Today's News

  • Trucks line up for runway construction

    It was a busy Friday morning at the Los Alamos Airport as trucks were queued up along the runway.

  • Syrian forces open fire on protesters, 16 killed

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian security forces fired on thousands of protesters Friday, killing a teenage boy and at least 15 other civilians as accounts emerged of more indiscriminate killing and summary executions by the autocratic regime of President Bashar Assad, activists said.

    The three-month uprising has proved stunningly resilient despite a relentless crackdown by the military, the pervasive security forces and pro-regime gunmen. Human rights activists say more than 1,400 Syrians have been killed and 10,000 detained as Assad desperately tries to maintain his grip on power.

  • Legislature's work covers rules for pasture gates, alcohol, school day

    Other than spending money, much of the work of our Legislature involves creating new rules or tinkering, changing this or that little thing.
    For example, the penalty for leaving a pasture gate open, potentially allowing livestock to escape, used to be $5 to $10. Now the fine ranges from $250 to $1,000, thanks to House Bill 391, one of two animal and livestock bills to pass the 2011 session of Legislature and survive Gov. Susana Martinez’s veto pen.
    The new gate non-closure fine is mentioned in the Highlights report issued last month by the Legislative Council Service. The report emphasizes policy changes.

  • Chewing the fat about gum

    Two young adults sit alone, staring into each other’s eyes.  They move closer.  Closer.  
    A smile slowly forms on their faces and the man reaches into his pocket to take out a packet designed especially for this occasion.  
    But it’s empty!  His smile quickly morphs into panic.  He rushes to the pharmacy, but it’s closed.  He needs that packet.  His girlfriend won’t wait forever.  What is he to do?
    And then he sees a friend in a nearby steamed up car, knocks on the window, and his friend gives him what he needs.  

  • Topes Notes 06-17-11

    Isotopes win to close out series
    The Albuquerque Isotopes closed out their five-game road trip with a victory Thursday night, just in time to head home for tonight’s contest against Iowa.
    The Isotopes scored four runs in the top of the eighth Thursday to put away a tight contest, topping the Oklahoma City RedHawks 8-2 at Oklahoma City.
    The Isotopes will face the Iowa Cubs tonight in Albuquerque to open an eight-game homestand. Tonight’s game is set for 7:05 p.m.
    Albuquerque, which had been swinging hot bats until its last three games at Oklahoma City, all losses, got its offense going again, pounding out 15 hits off four different pitchers.

  • Outdoors: Morphy Lake closed to camping

    New Mexico State Parks announced Thursday that Morphy Lake State Park has been closed to overnight camping this Father’s Day weekend.
    The closure takes effect at 6 p.m.
    Morphy Lake State Park, located in Mora County, will be closed due to extreme fire conditions in the area. Santa Fe National Forest, which borders the park, is currently under State IV fire restrictions.
    NMSP reported that the area has been under drought conditions for the past several months and recent winds in the area have made camping dangerous.
    “The safety of visitors and park staff is our top priority,” NMSP division director Tommy Mutz said in a press release.

  • Running: Jablin wins weekly Pace Race

    Jamie Jablin had the best prediction at this week’s Pace Race and tied for the fastest time on the 3-mile course with his twin brother Michael.
    The Pace Race was run Tuesday at American Springs Road in the Jemez Mountains.
    Jablin had just a five-second differential between his predicted and actual finish time Tuesday. Meanwhile, he and Michael Jablin came in step-for-step, both finishing with a time of 20:05.
    The top female finisher on the 3-mile course Tuesday was Katie Gattiker with her time of 33:41.
    On the 1-mile course, Jackie Marr had a 13:42 and Bob Westervelt finished with a 15:16.
    Other top predictors this week included Nathan Romero (13 seconds), Duane Marr (24 seconds) and Daniel Romero and Bob Reedy (34 seconds).

  • Tripp turned things around at NMAA

    In his seven-plus years there, I have only spoken to New Mexico Activities Association executive director Gary Tripp just once. Very briefly.
    I met him at the 2008 state wrestling tournament. He asked me how everything was going. I told him just fine and mentioned to him how smoothly that and other state events had been running. We shook hands and went about our business.
    Tripp took over as head of the NMAA, which oversees most interscholastic sports in the state, in 2004. Within a few days of his taking over the NMAA, I left the Los Alamos Monitor to pursue other interests.

  • MDs gather at AMA meeting amid reform uncertainty

    CHICAGO (AP) — Dr. Cecil Wilson is an avid sailor, a hobby that has served him well in navigating the nation's largest doctors' group through murky, uncharted waters.

    Rising numbers of uninsured or underinsured patients, Medicare crises, looming doctor shortages, new physicians shunning primary care to pay off huge medical school debt — these are among issues weighing on doctors. And that doesn't even count the impending big changes coming through a revamped health care system.

  • Greek crisis eases after government reshuffle

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou replaced his finance minister Friday in a broad cabinet reshuffle that won strong support from markets, optimistic that crucial austerity measures will now be passed to prevent a devastating near-term debt default.

    After two days of political chaos that threatened to bring down the government, Germany also appeared ready to provide billions more in aid to carry the debt-ridden country through 2014. German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated that the private sector would not be forced to share in the pain of a second bailout.