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Today's News

  • Just stop bullying

    Fifth grade is a tender age for children.  New friends to make.  New songs to learn.  New dreams to fill future hopes.  It really is a cute age.
    This world is often short on cute, but little girls in fifth grade manage to keep us in ample supply.  
    Jasmine McClain of Chadbourn, N.C., always liked to do her hair up in pigtails.  She loved to dance.  She loved flowers and pink dresses.  Ashlynn Connor of Ridgefarm, Ill., loved animals and wanted to be veterinarian.  She was known to pick up stray cats and care for them.
    And at the ages of 10, Jasmine and Ashlynn each committed suicide.
     Ryan Patrick Halligan of Essex Junction, Vt., was 13 years old.  He suffered from a learning disorder and always had to work harder to keep up with his classmates.  His sister found him dead, having hanged himself in his bedroom.
    The list of child suicides is long and tearful.  Megan Taylor Meier of Dardenne Prairie, Mo., three weeks before her 14th birthday.  Jared Benjamin High of Pasco, Wash., 14 years old.  Rachel Ehmke of Mantorville, Minn., 13 years old.
    Billy Lucas of Greensburg, Ind., 15 years old.  Asher Brown of Houston, Texas, 13 years old.  Seth Walsh of Tehachapi, Calif., 13 years old.  Joel Morales of New York, 12 years old.

  • Another take on charter amendments

    As someone who was elected to the County Council and served a four-year term, I am an unwavering supporter of representative government. People elect leaders with the hope that they will always act competently and in the best interest of the citizens. When that occurs, we enjoy representative government at its finest. When it doesn’t occur, however, a community can potentially suffer disastrous and enduring consequences.
    My experience on the County Council taught me several things:
    • that council members are not infallible or even necessarily above average in their critical thinking or brainstorming skills;
    • that the groupthink environment that comes from serving on a highly cohesive council does not always lead to the best decisions;
    • and that the highly insular nature of relying almost exclusively on Los Alamos County staff members or their hand-picked, contracted “experts,” many of whom do not even live in our community, often leaves County Council members relatively clueless about the actual desires of the majority of the citizens they serve.

  • Closing Fast

    Los Alamos’ Collin Stone dribbles past Santa Fe’s Tres Chaires during a Sept. 29 game at Sullivan Field. Los Alamos, which defeated Santa Fe 2-1 earlier this week, has just two games remaining on its 2012 regular season schedule. It will host Class 4A Piedra Vista Saturday at 2 p.m. for Senior Day, then will have a critical contest Tuesday at Capital, a game the Hilltoppers must win to keep their chances at a District 2-4A title alive. Stone, a junior, has played well in the absence of the injured Dallin Parker.

  • Local golfer is among top finishers at Sr. Men’s final

    Don Rokop of Los Alamos had the best net score of anyone playing in the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association in its championship tournament.
    The NNMSMGA tournament, which was played at Twin Warrior Golf Course in Bernalillo earlier this month, was the finale of the senior men’s club season.
    Rokop finished with a two-day net score of 125 strokes, the best of the tournament.
    Santa Fe’s Rob Schneider, who had a dominant NNMSMGA season, was the overall gross score winner at the championship.
    Also at the tournament, Ron Krantz of Los Alamos finished with a two-day score of 171 to win the second flight gross score title.

    Here are the results of the NNMSMGA’s Las Campanas tournaments Sept. 24-25 and the NNMSMGA championship tournament Oct. 2-3:

    Las Campanas
    Sept. 24

    Championship flight

    1st low gross: Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 76
    2nd low gross: Bob Sherman, Santa Fe, 78
    1st low net: Ronne Mercer, Albuquerque, 70

    First flight

    1st low gross: Bruce Dickinson, Corrales, 79
    2nd low gross: Mike Porter, Alamosa, Colo., 84
    1st low net: Bob Quick, Los Alamos, 70

    Second flight

    1st low gross: Maurice Bonal, Santa Fe, 85

  • 49ers play well enough to win Thursday

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two of the NFL's top defenses dueled it out in a low-scoring game just as everybody expected — and San Francisco's offense did just enough to give the 49ers a narrow lead in the NFC West.

    For the time being, anyway. This is hardly the kind of firm hold on the division they owned last October.

    Alex Smith threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Delanie Walker late in the third quarter and San Francisco held off the Seattle Seahawks 13-6 on Thursday night as the 49ers won their long-awaited division opener.

