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Today's News

  • Tropical Storm Emily nears Dominican coast, Haiti--video extra

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Tropical Storm Emily brushed past Puerto Rico and headed Wednesday toward the Dominican Republic and Haiti, where more than 630,000 people are still without shelter after last year's earthquake.

    A "steady shield of rain" should reach the island of Hispaniola shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti around noon Wednesday and the rainfall should worsen by late afternoon, said John Dlugoenski, senior meteorologist with Accuweather.com.

    "The biggest threat to lives is probably the flooding," Dlugoenski said.

  • Smooze financiers now

    Tight credit markets of the past few years have made it difficult for business owners to obtain loans to expand their businesses.
    Getting a loan is still as hard as ever, even though most financial institutions have plenty of capital to lend.
    With the interest rate charged banks by the Federal Reserve Bank at almost zero, it’s surprising so little capital is moving around.  
    Loans, as a percentage of deposits, are very low.
    Credit will loosen eventually because banks can’t survive long-term without making loans.
    Stung by losses when loans defaulted, banks are understandably more conservative; but they need interest revenue from loans to grow.

  • 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.