Today's News

  • People forget to remember

     “It’s a funny thing, war.  Never have so many suffered so much so so few could be so happy!”  (Frank Burns, idiot extraordinaire M.A.S.H).
     In the early 60s, America found itself entrenched in yet another war on whatever.  It was not waged to protect our shores or to protect democracy.  Vietnam was an exercise in political futility, doomed from the start to fail.
     And like President Johnson’s gall bladder surgery, Vietnam’s legacy left a scar on the belly of a nation that prided itself in “never losing a war”.
     But hey, it wasn’t really a war.  It was a “police action” -- that is, if you ignore the 58,209 Americans killed during the action.

  • Topes Notes 06-01-12

    Albuquerque blanked by Zephyrs
    One night after posting a rare shutout win, the Albuquerque Isotopes were shut out themselves.
    New Orleans pitcher Tom Koehler (6-4) scattered five hits through 6-1/3 innings as the Zephyrs blanked the Isotopes 3-0 in New Orleans.
    The Isotopes, who swung red-hot bats during their homestand, have managed just five runs in three games at New Orleans.
    John Ely (4-4) got touched for eight hits in 5-2/3 innings but was only scored on twice.
    Albuquerque’s loss, combined with a 4-1 win by the Oklahoma City RedHawks over Nashville, dropped the Isotopes into second place in the PCL American Southern standings.

  • Ski area hosting SummerFest

    Pajarito Mountain may not have much snow on it at this time of year, but there will be plenty going on there Saturday.
    The mountain will celebrate the start of its summer season with SummerFest. The day-long event will include plenty for everyone in the community to see and do.
    Pajarito lift service will start at 9 a.m. for those wanting to hike or ride down the mountain’s trails. A downhill race is also scheduled for Saturday.
    Along with the bike-and-hike, the New Mexico Brewers Festival will begin at noon. There are 15 microbrewers that will be represented at the festival, which will continue through 5 p.m.
    Atomic City Transit will provide shuttle transportation to and from the event starting at 9 a.m.

  • Fuego wins at home

    The Santa Fe Fuego semi-professional baseball team snapped an eight-game losing streak Thursday night.
    The Fuego, a startup franchise in the Pecos League, which features six teams from the local region — four of them play in New Mexico — has struggled early on in the season, but earned a 12-5 victory over the league-leading Las Cruces Vaqueros at Fort Marcy Park Thursday.
    In that game, Santa Fe (4-11) jumped on Las Cruces ace Bruce Amende, hitting him up for 11 runs in four innings. Designated hitter Kieran Bradford went 3-for-3 with a solo home run and scored three times.
    Las Cruces (9-5) currently is on top of the Pecos League standings, one of just two teams with a winning record in the league.

  • Ullmann has best prediction

    John Ullmann was the top predictor in this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    Ullmann topped 46 other participants in the Watermelon Run, held Tuesday at East Park. Ullmann finished just one second off his predicted finish time, topping Pam Erickson’s 4-second prediction error.
    The Pace Race is a weekly event sponsored by the Roadrunners which is held at various spots around Los Alamos County.
    Other close predictors this week included Ted Romero (10-second error) and Jennifer Reglien (12-second error).
    Daniel Romero posted the fastest time on the 3-mile race, finishing in 20 minutes, 29 seconds. Nikol Strother was the fastest female finisher with her time of 24:54.

  • Bandelier Shuttle rides again

    After a test run last October that exceeded all expectations, Los Alamos County and Bandelier National Monument are launching a three-year trial of the Bandelier Shuttle. The tourist attraction will become a "car-free park" from June 1 through November 30, with access provided by the free shuttle service.

    “I’m very excited. I feel this shuttle system is the future for Bandelier,” Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott said. “Even though this is only a three year trial, I believe it will be very successful for both Los Alamos and for the park, and I think at the end of three years there will be real interest in seeing it put in place as a permanent fixture.”

  • Barefoot running linked to injury

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Swept by the barefoot running craze, ultramarathoner Ryan Carter ditched his sneakers for footwear that mimics the experience of striding unshod.
    The first time he tried it two years ago, he ran a third of a mile on grass. Within three weeks of switching over, he was clocking six miles on the road.
    During a training run with a friend along a picturesque bike path near downtown Minneapolis, Carter suddenly stopped, unable to take another step. His right foot seared in pain.
    “It was as though someone had taken a hammer and hit me with it,” he recalled.

  • Fishing Report 06-01-12



    Cabresto Lake: The lake and campground closed May 14 and will stay closed for about six months while the dam is being rebuilt.

    Charette Lakes: Fishing was fair using Power Bait and Pistol Petes for trout. Fishing was fair using worms and Power Bait for perch.

    Cimarron River: Fishing was good using bead head pheasant tails, Cimarron worms and bead head red San Juan worms. A few fish were also taken on night crawlers and small spinners. Water flow below Eagle Nest Lake as of Monday was 49 cfs.

  • US economy added 69K jobs in May, jobless rate up--Video Extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy looks a lot weaker.

    U.S. employers created only 69,000 jobs in May, the fewest in a year, and the unemployment rate ticked up.

    The dismal jobs data will fan fears that the economy is sputtering. It could also damage President Barack Obama's re-election prospects. And it could lead the Federal Reserve to take further steps to help the economy.

  • 1,200 firefighters battle record New Mexico blaze--Video Included

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than 1,200 firefighters are battling the nation's largest wildfire that has charred acre after acre of timber and brush in rugged mountains and canyons of southwestern New Mexico, shrouding parts of the region in smoke.

    The blaze maintained its rapid growth Friday through what New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez termed "impossible" terrain, as forecasters predicted thunderstorms and dry lightning that could spark even more fires.