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Today's News

  • NEWS ALERT!BP's Hayward to leave as CEO; Russia job in works

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tony Hayward, who became the face of BP's flailing efforts to contain the massive Gulf oil spill, will step down as chief executive in October and be offered a job with the company's joint venture in Russia, a person familiar with the matter said Monday.

    The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement had not been made by the British company's board, which was meeting Monday in London to decide Hayward's fate.

  • Don't hold your breath for a bounce in home prices

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thought the housing crisis was over? Not quite.

    Despite four years of falling prices and recent signs that they were finally bottoming out, homes are expected to lose still more value in many metro areas over the next year.

    Parts of the country already pummeled by the housing crisis, like Las Vegas, Phoenix and Miami, will be hit hardest. But even some places that have rebounded or held up relatively well — including New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. — will suffer, too.

  • Well-known cyclist crashes

    Officials are puzzling over a bizarre bicycle accident that sent a top bicyclist to the hospital with serious injuries Thursday afternoon.

    Herb Schon, 79, of Eldorado is an avid cyclist who’s logged thousands of miles including a trip from San Francisco to New Hampshire in 2007.

    Schon was traveling east on West Jemez Road near the bottom of Pajarito Ski Hill toward the west guard gate at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He rode his bicycle into a guard arm and hit a gate, said Patrick Sleik, Los Alamos deputy fire chief.

  • Lights! Camera! Action! Los Alamos!

    Coming soon to a theater near you.

    Los Alamos.

    Well, a few vampires, too.

    The movie “Let Me In,” another tale of Vampire teens (think “Twilight” only darker) filmed in and around Los Alamos, is nearing release.

    The star? Well, if you live in this area, it has to be Los Alamos and the local extras likely to pop up on the screen. Much of the movie was filmed at Los Alamos High School.

  • WEATHER ALERT!FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING

    The National Weather Service issued the following Flash Flood Watch for much of the state early Sunday morning:FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING...

    THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

  • Kirk, Ealey set to take part in All-Star games this week

    A pair of top-shelf Los Alamos High School athletes will be making their final appearances of their prep careers this week.

    Former Los Alamos athletes Alex Kirk and Taylor Ealey will be taking part in North-South All-Star contests.

    The North-South All-Star contests are sponsored by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. The NMHSCA hosts the North-South series annually, which pit the top graduating players in the state in various prep sports.

  • Rugby: Dinkel goes to national trial

    It took awhile for Liz Dinkel to figure out what sport she wanted to take part in, but once she did, she became pretty darn good at it.

    So much so, Dinkel was recently invited to a prestigious camp.

    Dinkel, a Los Alamos resident, took part in the USA Women’s 7s rugby trial session last weekend. Dinkel, a standout rugby player for the Los Alamos Rugby Club for several years, was invited by USA Women’s Eagles head coach Ric Suggitt to take part in the three-day camp held at the University of California-Santa Barbara.

  • Putting around town

    Los Alamos’s Miniature Golf Course is open for play.

    Located at the recently upgraded East Park, the course is open for anyone at no charge who has their own putter and ball.

    Scorecards are available at the park in a wooden box near the start of the course, as well as at the Aquatic Center front desk.

    Those who don’t have a putter or ball can rent them at the Aquatic Center for $2.

    The idea for building a mini golf course came about from Parks Manager Dick McIntyre when the East Park Master Plan was being updated several years ago.

  • Relay for life says thanks to Los Alamos

    We are closing out our 2010 Relay For Life and I want to send a very big thank you to the community of Los Alamos.  

    We raised approximately $36,000 during our fundraising efforts this year for the American Cancer Society.  

    I want to thank the many relay teams that braved the rain to walk 18 hours around the pond.  

    The walking wasn’t always easy, but the dedication and honor shown toward those who are fighting cancer and those we have lost was profound.  

    The business community was enormously generous this year.  

  • What gets measured

    By the sheerest coincidence, I have just read two books that turned out to share a theme: the power of statistics. “Moneyball,” by Michael Lewis, is about major league baseball.  

    “Mountains Beyond Mountains,” by Tracy Kidder, is about the physician Paul Farmer, who revolutionized medical care in rural parts of Haiti and other remote places.

    Both books describe revolutions in the practice of a discipline because of a revolution in what gets measured and somebody’s bull-headed insistence that it is critical to measure the right things.