Today's News

  • Gary goes Libertarian

    Gary Johnson is moving. A few days ago, I told you where several of New Mexico’s former politicos are hanging out.
    I said former Gov. Gary Johnson usually could be found in the mountains of New Hampshire doing something adventurous plus a little politicking.
    Johnson felt like the victim in the famous movie “Catch 22.”
    He couldn’t get on the stage with other candidates for debates because his poll numbers were so low.
    And his poll numbers were low because the national GOP and its state affiliates omitted him from the ballots they prepared for news organizations to use in determining the candidates invited to speak.

  • Another special favor for the Spaceport

     It’s all go for Spaceport America. According to Christine Armstrong, executive director of the Spaceport Authority, 500 people already are signed up to fly into space with Virgin Galactic, at a ticket price of $200,000 apiece. A grand visitor center is scheduled to open in 2013.  
    Since the spaceport is several miles from I-25, two welcome centers will be constructed convenient to the highway, and shuttle buses will take visitors from those centers to the spaceport itself. After the current bond issues expire, the facility has a plan to be self-supporting.

  • Toppers, Sartans to clash tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltoppers boys basketball team will take on an old foe tonight at Griffith Gymnasium.

    Los Alamos will face the St. Pius X Sartans. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

    The two teams have a long history, including being District 2-4A rivals during the 2000-2006 seasons.

    This week, the Sartans (9-4) are the No. 4-ranked team in Class 4A and have already compiled some impressive wins, including an 85-65 victory over the team that replaced it in 2-4A, the Bernalillo Spartans.

  • Larkin heading to Hall of Fame

    NEW YORK (AP) — Barry Larkin had no idea back in 1982 that he would become a baseball Hall of Famer thanks to Bo Schembechler.
    A two-sport standout in his senior year of high school, Larkin went to the University of Michigan on a scholarship to play defensive back for Schembechler’s Wolverines. When he arrived in Ann Arbor, Larkin learned he was being redshirted.
    “I was a better football player than a baseball player at the time,” Larkin recalled. “And that was influential because I just worked on my baseball talent, just that alone. And that was an eye-opener because I got so much better.”

  • Ski Report 01-10-12

    Angel Fire

    31-inch base of packed powder. 2 inches of new snow reported. 63 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Enchanted Forest
    36-inch base of machine-groomed snow. 2-1/2 inches new snow reported. 35 trails open.

    40-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. Will reopen Friday.

    Red River
    40-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 53 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak
    49-inch base of powder. No new snow reported. Will reopen Wednesday.

    29-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 31 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Santa Fe

  • Sports Schedule Jan. 10-14


    Boys basketball: St. Pius X at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m., varsity 7 p.m.; Memorial Middle School at LAMS, seventh-grade, 4 p.m.; eighth-grade, 5 p.m.


    Wrestling: Los Alamos Quad, 3 p.m.


    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Pojoaque, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Diving: Los Alamos at Academy Invite, 4 p.m.


    Swimming: Los Alamos at Academy Invite, boys and girls, 10 a.m.

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Pecos Invite, varsity, 9 a.m.

    Girls basketball: Manzano at Los Alamos, C team, 2 p.m; JV, 3:30 p.m.; varsity, 5 p.m.

  • Sports Update 01-10-12

    New lacrosse program sign-ups are tonight

    Registrations for the new Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse program will be accepted at a sign-up session Tuesday.
    The session will be at Time Out Pizza in White Rock. It is scheduled from 6:30-8 p.m.
    The lacrosse program is for high-school aged boys and girls and for youth league players in grades 4-8.
    Registration is $85 per player. The season will run from March-May. Rental equipment may also be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Volunteers are also being sought to assist with coaching.
    For more information, visit www.laylax.org on the Internet.

    Tennis meeting set for Wednesday

  • America hits the brakes on health care spending

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Is health-care relief finally in sight?

    Health spending stabilized as a share of the nation's economy in 2010 after two back-to-back years of historically low growth, the government reported Monday.

    Experts debated whether it's a fleeting consequence of the sluggish economy, or a real sign that cost controls by private employers and government at all levels are starting to work.

    The answers will be vital for Medicare's sustainability, as well as for workplace coverage.

  • Hiring rises in November, but job openings dip

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers stepped up their hiring in November, though they advertised fewer jobs for a second straight month. The mixed data suggest the job market has strengthened but employers remain cautious.

    Until this fall, most of the improvement in the job market since the recession ended has been largely because of a sharp drop in layoffs. The jump in hiring reported Tuesday suggests companies are feeling more confident in the economy and are expanding, albeit slowly.

  • Rivals looking to chip away at Romney in NH

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — With Mitt Romney the overwhelming favorite, his five Republican opponents hoped to chip away at his dominance in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary and finish well enough to challenge him again in South Carolina and Florida.

    A narrower than expected win for Romney in the nation's first presidential primary — or a surprisingly strong finish from one of his rivals — could weaken the front-runner. Either would play as more evidence that Republicans still have doubts about Romney, who barely squeezed out a win in the Iowa caucuses.