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Today's News

  • Wildlife Center hosts open house

    The Wildlife Center, New Mexico’s only wildlife hospital, will have a free Annual Open House from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 30 and May 1. The Annual Open House is the one time during the year that the public is permitted to tour the intensive care unit and rehabilitation facility.
    The Wildlife Center was founded 25 years ago by Dr. Kathleen Ramsay.  As the Center looks forward to the next 25 years, a new mission statement, logo, tagline and Web site have been developed.
    The Open House is the first in a series of 25th anniversary events celebrating the new focus of “building wildlife stewardship in New Mexico.”

  • Stablein is part of Authors Speaks Series

    Marilyn Stablein, has authored 10 books and won the New Mexico Book Award for her collection of poetry, “Splitting Hard Ground,” (La Alameda Press, Albuquerque, 2010), and now she will be part of the Authors Speak Series at 7 p.m. April 28 in the Upstairs Rotunda of the Mesa Public Library.
    Other books include the memoirs, “Sleeping in Caves: A Sixties Himalayan Memoir,” (Monkfish Publishers, Rhinebeck N.Y. 2003) and “Climate of Extremes: Landscape and Imagination” (Black Heron Press, Everett, WA, 1995).
    Her fiction collections include “Night Travels to Tibet; The Census Taker: Tales of a Traveler in India and Nepal,” and “Vermin: A Bestiary.”

  • Catch the Spring Opera Tour in Los Alamos

    Two young singers recently set out on The Santa Fe Opera’s annual Spring Opera Tour with performances in 12 communities in New Mexico and Texas. The singers will offer free public concerts as well as daytime performances for students through April 29. They will visit Fuller Lodge at 7 p.m. Saturday.
    Participants in this year’s tour are soprano Ashley Logan, bass-baritone Alan Dunbar and pianist and music director Kirt Pavitt. Kathleen Clawson is the stage director.

  • Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra presents: 'Music spans the generations'

    The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra is a good example of music spanning generations.  Members of the group, which will perform its Spring Concert April 29, range in age from 15-91. All have the same goal — to join others in performing some of the finest musical compositions written for orchestra.

  • The language of deficit reduction

    A couple of weeks ago, after Wisconsin Republican Congressman Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, unveiled the GOP’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2012, New Mexico’s 3rd District Democratic Congressman Ben Ray Lujan took to the House floor with some thoughts on Ryan’s offering.
    To characterize Ryan’s budget plan as controversial is to understate the case. Still, even some of the staunchest critics--in Congress, in the media and beyond—have deigned to tip their hats to the Budget Committee chairman for his ambitious, if unrelentingly doctrinaire, approach to whittling federal spending by $4 trillion over the next ten years.

  • Martinez gets mixed grades

    Gov. Susana Martinez entered a room packed with Navajo leaders from New Mexico, her first such meeting.
    As each person spoke about needs, the governor took notes. She listened, she was gracious, and her visitors left feeling they were heard.
    I give the new governor an A for finessing the meeting alone, with no underling to take notes. Imagine her male predecessors doing that!
    Martinez has gotten through her first 100 days with a few wins, a few losses and a few questionable decisions.
    Her report card would include most of the letters, plus “needs improvement.”
    Let’s begin with the A’s. While Martinez wasn’t a commanding presence during her first legislative session, her message certainly was.

  • Baseball: LA blanks Santa Fe at home

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team earned its fourth lopsided victory of the season against the Santa Fe Demons Wednesday.
    Los Alamos blanked Santa Fe 13-0 Wednesday at Bomber Field, holding onto its top spot in the District 2-4A title race. Los Alamos improved its district record to 8-1 and can wrap up a district title against the Española Valley Sundevils Saturday.
    In four meetings this season — one of which occurred in a nondistrict contest at the St. Pius X Invitational and doesn’t count in the district standings — the Hilltoppers outscored Santa Fe’s Demons 58-3. The Hilltoppers swept a 2-4A doubleheader at Santa Fe earlier this month by counts of 16-2 and 16-0.

  • Track and field: Pole Position

    Los Alamos’ Chris Ryan heads over the pole vault bar, set at 11 feet, during the Hilltoppers’ home meet April 8.

    Both the Hilltopper boys and girls track and field teams  will take part in the two-day Harper Invitational starting Friday. The Harper Invite, which is hosted by the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, is usually one of the most competitive meets of the regular season.

    Many of the top teams from the Albuquerque area are expected to make an appearance at that meet, which continues through Saturday.

  • Softball: LA claims share of first in 2-4A with win Wednesday

    The good news for the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team was that it finished the first half of the District 2-4A season with a share of the lead.
    The bad news, however, is that the Hilltoppers will have to play out the remainder of the district season on the road.
    Due to a scheduling anomaly, the Hilltoppers played all six of their home district games in row, but now will have to take their show on the road for the balance of the season. As unsettling as that may be, there are many worse places to be starting a long road stretch than at the top looking down.

  • Court rejects Mattel's Bratz doll copyright claim

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A federal court jury Thursday rejected Mattel Inc.'s copyright infringement claims involving MGA Entertainment's popular, billion-dollar line of Bratz dolls.

    The jury found that Mattel does not own the idea for Bratz or any of the sketches that led to the doll and awarded Mattel no damages.

    The complex, 28-page verdict was being read after the panel completed nearly two weeks of deliberations and a rancorous three-month trial.