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Today's News

  • Lemon cupcakes entice 300-pound bear--video extra

    A massive black bear, dubbed “Cupcake” by New Mexico Game and Fish officers, was captured about 9:30 p.m. Saturday at a home in Barranca Mesa.

    Officers had lined a path with lemon cupcakes leading to a large cage on wheels they placed in the side yard of Herbert and Bunnie Newman’s canyon rim home late Friday afternoon.

    “Nothing happened the first night but the second night our neighbor, Chris Ward, called to say she heard a loud bang and thought we may have caught the bear,” Herbert said during an interview this morning.
    With flashlights in hand the neighbors ventured into the night to investigate. They shined their lights into the cage and saw Cupcake peering up at them.

  • Predicting the future?

    “To predict the future, we have to understand the past,” said Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Sara Del Valle. For more on connecting social media and epidemiological research, see page 3.

  • Ceremony launches Redi-Net

    Ceremonies for the launch of the REDI-Net community broadband infrastructure were groundbreaking in more ways than one.

    Dignitaries attending from New Mexico’s congressional delegation, from three county governments, three pueblos and several other partner organizations attested to one of the most far-reaching cooperative efforts ever undertaken in Northern New Mexico.

  • Requests for public records skyrocketing

    A race against the clock begins each time someone exercises their right to inspect a public record from Los Alamos County. The Public Records Act mandates municipalities produce the document within three days.

    The problem is that while locating a document may involve one employee and just a few minutes of time – it also can mushroom to include more than 20 employees spending weeks, even months on the request.

    As local resident requests for public records have been steadily growing, that leaves some county workers scrambling to stay on top of an ever-growing mountain of documents, which need to be processed.

  • US stocks fall on global economic worries

    NEW YORK (AP) — More evidence of a slowing global economy sent stocks falling Tuesday and threatened to end the market's three-day rally.

    Germany's economy stalled last quarter. That dragged down growth for Europe. In the U.S., reports painted a mixed picture of the economy: The housing market remains weak, but factory output rose last month at its fastest pace since the March earthquake in Japan disrupted global manufacturing.

    Worries about the economy overshadowed strong profit reports from U.S. companies.

  • They didn’t actually ask me but...

    Read my lips: No new pledges. How’s that for a campaign slogan?
    The recent debate over the federal debt limit showed millions of Americans just how dysfunctional our federal leadership has become, if they needed another demonstration.
    Since the 2012 Congressional election season has already begun, it’s not too early to talk about what we really want from our representatives in Congress.
    New Mexico has only three seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, two of which have incumbent advantages, and one Senate seat on the ballot next year.

  • New Hispanic leader needed

    Redistricting never turns out how you think it will, warned Michael Davis, vice president of political programs for the Washington D.C.-based Business and Industry PAC.
    One demographic could trump lines drawn on a map, here and across the nation – immigration reform.
    “Republicans are in trouble with Hispanics,” Davis said, and in the last five years, Hispanics have outpaced every other group in population growth – by large margins. “Every year for the next 20 years, there will be 500,000 new Hispanic voters turning 18. It will play a large, deciding vote in elections.”  
    In New Mexico that increase was 16 percent and in Texas, 20 percent. Davis predicts Texas will be a blue state by 2020.

  • Reach for the Sky

    Sophomore Claire Stewart works on her attack during practice last week at Griffith Gymnasium. The Hilltopper volleyball, cross country and boys and girls soccer programs all officially began preseason workouts Aug. 8. The Hilltopper volleyball team will open its season Aug. 27 when it hosts Pojoaque.

  • 'God Bless America,' baseball eased the pain of terror attacks

    NEW YORK (AP) — Six days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Major League Baseball returned to the field with a new ritual. During the seventh-inning stretch, a moment typically reserved for “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” another song played at parks around the country: “God Bless America.”
    Everybody sang along, that night and for weeks afterward.
    In a riveting World Series that year between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Yankees, one of the most enduring memories came during Game 3 in New York, when 56,000 people at Yankee Stadium joined in a melancholy rendition of the tune as a tattered flag recovered at the World Trade Center site fluttered on a pole above the center field scoreboard.

  • Topes Notes 08-16-11

    Isotopes win third straight to close out series with Fresno