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Today's News

  • Questions about butterflies

    Stories about butterflies are legion. There are scientific stories like the phenomenal 2,500-mile migration of some Monarch butterflies. The butterfly is often seen as a symbol of the soul (and indeed the Greek word for butterfly is “psyche”).

  • The wages of offshore drilling

    That off-shore calamity that erupted in the Gulf of Mexico 50 miles south of Louisiana has demonstrated anew humankind’s capacity for self-deception.

    Start with all those expressions of shock and dismay emanating from off-shore drilling enthusiasts and their political agents that such a thing could come to pass. Who’d-a thought!?

    My guess is that even such erstwhile boosters as the now-chronically agitated Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal knew deep down all along that not only could such a catastrophe occur but that it inevitably would.  

  • Breaking News Head on collision halts traffic on Main Hill Road

    A sedan and a pick up were involved in a head on collision around noon today on the Main Hill Road.

    Police said Merch Lopez, 81, was driving eastbound when he attempted a u-turn in the sedan in front of Gregory Kennard, 54, who was traveling westbound in the truck when the vehicles collided.

    Lopez, who police said will be cited, complained of minor injuries and was transported to the Los Alamos Medical Center by the fire department.

  • Los Alamos team working on 'virtual' reactor

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A team of Los Alamos National Laboratory materials scientists and computer modeling experts are part of a U.S. Department of Energy project to create a so-called "virtual" reactor that officials believe could lead to a new generation of safer, longer-lasting and less-expensive nuclear reactors.

    The Los Alamos team will provide technical leadership and expertise in materials science and computer codes to help realistic simulations of reactor core and structural materials.

  • Monsoon Awareness Week in New Mexico

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — It's Monsoon Awareness Week in New Mexico.

    Gov. Bill Richardson says the state and the National Weather Service want to decrease the potential for loss of life and weather-related injuries by making people aware of potential dangers during the summer monsoon season in New Mexico.

    State Homeland Security and Emergency Management Secretary John Wheeler urges New Mexico residents to make a plan and an emergency kit with supplies for at least three days.

    He says people also should pay attention to area weather forecasts.

  • Elections spook Congress, lawmakers get a grip on spending

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The 2010 elections have changed the direction of government only half way through the primary season, with voter anger and economic jitters causing lawmakers to balk at their most basic duties as well as key elements of President Barack Obama's agenda.

    After betting their political future on a government-mandated expansion of health care to include millions more Americans, Democrats appear to have little appetite for more legislative showdowns given voter rebellion against government spending amid trillion dollar-plus annual deficits.

  • Baseball: Lobos Lose to No. 6 Cal State Fullerton

    FULLERTON, Calif. --- The University of New Mexico baseball team just couldn't get things

    going today in an elimination game at the 2010 NCAA Fullerton Regional.  The Lobos lost

    to host Cal State Fullerton, 11-3, to end the season.  New Mexico finishes the 2010

    season with a 38-22 record and its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1962.

     

    "We got our butts kicked," said Lobo head coach Ray Birmingham." They played well, we

  • Cap collecting more and more oil, Coast Guard says

    PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The geyser of oil spewing from sea floor is tapering off more day by day with the help of a wellhead cap, but there's no quick fix for containing much of the crude that has already escaped and is spreading across the Gulf of Mexico.

    The cap is now keeping up to 462,000 gallons of oil a day from leaking into the Gulf, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Monday in Washington. That's up from about 441,000 gallons on Saturday and about 250,000 on Friday.

  • Ohio tornado kills 7, wrecks cop cars, graduation

    MILLBURY, Ohio (AP) — A community whose high school was destroyed the day before graduation by a tornado that killed seven people, including the valedictorian's father, rescheduled the ceremony as residents sifted through houses in many cases reduced to rubble.

    The tornado was Ohio's strongest in eight years, part of a line of storms that ripped through the Midwest over the weekend, destroying dozens of homes and an emergency services building in northwest Ohio.

  • Rio wildfire fully contained, fire crews leave the area

    JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — A wildfire that burned 1,356 acres in the Santa Fe National Forest northwest of Albuquerque has been contained.

    Officials say the Rio Fire is believed to have been started by an abandoned campfire over the Memorial Day weekend. The blaze forced evacuations last week in the Seven Springs area and temporarily closed Fenton Lake State Park.

    Several structures were threatened but none lost.

    The fire was located about six miles northwest of Jemez (HAY-muss) Springs and a half-mile southwest of Fenton Lake.