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Today's News

  • Report shows state lags in literacy

    More than 60 percent of 12th graders leave high school without the advanced reading and writing skills needed for college.

    That’s according to a newly released report from the Alliance for Excellent Education.

    The report notes that while the share of jobs in the United States that require postsecondary education has increased from 28 percent to 60 percent in the 1970s, the literacy performance of 17-year-olds has remained the same. A

  • Clean up the racing industry

    Some people were shocked by the revelation that five New Mexico race tracks had the worst safety records in the nation.
    According to the New York Times, trainers here “illegally pump sore horses full of painkillers to mask injury” and race them; if they’re caught the penalties are minimal. In the last three years, some 3,600 horses died at state-regulated tracks nationwide. In just 13 days in 2010, nine horses died racing at Sunland Park, five were hauled away, and two jockeys were hospitalized, one in critical condition.
    The March 24 story features a photo of a dead racehorse at a Ruidoso dump, its broken front leg visible, and a video interview with Jacky Martin, a New Mexico jockey paralyzed after his horse went down.

  • Keep businesses safe from hackers

    Many business owners fear computer data breaches, but they don’t know where to start protecting themselves from information-highway robbers. Some wonder why they should spend money on sophisticated security systems when hackers can get around them. But a business doesn’t have to spend a fortune to introduce basic IT security measures that can significantly reduce its vulnerability.
    Know the enemy
    Small-business owners assume hackers only seek big money from big businesses. But hackers like small ventures because most have minimal security. Hackers likewise prey on business travelers who use unprotected mobile phones and electronic devices to send sensitive information.

  • LA boys golf finishes 6th Monday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys golf team finished sixth in Monday’s Bernalillo Invitational, while Emma Haines just missed out on an individual qualifying leg for the Hilltopper girls.
    Monday’s tournament was played at the Santa Ana Golf Club in Bernalillo.
    The Hilltopper girls brought just three players to the event, not enough to earn a team score, but Haines shot a 100 on the day, just missing the qualifying leg cutoff of 99. Haines got hot early in her round as she flirted with her first leg of the 2011-12 season.
    Emily Stearns was the only other member of the Hillltopper girls to complete her round. She finished with a 123.
    For the Hilltopper boys, Johnny Osden led the way with an 88 as the Hilltoppers finished with 446 strokes.

  • Turning it Around

    Katya Skurikhin performs a one and a half jump turn during her gold medal floor exercise at the NAWGJ meet March 3. Skurikhin won the Level 7 all-around championship for Los Alamos School of Gymnastics, taking first place in vault, uneven parallel bars and in floor exercises

  • No. 2 singles, doubles girls advance to final

    Los Alamos’ No. 2 singles player Laura Whicker and its No. 2 doubles team of Bridget Daughton/Jing Xie advanced to the championship round of Saturday’s Los Alamos Invitational tennis tournament.
    The tournament was held at Capital High School in Santa Fe.
    The tournament included teams from Cleveland, Hope Christian, Taos and defending Class 4A champion Farmington, as well as most of the teams from District 2-4A.
    The Hilltoppers were playing Saturday’s tournament without most of their top players.

  • Girls track results from Saturday's invite

    Here are the Los Alamos girls track and field team’s results from Saturday’s Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational:

    Team scores
    1. Cleveland, 116; 2. La Cueva, 111; 3. Los Alamos, 74; 4. Eldorado, 73; 5. Cibola, 37; 6. Sandia Prep, 16; 7. Albuquerque Academy, 11; 8. Bosque School, 8; (tie) West Mesa, 8.

    3200 meters
    5. Miranda Barraza, 12:23.72; 6. Liz Turner, 12:25.75; Amanda Mercer, 12:46.26.

    400 relay
    3. Los Alamos (Laura Wendelberger, Amy Neal, Morgan Schake, Chase Ealey), 50.64.

    100 hurdles
    3. Laura Wendelberger, 16.49; Chelsea Chalacombe, 18.64; Hallie Thayer, 20.76.

    1600 meters

  • Friends recall Micah True: passionate and playful

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Up mountainsides, through deserts and the wildest of rugged terrain, there was little that could break the serenity or solitude of Micah True as he ran. Only, perhaps, the pounding beat of his heart or the rhythm of his feet as they hit the trail, mile after mile after mile.

    For True, running — the pure act of traveling relentlessly long distances — was a passion that needed no justification. To those who knew him well, it also brought forth an intense playfulness in the 58-year-old ultra-marathon runner.

  • Kentucky beats Kansas for NCAA title

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Before his confetti-flecked suit gets back from the cleaners, John Calipari will be on the road.

    Such is life for a coach who recruits all that NBA-ready talent — especially when those players get in the habit of bringing championships back to their ol' Kentucky home.

    Cal's latest group of one-and-doners doesn't have much left to prove at this level. Despite a rough shooting night by the best of Kentucky's talented freshmen, Anthony Davis, the Wildcats defeated Kansas 67-59 on Monday night to win their eighth national title, and first since 1998.

  • LAHS fares well at regional Robotics competition

    Team 4143 from Los Alamos High School recently traveled to the regional portion for the FIRST Robotics Competition in Salt Lake. The Team, named Project Y after the government name for Los Alamos during the Manhattan project, came home with high honors. The team and their hoop shooting robot made it through the quarter finals and on to the semi finals, where they weren't eliminated until the final round. They finished 14thout of 44, an amazing showing for a brand new team. The team and their robot garnered a number of prestigious awards at the competition as well.