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Today's News

  • New Mexico women's basketball head coach retires

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico officials confirmed Monday that women's basketball head coach Don Flanagan is retiring.

    Flanagan is the most successful coach in the history of the New Mexico women's program. He posted a 340-168 record in 16 seasons, took the Lobos to the NCAA Tournament eight times and won a handful of conference championships.

    Flanagan had one year left on a four-year contract extension. The Albuquerque Journal reported that Flanagan made the decision after five freshman players informed him of their intentions to quit the team.

  • Child abuse hotline gets a new number

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has a new hotline number to report child abuse and neglect.

    Gov. Susana Martinez and Children, Youth, and Families Secretary Yolanda Deines on Monday announced the new statewide number — 1-855-333-SAFE.

    The department has had a hotline for 12 years, but officials say the new number is easier to remember.

    Caseworkers at the Children, Youth and Families Department's Albuquerque-based central intake unit answer the calls and get as much information as possible.

    A supervisor then reviews each case, deciding whether it will be investigated and whether it's a priority.

    Cases are sent to the county where the child lives.

  • Man and woman found dead in northern NM

    TRUCHAS, N.M. (AP) — Rio Arriba authorities are investigating the deaths of two people found just outside the community of Truchas in northern New Mexico.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports the bodies of a 31-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman were found Sunday afternoon by a relative of the dead woman.

    Authorities are treating the deaths as a homicide.

    A spokesman for the Rio Arriba Sheriff's office tells the Journal both victims were shot to death.

    The sheriff's office says persons of interest are being sought for questioning. So far, there have been no arrests.

  • AP source: 9/11 suspects to face military tribunal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal law enforcement official says professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators are being referred to the system of military commissions for trial.

    The decision by the Obama administration is an about-face from earlier plans to have the five go on trial in civilian federal court in New York.

    The official spoke on condition of anonymity about the switch, which Attorney General Eric Holder was expected to announce at an afternoon news conference.


     

  • 5 homes, barns burn in fast-moving NM grass fire--see video

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters battled a wind-driven wildfire Monday that has already destroyed five homes, forced evacautions and knocked oput plower to about 1,000 homes and businesses, officials said.

    More than 100 people at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack and Casino were ordered evacuated Sunday as were several neighborhoods in the community of Ruidoso Downs.

    New Mexico Forestry Division spokesman Dan Ware confirmed that the buildings were damaged by the wind-driven blaze, which had not been contained. He said it has scorched more than 2,000 acres, or over 3 square miles, on private, state and federal land in southern New Mexico.

  • Search for radiation leak turns desperate in Japan--video extra

    TOKYO (AP) — Workers used a milky bathwater dye Monday as they frantically tried to trace the path of radioactive water seeping into the ocean from Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear plant.

    The crack in a maintenance pit discovered over the weekend was the latest confirmation that radioactivity continues to spill into the environment. The leak is a symptom of the primary difficulty at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex: Radioactive water is pooling around the plant and preventing workers from powering up cooling systems needed to stabilize dangerously vulnerable fuel rods.

  • Engineers fail to seal leak at Japan nuke plant--video extra

    TOKYO (AP) — Engineers failed to seal a crack where highly radioactive water was spilling into the Pacific from a Japanese nuclear power plant incapacitated by last month's earthquake-spawned tsunami but said a search of the site found no other leaks Sunday.

    The wave has carved a path of destruction up and down the coast and is believed to have killed 25,000 people. The first deaths at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant itself, though, were confirmed Sunday by the operator. A 21-year-old and a 24-year-old were believed to be conducting regular checks at the complex when the 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit March 11.

  • State News at a Glance 04-03-11

    Anglers renew licenses

    SANTA FE — The state Game and Fish Department is reminding New Mexico anglers that it’s time to renew their fishing licenses.
    New licenses are required as of Friday and will remain valid through March 31, 2012.
    New Mexico residents will pay $35 for an annual license, including a vendor’s fee as well as habitat stamps.
    The department reported Thursday there are good fishing opportunities across the state, including for northern pike at Navajo Lake and white bass as Elephant Butte Lake.
    Bonito Lake near Ruidoso opened Friday and was recently stocked with more than 6,000 trout.

    Generating station gets an upgrade

  • Youth Activity Center schedule 04-03-11

    This week at the Youth Activity Center:
     Monday — Birthday board
    Tuesday — Team foosball
    Wednesday — Movies and munchies
    Thursday — Surprise snack
    Friday — UNO and other
    card games.
    Membership is free and open to third through eighth graders.
    For morel information, call 662-9412 or 672-1565.
    The Youth Activity Center is a progam of the Los Alamos Family council.

  • Animal Shelter 04-03-11

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    All of our fully reconditioned adoptable pets are spayed or neutered, have their shots and are micro-chipped.
    Be sure to check out links to our many pets at the Friends of the Shelter Web site: www.lafos.org. You can also volunteer or make a donation.  
    Don’t forget our two-for-one, $35 Cat-a-Palooza adoption event is still going on for a limited time. The Dog Jog is coming up April 16, so mark you calendars and register online.