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Today's News

  • Video: 27 Dead in Conn. School Shooting

    An official with knowledge of a shooting at a Connecticut elementary school says 27 people are dead, including 18 children. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still under way.

  • Susana for prez in 2016? Hard to say

    It was about this time last year that political prognosticators, here and elsewhere, started to busy themselves with speculation that 2012 could prove to be a breakout year for Susana Martinez.
    We were headed into an election year, they noted. And not just any election year either.  This was the beginning of a presidential election year in which the movers and shakers of Martinez’s Republican Party were bent on defeating the incumbent Democratic president.
    At the time a whole gaggle Republicans were still in the running for their party’s presidential nomination and it was anybody’s guess who would ultimately prevail.
    But vice presidential nominees don’t run for that job. They are picked by the head of the party’s ticket. And before they are picked, they are “mentioned” by pundits and politicos, for whom speculating about potential vice presidential running mates is a quadrennial ritual.
    Thus was it that Susana Martinez, first woman to be elected governor in New Mexico, first Hispanic woman to be elected in any state, enjoyed a flurry of “mentioning” as a prospective Republican vice presidential nominee in the 2012 fall election.

  • Doomsday predictions are usually doomed to failure

    Dec. 21, 2012.  It will be the end of the world as we know it!
    Yeah, right. We should be so lucky.
    Doomsday prophets have prospered throughout the ages by feeding off end-of-the-world phobias. One of the more recent nutcases forewarning global cataclysm was Harold Camping who predicted that the world would end on May 21, 2011.
    Camping’s vision of destruction was however mathematically sound. 2011 is a prime number and is itself the sum of 11 consecutive prime numbers (with 11 likewise being prime). What better prime time for a prime disaster?
    So his chant rang out. “The world is ending! The world is ending!  Give me all your money!”
    And people did. But when the “final day” came and went without incident, Camping announced that the date had changed to Oct. 21, 2011.
    “The world is ending! The world is ending! Give me all your money!”
    And again, people did. Yeah, it’s easy to laugh at him, but that clown accumulated $75 million from his circus followers. Not bad for a small doomsday cult.
    I’ve never understood the logic behind the money part.
    With Judgment Day right around the corner, I suppose some people hope that they can buy themselves a few million years reprieve from Purgatory?

  • State prep basketball scores

    Boys Basketball

    Cibola 64, Hope Christian 57

    Cliff 72, EP Immanuel, Texas 36

    Eldorado 81, Highland 60

    Floyd 67, Clovis Christian 32

    Fort Defiance Window Rock, Ariz. 78, Jemez Valley 31

    Grady 69, Vaughn 30

    Grants 60, Centennial High School 44

    Mayfield 60, Los Alamos 49

    Mora 71, Tucumcari 64

    Volcano Vista 81, Bernalillo 63

    Capital Tournament

    West Las Vegas 41, St. Michael's 59

    Capital 47, Gadsden 44

    Pueblo Central, Colo. 50, Santa Fe 39

    City of Champions Tournament

    Carlsbad 45, Chaparral 37

    Lovington 52, Artesia 49

    Moriarty 51, Goddard 29

    Roswell 84, EP Jefferson, Texas 62

    Cloudcroft Mountain Top Tournament

    Mescalero Apache 57, Cloudcroft 41

    Elida Tournament

    Dora 81, Melrose 35

  • Sports Update 12-14-12

    LA’s hockey game against Cibola postponed until Dec. 21

    The New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League announced tonight’s scheduled game between Cibola and Los Alamos has been postponed due to weather conditions.
    The game will be played Dec. 21 in Los Alamos.
    No announcement has been made concerning Los Alamos’ game Saturday night at Santa Fe.
    Los Alamos and Cibola are currently the top two teams in the NMIIHL standings.

