Today's News

  • Baseball: MLB replay usage may expand

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shane Victorino charges hard from center field, chasing a sinking line drive. His glove, the ball and the grass all smack together at the same time. What’s the call?
    Next year, it well could be: Let’s look at the replay!
    Major League Baseball is leaning toward expanding replay for the 2012 season to include trapped balls and fair-or-foul rulings down the lines, a person familiar with the talks tells The Associated Press.
    Commissioner Bud Selig and a group of umpires discussed the extra video review at spring training and were in agreement, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the matter is still being discussed.

  • Running: Kratzer is tops at Pace Race

    Sarah Kratzer was the top predictor at Tuesday’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race is a weekly run hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners in various spots around Los Alamos County. The race was held in Bayo Canyon.
    Kratzer, running on the 3-mile course, not only finished with the best prediction but was also the first female to complete the course. Kratzer’s time of 28:55 was just five seconds off her predicted finish time.
    Ted Romero was 10 seconds off his prediction on the 3-mile course, while Georgia Pedicini was 21 seconds off and Tom Sandford was 23 seconds off.

  • Track and Field: Letting it Fly

    Los Alamos’ Brady Stokes launches a javelin during the Los Alamos Classic last week.

    The Hilltopper boys and girls will compete at the Capital City Invitational Saturday. Most schools from around the area are expected to attend the meet, hosted by Santa Fe High School.

  • Baseball/Softball: Girls crack top 10, Academy takes over top boys 4A spot

    Here are this week’s Class AAAA baseball and softball coaches polls. The polls are conducted by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. First-place votes are in parentheses.

    Softball, Class 4A

        Team        Total pts.      Pvs.

    1. Piedra Vista (11)    119    1
    2. Farmington (1)    103    2
    3. Artesia        86    3
    4. Los Lunas        72    5
    5. Kirtland Central    64    4

  • Just A Wag 04-15-11

    Planning early for 4th

    We hear that the Los Alamos Kiwanis are planning the most extraordinary 4th of July celebration yet. Steve Boerigter is chair and said they’re expecting to dazzle the crowd with volunteer skydivers landing in formation along with the traditional air show.
    A new Harley Davidson Sportster will be raffled and Russ Gordon will provide great music.

    Send us your wags

    “Just a wag” features initial snippets of news heard around town. The wags may grow to larger stories or simply remain snippets, either way this is meant to spark interest and provide food for thought. E-mail wags to lanews@lamonitor.com.

  • U.S. is not responsible for the mess in Mexico

    Like most Americans, I don’t have any idea what the administration is doing in Libya.  As a faithful liberal said recently, “Who knows what he’s thinking about Qaddafi. I do know this: Barack Obama has launched more cruise missiles and ordered more air strikes than any Nobel Peace Prize winner in history.”
    It’s more than fair to say that this administration’s foreign policy is one big shambles, a giant pinball machine-like strategy with the United States caroming from one shiny bumper to another.
    There are apparently no bumpers for Mexico. More than 7,000 miles away from Tripoli but mucho closer to you and your family, Mexico is in chaos.

  • Favorite day for politicians

    On April 3, Google’s main search page commemorated the 119th anniversary of the first documented ice cream sundae.  
    Every day commemorates something, but few things are as important as that famous misspelled confection.  
    However, I’d like to take some time discussing lesser known (and equally important) events.
    If you’re from New England, or know some fanatic from New England (but aren’t they all?) then you probably know that April 18 (third Monday in April) is “Patriots’ Day.”  Observed in Massachusetts and Maine, it commemorates the Battle of Lexington and Concord.  

  • Tornado kills pair of sisters in Oklahoma

    TUSHKA, Okla. — Destructive storms that tore across the country’s midsection left at least seven people dead after smashing uprooted trees into homes in Arkansas and ripping apart the only school in one tiny Oklahoma town, officials said Friday.
    A tornado swept through Tushka in southeast Oklahoma town late Thursday, killing two sisters in their 70s, Salvation Army Capt. Ric Swartz said.
    The tornado also injured at least 25 people as it ground through the town of 350 residents, said Gilbert Wilson, Atoka County’s emergency management director.
    He said witnesses reported seeing two tornadoes that merged to form a single twister. The National Weather Service confirmed a single tornado hit the area.

  • House prepares to vote on $6 trillion spending cut plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bold but politically risky plan to cut trillions of dollars from the federal budget steamed toward a party-line House vote Friday, as insurgent Republicans rallied behind the idea of fundamentally reshaping the government's role in health care for the elderly and the poor.

    The GOP plan, expected to be voted on Friday, promises more than $6 trillion in spending cuts over the next decade compared with the budget that President Barack Obama offered in February, relying on stiff cuts to domestic agency accounts, food stamps and the Medicaid health care program for the poor and disabled.

  • Major economies pledge support for regime changes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Countries with the largest economies are pledging financial support for new governments in the Mideast and North Africa, historic changes that a U.S. official compared to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

    Major nations stood ready with international lending institutions to aid Egypt and Tunisia, the U.S. and France said in joint statement Thursday.

    Treasury Undersecretary Lael Brainard, writing on Foreign Policy magazine's website, said the transformations could prove as successful in unlocking economic prosperity as the events in Germany after the wall fell in 1989.