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Today's News

  • Cowboys' Don Meredith dies after brain hemorrhage

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Don Meredith, one of the most recognizable figures of the early Dallas Cowboys and an original member of ABC's "Monday Night Football" broadcast team, died Sunday. He was 72.

    Meredith's wife, Susan, told The Associated Press on Monday her husband died in Santa Fe after suffering a brain hemorrhage and lapsing into a coma. She and her daughter were at Meredith's side when he died.

    "He was the best there was," she said, describing him as kind, warm and funny. "We lost a good one."

  • Italian boat finds remains of US balloonists

    ROME (AP) — An Italian fishing boat early Monday pulled the remains of two American balloonists from the Adriatic Sea, ending a two-month hunt for the pair's bodies in one of ballooning's darkest chapters.

    The boat hauled in the balloon and its gondola with the bodies of the Americans still inside while fishing 11 miles (17 kilometers) north of Vieste, said Port Cmdr. Guido Limongelli in Vieste, a town on the "spur" of boot-shaped Italy jutting into the Adriatic sea.

  • Swimming and diving: Toppers pick up wins at home meet

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper swimming and diving teams took top honors in their home opener Saturday.
    The Hilltopper boys and girls hosted the Los Alamos Open Saturday. A total of 14 teams from northern New Mexico competed in the event.
    Los Alamos’ boys earned 472.5 points, more than half-again better than Sue Cleveland High School. Los Alamos’ girls collected 554 points, which was good enough for a decisive victory over runner-up Cleveland.

  • Girls basketball: LA tops Moriarty at home to pick up first win of year, 42-31

    Making its last home appearance before heading out on a grueling, month-long road trip, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team was hoping to get going on the right foot.
    With a big defensive effort in the first quarter and some timely shooting in the second half, the Hilltoppers were able to do just that Saturday night.

  • Wrestling: Geyer takes 3rd in LA's season opener

    There were few surprises one way or the other for the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team in its first outing of the 2010-11 season.
    The Hilltoppers opened up their campaign Saturday at the Manzano Invitational in Albuquerque, a singles tournament with some tough customers from around northern New Mexico taking part.
    Los Alamos earned one medal in the varsity bracket Saturday and fell just one match short of a second after putting a limited number of entries into the main draw. The team also picked up a first place and a second place junior varsity finish.

  • Hockey: LA routs Cibola, Taos this weekend

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team picked up a pair of big wins this weekend, including a decisive victory over one of their main rivals.
    Los Alamos upended the Taos Ice Tigers Saturday afternoon, taking an 8-3 road victory to improve to 6-1 on the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League season. Just one night earlier at home, the Hilltoppers earned a 5-1 win over the Cibola Cougars.
    Saturday’s win gave the Hilltoppers a measure of revenge against the Tigers, who handed them their only loss of the season, that coming in their opener Nov. 12.

  • Schedule for Dec. 6-11

    Monday
    Girls basketball: LAMS at Pojoaque, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Tuesday
    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Belen, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Thursday

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos vs. Sandia at Joe Armijo Invite, 1 p.m.

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos vs. Highland at Joe Armijo Invite, 5:15 p.m.

    Friday
    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at Joe Armijo Invite, TBA.

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Joe Armijo Invite, TBA.

  • Stressing toward retirement is a dicey proposition

    The Los Angeles Times reported recently on a new study that almost certainly caused a lot of readers to chuckle and say, “Duh.”
    It seems investigators have discovered that among the health benefits people experience following retirement is a marked reduction in mental and physical stress, according to the study published last week in the British Medical Journal.
    Hello? How could it be otherwise? Name a job from which one might retire that doesn’t induce some measure of physical or mental stress, if not a bit of both.  

  • Domenici's plan takes guts

    After years of delivering truckloads of federal dollars to New Mexico, Pete Domenici has returned to an old love – deficit reduction. Lately he and former White House budget director Alice Rivlin stepped up to champion the Bipartisan Policy Center’s plan to reduce the deficit.
    Domenici, Rivlin and their fellow travelers have the luxury of proposing measures their former bases might find disturbing. The plan, 60 percent spending cuts and 40 percent tax increases, would reduce the budget deficit by $5.9 trillion over the next nine years.

  • Coping With Collateral Damage

    Clearly anguished, Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker spoke stoically about his department’s recent fall from grace during a two-hour interview Friday afternoon.
    “This is embarrassing for all of us but it is reality,” Tucker said. “We will react to it, we will fix it and we will get it behind us.”
    The veil of shame brought on the department by the theft, voyeurism, indecent exposure and downloading of pornography allegedly committed by several of its members is particularly painful for Los Alamos firefighters.