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Today's News

  • Kiwanis scholarship winner

    Madison Ahlers, daughter of Joan and Gary Ahlers, was recently awarded a Kiwanis scholarship. She will attend the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and study government and biology. She would someday like to be a helicopter pilot. Pictured left to right, Kiwanis President Fran Berting, Madison Ahlers and Joan Ahlers.

     

  • Wildfires grow around state

    LUNA — Authorities expected a massive wildfire in eastern Arizona to become the state’s largest by Wednesday, as investigators focused on two people whose campfire may have started the blaze and firefighters fought to keep the flames from devouring a small New Mexico mountain town.
    Fires also grew elsewhere in New Mexico, including one near the Colorado border that forced the closure of a busy interstate highway.
    Kelly Wood, a spokesman for the multi-agency effort battling the Arizona blaze, said late Tuesday that two people of interest were being questioned about an abandoned campfire but he didn’t immediately have details. He said the U.S. Forest Service would release more information Wednesday.

  • Walp wants authorities to reopen probe

    Convinced there was more to uncover during an investigation from 2002 at Los Alamos National Laboratory, former Office of Security Inquiries (OSI) Leader Glenn A. Walp said he intends to ask the Federal Bureau of Investigation for help.

    Because of information that surfaced in 2010, Walp said he will be in New Mexico the first week in July and plans to meet with agents and ask the bureau to reopen its case into wrongdoing that he began to uncover after the lab hired him in January 2002.

  • Process begins to fill vacancy

    Councilor James Hall’s resignation became official at 12 a.m. this morning.

    In a letter to Council Chair Sharon Stover, Hall wrote, “As a recently appointed state representative, I will not have the time to fill both roles adequately. I’ve enjoyed my service on the council and immensely admire my fellow councilors, the county staff and all the citizens who volunteer their time and energy. In my experience, they’re all committed to better government and building a better community.”

    The council held a special meeting after Tuesday night’s work session in White Rock to decide on the procedure for filling the vacant seat. Hall recused himself at that point and left the meeting.

  • Taxpayers to foot hefty lab pension tabs

    A Manhattan Project-era business model is responsible for a $1.7 billion dollar tab that taxpayers will have to pick up next year to cover ballooning pension liabilities for the national labs.

    As more scientists and engineers become eligible for retirement, future liabilities represent potentially billions of dollars more, according to a report released the last day of May by the Government Accountability Office. The findings reveal that the Department of Energy has been lax in examining other post-retirement costs, such as health care, which factor into the overall reimbursements DOE makes to contractors like Bechtel, Babcock and Wilcox, URS, and Lockheed Martin, which manage operations at national labs like Los Alamos and Sandia here in New Mexico.

  • Topes Notes 06-15-11

    Isotopes swept by RedHawks
    The Albuquerque Isotopes were swept in a doubleheader Tuesday at Oklahoma City, snapping the team’s four-game win streak.
    The Isotopes (37-28), however, still maintained a hold of first place in the PCL American Southern division despite losing both ends of Tuesday’s road twinbill. They will wrap up their series at Oklahoma City Thursday and then return home for eight games starting Friday night.
    Albuquerque managed just 11 hits and three runs in the two games.
    Oklahoma City’s Wesley Wright, making an emergency start in the opening game, held Albuquerque to just one hit in four innings of work. Three RedHawk pitchers combined for a 2-0 shutout win.

  • Football: League, players and lawyers meet again

    NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners are meeting with NFL Players Association chief DeMaurice Smith and a group of players for a second straight day in Maryland.
    A person with knowledge of the talks tells The Associated Press that the negotiations have continued Wednesday and they include lawyers for both sides.
    The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the meeting are not being made public.

  • NMAA: Tripp to resign at end of academic year

    It came as a bit of a shock to Los Alamos High School athletic director Vicki Nelms when she heard.
    Just two weeks earlier, meeting with the top officials from the New Mexico Activities Association, Nelms got no indication that Gary Tripp might be stepping down from his top post.
    However, Tripp, the executive director of the NMAA, the governing body of most interscholastic sports and activities in the state, announced Monday that he will be leaving the association’s top job effective at the end of the 2011-12 academic year.

  • Sports Update 06-15-11

    Pool to host Hawaiian Night

    Piñon Park Pool will host Hawaiian Night tonight.
    The pool will be open to the general public until 10 p.m. Price for participation is $4 for non-pool members or $2 with any food purchase.
    The event will feature an inflatable pool slide. Kenny’s BBQ will be in the pool’s between 5:30-9 p.m. and root beer floats will be sold inside the pool area.

    Splash N Dash season opens June 29

    The first Splash N Dash of the season will take place June 29 starting at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

  • Top fencers preparing for more

    Tom Hill and Jack Stafurik have crossed swords more than once. Quite literally.
    The two men are the top two fencers for the Los Alamos Fencing Club and to prepare for events, they often square off against each other.
    Right now, Hill, the coach of LAFC, and Stafurik are the only two fencers who are currently competing at the national level and warm up for tournaments together at the YMCA’s gymnasium.
    Most of the members of LAFC are younger and have only limited experience in actual competition.
    Nevertheless, they feel there’s plenty of potential in the younger fencers they train.