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Today's News

  • Haitian earthquake leaves thousdands dead and missing, capital city in ruins

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitians piled bodies along the devastated streets of their capital Wednesday after a powerful earthquake flattened the president's palace, hospitals, schools, the main prison and thousands of homes. Untold numbers were still trapped.

    President Rene Preval said he believes thousands of people were dead from Tuesday afternoon's magnitude-7.0 quake.

  • News alert: Council votes to simplify downtown zoning, approves bridge for Canyon Rim Trail
  • Richardson wants to set course for green economy

    ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Bill Richardson has signed an executive order he says will set a course for the state as it establishes an economy based on clean, renewable energy.

    The governor says New Mexico is blessed with oil and natural gas, but will have to take full advantage of its wind, solar, geothermal and biofuels resources if it wants to continue creating jobs.

    Richardson says his executive order focuses on growing research and manufacturing in the renewable energy industry.

  • Council votes to simplify downtown plan

    “The downtown plan, as it exists, is impossible to work with,” said Rick Bohn, Los Alamos County community development director.

    At Tuesday’s county council meeting in White Rock, Bohn explained three ordinance amendments intended to simplify the planning and zoning process by eliminating ambiguous language between documents that may have an impact on land use.

  • Thinking’ like an iPod

    Teenagers today live in a world where having choices is the norm. For instance, Los Alamos High School English teacher Margo Batha explained nowadays, when youngsters listen to music on their iPods, they can select which songs to listen to and which ones to ignore. This example supports the fact that having choices is an intrinsic part of young people’s lives.

    During the school board meeting Tuesday night, a group of English teachers showed how they are following the iPod’s lead.

  • This whole darn decade has a year to go

    SANTA FE — Hooray. We still have a year to redeem the first decade of the 21st century from being a complete bust.

    Reader Earl Nielsen, of Alamogordo, recalled that 10 years ago, I participated in the effort to remind the world that the decade, century and millennium didn’t end on Dec. 31, 1999. It ended a year later.

  • Boys basketball: Toppers survive late scare to hold off Sartans at home, 73-65

    Midway through the third quarter of Tuesday night’s ballgame, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team appeared to have everything well in-hand.

    With a little less than a minute remaining in that same ballgame, things were very much up in the air.

  • Girls basketball: LA rolls to fifth straight victory

    No All-State preseason pick? No problem.

    Playing without its star point guard, Tyree Richins, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers still managed to continue its current winning streak Tuesday night with a victory over the Belen Eagles.

    Los Alamos center Taylor Ealey dropped in a game-high 20 points as the Hilltoppers knocked off the Eagles 43-29 Tuesday night in Belen.

    Richins stayed at home Tuesday, feeling under the weather, but Los Alamos’ reserves picked up their game in her absence.

  • 01-05-10 Police Beat

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    Dec. 25

    9:49 p.m. — Augusta Dyson, 32, of Los Alamos was arrested and charged with battery against a household member as a result of an investigation into a domestic disturbance.

    Dec. 26

  • A director’s wish comes true

    It appears to be an open-and-shut case. A 19-year-old man is being tried for stabbing his father and most of the members of the jury seem to agree that the man is guilty. All except for one.