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Today's News

  • Clooney uses star power to shed light on crisis

    WASHINGTON (AP) — George Clooney used his Hollywood celebrity to draw attention Wednesday to the humanitarian crisis in the volatile border between Sudan and South Sudan, offering a firsthand account of the suffering as thousands forced to take refuge in caves because of daily aerial bombardments.
    “What you see is a constant drip of fear,” the actor and human rights activist told the packed room of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as his every move was accompanied by the incessant sound of camera shutters clicking.
    Just back from an eight-day trip to the region, Clooney described a secret, six-hour trip across the border to the Nuba Mountains, rocket attacks, death and destruction. He recalled how a 9-year-old boy had his hands blown off.

  • 'Lorax’ trumps ‘John Carter’ with $39.1M weekend

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax” has easily beaten Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “John Carter” at the weekend box office.
    Studio estimates Sunday put Universal Pictures’ “The Lorax” at No. 1 for the second-straight weekend as the animated adventure based on the children’s book took in $39.1 million. That raised its 10-day domestic total to $122 million, making “The Lorax” the top-grossing movie released this year.

  • New TV show featuring Navajo police to air

    FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A new television show that follows Navajo Nation police officers as they patrol the reservation’s 17 million-plus acres is set to hit the airwaves.
    “Navajo Cops” premieres Monday evening on the National Geographic Channel and features some of the tribal department’s 330 men and women on patrol.
    The show follows officers as they provide services and respond to calls across the sprawling reservation. About 180,000 residents live on the nation’s largest Indian reservation, which extends across parts of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. The officers have to balance modern law enforcement with ancient customs.

  • ‘The Giver’ illustrates the imperfections in ‘perfection’

    A group of children duck down and shield themselves with their arms against the plane overhead. It’s not until the female voice comes over the loudspeaker, announcing that everything is fine, do they relax and continue on with their business.
    The youngsters are all dressed alike in drab, gray clothing. In fact, everyone in their community dresses the same. There is no color and no diversity.
    “The Giver,” Los Alamos Little Theatre’s latest production, adapted by Eric Coble, directed by Mimi Adams, produced by Pat Beck and based on a book by Lois Lowry, gives the audience a look inside this totalitarian society reminiscent of George Orwell’s “1984.”

  • Explore the outdoors

    The volcanic Jemez Mountains rise up from the high desert like an island in the sky surrounded by a desert sea. The Rio Grande rift splits the Colorado Plateau and a sparkling ribbon of water flows along its path. Northern New Mexico’s rich diversity of ecosystems awaits the curious.  
        This June, PEEC offers children the opportunity to explore the landscape. Programs are for children entering grades fourth through sixth (Nature Odyssey) and grades seven and eight (LEAP). Each week is a chance for them to spend their days outdoors, make new friends and meet scientists in the field.  

  • Initiatives take center stage

    I have to admit that some county council meetings are pretty boring,  and almost all of them are too long. Sometimes we discuss headline-worthy topics, such as the Trinity Site development or the N.M. 502 redesign, but often they are pretty mundane items about renewing a cement work task order contract, which is about as interesting as it sounds (although task order contracts ARE important!).

  • All about 'wasteful pork'

    Wasteful pork!
    It makes a good headline, doesn’t it?
    How about this one: Governor slashes funds to poorest counties!
    Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed $23 million in the $130 million bill. She is correct that our capital outlay system is unfair and inefficient, but you might say the same of her lengthy list of vetoed projects.

  • Powerful Storm offense downs LA

    Facing a big challenge in its 2012 home opener, the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball hung tough with a big-swinging ballclub.
    Unfortunately, the Cleveland Storm’s offense was too much for the Hilltoppers, despite some solid defensive play.
    Cleveland, a Class 5A school that was averaging better than 18 runs per game heading into Wednesday’s contest, slugged a pair of home runs in the third inning and pushed three important runs across in the top of the seventh to down the Hilltoppers 10-5 at Overlook Park.
    Cleveland, a very good hitting team from top to bottom, had three three-run innings in the contest to help propel it to the win. Only a couple of big defensive plays by the Hilltoppers limited further damage in the third and seventh innings.

  • Sports Update 03-15-12

    Rugby match is Friday

    The Los Alamos boys rugby team will host a match Friday.
    The match, against reigning state champion Rio Rancho, is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Sullivan Field. Admission for the match is free.

    LALL registration is open

    Registration for Los Alamos Little League baseball and softball is open through March 30.
    LALL is for youth ages 4 to 16 who live within the LALL boundaries.
    Interested participants can find more registration information at www.eteamz.com/lall-baseball/.   

    Coach starting new swim club

  • Felton fitting right in to top job at LA

    While going into new, unfamiliar territory is usually enough to get one’s nerves fired up, Matt Felton isn’t feeling that way. Not by a long shot.
    Of course, Felton, the new head coach of the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team, has plenty of people around to offer him some friendly advice when he needs it, including the two previous head coaches of the program.
    Felton, who was hired this past fall, officially opened his tenure two weeks ago at the Rio Rancho Chili Quad. After a big showing at last week’s Albuquerque Public Schools kickoff meet, the team is readying this week for a meet hosted by District 2-4A rival Bernalillo.