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Today's News

  • Managing epidemics: an argument against blanket job cuts

    The unvaccinated woman got on a plane in London. She flew to Washington, D.C., changed planes and flew to Denver, then on to Albuquerque, and from there drove home to Santa Fe.  She had measles.  
    During the trip, she exposed other passengers from all over the world to this disease.
    Preventing an epidemic involved 70 countries and four states, and cost $1 million, according to Dr. Chad Smelser, an epidemiologist with the New Mexico Department of Health.
    A few other thought-provoking highlights from a recent presentation by Smelser:

  • Jet served a purpose

    There is just something about a jet…
    The governor won headlines for selling the “ultimate symbol of waste and excess,” an executive jet purchased by her predecessor, for less than half its purchase price.
    It was an unwise acquisition in the first place, and its fire sale during a recession is questionable, but hey, we’re talking symbols here.
    As a corporate public relations person in the 1970s, it was my responsibility to explain the Lear jet purchased and used by executives of PNM, the state’s biggest utility.
    Management saw it as a tool. Long before cell phones and laptops, their frequent trips east to raise money meant they were difficult to reach, and the prevailing concern was to minimize their time away.

  • Finishing Touches

    Crews worked late Monday night on Sullivan Field. Here a cart drops small pieces of rubber onto the new artificial surface. Work at Sullivan Field started in mid-May.

  • Crittenton arrested in California

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton was in police custody after being arrested at a Southern California airport to board a flight to Atlanta, where his lawyer said he would go to surrender in a murder case.
    Crittenton, who was suspended from the league for having guns in a locker room with teammate Gilbert Arenas, was arrested Monday evening at John Wayne Airport in Orange County after checking in for a redeye Delta Air Lines flight, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. She said he was with a male companion who was not arrested.

  • Aquatomics' long course results

    Here are the results for the Los Alamos Aquatomics swim team from the New Mexico State Long Course Championship (name, age group, event, place, time).

    Ashlynn Bennett, girls 13-14
    200 IM, 8, 2:47.38; 50 freestyle, 6, 30.44; 100 breaststroke, 8, 1:27.30; 200 breaststroke, 3, 3:02.49; 200 freestyle, 3, 2:22.88; 100 freestyle, 4, 1:06.18; 50 breaststroke, 5, 40.10.

    Jillian Bennett, girls 10 and under
    50 breaststroke, 4, 47.22; 100 backstroke, 12, 1:41.99; 50 backstroke, 11, 47.11; 50 freestyle, 14, 38.92; 100 breaststroke, 3, 1:42.38; 200 IM, 10, 3:45.27.

    Kaitlin Bennett, girls 11-12

  • LA cross country results from Saturday's La Cueva scrimmage

    Here are Los Alamos’ results from the La Cueva cross country scrimmage Saturday. Los Alamos will open its season Saturday at the University of New Mexico Invitational.

    Girls

    Varsity score
    Los Alamos, 15; La Cueva, 50.

    JV score
    Los Alamos, 15; La Cueva, 48.

    C Team score
    Los Alamos, 15; La Cueva 44.

    Individual results

    1. Jennifer Mooday, 20:14; 2. Teresa Sandoval, 20:35; 3. Emily Pittman, 21:15; 4. Elizabeth Turner, 21:19; 5. Jordan Parker, 21:23; 6. Mikayla Pulliam, 21:29; 7. Eliana Riciputi, 21:32; 8. Anna Wermer, 21:32; 9. Amanda Mercer, 21:47;

  • Blast at Wyo. oil production site kills 3 workers

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — An explosion has killed three workers who had been laying a fuel line at a Wyoming oil storage site, an oil company spokesman said.

    The blast at about 10 a.m. Monday near Glenrock, in a remote region of eastern Wyoming, sparked a 10-acre fire before it was brought under control, Samson Resources Co. spokesman Dennis Neill said. The fuel line where the blast victims had been working was intended to supply a heater treatment facility that separates oil from water as they're pumped out of the ground.

  • Romney on Perry turf assails 'career politicians'

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney castigated "career politicians" Tuesday as he tried to distinguish himself from chief rival Rick Perry while on the governor's home turf in Texas.

    "I am a conservative businessman. I spent most of my life outside of politics, dealing with real problems in the real economy," Romney said told the Veterans of Foreign Wars annual convention in San Antonio. "Career politicians got us into this mess and they simply don't know how to get us out."

  • Disaster aid account faces shortfall

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's main disaster aid account is running woefully short of money as the Obama administration confronts damages from Hurricane Irene that could run into billions of dollars.

    With less than $800 million in its disaster aid coffers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been forced to freeze rebuilding projects from disasters dating to Hurricane Katrina to conserve money for emergency needs in the wake of Irene. Lawmakers from states ravaged by tornadoes this spring, like Missouri and Alabama, are especially furious.

  • Al Bundy's Walk of Fame star in front of shoe store

    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Ed O'Neill's new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame would seem to be in an appropriate spot: in front of a DSW shoe store on Hollywood Boulevard.

    O'Neill used to play shoe salesman Al Bundy on the long-running sitcom "Married With Children."

    The Walk of Fame says the Emmy-nominated star of "Modern Family" will receive his sidewalk honor on Tuesday. The ceremony will feature his two TV wives, Sofia Vergara from "Modern," the current ABC hit, and Katey Sagal from "Married," which aired on Fox.