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Today's News

  • Jr. ’Topper hoops program starting

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls basketball programs will again be hosting the Jr. ‘Toppers youth program.
    The program, which emphasizes fundamental basketball skills, will begin Saturday. All sessions of the program are free.
    This year, however, the clinics will be held every other Saturday.
    There are also new start times and a new venue this year. Youth in preschool through second grade will start at 9 a.m. and have their clinics at Mountain Elementary School’s gymnasium.
    For players in grades three through eight, clinics will be held at Los Alamos High School from 9-10:30 a.m.
    Interested participants are asked to register online at www.laschools.net.

  • Volleyball stays put at No. 3

    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.    Pvs.

    1. Goddard (15)  150    1
    2. Aztec    121    3
    3. Valencia    109    4
    4. Artesia    101    2
    5. Los Lunas    84    5
    6. Belen    81    6
    7. Farmington  67    8
    8. Moriarty    35    -

  • LA girls on top of 4A poll

    Here are this week’s Class 4A boys and girls soccer coaches’ polls.
    Weekly soccer polls are conducted by NMSoccer.com. First-place votes are in parentheses.

    Class 4A Girls

       Team  Total pts.    Pvs.

    1. Los Alamos (5) 59    3
    2. St. Pius X (1)  51    2
    3. Academy        48    1
    4. Farmington     38    4
    5. Aztec             34    6
    6. Piedra Vista    31    5

  • Toppers open district with 3-1 win on road

    BERNALILLO — In their district openers, the Los Alamos Hilltopper and Bernalillo Spartan volleyball teams picked up right where they left off in the 2010 season.
    Bernalillo gave Los Alamos its toughest District 2-4A contest last year and, with a veteran lineup returning, was looking to pick up a win right off the bat.
    But, despite some up-and-down offense and falling behind in every set, the Hilltoppers escaped with a hard-fought four-set win at Spartan Gymnasium. The Hilltoppers dropped the first set 19-25, but bounced back to sweep the final three sets 25-20, 25-22, 25-21 in their 2011 district opener Wednesday.

  • A look below the surface

    What are we going to do about this health care system? Or this polyglot of programs we have instead of a system?
    That’s one of America’s big questions, of course.
    At the recent Domenici Institute conference in Las Cruces, Dr. Mario Molina of Molina Healthcare presented some sobering statistics that add focus to the issue.
    Molina talked about a category of people called “dual eligibles.”
    We have heard that people in their last months of life are the most expensive patients. Dual eligibles are next.
    Dual eligibles are people enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid.
    They qualify for Medicare either by age or due to a qualifying disability and for Medicaid because of low income.

  • Standing against AT&T and Mobile merger

    Access to sufficient and affordable communication choices shape our ability to share and connect to information, resources and culture.
    At Young Women United, we have been incredibly concerned about the negative impacts an AT&T/T-Mobile merger would have on young women of color and all our communities.
    We applaud the Department of Justice for filing a lawsuit to halt this takeover, and calling the potential merger out for what it really is: an anti-competitive move that would raise prices and lessen quality of services for U.S. consumers, while putting more money in the pockets of gigantic corporations.

  • Experts Offer Measures to Save Lives After Nuclear Explosion

    WASHINGTON -- Major cities and other communities in the United States can take a number of preparedness measures to drastically reduce the number fatalities and illnesses that would follow a nuclear strike, a leading nongovernmental organization declared on Tuesday.

    The Rad Resilient City plan includes a seven-point checklist composed by an expert panel that communities can implement to better protect residents from radioactive fallout after an atomic blast. Adherence to the guidelines could save more than 100,000 lives, according to the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Biosecurity, which led development of the report.

  • Feds work with Santa Clara Pueblo on fire recovery

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The damage done to one Native American community's ancestral lands by the largest wildfire in New Mexico's recorded history is being assessed as part of a new agreement reached between tribal leaders and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

    An agency contractor this week started collecting aerial photographs of the burned area along Santa Clara Pueblo's charred canyon as the first step in the watershed assessment.

    Officials said the $1.8 million study is expected to take three years to complete. The findings will provide the basis for a long-term plan aimed at restoration and flood prevention.

  • LANL Researcher Nets Presidential Early Career Award

    Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Evgenya Simakov has been named by President Barack Obama as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Simakov, of the Laboratory’s Acceleration and Operations Technology Division, was one of 94 scientists within 16 federal agencies nationwide to receive the honor.

  • SF Forest's 'Los Posos' prescribed burn underway

    A prescribed burn is underway today on the Santa Fe National Forest Espanola Ranger District. The name of the burn project is Los Posos, and is taking place three miles Southeast of Cordova and five miles Northeast of Cundiyo.