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Today's News

  • New Beds For Sombrillo

    Sombrillo Nursing & Rehabilitation Center residents will be sleeping more soundly soon. The facility’s original mechanical beds are being replaced with the help of a United Way grant totaling nearly $80,000.
    The new electronic beds not only adjust for patient comfort, they can accommodate specialized mattresses and be lowered to decrease the risk of falls or raised for treatment.
    Roger Waterman, owner of TRK management, donated a storage unit to hold the new beds until they can be installed. The old beds also will be stored until Globus Relief organization can pick them up. Annie Vigil arranged for volunteers from the Kiwanis Club to help with installation.

  • Bill would slice county in three--see attached map

    A 16-page redistricting bill, which Rep. Brian F. Egolf, D-Santa Fe introduced Thursday at the 2011 special legislative session, will divide Los Alamos County’s House District 43 into three districts.

    Egolf introduced HB 21 despite the fact that a contingent of Los Alamos community leaders traveled to Highlands Universityin Las Vegas last week to implore the Legislative Redistricting Committee to leave Los Alamos intact.

    To pad the district’s population to reach the required 29,000, Egolf proposes blending Los Alamos County precincts 1 through 5, 7 through 13 and 17 with Sandoval County precincts 7, 10 and 51 and Santa Fe County precincts 5, 12, 40, 80 and 86.

    But it’s nowhere near a done deal yet.

  • LA picks up 3-0 victory in first round

    ALBUQUERQUE — The last seven days have been challenging for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team.
    First, it hosted the Louie Cernicek Invitational last weekend, a tournament that included some of the top Class 4A talent in the state. Then, after playing three games in two days, it had to come right back Monday to face the St. Michael’s Horsemen.
    On top of that, Thursday the Hilltoppers opened play at the Albuquerque Academy Invitational, facing a quality Class 5A opponent in the Cleveland Storm.

  • Toppers drop Cleveland in shootout

    ALBUQUERQUE — In the first round of the Albuquerque Academy Invitational, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team’s defense was put to the test.
    It passed with flying colors.
    The Hilltoppers were forced to turn away constant pressure from the Cleveland Storm Thursday, but they were up to the challenge, holding the Storm to just one goal through regulation and two overtime periods.
    Then, with the contest heading into a shootout, Los Alamos goalkeeper Bryce Theesfeld came up with two big stops. Los Alamos converted four of its five chances to take a 2-1 victory over Cleveland and advance to the semifinals of the Academy Invitational.

  • Peyton Manning may be out for the season

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts thought they’d suffered a big blow when they ruled their four-time MVP quarterback out for the season opener. Now they may have lost Peyton Manning for the entire season.
    Manning underwent more neck surgery Thursday, his third procedure in 19 months, and his return this season is uncertain.
    Losing Manning for any stretch of time is something the Colts would love to avoid, and it’s certain to throw the race for the AFC South wide open. Manning hasn’t missed a game in 14 NFL seasons, with 227 consecutive starts, including the postseason.

  • LA volleyball team ranked fourth in 4A

    Here are this week’s Class 4A football and volleyball coaches’ polls. Polls are conducted by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. First-place votes are in parentheses.

    Class 4A Football

        Team     Total pts.    Previous

    1. Goddard (18)    189    1
    2. Artesia              164    2
    3. Aztec (1)           144    3
    4. Belen                112    4

  • No. 8 Farmington takes on LA tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will make its debut on its new turf at Sullivan Field tonight.
    The Hilltoppers will take on the Farmington Scorpions at the newly refurbished Sullivan Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
    Farmington will go into tonight’s game as the eighth-ranked team in Class 4A. It also heads into the game off a big victory last Thursday against the Los Alamos’ District 2-4A rival, Bernalillo.
    Bernalillo, the two-time defending district champs, got waxed by the Scorpions 40-0 in the Four Corners last week, one night before Los Alamos took a 60-0 defeat against the Aztec Tigers, a game that lasted only until halftime.

  • Firefighters progress against Central Texas blaze

    BASTROP, Texas (AP) — Firefighters are tamping down hotspots and holding back flames from a wildfire that has burned for days across Central Texas, incinerating nearly 1,400 homes and tens of thousands of acres of drought-parched land, officials said Friday.

    The fire in and around Bastrop, about 25 miles east of Austin, officially remained 30 percent contained, but crews had surrounded and closed in on the flames and no new homes were reported destroyed overnight.

    "It seems to be holding well today," public information officer Annette Grijalva-Disert said.

  • Slipping Bachmann seeks jolt for GOP campaign

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign fell just as quickly as it rose. Now, she's looking to Iowa — at the expense of other early voting states — to get back on track.

    It's a strategy of necessity for the Minnesota congresswoman. A victory in Iowa this winter would keep her afloat in the GOP nomination fight; a loss would almost certainly end her bid.

    "We know that when Michele is in Iowa, she wins," said Bachmann's Iowa campaign chairman, Kent Sorenson. "If she's here, she'll win Iowa."

  • Cut taxes, Obama tells Congress in $450B jobs plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attacking a deepening jobs crisis, President Barack Obama challenged a reluctant Congress Thursday night to urgently pass a larger-than-expected $450 billion plan to "jolt an economy that has stalled." He urged lawmakers to slash Social Security taxes for tens of millions of Americans and for almost every business to encourage hiring.

    "Stop the political circus," an animated Obama told a joint session of Congress in a nationally televised speech. Over and over he implored lawmakers to "pass this jobs bill."