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Today's News

  • FBI takes aim at public corruption

    The FBI in Albuquerque and its law enforcement partners have announced several initiatives designed to make it easier for New Mexico residents to report public corruption and for the FBI and its partners to work more effectively together.

    A new hotline is available for anyone wanting to report public corruption to the FBI in Albuquerque.

    Public corruption undermines the nation’s security and the people’s trust in their government while wasting billions of tax dollars, said Albuquerque FBI Public Affairs Specialist Frank Fisher Foster, adding that public corruption includes corrupt public officials, border corruption, economic stimulus fraud, abuse of government contracting authority and many other examples.

  • Spring has sprung

    A variety of bulbs have bloomed - proof that spring has arrived in Los Alamos.

  • PNM request for interim rate relief rejected

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission has rejected a request by the state’s largest electric utility for interim relief as regulators consider whether to approve a proposed rate increase.
    The commission turned down Public Service Company of New Mexico’s request on Thursday.
    PNM wanted to begin the first phase of an $85 million rate increase that was negotiated by the utility and other groups as part of a stipulation that has yet to be considered by the commission.
    The interim rate increase would have totaled $45 million.
    The commission’s general counsel found that PNM failed to show immediate irreparable harm in its filing for interim relief.

  • Football: Locksely, UNM strike new deal

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico head football coach Mike Locksley has signed a new contract that would save the university thousands of dollars if the Lobo athletic department decide to sever their ties early with the coach.
    Locksley has been head coach at New Mexico since 2008. His teams have won two games and lost 22 in his first two years.
    New Mexico recently renegotiated his contract.
    The new agreement would pay Locksley $450,000 if he’s fired after the 2011 season.
    Under the previous contract, the university would have owed Locksley more than $1 million, or $365,000 for each year remaining on the contract if he was fired prior to 2014.

  • Tennis: Backhanded comeback

    Hilltopper Dominic Lucido winds up for a backhand return during a match last week. Los Alamos’ boys and girls will play Saturday in Santa Fe at Capital and Santa Fe High Schools.

  • Baseball: Mattingly earns win in debut

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Don Mattingly’s phone buzzed with text messages of good luck to the new Los Angeles Dodgers manager on opening day. The man who had groomed him for the job didn’t check in.
    No slight intended, though. Retired manager Joe Torre was in Hawaii on Thursday, having talked to Mattingly a few days earlier.
    Now it was time for his protege to go to work on his own.
    “No Vince Lombardi today,” he said. “We’ve been laying out what we expect from guys all (spring) camp long.”
    And the Dodgers lived up to it in a 2-1 win over the rival San Francisco Giants.

  • Softball: LA finishes 2nd at tournament

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper junior varsity softball team finished second in its home tournament last weekend.
    Los Alamos won four games during the two-day tournament, held at Overlook Park in White Rock. Los Alamos topped St. Michael’s 11-3, Taos 13-0, Santa Fe 13-2 and Belen 15-3.
    The Hilltoppers finished second to the one tournament team it didn’t play, Raton. Raton also won four games and earned the tiebreaker of runs scored, 55-52.
    Against St. Michael’s, Dancy Smith picked up the win on the slab, while Alyessa Mojica closed out the game.

  • Softball: Toppers rout Chargers in 5

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team closed out the Albuquerque Academy Chargers in five innings Thursday.
    In a nondistrict contest in Albuquerque, the Hilltoppers jumped out immediately to a 4-0 lead, pounding out five hits in their first at-bat, then cruised past the Chargers to win 12-0.
    Thursday’s game was the next-to-last for Los Alamos before it opens District 2AAAA play. Los Alamos travels to Raton Saturday.
    The win was the third in a row for the Hilltoppers (5-8), who have outscored their three opponents — Santa Fe and Pojoaque were the other two — by a combined 35-2.

  • Baseball/Softball: LA girls drop out of top 10, PV still heads both coaches polls

    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 (12)    129    1
    2. Farmington (1)    106    2
    3. Artesia        97    3
    4. Kirtland Central    65    4
    5. Los Lunas        64    6

  • Dow reaches 2011 high after unemployment falls

    NEW YORK (AP) — A two-year low in the unemployment rate sent the Dow Jones industrial average to a new 2011 high Friday.

    The Labor Department said the unemployment rate fell to 8.8 percent, the lowest since March 2009, as companies added workers at the fastest two-month pace since before the recession began. Approximately 216,000 new jobs were added to the economy last month, offsetting layoffs in local governments. Economists had expected the unemployment rate to remain at 8.9 percent.