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Today's News

  • Sandia rededicates building to Domenici

    ALBUQUERQUE — Sandia National Laboratories Director Paul Hommert will re-dedicate Sandia’s Weapons Integration Facility (building 898) as the Pete V. Domenici National Security Innovation Center at a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Friday, at the southeast corner of Sandia National Laboratories’ Mesa Complex on Kirtland Air Force Base.
    Domenici will be joined by Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. and Steve Pearce, R-N.M. and Deputy Administrator Don Cook of NNSA Defense Programs. Gov. Susanna Martinez also will attend.

  • Beware of bears heading to town

    The aroma of discarded meat products permeating through back yard trash cans is too much temptation for bears coming out of hibernation with big appetites.

    “The lack of precipitation this winter and presumably through spring and summer will cause bears to come in to town in search of food,” said Conservation Officer Blake Swanson with New Mexico Game and Fish. “We want to educate the public of steps they can take to help avoid attracting bears into their yards.”

  • County lends a helping hand after natural gas outage

    The county recently loaned eight employees to surrounding communities struggling to relight thousands of pilots following the recent natural gas outage.

    The employees worked long hours – one individual spent 88 hours relighting pilots in more than 100 homes in the valley – and the service was literally priceless; better yet, the county will not have to foot the bill.

  • Perhaps U.S. is lagging

    The pubic is bombarded with news reports saying that young people in the U.S. aren’t learning enough about science, especially compared to kids in Asia.
    I’m not sure that’s true, because I work at a large university where I see very able American students starting to excel in their scientific careers, and I hear back from them as they flourish in later years.   
    But perhaps we really are falling behind. After all, everyone says so.
    How would we start to investigate that possibility?

  • Tax considerations for the self-employed

    Self-employment has its appeal, especially when businesses aren’t creating jobs fast enough for the nation’s unemployed.

  • Scottish deerhound is best in show at Westminster

    NEW YORK (AP) — Hickory just might like the big-city life.

    A Scottish deerhound that loves to chase deer and rabbits on a 50-acre farm in Virginia did more than fine at Madison Square Garden this week, winning best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday night and the title of America's top dog.

    "She's not used to lights, camera and noise," handler Angela Lloyd said.

  • State Notes 02-16-11

    Big crowd shows up for Isotopes job fair

    More than 1,000 jobseekers were at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque Saturday for the Isotopes’ annual job fair.
    The Isotopes, the top farm club of the Los Angeles Dodgers, hosted their ninth annual fair, seeking seasonal, game-day employees for the 2011 season.
    The team said in a press release all employees who were interviewed will be contacted within two weeks by the team or Ovations Food Service. Those who were unable to attend the job fair can still apply for positions at Isotopes Park.

  • Girls basketball: Toppers win big in final 2-4A game vs. Jags

    SANTA FE — A 9-0 run spanning nearly four minutes set the tone early for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team Tuesday.
    In its final regular season District 2AAAA contest, the Hilltoppers held the Capital Jaguars to just two points in the opening quarter and just four in the final quarter to win going away, 52-28 at Edward Ortiz Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos never trailed in the game, scoring early and often in the first quarter while confounding the Capital offense for most of the contest.

  • Man, 84, found alive in Ariz. desert after 5 days

    PHOENIX (AP) — Henry Morello prayed to Saint Anthony, the patron saint of lost things. But as the 84-year-old spent a fifth night stuck in a ditch in the Arizona desert, he started to lose hope.

    "My phone went dead, my battery went dead, and I went dead," Morello said.

  • Pricey jet engine tests budget cutters' resolve

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A showdown looming, Defense Secretary Robert Gates urged Congress to cancel a costly alternative engine for the Pentagon's next-generation fighter jet Wednesday and vowed to explore "all available legal options" to stop production if lawmakers won't.

    "The president, the military services and I continue to oppose this extra engine," Gates said in testimony before the House Armed services Committee.