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Today's News

  • Sunday's monsoon hits El Rancho

    This was the scene outside of Los Alamos National Laboratory employee Steve Yanicak’s property in El Rancho Sunday. Yanicak said he sustained no structural damage to his house but suffered some moderate erosional damage at the northern end of his property. I have never seen such a large amount of rainfall in such a short period of time ...and I’ve been living here since 1993. My neighbors that grew up in this area (most in their 60s) have never seen such a scary flood as we all witnessed on Sunday either,” Yanicak said in an email. Yanicak said it could have been a lot worse but he said he had taken precautions in the past 10 years to build and reinforce some erosional structures and walls at the edge of the arroyo.

  • Flood waters swamp roadways

    Sunday’s pounding rainstorm washed out several areas throughout Los Alamos County. “We had flooding on West Jemez Road at Water Canyon with reports of four to six feet of water above the road,” said Los Alamos National Laboratory spokesman James Rickman.
    Roadside guardrails washed out during the flooding, but the integrity of the road was not compromised, he said. The road was closed Monday while crews cleaned up the area.
    Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster reported that N.M. 4 was shut down at both ends Sunday due to rising rainwater and debris creating a hazard for motorists.

  • Tourism secretary had a plan

    In July as the state’s forests, along with its tourism season, seemed to be going up in smoke, the industry anxiously awaited a move from Santa Fe to counter bad publicity.
    They wondered aloud if Tourism Secretary Monique Jacobson had a game plan.
    She did. Rather than calling more attention to the fires, she took another approach – the “Catch the Kid” campaign.
    Don’t expect the same old thing from Jacobson, a home-grown marketer hired away from Quaker Oats to breathe life into tourism promotion. She grew up in the business – her father’s a hotelier in Taos Ski Valley – and honed her skills out of state. Now she’s back with energy, ideas and infectious enthusiasm.

  • Texas continues to bully New Mexico

    Texas has done it to us again. The state has enjoyed bullying us ever since it came into existence. This time it involves playing by different rules for the collection on drought insurance.
    Last year, as the effects of drought became very obvious, the U.S. Department of Agriculture began touting a new drought insurance policy. Ranchers in New Mexico and Texas jumped at the opportunity.
    Sure enough, both states are experiencing the worst droughts in recorded history. Texas ranchers have received $65 million in payments. New Mexico ranchers have received $2,000 for the $1.5 million they paid in premiums.

  • Boise St. favored in Mountain West race

    Boise State leapt at the chance to leave behind the Western Athletic Conference and join the Mountain West.
    It’s just a far different looking conference than the Broncos were anticipating.
    “What makes it a lot tougher is the new environments, new situations, new teams, new stadiums, new fans. We were comfortable in the WAC because we had been there, we had been all those places,” Boise State offensive tackle Nate Potter said. “Mountain West has a bunch of good teams we’re going to look out for.”
    Boise State’s move is the big news, but the arrival of the blue turf on the Mountain West footprint comes knowing that TCU is on its way out.

  • Work on Sullivan Field is still ongoing

    Things are still progressing at Sullivan Field, although not as quickly as Los Alamos High School’s athletic department was hoping.
    Workers from Academy Sports Turf of Englewood, Colo., began laying down the new artificial surface at Sullivan Field this weekend and as of Monday had much of the football playing area on the ground.
    However, the renovation at Sullivan Field, which began in mid-May and was scheduled to wrap up on or about Aug. 18, has fallen well behind schedule.

  • Sports Schedule Aug. 23-27

    Tuesday

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Belen, varsity, 4 p.m.; JV, 6 p.m.

     

    Thursday

    Boys soccer: Rio Rancho at Los Alamos, varsity, JV, 4 p.m.

     

    Girls soccer: Moriarty at Los Alamos, varsity, 6 p.m.

     

    Saturday

    Cross country: Los Alamos at La Cueva scrimmage, boys and girls, 9 a.m.

     

    Volleyball: Pojoaque at Los Alamos, C team, 11 a.m.; JV, noon; varsity, 1:30 p.m.

     

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Farmington, varsity, noon; JV, 2 p.m.

     

    Football: Los Alamos at Pojoaque, varsity, 1:30 p.m.

     

    Girls soccer: Farmington at Los Alamos, JV, 2 p.m.; varsity, 4 p.m.

  • New-home sales fall, 2011 could be worst year yet

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people who bought new homes fell for the third straight month in July, putting sales on track to finish this year as the worst on records dating back half a century.

    Sales of new homes fell nearly 1 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 298,000, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. That's less than half the 700,000 that economists say represent a healthy market.

    Housing remains the weakest part of the economy. Last year was the worst for new-home sales on records that go back nearly 50 years.

  • Biden lauds Japan's resolve in tsunami zone visit

    SENDAI, Japan (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday praised the resolve of the Japanese people in their efforts to recover from the tsunami and reaffirmed the two countries' alliance as vital for regional peace and prosperity.

    In a speech at Sendai's airport, which American military personnel helped clear of debris after the tsunami, Biden spoke of the U.S. public's admiration of Japan after the March 11 disaster, which left about 20,000 people dead or missing and ravaged hundreds of miles (kilometers) of coastline.

    "The disaster met its match in the legendary industriousness and relentless perseverance of the Japanese people," he said.

  • AP survey: No recession but weakness will endure

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Another recession isn't likely over the next 12 months. Neither is any meaningful improvement in the economy.

    That's the picture that emerges from an Associated Press survey of leading economists who have grown more pessimistic in recent weeks. They say high unemployment and weak consumer spending will hold back the U.S. economy into 2012.

    Their gloominess comes at a time when Europe's debt crisis threatens to infect the global financial system. It also coincides with an annual economic conference late this week in Jackson Hole, Wyo., and speculation about whether Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will unveil any new steps there to help the economy.