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Today's News

  • He said, she said

    Newspapers are fond of offering you the quote of the day. Before returning, in coming weeks, to commentary on the legislative session’s big issues, I give you Quotes of the Session:
    Rep. Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque: “Unlike the Senate, we move quicker. They take a lot longer, and they don’t meet as often.” Comment during a meeting of the House Health and Government Affairs Committee, which Stewart chairs.
    Sen. George Muñoz, D-Gallup: “The House passes all these bills, and the Senate has to clean ‘em up.”

  • Employee memo outlines why lab is taking action

    The Los Alamos Monitor obtained a memo that was sent from Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan to employees Tuesday regarding the plans for a voluntary separation program.

    McMillan led an all-hands meeting Tuesday to discuss the program and the memo illustrates the three reasons why the lab is taking the action.

    The memo reads:

    • Our current budget and future financial outlook require significant cost-cutting to position the Lab for FY13 and beyond. In FY12 alone, we face a budget reduction of around $300 million across multiple programs.  
    • By implementing a voluntary separation plan, we mitigate the possibility of an involuntary separation program later; and 

  • Lobos stumble at CSU Tuesday

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — The 18th-ranked New Mexico Lobos struggled after cracking the Top 25 following a seven-game winning streak in which they blew out their opponents by an average of 19.3 points.
    The streak started with a 33-point win over Colorado State University in The Pit on Jan. 21 and ended Tuesday night with a 71-63 loss to the Rams.
    The Lobos (22-5, 8-3 Mountain West) appeared to catch a big break when Colorado State center Will Bell was sidelined with a swollen left knee. Instead, the Rams (17-9, 6-5) used a four-guard lineup to throttle the red-hot Lobos.
    Pierce Hornung scored 13 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and helped shut down Drew Gordon while leading Colorado State to its second straight win against a ranked team at Moby Arena.

  • LA knocked out in quarters by Bernalillo Tuesday, 36-33

    Early in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s girls basketball game, Marissa Valencia was sitting firmly at the end of the bench.
    In the endgame, Valencia was spearheading a big comeback.
    Valencia, the Bernalillo Spartans’ most dangerous player, came up big in the six minutes of the contest, scoring nine points to lead the Spartans to an upset victory over the Los Alamos Hilltoppers at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Hilltoppers, the No. 3 seed in the District 2-4A championship tournament, were knocked out in their first district playoff contest.
    The Spartans, who trailed by as many as seven points early in the fourth quarter, finished off the contest on a 10-2 run, earning a 36-33 victory and advancing to the 2-4A semifinal contest.

  • Toppers advance to 2-4A semifinal

    Less than a month ago, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team was sitting at 1-3 in the District 2-4A standings, languishing near the basement.
    But the Hilltoppers pulled things together late in the season and won some big games when they needed to.
    Now, the Hilltoppers are headed to the district semifinal contest.
    Tuesday night, in front of a hostile crowd at Griffith Gymnasium, the Hilltoppers earned another key victory and took a huge step to gaining a bid into the Class 4A tournament.
    Los Alamos withstood a late push by the Española Valley Sundevils, who moved to within two points with three minutes remaining, to win Tuesday’s District 2-4A quarterfinal contest 42-37.

  • Argentine train slams into station, 100s injured

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A packed train slammed into the end of the line in Buenos Aires' busy Once station Wednesday, injuring at least 340 morning commuters, Argentina's transportation secretary said.

    "There are people still trapped, people alive, and there may have been fatalities. We don't know if there are dead people" in the wreckage, J.P. Schiavi told reporters at the station.

    The commuter train came in too fast and hit the barrier at the end of the platform at about 12 mph (20 kph), smashing the front of the engine and crunching the leading cars behind it, Schiavi said. One car penetrated nearly 20 feet (six meters) into the next, he said.

  • Ga. Authorities Say 5 Dead in Spa Shooting

    Authorities say five people are dead in an apparent murder-suicide at a suburban Atlanta spa. Officials say officers found the bodies after responding to a call of a person shot Tuesday night at the Su Jung Health Sauna.

  • LANL plans workforce reduction

    Back in December, Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan announced the formation of a task force that would make financial decisions that would account for $300 million in savings at the lab because of budget constraints.

    Everybody found out Tuesday how that would happen.

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan said the lab has submitted a plan to the National Nuclear Security Administration proposing to reduce its workforce by between 400 and 800 employees this spring through a voluntary separation program.

    McMillan made the announcement at an all-hands meeting at the lab Tuesday afternoon.

  • Collecting cans for a cause

    Kaity Burke, a member of Mountain School’s Green Team, shows off a bin full of aluminum cans. The school is competing to collect the most aluminum cans in the state as part of the Great American Can Roundup. During the first week, students brought in more than 2,000 cans.  If they win, the team will receive a cash prize, which will be donated to an animal rescue organization. The competition runs until April 22. Donated cans may be dropped off at Mountain School or at the Pajarito Environmental Education Nature Center.

  • Assets in Action: Take the time to learn something new

    This week, our asset efforts concentrate on number 34, cultural competence.
    The youth and sponsors of the United Church are on the move to collect items for a silent and live auction to benefit their Mexico Mission trip, during spring break.
    On March 18, a slew of activities will take place to raise funds to cover everything from lumber to food, to ensure their weeklong trip is a success.
    The youth are involved in a variety of activities, from knocking on doors to ask for donations, to setting up for the event and delivering large items like desks and dressers when the auction is complete.