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Today's News

  • Judge Hall unveils redistricting options

    Judge James Hall released two alternatives to redrawing the map of 70 State House Districts and in either of the alternatives, Los Alamos County would remain whole.

    Both plans have District 43 composed of Los Alamos county; Rio Arriba county precincts 25 and 30; Sandoval county precincts 7, 16 through 18, 21 through 23, 51, 78 and 79; and Santa Fe county precincts 12 and 80.

    The biggest difference in the map proposals is whether Ben Luján’s district is merged with Democratic Rep. Nick Salazar or whether Salazar’s district is merged with Thomas Garcia of Ocate.

  • Charges unfounded in sexual assault of 12-year-old girl

    An alleged rape of a 12-year-old female was deemed unfounded, according to a Los Alamos Police Department incident report.

    The girl alleged that construction workers near or around Los Alamos High School had sexually assaulted her.

     And Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun told the Los Alamos Monitorearly Tuesday that the case was still active.

     But a public records request for the actual report, which the department’s Records Division supplied Tuesday afternoon, indicated that the girl’s allegation was determined to be a fabrication Feb. 17 after a subsequent interview with her.

  • Major projects on the move in White Rock

    Efforts to develop a White Rock Center Master Plan/Economic Development Strategy began in August of 2007. The initial planning took 11 months and involved seven community forums, 10 Steering Committee meetings, three county council briefings, interviews, and an interactive project website.

    The goal was to create a thriving, active focal point that serves the community with a range of services and amenities.

    Council approved the master plan in 2008 and created a placeholder targeted at $20 million for the project.
    The first two segments of the master plan are underway. The long planning stage had residents doubting the development would ever happen, and some are still dubious that a proposed civic center will ever come to fruition.

  • Video Essay: Bike demolition derby

    An event called the Chariot Wars has become the most violent and visible of Portland's three-day Mini Bike Winter Olympics.

  • Light cast on social promotion

     What’s the secret to teaching kids to read? Many New Mexicans have been seriously pondering that question for well over a year. And even though nothing has passed the legislature, the focus on the problem is beginning to produce some good ideas. But some mysteries remain.
    The reason for this focus is the effort by Gov. Susana Martinez and Public Education Department Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera to not allow students to advance beyond the third grade level unless they read proficiently.
    The idea seemed rather extreme. The thought of 15-year-old third graders is scary. Guess who is going to be the class bully and the most disruptive student.

  • ‘Prince Albert’ will have a fresh start

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Decked out in Angels’ gear from head to toe, Albert Pujols looked like the same slugger whose swing in St. Louis became as symbolic as the Gateway Arch.
    With a halo-topped “A’’ logo on his cap, Pujols, his massive chest and arms filling out every corner of his red shirt, sat behind a microphone and excitedly announced the start of a new stage of his career.
    “Here I am,” he said.
    And here he goes.

  • Sports Update 02-22-12

    KRSN to broadcast boys basketball game Thursday

    KRSN AM 1490 will broadcast Thursday's District 2-4A tournament basketball game.
    Los Alamos will play at Bernalillo. Game time is 7 p.m.
    Gene Mortensen, the “Voice of the Hilltoppers” will be on the call live from Bernalillo.
    The game will also be streamed on the Internet at krsnam1490.com.

    WRLL registration is open

    White Rock Little League will hold a registration session for its 2012 season Thursday.
    Registrations will be accepted at Time Out Pizza from 6-8 p.m. Registration sessions are also scheduled for Monday and Feb. 29.
    Interested participants can find registration information and paperwork online at www.eteamz.com/WRLL2.

  • LA teams host district quarterfinals

    Griffith Gymnasium will play host to both the District 2-4A boys and girls quarterfinal tournament games tonight.
    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team is hosting the Bernalillo Spartans at 5 p.m. while the Hilltopper boys will take on the Española Valley Sundevils at 7:30 p.m.
    Both Los Alamos teams finished as the No. 3 seed in the district tournament. They will both need to win three games to pick up the 2-4A championship and, more importantly, the accompanying automatic berth into the Class 4A playoffs.
    Heading into the district tournaments, both Hilltopper teams can make solid cases for an invitation into the 2-4A playoffs, but neither is a sure thing at this point.

  • Live Video Feed: Fat Tuesday on Bourbon Street

    See what's happening on Fat Tuesday along Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Click here to access a live video feed from the corner of Bourbon and St. Peter Streets.

  • Survivor: Deadly avalanche a 'horror story'

    STEVENS PASS, Wash. (AP) — When disaster struck, a group of expert skiers who survived a large weekend avalanche in an out-of-bounds area near a Washington state ski resort turned on their emergency beacons and began looking for signs of life.

    Powder Magazine senior editor John Stifter, who witnessed the slide that killed three of his skiing companions Sunday, said one person made it through by bear-hugging a tree and holding on as the snow barreled over him. Another skier who was caught in the slide was saved when she deployed an airbag, designed to keep her afloat.

    "It's an absolute horror story," Stifter said Monday.

    Experts say once an avalanche has you in its grips, the chances of surviving are slim.