Today's News

  • Take your best shot

    When I was a youngster in the 1960s, I had all the shots little kids went through back in the day.
    And because I’m a klutz and regularly hurt myself outdoors, I’ve periodically had my tetanus immunity updated. A few years ago I underwent a series of shots for rabies after having a scary adventure with an ill coyote.
    Last summer I got the shingles vaccine when my assistant was suffering from a shingles outbreak.
    And to round it all out, tonight after work I’ll be getting the influenza vaccine for this season’s strains of flu virus.
    My long history of receiving vaccinations – even including the potent shots given for rabies – has not caused me more than temporary discomfort.

  • Lead, follow or get out of the way ...

    The American economy isn’t going in the right direction, and most states’ economies are in the tank as well — New Mexico’s certainly is.
     What we see an awful lot of these days are our elected officials wringing their hands and casting blame on their political opponents.
    In effect, it’s everybody else’s fault but theirs. In truth, this behavior of the career political class is largely driven by their inability to solve our problems, or even understand how things can be improved for the common good of all of us.

  • Fishing Report 10-14-11



  • Wolf leads Brewers to big win

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — No more sleepless nights for Randy Wolf.
    The 35-year-old left-hander blames himself for Milwaukee’s division series against Arizona going the distance. He was more relieved than elated after his first career postseason win got the Brewers back to even in the NL championship series.
    He ensured that the pennant will be decided at Miller Park.
    “Just to be able to get another opportunity to pitch again was important,” Wolf said after outfoxing the St. Louis Cardinals for seven innings of a 4-2 victory in Game 4 Thursday night. “It’s kind of a weird word, but it’s redemption to go back out there.”

  • LA can take big step toward clinching 2-4A vs. Spartans

    Saturday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team will have a chance to all but salt away the District 2-4A regular season title for 2011.
    Standing in its way, however, is Los Alamos’ toughest district opponent.
    The Hilltoppers will take on the Bernalillo Spartans Saturday night to open the second round of 2-4A matches. The Hilltoppers came through the first half of the district season unscathed and a win Saturday would put them just one victory from clinching their third consecutive 2-4A title.
    The Hilltopper-Spartan contest is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Griffith Gym.
    Bernalillo (11-2 overall, 3-1 in 2-4A), following its district-opening loss to Los Alamos, won three straight contests.

  • Toppers, Demons meet in huge 2-4A contest

    In a short time, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers have gone from a struggling football team to one that is knocking on the door of a district championship.
    Los Alamos, which limped through its first three games of the year, has won three of its last four contests and can take a big step toward clinching a District 2-4A title tonight when it faces the Santa Fe Demons.
    With a big 38-0 win over reigning district champ Bernalillo last week, Los Alamos cemented its position as the team to beat in 2-4A. With a win tonight at Ivan Head Stadium, the Hilltoppers can all but seal it.
    It will have to get by a Demons squad, however, that had been pegged as the district favorite and can wrench that title back with a win.

  • Cross country teams back in action Saturday at Rio Rancho

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country teams return to action Saturday morning after a well-earned week off.

    The Hilltoppers will take part in the Rio Rancho Jamboree. Races at Rio Rancho, run on a virtually identical course to next month's state meet, will begin at 8 a.m.

    Los Alamos took a week off to rest up following the Twilight Cross Country Invitational. The invitational, held in Phoenix, showcased some of the top teams in the southwest.

    Against that caliber of competition, the Hilltopper boys and girls teams finished none-too-shabby.

  • Top GOP senator open to changes in military health

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee is recommending that a special committee searching for ways to slash the deficit consider some of President Barack Obama's proposed changes to health and retirement benefits for the military.

    In a letter to the bipartisan panel, Arizona Sen. John McCain signaled he was open to cost-saving steps in military benefits, a move certain to send shock waves through Congress and among powerful groups of retired officers and veterans resistant to change.

    The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter.

  • Park cleanup postponed, heartening NYC protesters--video extra

    NEW YORK (AP) — The official cleanup of a plaza in lower Manhattan where protesters have been camped out for a month was postponed early Friday, sending up cheers from a crowd that had scrambled to scrub the park on its own out of fear the effort was merely a pretext to evict them.

    Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway said the owners of the private park, Brookfield Office Properties, had put off the cleaning. Supporters of the protesters, including union members, had started streaming into the park in the morning darkness well beforehand in a show of solidarity.

    There was still skepticism even after the protesters were told they could stay, for now.

  • Sellers to become LANL deputy director

    Elizabeth (Beth) Sellers has been named the new deputy director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and is scheduled to start December 5.   Current Deputy Director Ike Richardson will be taking an overseas project leadership position with Bechtel to be announced next week.

    Beth Sellers comes to the Laboratory with nearly 30 years of management experience working for the U.S. Department of Energy and private industry, leading the integration and improvement of large, complex, and technically diverse environments.