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Today's News

  • DVRs give 'Conan' the lead among young viewers

    NEW YORK (AP) — After two months on the air, Conan O'Brien's late-night talk show is the favorite of younger viewers — that is, when DVR usage is factored in, according to basic-cable network TBS.

    Most ratings figures count TV viewership only within the 24-hour period after a show is aired. By this standard, "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" is the champ in total viewers, as well as in the desirable 18-to-49 demographic.

  • Northeast shouldering snow that crippled South

    NEW YORK (AP) — Up and down the East Coast, armies of emergency workers with plows and salt spreaders hit the streets Wednesday morning, as the snowstorm that caused mayhem in the South moved into the region and dumped more than a foot in some areas overnight.

    New York City's public school system will remain open despite the snow, but schools were shut elsewhere, including parts of Massachusetts and Connecticut, where the storm was windier and snow was heavier than expected.

  • National report drops NM ranking for education

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new report on the quality of public education gives New Mexico a grade of C and a ranking of 32nd nationally.

    Education Week magazine's annual report dropped New Mexico's ranking from 24th last year. The state was 22nd in 2009.

    New Mexico's received an F for achievement in kindergarten through the 12th grade, and D+ in "chance for success," a category looking at factors such as graduation rates and parental education.

  • Freedom not protected

    Americans take religious liberty for granted. Unfortunately, this most fundamental freedom is not protected in many countries around the world.
    Religious liberty is the proverbial canary in the mine. If a state won’t respect this most basic freedom of conscience, it isn’t likely to respect people’s lives and dignity in any context.
    There is more than enough bad news to fill the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s latest annual report. Worst of all were the conditions in 13 “countries of particular concern.”

  • Hockey: Toppers go win, loss, tie at tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team went 1-1-1 in three contests at this weekend’s Mid-Season tournament.
    The tournament, a series of exhibition game involving all 10 teams in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League, was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Taos.
    The Hilltoppers, in second place in the NMIIHL standings, dropped their tournament opener to the Cibola Cougars Saturday, 3-1.

  • Wrestling: Geyer named to All-Tourney team

    Los Alamos wrestler Brian Geyer was named to the All-Tournament Team at this weekend’s Moriarty Pinto Duals.
    Geyer, competing in the 160-pound weight class, won all five of his bouts at Saturday’s Pinto Duals, the only wrestler from Los Alamos to go undefeated at the tournament.
    The Hilltoppers finished seventh in the 10-team tournament, which was won by Rio Grande. Geyer was the only Hilltopper picked for the All-Tournament Team.

  • Schedule for Jan. 10-15

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

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at St. Pius X, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.; LAMS at Memorial Middle School, seventh-grade, 4 p.m.; eighth-grade, 5 p.m.

    Wednesday
    Wrestling: Los Alamos Quadrangular, 4 p.m.

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

    Friday
    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Joe Vivian Invite, TBA.

  • Action to halt election finalized

    District Judge Barbara Vigil approved a settlement on Jan. 3 between attorneys George and Christine Chandler and Los Alamos County to stop an election regarding the new municipal building.
    “It feels great. We’re very pleased that the council recognized that the petition question was illegal and agreed to settle so we wouldn’t have this thing hanging over us and we can go on with life in Los Alamos,” George Chandler said.

  • Bicycle riders face ice patch hazards on road

    Stretches of ice on the bike lane running along the shady south side of Central Avenue are presenting some hazardous obstacles for area bike riders.
    “I was on that bike lane Monday morning and had to get out into the regular travel lane a few times because of the ice,” said bicycle safety instructor Khal Spencer. “One motorist decided he didn’t like me there and honked at me to get over on to the ice patch and proceeded to pass me with about seven inches to spare – possibly closer, I could’ve reached out and touched his car.”

  • Rees awarded AAAS Fellow

    William S. Rees, Jr. of Los Alamos National Laboratory has been awarded the distinction of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow.
    As part of the Chemistry section, Rees was elected as an AAAS Fellow for scientific and educational contributions to the field of materials chemistry, and for sustained policy contributions leading to enhancements in national security basic research. Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.