Today's News

  • Recession over? 6,000 jobs vanished last year

    For more than a year, New Mexico has had 6,000 more people working than we thought we had. Or not.
    If that sounds odd, it is odd. Maybe even another reason to distrust “the government,” one part of which is the source of dilemma.
    Another piece of the government, the Legislative Finance Committee called it a “perceived error.”
    I’ll explain. But first step back to a bigger picture.
    We are all, people and organizations, measured by our accounting systems.
    For people, the accounting measures might start with the amount of cash in the pocket, step up in sophistication to a checking account, then to computer tracking of spending and income and go from there.

  • I'm living with it, not dying from it

    What happens when a cheerleader loses her pom-poms, or a Wall Street protester loses their sign, or Tigger just loses his bounce.
    All of us, when pushed to the limit, lose our hope, our drive, our energy.
    In the face of a cancer diagnosis, there can be courage, determination and cockiness in the face of adversity, but fighting cancer is no picnic, and it consumes all your strength. So what happens when it consumes your life, when you live with cancer as a chronic disease ... when you’ve just been diagnosed with cancer for the third time in five years.
    Then life can suddenly seem as though its determined to undermine you, and the only thing to do is throw in the towel and say, “oh well, I guess I’m just screwed.”

  • NBA players don’t balk at owners’ ultimatum

    NEW YORK (AP) — NBA players made it clear Tuesday: No deal.
    No fear of Commissioner David Stern’s ultimatum, either.
    “The current offer on the table from the NBA is one that we cannot accept,” players’ association president Derek Fisher said.
    Instead, the players said they will ask for another meeting with owners before Stern’s Wednesday afternoon deadline — and sound willing to agree to a 50-50 split of revenues under the right circumstances.
    In an interview on NBA TV, Stern said that whether he agrees to meet “would be guided by the labor relations committee.”
    NBA spokesman Mike Bass said the league has not yet heard from Hunter.

  • Paterno to step down

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Joe Paterno, the Penn State football coach who preached success with honor for half a century but whose legend was shattered by a child sex abuse scandal, said Wednesday he will retire at the end of this season.
    Paterno said he was “absolutely devastated” by the case, in which his one-time heir apparent, Jerry Sandusky, has been charged with molesting eight boys over 15 years, including at the Penn State football complex.
    He said he hoped the team could finish its season with “dignity and determination.”
    The trustees could still force him to leave immediately and could take action against university president, Graham Spanier.

  • David Mann wins spirit award

    White Rock cyclist David Mann received the prestigious Dave Richardson Award at the 2011 World Senior Games.
    The World Senior Games was last month. The event is held in St. George, Utah.
    Mann, who had not raced in several years, came out of retirement to compete in the World Senior Games.
    The Games consist of four races, the length of which is dependent on the age division of the racers involved. Mann is in the 70-74 age group.
    Considering his absence from racing, Mann had a solid showing in the competition. He finished fifth in the 20K time trial, fifth in the 5K hill climb and sixth in the 30-minute criterium. His best showing, however, came in the 24-mile road race, where he finished second overall.

  • Sports Update 11-09-11

    Turkey Trot will benefit CROP

    The annual Turkey Trot will return Nov. 20.
    The Turkey Trot is a benefit run for the local CROP organization. It will start at Los Alamos Middle School at 2 p.m.
    The run is 2.57 miles. The top 25 finishers will be recognized and all participants have a chance to win turkeys and pumpkin pies in a random drawing.
    For more information, visit www.atomicrunners.com.

    Junior basketball program returns

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls basketball programs will host a Jr. ‘Toppers youth program session Saturday.

  • Volleyball players honored by district

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team picked up four first team nods in District 2-4A plus the Most Valuable Player Award for 2011.
    The All-District awards were announced Saturday following Los Alamos’ 3-0 victory over the Bernalillo Spartans in the 2-4A tournament championship match.
    Chase Ealey, a senior middle blocker for the Hilltoppers, was named the MVP for the 2011 season. Ealey was the most dominant hitter in the district, finishing the district tournament with 13 spike kills against Bernalillo.
    Picked for the All-District first team were juniors Erin Kirk, Danielle Ortiz and Savanah Romero and senior Alicia Rendon.

  • Third-seeded Toppers may see Sartans again this year

    The recent history of the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team in the postseason can be summed up in two words: Saint Pius.
    In 2011, the Hilltoppers are hoping to avoid a repeat of history, but another playoff run-in with the St. Pius X Sartans could well be in the team’s immediate future.
    The Class 4A state tournament starts at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Star Center in Rio Rancho. Los Alamos, the No. 3 overall seed, will take on sixth-seeded Moriarty and 11th-seeded Gallup in Thursday’s pool play round

  • Paterno to retire at end of season--video extras

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will retire at the end of the season, his long and illustrious career brought down because he failed to do all he could about an allegation of child sex abuse against a former assistant.

    "This is a tragedy," Paterno said in a statement Wednesday. "It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more."

  • Russian scientists try to save Mars moon probe

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian scientists were racing against the clock Wednesday to find a way to fire the engines of an unmanned probe destined to collect surface samples from a moon of Mars, after a post-launch equipment failure left it stuck in Earth orbit.

    The Phobos-Grunt (Phobos-Ground) craft was successfully launched by a Zenit-2 booster rocket at 12:16 a.m. Moscow time Wednesday (2016 GMT Tuesday) from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It separated from the booster about 11 minutes later and was to fire its engines twice to set out on its path to the Red Planet, but it never did.