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Today's News

  • Board realizes investment boost

    ALBUQUERQUE – Investments by the New Mexico Education Retirement Board realized an impressive 40.4 percent return for the 12 months ended March 31, netting $2.34 billion for the fund that pays retirement benefits for retired teachers and education employees.

    The fund grew from $6.21 billion on March 31, 2009 to $8.55 billion on March 31, 2010, and ranked in the ninth percentile of the Public Funds over $1 billion universe, according to NEPC, the Fund’s advisor.

  • LA finishes second in team tourney

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys tennis team closed out a solid season taking the runner-up spot at this weekend’s Class AAAA state championship tournament.

    Los Alamos earned two pair of shutout victories in the first two round of the state playoffs, which started Friday and continued through Saturday, but couldn’t overcome the mighty Albuquerque Academy Chargers in the finale.

  • Saying goodbye

    Former scientists, engineers, and operators gathered at LANL’s TA-21 on Monday morning for a commemoration at the former Tritium Systems and Test Assembly facility, or TSTA.

    At the conclusion, an excavator began tearing away walls of the historic facility — one of 21 lab buildings and structures set for demolition with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    Among the speakers was Jim Anderson, a Lab Fellow and former group leader of the team that performed early research on nuclear fusion.

  • County remembers the fire

    Los Alamos County’s simple, heartfelt remembrance of the day the Cerro Grande Fire entered Los Alamos 10 years ago hit just the right note with community members. The anniversary tribute held Monday around the “Touch the Sky” statue at Ashley Pond Park was fitting, having been dedicated to the community one year after the fire to symbolize hope in the town’s future.

  • UNM-LA learns a lesson

    Whenever a mistake or a miscalculation occurs, there is always an opportunity to learn from it. The University of New Mexico- Los Alamos Advisory Board is determined to pay attention to the lessons gained from this year’s failed mil levy election.

    During its regular meeting Monday night, the board agreed to take initial steps to pursue another mil levy question. Only this time, the board is determined to do it right.

    Board member Nelson Hoffman encouraged the board to go after another mil levy.

  • Learning how nature recycles

    A group of students from Mountain Elementary School teacher Michele Altherr’s classes, Elise Koskelo (left), Isabelle Runde, Misha Putnam, Camille Rousculp, Sara Dale and Nick Koskelo assembled two compost bins that were donated by the Los Alamos County Environmental Services Devision. Students will have the opportunity to compost leftover food scraps and learn how nature recycles.

  • Four candidates consider redistricting

    Normal people do not run for high political offices such as governor, senator and member of congress.

    Think of it. These candidates are expected to know everything. An ability to interact with others is essential. Candidacy is more than a full time job. A day off? Get real. New Mexico’s size brings yet another challenge — Alamogordo one day, Roy the next.

    A candidate is a product. A candidate also is stuck with being a person. Some candidates can’t function in both worlds.

  • Effects of the immigration law

    SANTA FE ­— Arizona’s immigration law will likely have much the same effect on Major League Baseball as its rejection of Martin Luther King Day had on pro football.

    Here’s the history. When the St. Louis Cardinals relocated to Arizona, in 1988, the National Football League wanted to hold a Super Bowl in Phoenix as soon as possible.

    In 1989, the Arizona Legislature approved the state’s participation in the Martin Luther King federal holiday. But opponents of the holiday collected signatures to put the matter on the 1990 Arizona ballot.

  • News Alert: NMDOT teams up for bike safety

    SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) has partnered with the Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico (BCNM) to increase the number of bicycle safety trainers throughout New Mexico.

    NMDOT and BCNM recently entered into a two-year, $64,000 agreement to have BCNM provide League of American Bicyclists‚ (LAB) safety trainings across the state.

  • News Alert: Federal election voter guides to be printed in native languages

    WASHINGTON — Citizens who speak Cherokee, Dakota, Navajo and Yup'ik, the most commonly spoken Native American and Alaska Native languages in the U.S., will now have access to federal election voter guides in their native languages.

    The U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s Language Assistance Program translated the guides to improve voting accessibility for Americans who speak these languages and have limited English proficiency.