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Today's News

  • Council goes for high-speed Google

    At a meeting in White Rock Tuesday, county council will consider applying to participate in the Google Fiber Initiative, an experimental “open access” network that will offer fiber-to-home connections. The Google service proposes to operate at gigabit per second speeds, 100 times faster than current home service. County staff believes Los Alamos is especially suited for the test, because of its high educational levels, affluence and advanced scientific and technological interests, among other factors.

  • Residents prefer park service

    Fences may make good neighbors, to paraphrase poet Robert Frost, but in the case of Los Alamos and one of its largest neighbors, the problem isn’t the fences. It’s how to get through the gates more easily.

    That was one main conclusion after a council session and a couple of public meetings over the last few weeks on the subject of managing the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

  • Bank regulators unhinged

    During his State of the Union address, the President assured us his fiscal policies would stimulate bank lending to help businesses expand and create jobs. Obviously, the right hand isn’t talking to the left hand, and if they are, they don’t speak the same language.

    Federal bank regulators, who failed to curb the excesses of the biggest banks, are now punishing the little guys. Your local community bank didn’t engage in the risky behavior that got us into this mess, but it’s now paying the price.

  • Deeper sea changes we have seen

    In the mid-1800s there was a smart geologist with a face as sharp as flint who worked in the American Midwest. In those days, the “Midwest” was quite close to the frontier of the country. It took some guts and imagination to live out there, and maybe Charles Whittlesey had both in abundance – for he clearly saw evidence of dramatic climate change in riverbanks and hillsides around him. For Whittlesey, the Ice Age was evident in almost every field and ridge.

  • Boys track and field: Toppers grab a third-place finish at Friday’s APS meet

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team, due to weather, has been limited in how much work its throwers are able to do in preparation for meets.

    But Hilltopper head coach Larry Baca thinks he could have a solid unit going down the stretch, as evidenced at Friday’s Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational.

    Los Alamos finished third at Friday’s meet, earning 65.5 points. Rio Rancho won the team competition and Los Alamos’ biggest rival, Albuquerque Academy, finished a very respectable second.

  • Girls track and field: LA finishes in second place at Friday’s APS invitational

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team got an immediate lift from its returning basketball athletes Friday.

    Los Alamos had another big showing at Friday’s Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational. Los Alamos finished second behind Class 5A contender Rio Rancho at Friday’s meet, scoring 100.5 points. No other team besides Rio Rancho finished with more than 61.

  • Schedule for March 15-20

    Tuesday

    Softball: Los Alamos at Moriarty, varsity, 3:30 p.m.; JV 5 p.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, varsity, JV, 4 p.m.

    Thursday

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Piedra Vista Invite, varsity, JV, TBA.

    Friday

    Softball: Los Alamos at Farmington Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Piedra Vista Invite, varsity, JV, TBA.

    Saturday

    Track and field: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho, 8:45 a.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Farmington Invite, TBA.

  • Basketball: Roswell, KC grab 4A titles

    The top seeds in both the boys and girls Class AAAA state championship basketball tournaments went on to win this weekend at The Pit.

    Kirtland Central, the girls top seed in Class AAAA, downed Shiprock, the No. 2 seed, for the fourth time this season, winning Friday night’s title game 71-52.

    The state title was the Broncos’ 18th since 1980. The Broncos are the winningest school in New Mexico playoff history and their first state title since 2005.

    Roswell, meanwhile, held on in the final seconds of the game to down Española Valley 63-60.

  • Man’s best friend becomes woman’s worst enemy

    It may be a strange sort of mid-life crisis, but it’s a desperately real one, nonetheless. Playing hooky from work (again), Greg is approached in the park by a gorgeous Poodle-Lab mix, whose tag reads, simply, “Sylvia.”

  • Retail sales post promising gain in February

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Retail sales posted a surprising increase in February as consumers did not let major snowstorms stop them from storming the malls. The advance, the biggest since November, provided hope that the recovery from the Great Recession is gaining momentum.

    The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales rose 0.3 percent in February, surpassing expectations that sales would decline by 0.2 percent.