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Today's News

  • PEEC feels the pinch from variety of sources

    For the past several years, Pajarito Environmental Education Center has offered nature classes from its location on Orange Street, in a building leased from Los Alamos Public Schools, but that could soon change.
    During Thursday night’s school board meeting at Piñon Elementary in White Rock, PEEC Director Chick Keller spoke to the board about the need to expand and other obstacles that PEEC faces in its current location.
    Keller said one of the problems is cramped space, but also mentioned that leasing the building restricts the scope of activity mainly to Los Alamos schools. He also said innovations and improvements are not possible as a tenant.

  • CRC mulls mayoral powers for council chair

    Work to clarify the relationship between Los Alamos County Council and Los Alamos County Administrator in the county charter is progressing after Monday night’s Charter Review Committee meeting.

    “Everyone is in agreement that the council is responsible for policy and the county administrator and staff is responsible for implementing it,” committee member Kyle Wheeler said.

    She added the charter committee is trying to develop language that would limit the council’s ability to tell the administrator how to implement policy.

  • A time to celebrate

    Just arriving in D.C. from New Mexico at about 10:30 p.m., I almost missed the announcement that bin Laden was dead. 

  • Baseball: Toppers will take on Bulldogs Friday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team will have a long road ahead in the state Class 4A tournament, starting with a long road trip this weekend.
    Los Alamos (13-11) picked up a No. 12 seed in the 4A tournament, which starts with a best 2-of-3 series Friday and Saturday. Los Alamos will travel to Artesia for a matchup with the fifth-seeded Bulldogs.
    The Hilltoppers qualified for the state tournament with their District 2-4A title. The Hilltoppers finished with a 10-2 district record to clinch their third straight title.
    In 2011, however, Los Alamos was only 2-8 against non-district teams this season, a mark which included five losses to other Class 4A teams. That mark dropped the Hilltoppers down to the No. 12 spot.

  • Tennis: LA's Lucido/Havemann gets top seed

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys tennis team could be in a position for a repeat in the Class 4A doubles tournament.
    Los Alamos’ top doubles team of Dominic Lucido/Chase Havemann earned the top seed in the upcoming Class 4A playoffs.
    Lucido/Havemann will open tournament play Thursday morning after earning a first-round bye.
    The 4A singles and doubles playoffs start Wednesday night in Albuquerque.
    That tournament continues through Thursday, while the 4A team championship tournament gets underway Friday.
    Both tournaments will be played at the Jerry Cline Tennis Complex in Albuquerque.
    For the singles and doubles tournaments, the Hilltopper boys and girls teams have a total of seven entries.

  • NM hires broker to sell state jet bought for $5.5M

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez vowed to get rid of the state's executive jet plane, and now she will have help from a Colorado-based aviation broker with international reach.

    The state General Services Department announced Tuesday that it awarded a contract to Wetzel Aviation Inc. to sell the Cessna Citation Bravo.

    Selling the seven-seat plane has been a priority of Martinez since she took office in January.

  • Basketball: Source says Rose wins MVP

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose is the NBA's MVP, becoming the youngest player in league history to win the award, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

    The person spoke Monday night on the condition of anonymity because a formal announcement has not been made. That could come Tuesday, with a formal presentation before Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

    The news is hardly a surprise.

  • US holds photos of slain bin Laden, weighs release

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials weighed the pros and cons of releasing secret video and photos of Osama bin Laden, killed with a precision shot above his left eye, as fresh details emerged Tuesday of an audacious American raid that netted potentially crucial al-Qaida records as well as the body of the global terrorist leader.

    President Barack Obama is going to ground zero in New York to mark the milestone and remember the dead of 9/11.

  • Stocks fall in early trading on weak earnings

    NEW YORK (AP) — The earnings rally of the last two weeks has finally lost some luster. The parade of stronger-than-expected reports slowed Tuesday after several companies reported weak earnings.

    Pfizer Inc., Clorox Co., Molson Coors Brewing Co. and Beazer Homes USA Inc. all fell after releasing results. Pfizer's shares slid 2 percent after the company reduced its revenue forecast for 2011. It fell the most out of all 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones industrial average.

  • FEMA seeks to redeem agency reputation

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The messages came in a fast and furious onslaught: a series of massively powerful tornadoes were ripping across Alabama and other parts of the South.

    On the receiving end of frantic descriptions of entire neighborhoods wiped out by last week's pulverizing storms that killed 342, Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Craig Fugate urged President Barack Obama to immediately sign an emergency disaster declaration for Alabama.

    The near immediate response was starkly different from past catastrophes.