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Today's News

  • I-25 reopens between New Mexico, Colorado

    RATON, N.M. (AP) — Interstate 25 has reopened between New Mexico and Colorado after being closed for four days because of a wildfire near Raton.

    However, Exit 454 in New Mexico and exit 2 in Colorado will remained closed Thursday because of the Track wildfire, which is burning on about 26,000 acres. New Mexico authorities say a 45 mph speed limit will be strictly enforced.

    Some residents near that fire able to return home Wednesday. Carlsbad Caverns National Park on the opposite end of the state also reopened after crews worked feverishly to get a jump on another wildfire ahead of worsening weather.

    The Loop fire started Monday and has charred about 30,500 acres of desert scrub.

  • Announcements 06-14-11

    Class of ‘91 reunion

    The Los Alamos High School class of 1991 will have 20-year reunion events during June 24-26. For more information, visit http://www.classcreator.com/Los-Alamos-NM-1991, or contact Julie Gable at 602-320-8855.

    Volunteers needed

    Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is recruiting volunteers to help in the following areas: gardening, reading to individuals, leading a craft project, playing card or board games with residents, helping with Bingo, playing music or leading a sing-along session. Please call the Activities Director at 662-4300 for details. We’ll help you get started.

    Volunteer at Fuller Lodge

  • Bonding helps students, teachers fit in

    The verdict is in on what makes folks feel like a part of their school. If I had to sum it up in one word, it would be “relationships.”
    Okay honestly, it would be two words: “duh ... relationships.”
    When I talked to people both young and old, it wasn’t the bricks, it wasn’t the mortar and it wasn’t the great tech equipment they had in the building that made a difference. It was they way people made them feel.
    It was the fact that schools didn’t just look at students for test scores, but for what goals the student and parents wanted to accomplish for the year.

  • Kiwanis scholarship winners

    Pictured from left to right, Don Casperson, Kiwanian and Key Club Mentor; dad Devon Engleman; Key Club MemberTaylor Engleman; Key Club Member Morgan Vaughn; Randy and Nancy Vaughn (Morgan’s parents), and Morrie Pongratz. Each student received a check from Kiwanis. Vaughn will attend Arizona State University and Engleman will attend The University of New Mexico.

     

  • Say goodbye to the underfed gorilla

    We won’t have Qwest to kick around any more. We have a new provider to kick around.
    If you think this doesn’t affect you because you have another provider of telephone and Internet services, think again. Like the song says, the thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone. Everybody in New Mexico is connected to Qwest, one way or another, and so are our plans for improved broadband (high-speed) connections.

  • Regulatory arts and sciences: Committee gathers new ideas

     Rules have always been essential to sports, society and the economy. Regulation is the process of using rules. As with any process, a focus on efficiency pays off.   
    Big-time tennis nowadays settles disputed line calls with a tool called Hawk-Eye. In 10 seconds, the system’s computer reconstructs the ball’s flight from sets of camera data and shows the line and landing spot on the big screen. Fans cheer for the gee whiz verdict and tennis resumes.
    In the old days, a close line call was the start of John McEnroe’s barking infamies at the chair umpire in three-minute-long tirades. Remember?
    The McEnroe model still reigns in the regulatory world. In stark contrast, efficiency depends on Hawk-Eye ideas.

  • Police Beat 06-14-11

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    June 2
     
    10:46 a.m. – A 46-year-old Española man reported being the victim of larceny in the 300 block of Bryce. The estimated loss is less than $500.

    1:42 p.m. – A 33-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone burglarized her vehicle parked in the 800 block of North Mesa Road. The estimated loss is unknown.       

  • Union says state targeting members

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico union leaders are accusing the governor of targeting their members in state layoffs.
    The Albuquerque Journal this morning reports that Michelle Lewis, president of the Communications Workers of America Local 7076, got a pink slip Friday along with 43 other state workers.
    Lewis and Christine Trujillo, president of the New Mexico Federation of Labor, told the paper they think the layoffs are an attack on unions.
    Gov. Susana Martinez’s office says the administration is simply streamlining bureaucracies and spending because of budget problems.
    Most of the layoffs announced Friday came from the Public Education Department, whose budget was slashed by more than 20 percent this year.

  • Taking a tour of Ashley Pond

    Leila Jones, 8 months old, of Los Alamos donned a pink bonnet and spent Monday morning in her pink stroller being wheeled around Ashley Pond where she kept a close eye on the group of ducks and geese swimming in the pond.

  • State Briefs 06-14-11

    Rail Runner may cut routes

    SANTA FE — A loss of $1.2 million in federal funding has operators of the Rail Runner Express rethinking weekday train service to save money.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican says changes could force early risers to take the bus instead of a train between Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
    The northbound train 508 and southbound train 515 would no longer stop at the Kewa and downtown Bernalillo platforms. Under one proposal, those trains also would bypass the soon-to-open Sandia Station north of Albuquerque and the unopened Zia Station in Santa Fe.
     Those stops aren’t being eliminated but would be served by other trains.