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Today's News

  • Obama: Chance for 'something big' to calm economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday Congress has a "unique opportunity to do something big" and stabilize the U.S. economy for decades by cutting deficits even as it raises the national debt limit ahead of a critical Aug. 2 deadline. He said was willing to make tough decisions himself, including trimming Medicare benefits for wealthy beneficiaries, but said, "We're running out of time."

  • Murdoch apologizes to family of slain schoolgirl

    LONDON (AP) — Rupert Murdoch's loyal lieutenant Rebekah Brooks resigned Friday as chief executive of his embattled British newspapers as the media titan personally apologized to a family at the center of the phone-hacking scandal roiling Britain.

    With the departure of Brooks — the highest-ranking casualty yet in the scandal — Murdoch's son James signaled a new strategy for dealing with the storm that has knocked billions off the value of News Corp., scuttled its ambitions to take full control of lucrative British Sky Broadcasting and radically changed the power balance between U.K. politicians and the feared Murdoch press.

  • Move over, Harry

    Lord Voldemort was a threat to all that is good in the world.
    As his forces expanded and his strength grew, there seemed little hope left for the magical kingdom he sought to claim.
    But all stories have a hero and Harry Potter came to the rescue.
    We all knew that Voldemort would eventually meet his end at Harry’s hand.  After all, Harry is a true hero!
    For some others, it’s Batman. Or Iron Man. The Lone Ranger. Matt Dillon. Davy Crockett. The Shadow (and who else knows).
    We go to work, put in our nine to five (if you’re lucky), pick up a frozen pizza on the way home, and sit back to watch heroes entertain us.

  • Just A Wag 07-15-11

    Fireworks rescheduled

    We’re hearing that officials are considering holding the Kiwanis Club’s annual fireworks extravaganza Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-4 at Overlook Park.
    Also, being considered is a community healing/appreciation  event on the day of the fireworks.

    Send us your wags

    “Just a wag” features initial snippets of news heard around town.  
    The wags may grow to larger stories or simply remain snippets, either way this is meant to spark interest and provide food for thought.
    E-mail wags to lanews@lamonitor.com.

  • New Mexico aviation infrastructure graded C-

    New Mexico has a seaplane base. It’s one of 61 airports open to the public, according to the 2005 Report Card on New Mexico Infrastructure from the New Mexico Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
    The report said our aviation infrastructure, graded C-, is ahead of the national average of D+.
    This is as it should be; with the least amount of surface water of any state, we have a seaplane base.
    Wikipedia places the base on Conchas Lake, near Tucumcari, and says it’s owned by the U.S. Corps of Engineers. This figures; the Corps messed up the New Orleans levees, but managed a seaplane base in the desert. The base brings new meaning to puddle jumping.

  • Running: Pace Race returns Tuesday following a two-week layoff

    After an unexpected two-week hiatus, the Atomic City Roadrunners hit the ground running this week.
    The Roadrunners hosted their weekly Pace Race Tuesday night in White Rock. The race route went along Sherwood Boulevard and Piedra Loop and included the usual 1- and 3-mile courses.
    It was a good turnout Tuesday following the Las Conchas Fire evacuation.
    “We had 31 people show up, which is good,” Roadrunners’ official Ted Williams said. “Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and were glad to be back.”
    The club had hoped to run July 5 but with  local trail closures and several regular competitors still trickling back into town, having the race wasn’t practical.

  • Football: New CBA could come very soon

    NEW YORK (AP) — Significant progress on a major sticking point in the NFL labor impasse — soaring rookie salaries — during marathon talks Thursday raised hopes that a tentative agreement could perhaps come within 24 hours, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.
    They cautioned, however, that other key issues remained for owners and players to resolve, including free agency and new offseason workout rules.
    After meeting for nearly 15 hours Thursday, Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Players Association chief DeMaurice Smith, players and owners were back at the negotiating table Friday as they attempted to end the first work stoppage since 1987.

  • Baseball/Softball: County sending 4 teams to state

    Los Alamos County Little League baseball and softball teams had big showings at the District 1 playoffs.
    A pair of baseball teams and a pair of softball teams will move on to state competition later this month after winning the District 1 titles.
    In all, nine District 1 All-Star titles were on the line.
    The White Rock-Los Alamos All-Stars won the ages 9-10 softball title, while the White Rock 11-12s were the district champs in the 11-12 softball division.
    In baseball, Los Alamos Little League’s 11-12s defeated Pojoaque Thursday night to claim that district title. Pojoaque led 2-0 after one inning but Los Alamos tied up the game and scored what would be the winning run in the sixth.

  • Golf: Senior Men's tourney results

    Here are the results from the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association tournaments at Taos and Black Mesa:

    Taos Golf Club, June 28

    Championship flight

    First low gross
    Gil Roberts, Angel Fire, 74.

    Second low gross
    Charles Sorenson, Rociada, 80.

    First low net
    Henry Hodde, Santa Fe, 73.

    Second low net
    Reid Griffith, Los Alamos, 74.

    First flight

    First low gross
    Hugh Bundy, Pagosa Springs, Colo., 82.

    Second low gross
    Jerry Manzanares, Las Vegas, 83.

    First low net
    Terry Maznio, Las Vegas, 66.

    Second flight

  • Golf: Match-play tourney will be played on Labor Day weekend

    The Atomic City Invitational is back on the schedule.
    Los Alamos Golf Course head professional Donnie Torres said the event has been rescheduled for Labor Day weekend.
    The ACI, the oldest match-play tournament in the state, had originally been scheduled around the Independence Day holiday, but was postponed when Los Alamos was evacuated during the Las Conchas Fire. Since 1950, the tournament has only been canceled once, in 2000 following the Cerro Grande Fire.
    The tournament is the biggest golf event of the year and has attracted numerous golfers from around the state.