    "We expect these games in the NFC West to be 60 minutes of physical football," said 49ers left tackle Joe Staley, who returned to the field four days after suffering a concussion against the Giants.

    Frank Gore ran for 131 yards and the 49ers (5-2) hung tough on defense late in a game featuring two teams allowing fewer than 16 points per game.

    Smith went 14 of 23 for 140 yards in a second straight subpar performance.

  • Yankees' troubles may just be starting

    NEW YORK (AP) — George Steinbrenner would have issued a public apology.

    After leading the league in wins this year, the New York Yankees didn't just lose to Detroit in the AL championship series. They got swept in one of the more humiliating moments in the team's history.

    The four-game wipeout made headlines — A-Rod's benching, Derek Jeter's injury, Robinson Cano's slump. But it also revealed serious cracks in the foundation, showing a team full of aging All-Stars at the plate, in the field and on the mound that suddenly seems a long, long way from championship caliber.

    "Obviously, we're all getting older," Andy Pettitte said Thursday night after the season-ending 8-1 loss to the Tigers.

    Jeter broke an ankle near the end. Mariano Rivera busted a knee back in the spring. The Yankees transformed baseball's bruisers into the Bashed Bombers, closer to AARP years than MVP seasons.

  • LAHS finishes 2nd in Director's Cup competition

    Los Alamos High School finished second in the Director's Cup competition.

    The Director's Cup is an award given by the New Mexico Activities Association to the top schools in the state based on their finishes in several sports and activities throughout the school year.

    LAHS finished second behind Albuquerque Academy for the 2011-12 academic year.

    Competing schools receive points based on finishes in district and state competition in sports, as well as interscholastic activities such as bowling, chess, choir, debate, Future Farmers of America and several others.

    In 2011-12, LAHS won three state championships, boys and girls cross country and girls track and field. In activities, LAHS was the state runner-up in chess, while ROTC and choir were state semifinalists.

    LAHS also earned 200 points out of a possible 300 points for the NMAA's Pursuing Victory with Honor program.

    In all, the school finished with 2,500 points.

  • DOH Confirms Salmonella in a Child Linked to Recalled Peanut Butter

    (SANTA FE) – The New Mexico Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  have confirmed Salmonella Bredeney in a 5-year-old girl from Roosevelt County, who ate multiple products containing peanut butter.

    “The Scientific Laboratory Division of the New Mexico Department of Health has been working with the CDC since this outbreak was announced to identify any potential cases in New Mexico,” said Brad McGrath Interim Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Health. “I urge New Mexicans to check their kitchen cabinets and pantries and get rid of any of the peanut products that have been recalled.”

    Click here for a list of recalled products.

    CDC’s advice to consumers who have recalled peanut products in their home:

  • Curiosity Power Source Wins DOE Award

    A team from Los Alamos National Laboratory has received the Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award for their contributions on the thermoelectric generator that provides electrical power and heat to the Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity rover.

    The award was presented by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu to Craig Van Pelt, Alejandro Enriquez, Diane Spengler, John Matonic, and David Armstrong Oct. 4, in Washington D.C. The Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award is typically given to recognize a group or team of employees who together accomplished significant achievements on behalf of DOE.

    Powering a rover as sophisticated as Curiosity is made possible through the Plutonium-238 fueled Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (MMRTG), which was successful in part due to the Los Alamos National Laboratory employees who worked on this project.

    The MMRTG keeps the rover's battery charged night and day, giving Curiosity the potential of being the longest-operating, farthest-traveling, most-productive Mars surface mission in history.

  • 10 things to know for Friday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about today (times in EDT):

    1. CONSULATE ATTACK TIMELINE COMES INTO FOCUS

    AP's Kimberly Dozier says the CIA station chief in Libya reported to Washington within 24 hours of the deadly attack that there was evidence it was carried out by militants.

    2. A BULLET TRAIN IT IS NOT

    But test runs will start zooming along a small section of the Amtrak line between Chicago and St. Louis at 110 mph — a 30 mph increase.

    3. AIRLINE SAFETY RECORD A MIXED BAG

    While it's been more than 3½ years since the last deadly airline crash in the U.S., one consequence of such a remarkable record is the difficulty in imposing new safety rules on the industry.

    4. CANDIDATES GET BACK TO BUSINESS