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Today's News

  • New youth lacrosse league set to debut in the spring

    A new sports league is planning to make its debut in Los Alamos this spring.
    Los Alamos Volcano Lacrosse is currently accepting registrations for youth players in hopes of playing competitively this year. The season is scheduled from March through May.
    Lacrosse, an outdoor field game that is similar to the European sport of team handball, but employs the use of small baskets attached to sticks, is one of the original sports played on the North American continent. The origins of lacrosse can be dated back approximately 4,000 years to Native American tribes living in modern-day Canada.

  • Expect fireworks during session

    Expect fireworks from the 2012 Legislature even though everyone promises to be nicer.
    The thaw in relations began when Republicans, Democrats and Gov. Susana Martinez reached some agreements late in the redistricting process.
    Short 30-day legislative sessions were created for the purpose of building the following fiscal year’s budget.
    The governor and Republican lawmakers would like to see tax breaks for businesses and Democrats want to reinstate some program cuts.
    Now that the word — compromise — seems to be less onerous, a few tax cuts and a few increases in previously cut programs may be on the horizon.

  • I'm too pretty to do math

     I stocked up on supplies from Smith’s today and took advantage of Smith’s Savings Card sales.
     The total at the cash register was $101.04, but with my savings card I saved $103.54.
    So as I figure it, I actually made $2.50 ­— now that’s a real deal!
    Sadly, this type of arithmetical absurdity would be just one example of how our nation is rapidly sinking into a black hole of math.  
    Computers and calculators have replaced neural connections and many people are now chained to them in a prison of innumeracy.  
    Cash registers in fast food restaurants have pictures to help the workers figure manage (click here for burger, click here for cheese, click here for lobotomy.)

  • Fiery Debate Caps Rollercoaster GOP Campaign Day

    The remaining four Republican presidential candidates sparred in a heated debate Thursday night in Charleston, South Carolina, just two days before the nation's first southern primary.

  • Wildfire Burns 20+ Homes Near Reno

    A fast-spreading wildfire destroyed more than 20 homes and burned approximately six miles near Reno, Nevada. Thousands were forced to evacuate.

  • Canadian Freestyle Skier Sarah Burke Dies

    Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke died Thursday, nine days after crashing at the bottom of the superpipe during a training run in Utah.

  • Warmer, drier forecast through April worries officials

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A three-week surge of winter weather has helped pull New Mexico from the brink of a record-dry year, but officials said Thursday the state appears to be set up for another dose of dry, windy and warm weather this spring.

    New Mexico is coming off of what forecasters with the National Weather Service have logged as the state's sixth driest year on record. It would have been one of the worst had a series of storms not dumped much-needed snow and rain around the state in December.

  • And a little child shall lead them

    Little kids are amenable to learning new habits – generally much more so than those of us who are set in our ways because this isn’t our first rodeo. That’s why it’s sometimes more effective to teach children health science information rather than to do outreach aimed directly at their parents.
     That’s part of the background to the Global Soap Project. It’s a project that rests on some simple science long ago worked out by biologists and medical researchers.
    The basic fact is that many types of infections are spread through contaminated water and dirty hands. Microbes can flourish in such spots, particularly sometimes in places like crowded refugee camps or in poor nations.

  • Farmers are threatened

    New legal developments related to the workers’ compensation system are affecting two important New Mexico industries – in precisely opposite ways, for precisely opposite reasons.
    Before this discussion continues, let me jump ahead to a conclusion, lest the reader assume I am a heartless, anti-worker lackey of management.
    In America, people who get hurt at work should be well and compassionately taken care of, without anybody needing to sue anybody.
    The question is whether workers’ compensation is the right delivery system.
    Some farm workers want coverage.

  • Out and About 01-19-12

    Art openings

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art presents an installment of the Virtual Dinner Guest Project at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the gallery, 435 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe.

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Art presents an exhibition celebrating the significance of the L.A. art scene from post-World War II year through the 60s and 70s. Artists included are John Baldessari, Judy Chicago, Richard Diebenkorn, Guy Dill, Sam Francis and Edward Ruscha. The show opens Jan. 27 and continues through Feb. 17. A public reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 27 at the gallery, 435 S. Guadalupe St.