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Today's News

  • Spirit is my sixth sense

    September is ovarian cancer awareness month, and, as a survivor, it always reminds me that life is definitely a journey.
    Most of us forget to value what we find most precious, and many just get lost in the day to day humdrum of the 24 hour cycle.
    Sometimes it just takes a good day to re-find our spirit. But other times it takes a miracle.
    It had been a tough couple of years. I often joked that when our container of possessions came over to the states from England in January 2001, a giant mirror must have broken on the ship, because it definitely felt like we were getting a lot of bad luck.

  • ACI scheduled to tee off Friday

    The 2011 Atomic City Invitational gets going Friday and continues through Monday at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The ACI, one of the oldest match-play tournaments in the state, will hold its championship qualifying round for the men’s and senior’s divisions starting at noon.
    Elimination matches start at 9 a.m. Saturday.
    LAGC usually holds this tournament around the July 4 holiday, but had to postpone this year’s tournament due to the effects of the Las Conchas Fire in late June. This year, the championship flight will be limited to the top eight finishers in Friday’s qualifier — the title flight usually consists of 16 players.

  • Venue for Cernicek Invite still unknown

    The 2011 Louie Cernicek Invitational boys soccer tournament starts up in a few hours, although, as of press time Thursday, the venue for the first round hadn’t been determined.
    Los Alamos’ Hilltoppers will take part in the Louie Cernicek Invitational starting Friday morning. The tournament has been played every year since 1997, when it was known as the Mountain Top Invitational.
    The Cernicek tournament is usually among the toughest tournaments in the state during the regular season. This season looks to be no exception.

  • New-look LA boys open Saturday at UNM Invite

    Year in and year out, the goal for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team is the same: knock Albuquerque Academy off its perch.
    In 2011, it may take some extra work to accomplish that task, but extra effort isn’t something the Hilltoppers have ever shied away from.
    Los Alamos opens its 2011 season Saturday when it travels to the University of New Mexico Invitational. That meet, which has become Los Alamos’ traditional opening day event, usually attracts the top talent from around the state, a slate which includes the Hilltoppers’ arch-rival.
    The Hilltoppers finished last year the same way they’d finished eight of the previous 10 years: as the runner-up in the Class 4A championship meet to Academy’s Chargers.

  • Topper girls may be team to beat in 4A again

    There is no longer a question as to which girls cross country team is the heavyweight champion of New Mexico.
    That team is the Los Alamos Hilltoppers. The Hilltoppers cemented that title in 2010 and there’s good reason to believe they can defend that title in 2011.
    Los Alamos will open its season Saturday at the University of New Mexico Invitational Saturday morning.
    The Hilltoppers picked up a historic win at the 2010 Class 4A state championship meet, earning their 15th team title, breaking a tie with the Gallup Bengals for most titles won by a program in state history.

  • Colorado logger cuts off toes after foot is pinned

    DENVER (AP) — Jon Hutt was doing logging work all alone in a remote Colorado forest when his six-ton trailer fell onto his right foot.

    The pain was excruciating, no one was around to hear his cries for help and he couldn't free himself from the big piece of equipment. So he pulled out his 3-inch pocket knife and cut off his toes to get free.

    "It hurt so bad," the 61-year-old Hutt said, "I would cut for a while and then I had to rest."

    Hutt then climbed into his semi tractor-trailer, his foot wrapped in a shirt, and began driving for help. Hutt's ordeal was first reported in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.

  • Court case blows the lid off secret post 9/11 flights

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A hidden network of U.S. companies, coordinated by a prominent defense contractor, played a key role in the covert airlift that transported terrorism suspects and their American minders, according to newly disclosed documents in a New York business dispute between two aviation companies.

  • It's an ugly climate

    Nothing much, bad or good, seems to be happening in the New Mexico economy.
    For the past few months the state has been bumping along.
    The big bad exception is Las Cruces, which has dropped firmly back into recession and job loss. Maybe we’re ending the long slide.
    The job creation index of the Gallup polling firm, released Aug. 19, shows New Mexico tied for 45 out of 51 with three states, California, the epitome of state policies gone wrong; the near bankrupt Rhode Island; and New Hampshire.
    Ugly company. (See www.capiolreportnm.blogspot.com for an explanation of the Gallup survey.)
    Our neighbors fare better, as is usual with state economic performance rankings.

  • Senator Udall Recruits Applicants for Fall Internships

     U.S. Senator Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for internships in his Washington, D.C. or state offices. To apply online, visit www.tomudall.senate.gov/?p=internships  or www.tomudall.senate.gov.  
    Internships are available in the Washington D.C., Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Carlsbad and Santa Fe Offices. Deadline to apply for Washington internships is Sept. 15. State internship deadlines are flexible.  

  • Help replace a soggy book

    Otowi Station Bookstore is sponsoring a book drive to help replace chapter books damaged in a recent flood in the library of Aspen Elementary School. According to Librarian Lisa Laprairie-Whitacre, rainwater from a thunderstorm flowed in through the windows, onto the tops of the bookshelves and down four bookshelves. Chapter books written by authors’ last names beginning with F through R were damaged or destroyed in the flood.