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Today's News

  • Supercomputer world's fastest

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Monday announced that a supercomputer called Sequoia at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) was ranked the world’s most powerful computing system.
    Clocking in at 16.32 sustained petaflops (quadrillion floating point operations per second), Sequoia earned the number one ranking on the industry standard Top500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers released Monday at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC12) in Hamburg, Germany. Sequoia was built for NNSA by IBM.

  • Pickax Slayings Still Unsolved One Year later

    Today marks the one-year anniversary of an unsolved triple homicide in El Rancho that has left State Police stumped.

    The bodies of Lloyd, Dixie and Steven Ortiz were found in their El Rancho home on June 19 of last year.

    State Police spokesman Lt. Robert McDonald said there are no updates in the case, but that the investigation into the murders has been what he called “very active.”

    He said State Police have conducted more than 120 interviews, executed 10 search warrants, submitted more than 50 pieces of evidence to the crime lab and followed leads as far as Oklahoma, Arizona and California.

  • Council to draft priorities

    At tonight’s county council work session, Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher will present councilors with a range of options for economic development.  Although no action will be taken, staff will look to council for guidance on where to focus the county’s limited resources.

    As part of his preparation, Fisher presented his preliminary report to the county’s Economic Vitality Action Team (EVAT) for feedback. EVAT advises the county administrator on implementation of the Economic Vitality Strategic Plan (EVSP).

  • On apples and activism

    Sorting out complex issues is something I like to do in these columns, but the space in a typical opinion column doesn’t always permit that. Today, we return to a couple of subjects of past columns – apples and activism.    

  • In quest of some tax relief

    I’ll wager that when most brides and grooms utter the phrase, “For better or for worse,” the “worse” they’re imagining probably involves situations like getting laid off or a prolonged family illness – not being the victim of tax fraud perpetrated by a current or former spouse.
    Married couples typically file joint tax returns because it lets them take advantage of certain tax credits and other benefits not available if they file separately. However, one potential drawback is that you’re each responsible, jointly and individually, for any taxes, interest and penalties due on returns filed while you’re married, even if you later divorce.

  • Road to Victory

    Alamogordo’s Marcel Berger celebrates as he crosses the finish line on the way to a win in the Licensed Men Category 4 race Sunday as part of the Tour de Los Alamos. Check Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor for complete results.

  • Horses travel to London in style

    LONDON (AP) — They didn’t have to absolutely, positively get them there overnight, but when the U.S. Equestrian Federation sent some of its horses to London for the Olympics, it was a special delivery.
    The elite U.S. three-day eventing equine squad landed in London on Monday on a FedEx flight, having taken the red eye from Newark, N.J. They’re not the first competitors to arrive as the countdown to the games clicks to less than 40 days away, but they are among the most pampered.
    “They are all special,” said Tim Dutta, who owns the international horse transport company that organized the trip. “We are working on everybody’s dream.”

  • Clemens’ acquittal is latest blow for federal prosecutors

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Barry Bonds. Guilty on a technicality. At least that’s how much of the public sees it. It’s all that came out of a seven-year investigation into baseball’s home run king.
    Lance Armstrong. Not even prosecuted. A two-year, multi-continent investigation brought to a close this year with no charges filed.
    Now Roger Clemens. Acquitted on all counts. A five-year investigation ended with the top pitcher of his generation celebrating with family hugs inside the courtroom.
    After three expensive failures, the government is done, it seems, with the business of pursuing high-profile cases of drugs-in-sports — with a track record not worth bragging about.

  • Fla. Teen Survives 3-foot Spear to the Head

    A 16-year-old boy from South Florida is recovering after doctors removed a 3-foot-long fishing spear that wait straight through his skull from front to back.

  • Topes Notes 06-19-12

    Isotopes are back for more in Albuquerque

    The Albuquerque Isotopes are back from their short road trip to face the New Orleans’ Zephyrs tonight.
    The Isotopes and Zephyrs meet at 7:05 p.m. It’s the opener of an eight-game home set for the Isotopes, who went 3-1 on a quick trip to Iowa over the weekend.
    Albuquerque (40-31) picked up some ground on division-leading Oklahoma City by taking three of four against Iowa and now trail by just 1-1/2 games in the division standings.
    Tonight, Fernando Nieve will take the mound for Albuquerque. Nieve, who is new to Albuquerque this year, has been shaky in 10 starts, going 3-4 and posting an ERA of 6.85.