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Today's News

  • Critics of education consultants need to get a life

    First impressions of Hanna Skandera, public education secretary designate: smart, articulate, poised, confident and supportive of her staff.
    “The Public Education Department and the employees who have been (through six months of big change) have been remarkable,” Skandera told the Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC) July 25.
    My time at the meeting was brief, only an hour, because family business intruded. I went because of the opportunity to see Skandera in action and the chance to learn. Education jargon always impedes learning about education.
    I think it’s some kind of cultural conspiracy against parents and citizens. More exposure, I figure, might bring more understanding.

  • Making a Big Splash

    Swimmers and swim teams from all around the state are at the Larry R. Walkup Center for the New Mexico Long Course State Championship.

  • Topes Notes 08-03-11

    Late rally lifts Albuquerque

    The Albuquerque Isotopes closed out their eight-game road swing with a win Tuesday.
    The Isotopes scored twice in the top of the ninth to top New Orleans 6-4. Ivan De Jesus and Russell Mitchell both had RBI singles to give the Isotopes the victory.
    Albuquerque (57-54) had lost four straight games and five of six on the road trip before Tuesday’s win.
    At 7:05 p.m., the Isotopes return to Albuquerque to open a four-game series against the Tacoma Rainiers. Following that series, they will host Salt Lake City for four games.

  • Sports Update 08-03-11

    Boys soccer tryouts start Monday

    Tryouts for the Los Alamos High School boys soccer program will be held Aug. 8-12.
    Tryouts for the 2011 season will start at 8 a.m.
    Tryouts will run from 8-9:30 a.m. at North Mesa Field and 4-6:30 p.m. at Overlook Park. Participants will need running shoes, cleats, shin guards (afternoon session only) and water.

    Cross country teams meet tonight

    A meeting for interested participants in the 2011 Los Alamos High School cross country program will take place Aug. 3 at LAHS’ Auxiliary Gymnasium, while season practice starts Aug. 8.
    LAHS cross country participation is open to all boys and girls in grades 9-12.

  • Results from State Senior Olympics

    Here are the local results from the New Mexico Senior Olympics Summer Games (name, age group, event, place, finishing mark):

    Mary Billen, 70-74

    20K cycling, 1, 56:22.46; 10K cycling, 1, 31:22.07; 10K road race, 1, 1:13:29; 5K road race, 2, 32:46; 200 meters, 2, 53.15; 800 meters, 3, 4:46.48; 1500 meters, 1, 8:32.46.

    Edward Cagle, 50-54

    50 butterfly, 4, 32.45; 50 freestyle, 2, 26.60; 100 freestyle, 2, 58.66.

    Abel Castillo, 50-54

    Basketball 3-pointer, 2; basketball free throw, 1; singles horseshoes, 1; huachas, 1; singles shuffleboard, 1; singles table tennis, 1; mixed doubles table tennis, 1.

    Bill Hudson, 85-89

  • Drought forces Texas, Okla. ranchers to cut herds

    McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Texas cattle rancher Charles Kothman is down to six calves and their mothers after selling off 80 animals in recent months.

    The drought that has baked pastures and dried ponds has ranchers in Texas and Oklahoma — the nation's top two beef producers — culling their herds. Some have sold off all their cattle, but Kothman is hanging on and hoping for rain.

  • Stocks continue to slide one day after big sell-off

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks fell for the eighth straight day Wednesday as worries about the economy deepen. The S&P 500 index was headed for its longest losing streak since the peak of the financial crisis in October 2008.

    Investors are growing increasingly concerned about the economy. Shortly after the market opened, the Institute of Supply Management said its index measuring the service sector of the U.S. economy grew at the weakest pace in 17 months in July. Economists had expected a slight increase.

  • Las Conchas wildfire creates significant road hazards

    The Las Conchas fire has created significant safety hazards for anyone entering the burned area, including threats from flash flooding, landslides, road washouts, falling trees, and rolling rocks.

    Forest Service officials say they are placing a high priority on assessing these hazards and risks that would potentially affect the public using Forest System Roads that access private land within the burned fire area.

    At this time, officials indicate that safety hazards along some routes are so extreme that access will not be possible in the immediate future.

  • Senate roll vote on debt ceiling legislation

    The 74-26 roll call Tuesday by which the Senate passed emergency legislation to avoid a first-ever government default.

    A "yes" vote is a vote to pass the bill.

    Voting yes were 45 Democrats, 28 Republicans and 1 independent.

    Voting no were 6 Democrats, 19 Republicans and 1 independent.

    Democrats Yes

  • State may repeal greenhouse gas rules

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A state board appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez agreed Monday to consider repealing greenhouse gas regulations opposed by her administration, utilities and oil and gas companies.
    The Environmental Improvement Board scheduled a series of public hearings beginning Nov. 8 on the rules, which were put in place under former Gov. Bill Richardson.
    Martinez calls the carbon controlling rules a “cap and tax” and included them on a list of Richardson-era environmental regulations that she has targeted as hampering business growth in the state.