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Today's News

  • Geography can be unfair

    Recently I had an opportunity to visit with a gentleman from Catron County. The topic was what is happening in his part of the world.
    “Some ranching,” my informant said. The saw mills are gone, thanks to the spotted owl and the environmentalists.
    Subdivisions are the other development, he said. Some attract older people. Subdivisions are fine, he said, but he wonders about an older person building a Catron County home. Health care availability is modest, a problem he knows well, being equipped with a small oxygen tank.

  • Men's basketball: 'First 4' spark pool debates

    Filling out an NCAA tournament bracket is tougher this year, and it has nothing to do with the caliber of competition.
    It’s the bracket itself that is more maddening.

  • Tennis: LA boys sweep all comers, girls go 1-2 at Clovis Quad

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys tennis team went 3-0 at last weekend’s Clovis Quadrangular, with two of those wins coming handily over two Class 5A teams.
    Both the Hilltopper boys and girls teams took part in the quad, which included Clovis, Portales and Rio Rancho’s Sue Cleveland.
    Los Alamos’ boys earned a 7-2 victory over Clovis Friday, then followed that up with a 6-3 win over Portales and a 9-0 win against Cleveland.

  • Sports update 03-15-11

    U19 rugby team hosting dinner Thursday night
    The Los Alamos U19 Girls Rugby Team will host a St. Patty’s Dinner Thursday.
    The dinner will be held at the Elk’s Lodge. It starts at 5:30 p.m.
    Price is $10 for adults, $5 for kids. Proceeds will go to offset the team’s travel expenses.   For more information, contact Lisa Harris, 690-4620.

  • Girls track and field: Passing the Baton

    Hilltopper Kayla Martinez hands the baton over to teammate Mariah Zerr during Saturday’s girls 800-meter relay at Milne Stadium.

  • Petraeus says Taliban's military momentum stalled

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In his first formal assessment of the war in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus said Tuesday that much of the Taliban's battlefield momentum has been halted, putting the U.S. on course to begin pulling out troops in July and shifting security responsibility to the Afghans.

  • Officials impose no-fly zone over damaged Japanese nuclear plant

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's transport ministry says it has imposed a no-fly zone over a 20-mile (30-kilometer) radius around the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

    Ministry spokesman Hiroaki Katsuma said the decision was made Tuesday because of fears that radioactive particles leaking from the complex into the atmosphere could enter passing aircraft.

    The no-fly zone does not apply to helicopters that may be deployed to spray water over a reactor where a spent fuel storage pool is feared to be overheating.

  • Amid high demand, states cut mental health care

    DENVER (AP) — At the Ohio Department of Mental Health, Christy Murphy's days are filled with calls from people seeking help she can't seem to give.

    They plead with her, but budget cuts have trimmed services so much that she is not sure where to send them.

  • Japan feeds more money to banks as stocks slump

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's central bank pumped billions more into the financial system Tuesday to quell fears that the country's banks could be overwhelmed by the impact of the massive earthquake and tsunami. Stocks slumped for a second day as a nuclear crisis escalated.

    Two cash injections totaling 8 trillion yen ($98 billion) came a day after the Bank of Japan fed a record 15 trillion yen ($184 billion) into money markets and eased monetary policy to support the economy in the aftermath of Friday's 9.0 magnitude quake that has killed thousands.

  • Fed says economic recovery on firmer footing

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve expressed more confidence in the U.S. economy even as Japan's nuclear crisis raised worries around the globe.

    The Fed said the economic recovery is on "firmer footing" and the jobs market is "improving gradually," in a statement released after its meeting Tuesday.