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Today's News

  • Interim CEO named for LAMC

    The Los Alamos Medical Center today announced that F. Curtis Smith has been named interim CEO while a national search for a permanent CEO is underway.  Smith assumes the top leadership role on an interim basis following the resignation of Wally Vette, according to Don Bivacca, President of the National Division of LifePoint Hospitals of which LAMC is a part.
    “We are fortunate to have Curt Smith serve as our interim CEO at Los Alamos as we launch an aggressive national search for qualified candidates to fill the top leadership role on a permanent basis,” said Bivacca.  “Curt has considerable healthcare management experience and will ensure strong management and leadership during this transition.”

  • Early morning swim

    A small group of ducks  took advantage of the pleasant weather this morning and did a few laps around Ashley Pond.

  • County eyes its own radio system

    A Department of Homeland Security grant could help the county council determine whether or not to invest millions of dollars in an upgrade of the county’s public safety communications system.

    Los Alamos County Council voted 6-1 to approve a $68,775 New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management grant during a meeting in March.

    Councilor Vincent Chiravalle cast the lone no vote.

    The grant will be used to expand on a 2009 study that looked at optic fiber, broadband and radio, Emergency Management Coordinator Phil Taylor told the Los Alamos Monitor. Crestino Telecommunications Solutions, a consulting firm based in Albuquerque, conducted the study under the county’s information and technology department.

  • FBI takes aim at public corruption

    The FBI in Albuquerque and its law enforcement partners have announced several initiatives designed to make it easier for New Mexico residents to report public corruption and for the FBI and its partners to work more effectively together.

    A new hotline is available for anyone wanting to report public corruption to the FBI in Albuquerque.

    Public corruption undermines the nation’s security and the people’s trust in their government while wasting billions of tax dollars, said Albuquerque FBI Public Affairs Specialist Frank Fisher Foster, adding that public corruption includes corrupt public officials, border corruption, economic stimulus fraud, abuse of government contracting authority and many other examples.

  • Spring has sprung

    A variety of bulbs have bloomed - proof that spring has arrived in Los Alamos.

  • PNM request for interim rate relief rejected

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission has rejected a request by the state’s largest electric utility for interim relief as regulators consider whether to approve a proposed rate increase.
    The commission turned down Public Service Company of New Mexico’s request on Thursday.
    PNM wanted to begin the first phase of an $85 million rate increase that was negotiated by the utility and other groups as part of a stipulation that has yet to be considered by the commission.
    The interim rate increase would have totaled $45 million.
    The commission’s general counsel found that PNM failed to show immediate irreparable harm in its filing for interim relief.

  • Football: Locksely, UNM strike new deal

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico head football coach Mike Locksley has signed a new contract that would save the university thousands of dollars if the Lobo athletic department decide to sever their ties early with the coach.
    Locksley has been head coach at New Mexico since 2008. His teams have won two games and lost 22 in his first two years.
    New Mexico recently renegotiated his contract.
    The new agreement would pay Locksley $450,000 if he’s fired after the 2011 season.
    Under the previous contract, the university would have owed Locksley more than $1 million, or $365,000 for each year remaining on the contract if he was fired prior to 2014.

  • Tennis: Backhanded comeback

    Hilltopper Dominic Lucido winds up for a backhand return during a match last week. Los Alamos’ boys and girls will play Saturday in Santa Fe at Capital and Santa Fe High Schools.

  • Baseball: Mattingly earns win in debut

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Don Mattingly’s phone buzzed with text messages of good luck to the new Los Angeles Dodgers manager on opening day. The man who had groomed him for the job didn’t check in.
    No slight intended, though. Retired manager Joe Torre was in Hawaii on Thursday, having talked to Mattingly a few days earlier.
    Now it was time for his protege to go to work on his own.
    “No Vince Lombardi today,” he said. “We’ve been laying out what we expect from guys all (spring) camp long.”
    And the Dodgers lived up to it in a 2-1 win over the rival San Francisco Giants.

  • Softball: LA finishes 2nd at tournament

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper junior varsity softball team finished second in its home tournament last weekend.
    Los Alamos won four games during the two-day tournament, held at Overlook Park in White Rock. Los Alamos topped St. Michael’s 11-3, Taos 13-0, Santa Fe 13-2 and Belen 15-3.
    The Hilltoppers finished second to the one tournament team it didn’t play, Raton. Raton also won four games and earned the tiebreaker of runs scored, 55-52.
    Against St. Michael’s, Dancy Smith picked up the win on the slab, while Alyessa Mojica closed out the game.