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Today's News

  • Raw Video: Siberia Plane Crash

    A plane crash in Siberia killed 31 of the 43 people on board. The ATR-72, a French-Italian-made twin-engine turboprop, operated by UTair was flying from Tyumen to the oil town of Surgut with 39 passengers and four crew.

  • Sports Schedule April 2-6

    Monday

    Golf: Los Alamos at Bernalillo Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Tuesday

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Capital, JV, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Capital, JV, 4 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Baseball: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Friday

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy, boys and girls varsity, 8 a.m.

    Saturday

    Tennis: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy, boys and girls varsity, 8 a.m.

    Softball: Raton at Los Alamos, varsity, JV, 2 p.m.

    Baseball: Pojoaque at Los Alamos, JV, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

  • LA girls track takes third at APS

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track team finished in third place at Saturday’s Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational meet.
    The Hilltopper girls placed third at APS, behind Cleveland and La Cueva both Class 5A schools. The Hilltoppers finished with 74 points, edging out Eldorado for third place by a single point.
    Albuquerque Academy, the only other competing 4A school, finished with just 11 points in the nine-team meet.
    Freshman Chelsea Chalacombe picked up her first state meet qualifying mark of the season in the shot put with her throw of 33 feet, 9 inches. Also making the cut Saturday was Miranda Barraza in the 3,200 meters, posting a time of 12:23.72.

  • LA splits pair of district games

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball dropped the nightcap of its District 2-4A doubleheader Saturday against the Española Valley Sundevils after winning the opener at Bomber Field.
    The Sundevils bounced back from a first-game loss to top the Hilltoppers 6-5 and pick up the split. The Hilltoppers handily won the first game 8-1.
    Los Alamos ace JD Weiss picked up the complete game victory in the opener, allowing just one run in the top of the first and holding the Sundevils scoreless the rest of the way.
    Despite the game two loss, the Hilltoppers (12-6 overall, 4-1 in 2-4A) still hold a one-game edge over the Sundevils in the district race.
    The two teams are scheduled to play again April 18 in the valley.

  • PNM turns profitable

    Utilities have their moments.
    The Socorro Electric Co-op is working through several years of disputes and lawsuits that aren’t quite up to the low comedy standards of city officials in Santa Teresa and Columbus.
    I remember former PNM Resources Chairman Jeff Sterba doing his best Al Gore imitation at annual meetings a few years ago. Sterba’s passion for the absolute inevitability of ugly results from global warming was something to behold. Compact fluorescent light bulbs became an annual meeting souvenir.

  • A possible cure for corruption?

    Is New Mexico the most corrupt state in the nation? You’ve seen the news. It looks pretty bad. Many national organizations are interested about corruption in the states.
     On most of their rankings, New Mexico falls somewhere in the middle. The last one I saw ranked us 19th. Political corruption we hear about most often seems to occur in Illinois, New Jersey and Louisiana. But those states donít rank near the top of the corruption scale either.
     It is often little, out-of-the-way states like North Dakota or Vermont that head the corruption list. How can that be? We never hear about it.

  • ‘Petra and the Jay’ takes the stage

    A flying carrot, a dinocyborg and a silicon-based gernanium eater are just a few characters Los Alamos audiences will be able to spend time with.
    “Petra and the Jay,” a musical play with a science fiction setting, will be performed at 7 p.m. April 13 and 2 p.m. April 14 at Crossroads Bible Church. The production is a benefit for Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Earth Day events.

  • ‘Great Conversations’ at Los Alamos High School

    Great Conversations is an afternoon of appetizers and desserts and an in-depth conversation with a subject area expert.
    The Third Annual Great Conversations will be from 2-4:30 p.m. April 22 at Los Alamos High School, in the new building. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by filling out a registration form available at lapsfoundatio.com/greatconversations.shtml.
    There will be 14 different conversations going on at the event, two of the speakers are featured here.
    The rest of the speakers will be featured in future editions of the Los Alamos Monitor.  
    “Earthquakes!  Will the world end in 2012?”

  • VA Hospital to host ceremony recognizing former Prisoners of War

    ALBUQUERQUE — Former prisoners of war from World War II, Korea and Vietnam and their families will be the guests of a special ceremony April 4, at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center, 1501 San Pedro Drive SE, Albuquerque.
    The annual Former Prisoner of War (ex-POW) Recognition Ceremony runs from 11 a.m. to noon in the Education Building (#39) auditorium.
      The guest speaker will be Col. Steven B. Reese, Commander of the 377th Medical Group, Kirtland Air Force Base.
      The program celebrates Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, observed nationally April 9.

  • Dog Jog pre-registration is underway

    There’s still time to register for the 2012 Dog Jog April 28 at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock.  To enter, visit lafos.org or one of many pet-friendly locations around town (including Pet Pangaea and veterinarian offices) to pick up a form.  
    The entry fees are:
    • $20 for the first adult or child 12 years or older ($25 after pre-registration)
    • $35 for two adults in the same household ($40 after pre-registration)
    • $25 for a registration with one child and one adult ($30 after pre-registration)
    • $15 for each additional adult or child over 12 years in the same household
    • $5 for each additional child
    Registration is available up to, and including, the day of the event.