Today's News

  • Wildfire covers 300 square miles--Video Extra -- Updated

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A massive wildfire in the New Mexico wilderness that already is the state's largest blaze ever has grown to nearly 300 square miles as it spreads in all directions, and experts say conditions are ripe this season for similar massive blazes across the West.

  • County Briefs -- updated with more items

    Renovations begin at 37th Street Play Lot


    The 37th Street Play Lot near Villa Street is closed for the next two weeks so that the County’s contractor, LA Landscaping & More, can make renovations to the park. Renovations include:

    • Remove the sand safety zone material in the designated play areas and replace with engineered wood fiber, bringing the safety/fall zone into compliance

         • Add a merry-go-round with fall/safety zone material and borders (similar to the one at Community Park or North Mesa Park)

    • Replace the asphalt entry walk with concrete and an approach that is not as steep as the current design

    •Add three picnic tables and  two benches

  • Heinrich rattles Dems

    Just two weeks before New Mexico Democratic voters would decide whether 1st Dist. Congressman Martin Heinrich or state Auditor Hector Balderas should be their U.S. Senate nominee this fall, Heinrich bucked his party in Congress by voting for a Republican-sponsored defense authorization bill a majority of congressional Democrats opposed and President Obama threatens to veto.
    The measure passed easily in the Republican dominated House, 299-120.
    It’s an odd piece of work, this bill, if only because it subverts that infamous deal forged last summer when the president and Congress pledged hefty cuts in both domestic and defense spending in return for an agreement to raise the nation’s debt ceiling.

  • Legislative review a mixed bag

    What government does not do can be more interesting than the actions of government, or any organization, for that matter. This year, an election year with some “new money” having appeared for legislators eager to please, the incentive to do something was greater than usual.
    This week’s column offers things done and, mostly, things not done by in the 2012 legislative session. The source is the annual “Highlights” publication of the Legislative Council Service (LCS), the staff for the Legislature.

  • Williams bounced in French Open 1st rd.

    PARIS (AP) — For more than a decade, whatever the state of her health or her game, no matter the opponent or arena, Serena Williams always won first-round matches at Grand Slam tournaments.
    Until Tuesday at the French Open. Until Williams came within two points of victory nine times, yet remarkably failed to close the deal against unheralded and 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano of France.

  • Rodman found guilty of contempt

    ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Former NBA star Dennis Rodman might soon find himself working with at-risk teens or cleaning up streets.
    The flamboyant former player known for his rebounding skills and wild, off-court behavior was sentenced Tuesday to 104 hours of community service after being found guilty last year of four counts of contempt for failing to pay child support.
    The ruling also placed Rodman, 51, on three years of informal probation on the condition he keep up his child and spousal support payments.
    It was the latest development in a series of legal disputes that began in 2004, when Rodman’s wife at the time filed for divorce.

  • Topes Notes 05-30-12

    Isotopes can manage just two hits in loss
    The Albuquerque Isotopes had their three-game winning streak snapped Tuesday night in their road trip opener against the New Orleans Zephyrs.
    Tim Federowicz hit a solo home run with one out in the eighth inning to break up a no-hit bid by the Zephyrs Brad Hand, but the Isotopes could muster little else in a 4-1 loss at New Orleans.
    The Zephyrs scored twice in the first and twice in the fourth to earn the win. Albuquerque’s Will Savage (7-2) took the loss, going seven innings.

  • Sports Update 05-30-12

    Hershey’s Track & Field returns to Los Alamos June 6

    The Los Alamos County Recreation Division is hosting the Hershey’s Track & Field Program June 6.
    The program is open to boys and girls ages 9-14. The competition will be at Sullivan Field starting at 10 a.m.
    Interested participants must provide a copy of their birth certificate along with registration materials. There is no charge for participation.
    For more information, call 662-8173 or visit losalamosnm.us/rec on the Internet.

    Soccer school deadline for registration is June 11

  • Anast/Sanderson top tourney

    The team of Kurt Anast/Steve Sanderson cruised to a big win in the Memorial Day Best Ball tournament this weekend.
    The Memorial Day Best Ball is the first major tournament of the summer hosted by Los Alamos Golf Course. Teams were split into two-day and three-day flights.
    In the top three-day flight, Anast/Sanderson won by 10 shots over the holiday weekend. The team shot a 59 the first day and matched that total on the third day to finish with an overall total of 181. Eddie Sanchez/Barbara Schmitt, which finished as the runner-up was still within three strokes heading into Monday’s final round, but couldn’t keep pace.
    Anast, by himself, shot a 2-under 70 on day three.

  • Victim Identified in Fla. Face-chewing Attack

    It is being called one of Miami's goriest crimes: A naked man was on top of another nude man along a busy highway, biting into the man's face, tearing it to pieces.