Today's News

  • New effort by MDs to cut wasteful medical spending

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Old checklist for doctors: order that test, write that prescription. New checklist for doctors: first ask yourself if the patient really needs it.
    Nine medical societies representing nearly 375,000 physicians are challenging the widely held perception that more health care is better, releasing lists Wednesday of tests and treatments their members should no longer automatically order.
    The 45 items listed include most repeat colonoscopies within 10 years of a first such test, early imaging for most back pain, brain scans for patients who fainted but didn’t have seizures, and antibiotics for mild- to-moderate sinus distress.

  • NMDOT secures pilgrimage route

    New Mexico Transportation Secretary Alvin Dominguez announced Tuesday that the Department’s maintenance crews are preparing for safe walking areas along various New Mexico highways for the annual Good Friday Pilgrimage to the Santurario de Chimayó.

    To further enhance the safety for this event, the department has asked law enforcement agencies to assist in the enforcement of a state law that does not allow encroachments, including concession or roadside stands, along state highway right-of-way.

    This is a multi-agency coordinated event using the National Incident Management system, and the New Mexico Department of Transportation is working closely with local entities to provide a safe walking area for this year’s event.

  • Vandals smash windows in WR

    A vandalism spree along Rio Bravo Drive and Potrillo Drive in White Rock over the April Fool’s weekend left some residents without transportation.

    Los Alamos Police Department dispatch logs indicate on March 31 four people called in reporting damage to their vehicles.

    “Who ever did this went on a rampage,” Rio Bravo resident Lois Schneider said, adding that a few of her neighbors had also been hit.

    She said her husband made the call to the police. He reported that it looked like the windows of his pickup truck had been shot out, at which point he noticed that two other vehicles had also been vandalized at his address.

  • Baseball game postponed for today

    Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team manager Mike Gill said today's scheduled game with the Capital Jaguars has been postponed.

    Gill said there was still snow from Monday's and Tuesday's storm on Bomber Field, as thick as three inches in some spots.

    Today's scheduled game was a District 2-4A game. Los Alamos is currently 4-1 in district and on top of the district standings, while Capital hasn't won a game this season.

    No makeup date for the contest has been set.

    Today's Los Alamos-Capital softball game will be played as scheduled. That game is set for 4 p.m. at Overlook Park.

  • Wilson wins pre-GOP nod

    “Short, Bald, Honest” must surely rank among the most droll political slogans ever to enliven the campaign of a candidate for the United States Senate.
    On the other hand, it obviously didn’t do Greg Sowards a lot of good with New Mexico Republican party insiders at the state GOP’s March 17 Pre-Primary Convention in Albuquerque, where over 80 percent of the delegates voted to give former-Congresswoman Heather Wilson top ballot position over Sowards in their June 5 primary election.
    Have Republicans lost their sense of humor?

  • Aggies baseball pick up third win of year over Lobos, 7-5

    LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico State University Aggie baseball team extended its winning streak to 14-games after defeating intrastate New Mexico 7-5 at Presley Askew Field Tuesday.
    It’s the third time this season NMSU has defeated the Lobos and the fifth-straight victory over UNM dating back to the 2010 season.
    The Aggies are now 23-8 on the season while UNM slipped to 12-15.
    NMSU starting pitcher Adam Mott remained undefeated, improving to 4-0, as he worked six innings, striking out four batters.  Closer Scott Coffman earned his sixth save, going  two innings and striking out two batters without allowing a Lobo to get on board.

  • Softball team wins 3 games

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper junior varsity softball team picked up three big wins over the weekend.
    Los Alamos swept the Española Valley Sundevil JV in a doubleheader Friday in White Rock, then came back Saturday to rout McCurdy in Santa Cruz.
    Jordan Hammock threw a pair of shutouts for the Hilltoppers, blanking Española Valley 16-0 in game one and holding McCurdy scoreless in a 13-0 victory. Madeline Lockhart earned the win in game two against Española Valley, picking up a 16-10 decision.

  • Baylor wins title, goes 40-0

    DENVER (AP) — Brittney Griner’s place in women’s basketball history is secure.
    Blocking layups, snagging rebounds, hitting shots over two and three helpless defenders, she towered over the competition all season long to earn player of the year and outstanding player of the NCAA tournament honors.
    She was simply dominant in adding national champion to her resume on Tuesday night.
    Griner had 26 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks to lead Baylor to an 80-61 victory over Notre Dame in the NCAA women’s basketball championship, capping an unparalleled 40-0 season for the Lady Bears.

  • Isotopes open 10th season at Omaha

    ALBUQUERQUE — To start the 2012 season, the Albuquerque Isotopes will become very familiar with the Omaha Storm Chasers and the Iowa Cubs.

    But it might take awhile for the Isotopes to get familiar with one another.

    The Isotopes, Albuquerque’s Triple-A franchise, throw out their first pitch on the road Thursday at Omaha. After an eight-game road swing to open the season, they will be home April 13 for eight games against those same teams.

    This will be season No. 10 for the Isotopes since making their debut in 2003. Since that time, the Isotopes have had three managers and two parent clubs, including their current Major League Baseball franchise, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

  • Raw Video: Storm Aftermath in Lancaster, Texas

    In the Dallas suburb of Lancaster, some homes are in ruins, while others are still standing -- in the aftermath of tornadoes that appear to have bounced in and out of neighborhoods, destroying homes at random.