    Snow falling on Pajarito, Ski Santa Fe opens Saturday

    Pajarito Mountain announced that it had received approximately 4 inches of snow this morning.
    Pajarito has not yet opened this season due to lack of snow, but has received a total of 5 inches in the past week. It has not announced an opening date. As of Saturday, it will be one of only two ski areas in New Mexico that will not have opened for the season.
    For Saturday, Ski Santa Fe will open with a 23-inch base. Three lifts are scheduled to be operating.

  • Mayfield pulls away to win

    ALBUQUERQUE – In its quest to finally break into the win column this season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team looked like it might have a shot in the final period Thursday night.
    Instead, the Mayfield Trojans got some big buckets late to pull away and hold on for the victory at Albuquerque Academy.
    Mayfield’s Isaiah Rivera took over the fourth quarter, scoring 13 points to help the Trojans secure a 60-49 victory in the first round of the Joe Armijo Invitational.
    It was a teeth-grinding loss for the Hilltoppers, who appeared to have fate on their side when guard Seth Drop nailed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from half-court to end the first half.
    But Rivera’s big fourth quarter, combined with Los Alamos center Travis Richins fouling out with 4:38 remaining in regulation on a head-scratching call, were too big of hurdles for the Hilltoppers to overcome.
    Hilltopper head coach Fil Dominguez said he saw some things he liked out of his team Thursday, but there is at least one aspect of its game that needs to get better in a hurry.
    “We can’t stop a lady in a wheelchair,” Dominguez said of his defense. “Right now, we’re trying to find a defensive stopper.”

  • 'Toppers get hammered in 2nd half

    ALBUQUERQUE – Early in the second half, Erin Kirk buried a 3-pointer to put the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team 29-27.
    Unbeknownst to the Hilltoppers, that would be their last hurrah of the ballgame.
    After going toe-to-toe with the Los Lunas Tigers in the first half of Thursday’s opening round of the Joe Armijo Invitational, Los Alamos was hammered in the second half of its game against Los Lunas.
    Los Lunas, taking advantage of eight Los Alamos turnovers in the third quarter and turning them into 11 points on the other end, outscored the Hilltoppers 32-6 in the final 7:30 of the period.
    The big turnaround blew open what had been a tight contest up to that point. Tinaya Murphy had 7 points and Teige Zeller dropped in 6 during the third quarter to lead Los Lunas.
    Los Lunas led by just one point, 28-27 at the break, and that came about only because of two late 3-pointers by Sanae Gaerlan.
    It was an inexplicable turnaround, but Los Alamos head coach Tarah Logan said her inside players, Hayley Each, Marissa Larribas and Kirk got into foul trouble, throwing a monkey wrench into much of what the Hilltoppers were doing.

  • Conn. police find 'very good evidence' on gunman

    NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — The massacre of 26 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school elicited horror and soul-searching around the world even as it raised more basic questions about why the gunman, a 20-year-old described as brilliant but remote, was driven to such a crime and how he chose his victims.

    Investigators were trying to learn more about Adam Lanza and questioned his older brother, who was not believed to have been involved in the rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary. Police shed no light on the motive for the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.

  • NMDOT reopens N.M. 502

    N.M. 502- REOPEN -Diamond Drive to Jct of Los Alamos and NM 4.  The road was shut down briefly earlier Friday morning due to severe road conditions in the area. The Main Hill is also closed, from the twin tanks. The truck route is impassable and there have been a few accidents in that area. Crews are working to clear the roads and they should hopefully be open "before too long," according to Acting Los Alamos Police Chief Randy Foster.  Further information will be updated as it becomes available.

  • LANL closes at 8:30 a.m., schools follow later

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory closed this morning at 8:30 due to the weather conditions.

    Los Alamos Public Schools shut on a staggered schedule with elementaries dismissing students at 10 a.m., followed by the middle school and high school at 10:30 a.m.

    The county announced that offices, the library and other facilities closed today at noon and all non-essential employees will be released for the day. Among those facilities are the administration officies, the 311 center and recreational facilities.

    Atomic City Transit will made its final runs at noon.

    Also, trash pickup will be completed today but recycle pickup will not. The county's Eco Station also closed at noon.