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Today's News

  • Topes Notes 05-17-11

    An offense-heavy series between the Albuquerque Isotopes and Tucson Padres wraps up tonight and the Isotopes will return home.
    The Isotopes, the Triple-A franchise of the Los Angeles Dodgers, have a chance to even out their road series with the Padres before their eight-game homestand starts Thursday.
    At Tucson, the two teams have combined for 40 runs in three games, including Tucson’s 10-4 victory Monday.
    The Padres scored eight runs in the first three innings and held on to win Monday. They scored three times in the first and four times in the second to jump out to a big 7-0 lead. The Isotopes battled back to score twice in the top of the third, but the Padres scored another run in the bottom of the third.

  • Mixed Martial Arts: Quezada, Means are big winners in King of the Cage at Buffalo Thunder

    There is a mantra in the Mixed Martial Arts world, “never leave it in the hands of the judges.”
    The fighters at King of the Cage took that to heart Saturday night at Buffalo Thunder Hotel and Casino. Not once was it required to collect the judges score cards as all of the bouts finished well before their scheduled times.
    A near-capacity crowd filled the venue to cheer on local fighters as they did battle in the octagon. The action was fast paced as the fighters ripped through the card.

  • Man dies from injuries suffered in Central Avenue accident

    Saturday as competitors raced down Camp May Road in the Atomic Bomb skateboard competition, across town Los Alamos firefighters and police rushed to the scene of a serious accident involving a skateboarder.

    Graham Bultemeier, 21, died from injuries suffered in a skateboard accident on Central Avenue Saturday afternoon.

    Bultemeier, of Socorro, was skateboarding at Rose Street and Central Avenue, when he lost control of his skateboard and hit the pavement, according to Fire Marshal Mike Thompson. Bultemeier was not wearing a helmet and suffered trauma to the head.

  • Trump says no to presidential run

    NEW YORK (AP) — After months of flirting with politics, Donald Trump said Monday he won't run for president, choosing to stick with hosting "The Celebrity Apprentice" over a bid for the Republican nomination.

    The reality TV star and real estate mogul made his announcement at a Manhattan hotel as NBC, which airs his show, rolled out its fall lineup.

    "I will not be running for president as much as I'd like to," Trump said.

  • Endeavour soars on 2nd-to-last space shuttle trip--video extra

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space shuttle Endeavour is finally on its way.

    Endeavour blasted off on the next-to-last shuttle flight Monday morning under the command of Mark Kelly, the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The wounded congresswoman watched the launch in private from Kennedy Space Center.

    As many as 45,000 guests jammed NASA's launch site. The crowd outside the gates was estimated to be in the tens of thousands, if not more.

    It was the second launch attempt. Late last month, an electrical problem halted the countdown.

  • Small cuts - big consequences

    A pretty young woman in a Harley Davidson tank top is describing to me in fine, enthusiastic detail the history of White Oaks, the one-time mining town and now satellite community of Carrizozo. She’s holding forth in the No Scum Allowed Saloon, where she works.
    “I just love working in White Oaks, because the history is all around us,” she said.
    I wanted to hug her. As it happened, a friend and I were returning from the annual meeting of the Historical Society of New Mexico held this year in Ruidoso.
    Looking at its graying membership, I had wondered who will carry the torch – who will care about history?

  • Council decision questioned

    If you’ve got it, flaunt it. Another incredibly bad decision from council on the Los Alamos Municipal Building.  At a time when most state agencies are struggling for funding, including the schools, the council decides to spend $25MM+ on a huge municipal building, at the same time replacing tax-generating apartments with parking.  It’s hard to see how this decision could have negatively impacted more people  and organizations.

  • So we want a mayor...

    It was an interesting piece in the Los Alamos Monitor on the machinations of the Charter Review Committee “that doesn’t want a mayor but would prefer a super county council chairman.”  This looks like a “weak mayor” form of government but would not subject the position to a vote of the people.  The mayor would be a strong council chair who would be chosen for us by the council.
    This sounds a bit elitist and it may well be since the CRC consists of former council chairmen and longtime members of county boards and commissions. This type of position would be beholden to the council members and not directly to the electorate.

  • Word on the Street 05-15-11

    Teen Pulse staff member Tom Hanlon recently asked eighth grader Nathan Simmonds a few questions.

  • Poetry Corner 05-15-11

    Ode to a pencil

    Yellow and wooden
    plump pink eraser slightly rubbed and smudged with gray.
    Layers of light brown wood peeled off of the tip.
    A chunk of soft black graphite pokes itself up and shines dully in the light.
    A layer of paint is evenly spread.
    Dented and scratched
    nibbled on from anxiety and impatience leaving indentations of molars in its soft wooden body.
    Twirls in fingers, having the potential energy and power to write down any thought any idea, any image, picture,
    create any world.
    The soft black graphite comes in contact with white crisp paper scratching little gray marks revealing what was once in the mind and laying it before all eyes to see.