class 4A

        Team        Total pts.      Pvs.

    1. Piedra Vista (13)    130    1
    2. Farmington     106    2
    3. Artesia        96    3
    4. Los Lunas        94    4
    5. Aztec        71    6