Today's News

  • Celebrate bringers of better ways

     Molybdenum, the unpronounceable metal, is a timely topic for this holiday eve. And not just for the yellow-green fire that molybdenum adds to fireworks.
    We celebrate the start of cleanup work at the Chevron Questa Mine Superfund Site in Taos County.
    The decades of old-style molybdenum mining and milling near Questa left environmental problems for others to deal with. The current owner of the operations is Chevron Mining. Most of the mess was made by Molycorp, Inc.
    How does mining work? Surface rock is removed to get at the ore. The ore is mined and sent to the mill nearby that extracts molybdenum and leaves behind the tailings to dispose of.

  • WR-LA All-Stars rally to top Santa Fe

    SANTA FE — The White Rock-Los Alamos Little League All-Star junior softball team rallied from two runs down to force extra innings in the opener of its District 1 tournament Monday.
    Elizabeth Anaya’s two-out infield single drove in Megan Pimentel to tie the score in the bottom of the seventh and send the game into extra innings. In the bottom of the eighth, WR-LA drew three walks off two Santa Fe Metro All-Star pitchers, including a bases loaded walk by Morgan Hohner to force home the winning run.

  • Sharapova bounced by Lisicki, 6-4, 6-3

    WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — All at once, there was a frenzy of activity at a wet and windy All England Club early Monday afternoon.
    Top-seeded and 2004 Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova, a big hitter in her own right, was overpowered in a 6-4, 6-3 loss to No. 15 Sabine Lisicki. Four-time title winner Serena Williams was locked in a three-set tussle against a wild-card entry from Kazakhstan who is ranked 65th but is responsible for the only perfect set in women’s professional tennis.
    Defending champion Petra Kvitova was trying to come back after dropping her opening set.

  • Topes Notes 07-03-12

    Isotopes struggling on road trip

    The Albuquerque Isotopes may be limping back for the holiday following what’s been a brutal road trip.
    The Isotopes (47-38) have gone just 1-5 on this seven-game swing, including losing three in a row to the Omaha Storm Chasers. With that series in Omaha wrapping up tonight, the Isotopes have fallen to the Storm Chasers by counts of 8-7 Saturday night, 6-0 Sunday and 5-2 in extra innings last night.
    Storm Chasers’ pinch hitter Max Ramirez belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the 12th off Scott Rice to end the contest.

  • Andy Griffith dies at 86

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Andy Griffith, who made homespun Southern wisdom his trademark as the wise sheriff in "The Andy Griffith Show" and the rumpled defense lawyer in "Matlock," died Tuesday. He was 86.

    Griffith died about 7 a.m. at his coastal home, Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie said in a statement.

    "Mr. Griffith passed away this morning at his home peacefully and has been laid to rest on his beloved Roanoke Island," Doughtie told The Associated Press, reading from a family statement.

  • Proof of 'God Particle' Found

    Scientists working at the world's biggest atom smasher plan to announce that they've gathered enough evidence to show that the long-sought "God particle" almost certainly exists.

  • Power restored at North Mesa

    The Department of Public Utilities reported a power outage for more than three hours at Tsikimu Village in the North Mesa area. The power went out at 8:04 a.m. and it was restored at 11:20 a.m.

    Half of Tsikimu Village was without power.

    According to a text message from DPU, the neighborhood has moved up the priority list for complete electric upgrades.

  • LA County moves to Stage 3 Fire Restrictions

    The Los Alamos County Fire Department (LAFD) would like to ask the public for their continued support and assistance during Extreme Fire Danger. The Los Alamos National Laboratory properties have entered Stage III Fire Restrictions effective July 3, 2012 and the LAFD supports their actions. Therefore, the Los Alamos Fire Department has implemented the attached restrictions to all County owned or forested areas within Los Alamos County effective Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 0800.  Patrols of these areas will be conducted by the LAFD and LAPD throughout the County and residents are encouraged to report violations.

  • Pojoaque artist sued over bullet fragments

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man has filed a lawsuit over injuries he suffered at a convenience store in May when he was struck by ricocheting bullet fragments that were fired by a Pojoaque artist.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that Elijah Mark Vera says Pojoaque artist Mateo Romero pulled a gun during an altercation with a homeless person and fired a shot into the pavement.

    The fragments injured Vera's hip and shoulder.

    Nobody was arrested in the incident, and police say Romero didn't intend to injure anyone.

  • Mich. Deploys Talking Urinal Cakes in DUI Fight