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Today's News

  • Running: Pace Race is tonight

    Members of the Atomic City Roadrunners head down the path at the Canyon Rim Trail during its initial Pace Race of the 2011 season. The Roadrunners will host their weekly race at 6 p.m. starting at the roundabout on Diamond Drive.

  • Tennis: Nadal is into quarters

    PARIS (AP) — Decoding Rafael Nadal’s self-evaluations can be a tricky proposition.
    Listen, for example, to the way the top-seeded Nadal spoke about his game and his mindset after handling 37th-ranked Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 Monday to reach the quarterfinals at the French Open, improve his record there to 42-1 and get closer to tying Bjorn Borg’s record of six championships in Paris.
    Nadal chastised himself for being “too anxious.” He said he needs to “hit the ball with a little bit more conviction.” Looking at the big picture, Nadal insisted: “The thing is, you have to be (a) realist, and today, I’m not playing well enough to win this tournament.”

  • Baseball: UNM, ASU face off in regionals

    The University of New Mexico Lobo baseball team will meet its first playoff opponent, Arizona State University, Friday in Tempe.
    The Lobos, fresh off their stunning victory in the Mountain West Conference tournament, will take on the Sun Devils at 8 p.m. Mountain Time in the regional round of the NCAA tournament.
    UNM (20-39) is the No. 4 seed in the regional playoffs, which includes top-seeded ASU (39-16), second-seeded Arkansas (38-20) and third-seeded Charlotte (42-14).
    UNM made the playoff field by pulling off four consecutive upsets at the MWC tournament. Two of those wins came at the expense of the tournament’s top seed, TCU, including the tournament’s championship game.

  • Sports update: Sandoval-Donahue qualifies for 2012 Olympic Trials

    Magdalena Sandoval-Donahue, formerly of Los Alamos, qualified for the United States Olympic Trials in the marathon.
    Sandoval-Donahue, a former elite runner for Los Alamos High School, finished second in the Eugene (Ore.) Marathon May 1 to earn a spot in the trials.
    At the Eugene Marathon, Sandoval-Donahue finished in 2 hours, 44 minutes, 41 seconds to earn the runner-up finish.
    The marathon was won by Katie Blackett of Colorado, who finished with a time of 2:44:14.
    To earn a spot at the Olympic trials, runners must achieve a marathon time of 2:46:00.
    Sandoval-Donahue, who won the 1998 individual state title in cross country, currently lives and trains in Albuquerque, where she attends graduate school.

  • Golf: Norman/Knox holds on to win at tourney

    The duo of Curt Norman/Darren Knox needed every saved stroke of a tournament-best round of 66 Monday to prevail in the Memorial Day Best Ball event.
    Norman/Knox picked up the victory in the three-day event at Los Alamos Golf Course. The team hung on to edge Kenny Walker/Kevin Brake in the tournament’s top flight, with Walker/Brake finishing just one stroke behind.
    The Memorial Day Best Ball tournament, which was held this weekend, is the first major event the LAGC holds annually. This year, the tournament included 17 teams in the three-day competition and nine more in the two-day competition.

  • Fire forces evacuation at Jemez Falls campgrounds

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A small wildfire that forced the evacuation of a campground in the Santa Fe National Forest is nearly contained.

    All 52 campsites at the Jemez Falls campground were evacuated after the blaze broke out early Monday afternoon.

    Forest spokesman Lawrence Lujan says the fire was 90 percent contained by 6 p.m. after burning about five acres.

    Lujan says the fire was probably human-caused.

    He isn't sure how many campers were forced to flee. The campground will remain closed until fire crews wrap up operations. One hand crew and five engines were assigned to the fire.

  • Honoring the fallen on Memorial Day--video extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans from the nation's capital to Alaska marked Memorial Day with parades, somber reflection and even a climbing expedition in a holiday infused with fresh meaning by the approaching 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

    The National Memorial Day Parade in Washington honored veterans and America's war dead but also featured special tributes to Sept. 11 first responders, victims and their families. Also fresh in the minds of parade participants and watchers was the killing less than a month ago of Osama bin Laden, who masterminded the attacks.

  • Driver in wreck that killed biker has long record

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A driver accused of crossing into oncoming traffic and hitting a motorcyclist head-on in Chimayo has a long history of drunken driving and other arrests, according to court records.

    Juan de Dios Cordova remained held in the county jail on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. Charges were expected to be filed Tuesday in Rio Arriba Magistrate Court.

    He is the brother of former Rio Arriba County Sheriff Nelson Cordova.

  • Wind Advisory in effect until Sunday night

    A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING.

    * LOCATION... THE NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS REGION AS WELL AS THE WEST AND EAST SLOPES OF THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS... SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET... SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS... CENTRAL HIGHLANDS... SOUTH CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND HIGHLANDS... RATON RIDGE/JOHNSON MESA... NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS... EASTERN LINCOLN COUNTY... SOUTHWEST CHAVES COUNTY

    * WINDS... SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 25 TO NEARLY 40 MPH WITH GUSTS OF 50 TO 55 MPH.

    * TIMING... WINDS WILL REACH ADVISORY SPEEDS THIS MIDDAY AND THEN WILL CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY THIS EVENING. WINDS WILL DIMINISH SLOWLY AFTER DARK.

    * VISIBILITY... OCCASIONALLY LOWERING TO BETWEEN 1 AND 3 MILES SUNDAY DUE TO BLOWING DUST.

  • Exec aims to change culture

    Those around him say F. Curtis Smith hit the ground running when he stepped into the interim chief executive officer position at Los Alamos Medical Center eight weeks ago.

    “I think Curt is one of the best CEOs we’ve ever had. He’s made a significant impact in his brief time here and I wish we could keep him, but we understand he took this position on an interim basis,” LAMC Chief of Staff Paul Daly said. “I just hope we can find someone as capable as Curt.”

    Smith replaces Wally Vette, who resigned in March following a meeting in which he received no confidence sentiments from physicians. Vette had been on the job nine months.

    Smith said that he is not interested in the position on a permanent basis.