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Today's News

  • Martinez hits some turbulence with state plane fiasco

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration has been taken to task for misuse of a state airplane. The basics of the situation sound reasonable for the state to have undertaken.
    A production crew shooting a pilot for at TV series was stuck in Las Vegas, N.M., and needed to take a look at the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad in Chama.
    They called the head of the state film office who offered to get a state plane to fly them up. She checked with the state transportation director, two cabinet secretaries, two top state lawyers and the governor’s office.

  • Letter grades better than AYP

    Making AYP.
    This bit of education jargon has hung like a sword over schools and educators since the Bush administration introduced No Child Left Behind in 2001. In an attempt at accountability, the yardstick called Annual Yearly Progress was supposed to push schools and students toward improvement. But in design and implementation, it guaranteed that most schools would eventually not make AYP.
    So it’s hard to get excited about the new initiative, letter grades for schools. The governor considers it one of her education reform planks, and it won support from Democratic education leaders in the Legislature. Sen. Cynthia Nava, chair of the Senate Education Committee, supported the idea because it recognized growth and not just the watermark of proficiency.

  • Sports update 05-22-11

    Sullivan Field is closed

    Los Alamos Public Schools announced that Sullivan Field and the running track are closed for the summer.
    The closure of Sullivan Field is for crews to install a new artificial playing surface.
    Those with questions should call 663-2531.

    Wrestling camp starts June 6

  • Girls track and field: LA's star pulls off unlikely trifecta at state

    ALBUQUERQUE — Doubling up on a shot put and javelin state title isn’t unheard of. Neither is winning both a javelin and 100 meter dash state championship.
    But Chase Ealey did something that might never have been done before and, except for a potential repeat performance in 2012, might not be done for years to come when she pulled off a win in all three events this weekend.
    Ealey, the rock star of the 2011 Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team rocked the Class 4A state championship meet last weekend, picking up three individual wins and helping the Hilltopper girls 400 meter relay team to a state championship.

  • Christian movement preparing for End of Days

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Some shut themselves inside to pray for mercy as they waited for the world's end.

    Others met for tearful last lunches with their children, and prepared to leave behind homes and pets as they were swept up to heaven.

    And across the globe, followers of a California preacher's long-publicized message that Judgment Day would arrive Saturday turned to the Bible, the book they believe predicts the beginning of Earth's destruction on May 21.

    The doomsday message has been sent far and wide via broadcasts and web sites by Harold Camping, an 89-year-old retired civil engineer who has built a multi-million-dollar nonprofit ministry based on his apocalyptic prediction.

  • Pope phones astronauts in 1st papal call to space

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The 12 astronauts circling the Earth got a call from a much higher authority Saturday.

    Pope Benedict XVI made the first ever papal call to space. He addressed the shuttle and station crews from the Vatican. Two Italians are on board: Endeavour astronaut Roberto Vittori and International Space Station resident Paolo Nespoli.

    The pope said he admired the astronauts' courage, discipline and commitment. He added that he hopes shuttle commander Mark Kelly's wife continues to improve. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, his wife, was shot in Tucson, Ariz., in January. Kelly thanked him for his kind words.

  • Update 05-20-11

    School board
    The Los Alamos Board of Education will meet at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at 2075 Trinity Dr. to choose a new board member and approve the budget.

    Plant sale
    The annual Spring Plant Sale will be from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at 3197 Woodland Road. The event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Garden Club.

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Public Utilities will meet 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

    Council meeting
    The county council will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at the Community Building.

  • Wilderness bill takes aim at border security

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s two U.S. senators renewed their effort Thursday to set aside more than 530 square miles along the state’s border with Mexico as wilderness and as a national conservation area.
    This marks the second time Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall have tried to push the measure through Congress. The legislation includes compromises reached last year after opponents raised concerns about the ability of law enforcement to access the area.
    “This bill strikes the right balance between securing our border and protecting treasured landscapes like the Organ Mountains for generations to come,” Udall said in a written statement.

  • Lab touts pollution reductions

    POJOAQUE — Denny Hjeresen of the Los Alamos National Laboratory probably summed it best Tuesday night at the Cities of Gold conference room when in the middle of his presentation, he said, “we have the most sampled sites on earth.”
    Hjeresen, the division leader for environmental protection at LANL, was describing how the lab is complying with a new EPA storm water permit that regulates runoff at several hundred Cold War-era environmental sites.
    The lab was required to install and certify completion of baseline control measures at all 250 site monitoring areas (SMAs), which includes 405 total sites by May 1.

  • Historical Figures Immortalized in Bronze

    Council Chair Sharon Stover leaned down and handed the red ribbon to Lucy Oppenheimer, the great grand daughter of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer.
    Lucy smiled as she held the ribbon in her hands.
    The ribbon that was cut had been around the new bronze statues of Oppenheimer and General Leslie B. Groves, the two World War II leaders whose partnership built the atomic bomb as part of the Manhattan Project.
    Because of the cold, windy weather Thursday, the ceremony was moved to the Community Building’s Council Chambers before the ribbon cutting. And inside, it was standing room only.
    Stover was the master of ceremonies and introduced the dignitaries in the room. And then she shared a personal story.