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Today's News

  • New Mexico's chile harvest underway

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The chile harvest has begun as grocery stores in Las Cruces are starting to roll out roasters in preparation for green chile sales.

    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that this year's crop is being sold at roadside stands in the Hatch area.

    A U.S. Department of Agriculture report says that last week the New Mexico chile harvest was 11 percent complete.

    Retailers and canneries this year are subject to a new law that prevents falsely advertising that chile is New Mexico-grown, if it's from elsewhere.

    Katie Goetz, spokeswoman for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, says inspectors have already found some violators and will be on the lookout as the season continues.

  • London Puts on a Rockin' Finish to Olympics
  • Today in History for August 13th
  • McIlroy wins PGA Championship by record 8 strokes

    KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Right down to his red shirt, Rory McIlroy looked every bit the part of golf's next star in another command performance at the PGA Championship.

    McIlroy validated his record-setting U.S. Open win last year by blowing away the field Sunday at Kiawah Island. One last birdie from 25 feet on the 18th hole gave him a 6-under 66 for an eight-shot victory, breaking the PGA Championship record for margin of victory that Jack Nicklaus set in 1980.

    The 23-year-old from Northern Ireland returned to No. 1 in the world, and he became the youngest player since Seve Ballesteros to win two majors. Tiger Woods was about four months older than McIlroy when he won his second major.

    Just like the U.S. Open, this one was never seriously in doubt.

  • US wins gold, beats Spain 107-100 in men's hoops

    LONDON (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 30 points, LeBron James added 19 and the U.S. men's basketball team defended its Olympic title, holding off stubborn Spain 107-100 on Sunday for the gold medal — just as the Americans did in 2008.

    Kobe Bryant added 17 for the U.S., which only led by one point after three quarters and was ahead just 97-91 when James drove the lane for a thunderous dunk and followed a miss by Spain with a 3-pointer.

    In the final minute, U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski, in his final international game, took out his top stars who came to London determined to keep American basketball on top. When the final horn sounded, Krzyzewski locked James in a tight embrace as Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The USA" rocked the arena.

    Pau Gasol scored 24 and Juan-Carlos Navarro had 21 for Spain, which had to settle for silver in the second straight Olympics.

  • Today in History for August 12th
  • Advancing Lives: On a journey to excellence

    Over the past year, the Los Alamos Public Schools conducted an extensive community listening process in an effort to develop a strategic plan to raise the quality of our schools to an even higher level of achievement.  Repeatedly, we asked the questions of “What do we do well?” and “What can we do better?” I feel we have heard your voices, and in the process, learned a great deal about the things our community values about education.  From information gathered, the school district will lay out a five-year strategic plan to move the district forward on a journey to excellence.

  • Curb, gutter work begins on Trinity Monday

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) crews will begin work on a curb and gutter replacement project on westbound Trinity Drive Monday.

    The work area will extend from mile marker 0.0 to mile marker 1.0 or from the intersection of Diamond Drive and Trinity Drive to the Ashley Pond area.

  • Defending champ had a rough 2012

    Coming off one of her personal best years in 2011, Amy Regan has had something of a disappointing 2012 so far.
    Regan, one of the top multi-sport athletes in Los Alamos County, is making her final preparations to defend her championship at the Los Alamos Triathlon. The triathlon is scheduled for Saturday.
    The triathlon, now in its 38th year, is one of the longest-running multi-sport events in the country. Although it’s a smaller triathlon, it often attracts some top talent from around the southwest, and even some top international talent, as it did last year.
    But Regan, who is a well-respected triathlete and, despite a rough year for her, is still on the very short list of favorites in the women’s competition.
    This year, Regan didn’t qualify for the Ironman World Championships, which is held in Kona, Hawaii, in October. She was hoping to qualify earlier this summer at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho’s Ironman race, but finished seventh in her age division.
    “I really needed to place in the top one or two,” she said, noting that she’s now 49 years old, which places her at the end of her age division, making qualification more difficult.

  • High profile visitors in LA this week

    Los Alamos should be bustling this week. 

    Senator Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., makes an appearance Monday and 50 members of the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) arrive for a peer exchange Wednesday.

    The Los Alamos Historical Society hosts Bingaman at the Los Alamos Historical Museum Monday, thanks to the efforts of executive director Heather McClenahan.

    “The American Association of Museums encourages its members to invite their congressional delegates to visit,” McClenahan said. “When I was in Washington to testify for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, I invited Sen. Bingaman to come.”