Today's News

  • 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


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



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


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



    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.

  • Largest Colorado quake since 1973 shakes homes along NM border

    DENVER (AP) — The largest earthquake to strike Colorado in almost 40 years has shaken hundreds of people near the New Mexico border and caused minor damage to a few homes.

    The magnitude 5.3 earthquake was recorded at about 11:46 p.m. MDT Monday about nine miles southwest of Trinidad, Colo., and about 180 miles south of Denver, according to the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo. The quake followed three smaller ones that hit the area earlier in the day.

  • Sunday's rainstorm floods Bandelier and other areas

    Last month’s monumental Las Conchas Fire burned most of the vegetation from the upper sections of Frijoles Canyon.

    Without plants to slow down and absorb rainfall from monsoons now in the area, the canyon is ripe for flash floods, such as the one experienced Sunday.

    The torrential thunderstorm began in the upper Frijoles Canyon area in early afternoon and fell heavily for nearly two hours. About 5:40 p.m., the creek began to rise in the Bandelier Visitor Center area, and within about one minute was roaring through the picnic and parking areas, black with ash and carrying logs and rocks, according to Bandelier’s Chris Judson.

  • Albuquerque utility curtails river diversions

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials with the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority say they have curtailed drinking water diversions from the Rio Grande because of ash from the Las Conchas fire.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports the utility did not shut down its diversion completely. Utility spokesman David Morris says by reducing the amount of water it takes from the river, it hopes to reduce the risk of ash fouling its water treatment system.

    Thunderstorms pounded the Las Conchas burn area over the weekend, including storms that hit the Peralta Canyon area downstream from Cochiti Reservoir, where the ash can reach Albuquerque.