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Today's News

  • 2 fiery packages put Md. mailrooms on alert

    HANOVER, Md. (AP) — A disgruntled "lone wolf" griping about highway signs mailed a small package to Maryland's Democratic governor and the parcel ignited when someone in the state mailroom unzipped it, shooting out a tiny flame that singed the worker's fingers.

    About 15 minutes later Thursday, a second worker was injured opening a similar package at a state government building 20 miles away.

  • Ex-astronaut gets energy post in Martinez cabinet

    SANTA FE, N.M.  — Former astronaut Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, who walked on the moon and served in the U.S. Senate, was nominated Thursday by Gov. Susana Martinez to run a state agency that oversees energy production in New Mexico.

    Schmitt was selected as cabinet secretary of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.

    The Republican governor also named Dr. Catherine Torres, a Las Cruces pediatrician, as secretary of the Health Department.

  • Wrestling: LA's efforts are paying off

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team doesn’t always leave it on the mat. Currently, the team is hitting the pavement.
    Los Alamos’ wrestling team is pounding the streets with its fundraising efforts, which started during the fall to assist with equipment needs for the 2010-11 season.
    As teams look for new ideas to boost budgets, the high school and middle wrestling programs participated in a push-up-a thon.

  • Basketball: Broncos, Sundevils still top 4A polls

    Here are this week’s Class AAAA boys and girls basketball coaches polls.
    The polls are conducted by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. First-place votes are in parentheses.

    Girls, Class 4A

        Team                Total pts.          Pvs.

    1. Kirtland Central (7)    113        1

  • More than 10 years have past since the feared 2000 disaster

     I remember it like it was yesterday: 9 p.m., Dec. 31, 1999. The world, according to people who knew, would soon end. All of civilization was run by computers, and when 1999 rolled over and became 2000 we would be launched back into the Stone Age.  
    Or at least the Eisenhower years.
    I checked our stockpiled food and water, gathered the family together, built a fire, brought out our most cherished family game, and waited. Ever vigilant.  
    Finally, I dozed off. My son poked my ribs, “Wake up.”

  • Seeking answer to school woes

    Education may be the biggest item of discussion in the 2011 Legislature. That is as it should be. New Mexico’s constitution identifies public schools as the state’s most important service. And it’s almost half the budget.
    But every year, state lawmakers get embroiled in discussing social issues. The media add to the distraction by pushing open government legislation that will help us tell you what is going on up here.

  • LANL director to retire in June

    Since June 2006, Michael Anastasio has been the director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    On Wednesday afternoon, in a letter to LANL employees, Anastasio, 62, said he was going to step down from the post on June 1. Anastasio thanked LANL employees for their many accomplishments, tireless efforts and continued support over the years. Anastasio also serves as president of the Los Alamos National Security LLC, the company that manages and operates LANL for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

  • Thieves target local Toyotas

    Over the last two nights, thieves have crawled underneath four older model Toyota trucks and SUVs parked in Los Alamos neighborhoods and cut off the vehicles’ catalytic converters.  
    “The catalytic converters used on Toyota trucks and SUVs in the 1980s and 1990s were made from precious metal,” Capt. Randy Foster said. “It’s an easy part to get at so it’s become a popular item to steal.”

  • A profile in civic activism

    Through a history of dedicated service to his community, Vernon Kerr epitomizes the definition of a mover and shaker.
    Kerr has demonstrated his gift for successful civic involvement more than once. When El Rito Normal School started a school in Española with a branch in Los Alamos and the Española school wasn’t providing assistance up here, Kerr and others mounted a campaign to bring the University of New Mexico to Los Alamos.

  • Update 01-06-11

    Transportation Board meeting

    The Transportation Board will meet from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Public Works Conference Room, located at 2101 Trinity Drive.
    Agenda items include discussing a pedestrian transportation policy and the FY 2012 work plan.

    Open house

    The Community Development Department will host an open house for Rick Bohn’s retirement.
    Citizens ca have refreshments and wish him well in his future endeavors from 4-6 p.m. Friday at the CDD offices, which are located 195 East Road, Suite 104.