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Today's News

  • LA mayor concept gains some traction with subcommittee

    Two things were certain at Monday’s Structure of Government Subcommittee meeting – Los Alamos was deemed a wrong fit for a “strong” mayor form of governance and the local county administrator’s title should be changed to the more typical title of county manager.

    Albuquerque is the only city in the state with a “strong” mayor, which essentially means that person wields significant power in running the city.

  • Review is dismal flop

    Oh, dear. Sunset review is back again – another great idea that may not work so well in New Mexico.
    Sunset review is legislative code language for kicking the can down the road.      If it worked, we would not today have the proliferation of boards and commissions that some folks consider irrelevant and excessive. They would have been sunsetted — that is, closed — in prior legislative sessions.

  • Leadership by committee is a fatally flawed concept

    It must just go with the territory. Los Alamos is home to some of the most complex and exciting scientific discoveries the world has ever known. That complexity and innate desire to study things without question extends to county government.

  • Hockey: 'Toppers close out season with wins

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper ice hockey team grabbed victories in its final regular season outings this weekend.
    The Hilltoppers routed the Santa Fe Blue Jackets 8-1 Friday night in Santa Fe, then topped the La Cueva Bears at home Sunday, taking a 7-5 decision.
    Against the Blue Jackets, Los Alamos broke open a 1-0 game after one period, scoring three times in the second period and four more in the third. Santa Fe’s lone goal of the game came on a power play chance with 4:19 remaining.

  • Swimming and diving: LA girls win district title, boys are second

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls swimming and diving team won the District 1 championship in a big way Saturday.
    The Hilltopper girls finished with 411.50 points at Saturday’s meet in Santa Fe. They outdistanced district runner-up Santa Fe (336 points), the only team that finished within 100 points.
    Additionally, the Hilltoppers were able to qualify four different individuals at Saturday’s meet. The top two finishers in each event, regardless of time, advance to the state meet, which will start Friday in Albuquerque.

  • Will Palin's unconventional style bring success?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — She says what she wants, does what she wants and makes no apologies. And love her or hate her, you can't really argue with this: Politics as usual has never been Sarah Palin's style.

    "I wasn't wired to play that game," the former Alaska governor says in "Going Rogue," the memoir whose title reflects her affinity for going her own way.

  • Yemenis trying to oust leader protest for 5th day

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Thousands of people marching for the ouster of Yemen's U.S.-allied president clashed Tuesday with police and government supporters, and at least three demonstrators were injured in a fifth straight day of Egypt-inspired protests.

  • E-mails: Ariz. college was on alert for Loughner

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona college that Jared Loughner attended was on alert and concerned he would return to the Tucson campus a week before a Jan. 8 shooting spree that killed six and wounded 13, including a congresswoman, according to e-mail messages.

  • Stocks fall after surprisingly weak retail sales

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell Tuesday after the government reported surprisingly weak retail sales numbers.

    The Commerce Department said retail sales rose for the seventh straight month in January, but the increase was the smallest since June. Retail sales rose 0.3 percent, just half of what economists had predicted.

  • Grammys sing the praises of independent labels

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Independent labels are reveling in their success after grabbing the spotlight and many of the biggest awards at the Grammys. It marked one of the biggest nights in years for indies, setting the stage for a surge in their online music sales.

    Meanwhile, the rest of music industry is trying to figure out if the unsung acts from smaller labels are winning major awards because of the viral nature of the Internet — or in spite of it.