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Today's News

  • LA man faces rape charges

    A man accused of raping another man while he was asleep is headed to Los Alamos Magistrate Court to face charges next month.
    Gregory Thompson, 28, Los Alamos, is charged with two counts of criminal sexual penetration, both third degree felonies; attempted criminal sexual penetration, also a third degree felony; and attempted criminal sexual contact, a fourth degree felony.
    He faces 10 1/2 years behind bars and a $20,000 fine if found guilty of all the charges.
    The police report regarding the incident tells the following story: On Feb. 12 at 4:21 a.m., Los Alamos Police Cpl. Christopher Ross responded to a domestic call. Once Ross arrived, the undisclosed caller was pacing around the kitchen and seemed to be upset.

  • Council supports DPU request

    The Los Alamos County Council voted to support the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ request for a resolution supporting a State Implementation Plan for reducing regional haze at PNM’s San Juan Generating Station near Farmington.
    The resolution also requests an administrative stay of enforcement for a more stringent Environmental Protection Agency Federal Implementation Plan, until the issue is decided in court. Without the stay of enforcement, approximately $250 million could be lost implementing the plan, should the courts decide in favor of the SIP.
    Los Alamos County owns a 7.2 percent share of unit 4 at the generating station, which provides approximately 50 percent of the electric requirements for Los Alamos County.

  • Most Town Hall recommendations say general things in general ways

    Nearly 175 New Mexicans and a couple of Texans gathered in Albuquerque recently for the 100th New Mexico First Town Hall, with the topic “Learning from our Past. Planning our future.”
    People from metro Albuquerque and Santa Fe — what I call the north-central urban area and home to half the state’s two million people — dominated the town hall. Of the 163 people listed in the participant packet, 25, or 15 percent, were from outside the north central area. Of those, six came from northeast counties working on a regional economic development approach.
    Two participants from Houston (that’s the one in Texas) must have registered late because they were not listed. The Texans work for energy companies.

  • Quintana named to All-State first team

    Lauren Quintana of Española Valley and Cheyenne Cordova of Pojoaque were both named to the New Mexico High School Coaches Association All-State girls basketball teams.
    The NMHSCA released its selections for the All-State teams Tuesday afternoon. No Hilltoppers were selected in either 4A girls or boys basketball.
    Quintana was named to the All-State 4A first team for the Sundevils and led them to their fourth consecutive district title this season.
    Cordova was picked as a second-team selection for Class 3A.
    Representing District 2-4A on the All-State first team was Brandon Saiz of Bernalillo. Named to the All-4A second team were Mikey Lopez and Christian Martinez of Capital.

  • Sports Update 03-28-12

    Pace Racing set to start April 3

    The Atomic City Roadrunners running club will open its 2012 Pace Race season April 3.
    The Roadrunners’ first race of the season will be at Canyon Rim Trail. Race time is 6 p.m.
    The Atomic City Roadrunners races every Tuesday during Daylight Savings Time. Participants in the club’s weekly Pace Races predict their finishing times on the 1- and 3-mile courses. Race winners are those who come closest to their predicted times.
    Season dues are $20 for individuals and $30 for families. Members contribute $.50 per race and non-members $1.50 per race.
    For more information, contact Ted Williams at 672-1639 or visit the club’s website, www.atomicrunners.com.

  • Gingrich revamps campaign to deny Romney delegates

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is drastically reorganizing his money- and delegate-deprived campaign, scaling back a traditional operation to focus on low-cost social media and an effort to cajole delegates to back him over front-runner Mitt Romney.

    One-third of Gingrich's campaign staff has been laid off and his campaign manager has been asked to resign, Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond said Tuesday night.

  • Johnson's group to purchase Dodgers

    NEW YORK (AP) — One Los Angeles institution is buying another.
    A group that includes former Lakers star Magic Johnson and longtime baseball executive Stan Kasten agreed Tuesday night to buy the Dodgers from Frank McCourt for a record $2 billion.
    The price would shatter the mark for a sports franchise. Stephen Ross paid $1.1 billion for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins in 2009, and in England, Malcolm Glazer and his family took over the Manchester United soccer club in 2005 in a deal then valued at $1.47 billion.
    Mark Walter, chief executive officer of the financial services firm Guggenheim Partners, would become the controlling owner.

  • Ski Report 03-28-12

    Angel Fire

    44-inch base of spring conditions. No new snow reported. 57 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Enchanted Forest

    Closed for the season.

    Pajarito

    Closed for the season.

    Red River

    Closed for the season.

    Sandia Peak

    Closed for the season.

    Sipapu

    39-inch base of spring conditions. No new snow reported. 13 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Ski Apache

    38-inch base of spring conditions. No new snow reported. 41 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Santa Fe

    46-inch base of spring conditions. No new snow reported. 77 trails and 6 lifts open.

  • Court: What's left of health law without mandate?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The heart of the Obama administration's health care overhaul hanging in the balance, the Supreme Court is turning to whether the rest of the law can survive if the crucial individual insurance requirement is struck down.

    The justices also will spend part of Wednesday, the last of three days of arguments over the health law, considering a challenge by 26 states to the expansion of the Medicaid program for low-income Americans, an important feature toward the overall goal of extending health insurance to an additional 30 million people.

  • Traffic backed up on truck route

    A three-car accident on the truck route snarled traffic for lab commuters tonight.

    According to deputy police chief Kevin Purtymun, dispatch was called around 5 p.m. He said the Los Alamos Fire Department responded and he did not know of any injuries.

    For more on the story, check Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor.