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Today's News

  • Vandalism shuts down Pojoaque High School for two days

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Vandals set fires and torched furniture inside Pojoaque High School.

    The fires set off the school's sprinkler system and that flooded a building for more than six hours.

    Damage forced a two-day shutdown of the school, which isn't scheduled to resume classes until Friday.

    A smoke alarm went off. However, authorities say it didn't alert fire dispatchers, allowing the sprinklers to run all night, dumping thousands of gallons of water.

  • Erickson is top predictor Tuesday

    A few runners went the extra mile at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ pace race, although they didn’t mean to.

    This week’s pace race was held Tuesday at Big Rock Loop. In all, 19 runners took part in the run.

    Because of some confusion over the race’s pavement markings, several runners took a wrong turn and ended up running approximately one extra mile.

  • TENNIS

    Hilltopper tennis players Patrick Raichur, Matt Whicker and Brenna O’Hara could all be big factors in this weekend’s District 2AAAA championship tournaments.

    The tournaments, which will be played through Saturday in Taos, will determine which teams, individuals and doubles squads advance to the Class AAAA state championship.

     

  • 04-30-10 Update

    Off to see “The Wiz”

      The Los Alamos High School Olions Thespian Club presents “The Wiz” at 7 p.m. today and Saturday at Duane Smith Auditorium.

    Spring recital

  • Judge: Fraud can't apply retroactively

    SANTA FE  — A judge has tossed out a whistleblower lawsuit seeking to recover hundreds of millions of dollars for the state because of alleged fraud and a “pay-to-play” scheme involving public investments.

    In a decision issued Wednesday, District Judge Stephen Pfeffer invalidated portions of a law that allows citizens to bring lawsuits on behalf of the state to recover triple damages.

    The judge said it’s unconstitutional to apply the law and its sanctions to activities that took place before the statute went into effect in July 2007.

  • Suggestions accepted through the weekend

    Suggestions from the public regarding new names for the county’s Airport Basin Site are still being accepted through the weekend. Naming ideas should be submitted to the county administrator by the deadline on Sunday.

    Airport Basin Site is the new home of county and schools’ facilities and is located in the bowl-shaped basin north of De Colores Restaurant on N.M. 502. Suggestions can be e-mailed to lacadministrator@lacnm.us.

    Visit the county’s Web site at www.losalamosnm.us for information on the buildings located at Airport Basin Site.

  • 10-day super blitz kicks off

    SANTA FE — Law enforcement throughout the State will conduct checkpoints and saturation patrols during Cinco de Mayo celebrations, as the 10-day Super Blitz kicks-off today through May 9.

    More than 60 law enforcement agencies will set up sobriety checkpoints to make sure individuals celebrating Cinco de Mayo don’t drink and drive. Mobile electronic signs along roadways will feature the message “Super Blitz in Progress; Cops Are Everywhere.”

  • An event you can’t forget

    The Los Alamos County Council invites the public to a Cerro Grande Fire 10 Year Anniversary Observance at 6 p.m. May 10  6 p.m. at the “Touch the Sky” statue at the northwest corner of Ashley Pond Park in Los Alamos. The Cerro Grande fire was the largest wildfire in New Mexico’s history.

    May 10 was the day the fire entered Los Alamos, leading to the entire evacuation of the town site. White Rock was evacuated several hours later.

  • Permit process pummeled

    The overwhelming message taken away from Thursday’s economic issues forum is that Los Alamos County is tough on business.

    “From everyone I’ve talked to, the process is broken … if Los Alamos County were a business in itself, it would be out of business,” Democratic council candidate Nathan Hjelm said.

    The perception is that getting a permit in this town to build or expand is a cumbersome endeavor at best.

    “It can take years to get a permit for remodeling ...” Republican Ralph Damiani said.

  • ‘Game Change’ has the scoop

    SANTA FE — If you would like to know the inside story of the presidential campaign that put Barack Obama in the White House, “Game Change” has all the details.

    Written by two of the country’s leading political reporters, John Heilemann of New York magazine and Mark Halperin of Time magazine, the book provides the scoop on what had to be the race of a lifetime.