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Today's News

  • Rethinking redistricting process

    In all the bombast and posturing of the recently concluded special legislative session for redistricting, there were moments of clarity.
    One of the best was an exchange between two of the house’s most effective representatives, who also happen to be the majority and minority floor leaders – Reps. Ken Martinez, D-Grants, and Tom Taylor, R-Farmington.
    Martinez, rarely ruffled, possesses a fine analytical mind. Taylor, smart and personable, possesses an extra measure of common sense, which can be a rare quality in the Roundhouse.
    Both try to see the other’s side of things.
    Redistricting is the painful, once-a-decade exercise of redistributing political districts to match the redistributed population.

  • Slow traffic to ascertain need for sound barrier

    There has been a great deal of discussion regarding MIG’s proposed roundabout design for NM 502/Trinity Drive. However, another project related to NM 502 that MIG has also been involved in has received very little coverage.
    Residents of the Eastern Area have drawn the county’s attention to the increased traffic noise in their neighborhood by asking for the construction of a sound barrier – a wall – to muffle the traffic noise.  

  • Cope tops predictors at Pace Race

    Roy Cope had the top prediction at last week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ pace race.
    Last week’s pace race was held on North Mesa. The  Roadrunners will host another Pace Race tonight starting at Acoma Lane in Pajarito Acres.
    In last week’s race, Cope finished with a prediction error of just three seconds. Cope just narrowly beat out Ted Williams, who was four seconds off his predicted finish time, while Tim Sandford missed by just six seconds.
    Sandford was the fastest finisher on the 1-mile course with his time of 10 minutes, 2 seconds, while Jackie Marr finished in 10:58.
    On the 3-mile course, Ted Romero had a finish time of 20:54, while Laura McClellan finished in 21:56.

  • C team rolls to big win Monday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper C team football squad picked up its second win in a row, routing the Hope Christian Huskies.
    Los Alamos’ defense keyed the big win Monday at Sullivan Field.
    Hilltopper Sam Ortiz had four sacks on the contest and Ricky Whittemore had a pick-six as Los Alamos cruised to a 32-0 victory.
    “(The) coaching staff believed that our team was improving, which was clear as day (Monday),” Los Alamos C team coach Marco Lucero said. “We feel that the elimination of mistakes, big hits, causing and recovering turnovers was what was more impressive than the win or the final score.”

  • Hawks win big at home meet

    For the first time in its brief history, the Los Alamos Middle School cross country team hosted a race.
    The race, held Sept. 14, was run on the team’s home course, just east of LAMS’ campus.
    The Hawks dominated their home meet, sweeping the boys and girls seventh and eighth grade titles. Also competing in the meet were teams from West Las Vegas, Pojoaque and Española.
    The LAMS eighth grade girls swept the top seven places in their race. Sophia Galvez topped all runners with her time of 12 minutes, 20 seconds, while Katie Stockton, Madison Foley, Talia Dreicer and Nicola Vasquez helped complete the perfect score.

  • LA travels to Bernalillo for district opener Wednesday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team is starting off its District 2-4A season with a match against a solid team Wednesday.
    Los Alamos will travel to Bernalillo to take on the Spartans Wednesday. Match time is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
    The Los Alamos-Bernalillo match will pit the District 2-4A teams with the two best records during the 2011 season. Bernalillo has been red hot during the nondistrict season, winning 9 of 10 heading into the district opener.
    The Spartans, who have struggled in recent years to make much of a run in the 2-4A standings, have over the course of the last season-and-a-half put themselves in a position to be a potentially serious district contender.

  • Santa Fe tops global list for its clean air

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's capital, which regularly tops rankings for its quality of life, has something new to brag about. The first-ever World Health Organization survey on air pollution said Santa Fe's air quality readings are among the cleanest in the world.

    Santa Fe Mayor David Coss said he's pleased but not surprised as the city consistently gets high rankings from the American Lung Association.

    "It's one of the things we love about living in Santa Fe," he said.

  • LANL Announces Venture Acceleration Fund Recipients

    Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has selected two New Mexico companies to receive an infusion of capital as part of the lab's technology transfer initiatives.

    Ideum and OnQueue are the latest recipients of awards from the Los Alamos National Security, LLC Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF).

    “Our VAF program provides much-needed capital to these promising companies, reducing their risk without the strings typically attached to equity investments,” said David Pesiri, the Laboratory’s Technology Transfer Division leader“Further, our team of experts is working closely with both companies to connect them with other resources—like mentors, customers, and contacts—to help make them sustainable and successful.”

  • NFL Roundup: Rough day physically for QBs in Week 3

    Ouch!

    That's the kind of day it was for several NFL quarterbacks, most notably Michael Vick, who broke his right hand, and Mark Sanchez, who might have done the same to his nose.

    Adding more pain Sunday, both lost.

    So did Sam Bradford, who was sacked five times, and Matt Ryan, who went down four times.

    Vick started for Philadelphia despite suffering a concussion in last week's loss at Atlanta. He left the 29-16 defeat at the hands of the New York Giants with the broken hand in the fourth quarter after helping the Eagles overcome a 14-0 first-quarter deficit to take a 16-14 lead.

    It's uncertain how long Vick will be out.

  • Losses, lack of support cited in UNM coach firing--video extra

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's bad record, a lack of fan support, and a number of "embarrassing" off-the-field events led to the firing of head football coach Mike Locksley, athletic director Paul Krebs said Monday.

    Speaking at a news conference on campus, Krebs said he told Locksley on Sunday of his decision to fire him after the Lobos lost 48-45 in overtime Saturday to Sam Houston State before an announced crowd of 16,313 — the smallest home crowd in nearly two decades.

    "In the end I made a decision I thought needed to be made," said Krebs. "I did not see any good ending to this story."