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Today's News

  • When the well runs dry

    Last week the nation’s governors met in Biloxi, Miss., for the National Governors Association’s summer convention.

    And guess what? They all said they were broke.

    Surprise, surprise.

    And a message they sent loud and clear is that the states cannot afford to pick up any extra expenses.

    There has been some talk in Congress that the states should be forced to make up some of the expenses that the feds are now paying, from health care to national security.

  • Webcam installed at skate park

    Teens hoping to keep up with their friends at the skate park are getting a little help from a surprising source.

    Those who are curious can now log on to the county’s Web site and view the park and its users, whenever they want. About a month and a half ago, a camera was installed at the park and is accessible via a link on the county Web site.

    The camera is focused on the skate park and shows users skating, as well as portions of the parking lot where the Farmers’ Market is held.

  • Wednesday’s storm only felt intense

    While Wednesday night’s thunderstorm felt intense, meteorologist Scot Johnson from Los Alamos National Laboratory said this morning that it really wasn’t anything too special.

    “We did have a front come in that passed through from the north to the south and that always feels more impacting,” Johnson said this morning. “The wind blast was just under 40 mph, which is pretty normal although we haven’t had that for a while. The rain only totaled about one third of an inch.”

  • JPJ complex takes shape

    Masonry block is beginning to cover the bare exterior walls and windows are being hoisted up to fill empty holes in the Judicial/Police/Jail Complex.

    Things seem to be taking shape as crews work diligently to construct the new facility on the corner of Oppenheimer and Trinity.

  • Bomb teams cover state through collaboration

    ALBUQUERQUE — Six bomb squads are scattered throughout the state. The Los Alamos Police Department, Albuquerque Police Department, Santa Fe, Doña Ana County, Farmington and the New Mexico State Police each house specially trained bomb teams.

  • Running: Roy Cope tops weekly pace race

    Roy Cope finished as the top predictor at Tuesday night’s pace race.

    The pace race is a weekly event sponsored by the Atomic City Roadrunners. Tuesday’s race was run at American Springs, near Bandelier National Monument.

    Cope finished just 2 seconds off his predicted finish time at the race. As good as Cope’s prediction was, however, he just nipped competitors Alejandro Romero (3 seconds), Michael Jablin (5 seconds), Gil Butler (7 seconds) and Aaron Goldman (12 seconds).

  • Moving right along at Crossroads Bible

    For a while the two church buildings stood side by side – the 50-year-old building and the young one growing up beside it. Then suddenly the old building laid crumbled in piles and the young church continued to develop.

    The old may have been done away for the new, but whatever form it is in, Crossroads Bible Church is striving to follow the same objectives as it has in the past.

  • Golf: Osden is 11th at Sun Country

    Golfer Jonathan Osden of Los Alamos tied for 11th place in the Sun Country PGA 12 & Under Championship.

    That tournament, which concluded Wednesday, was held at the University of New Mexico North Course in Albuquerque.

    Osden finished with a 47 in Tuesday’s first nine-hole round, then a 43 in the Wednesday’s second round. His score of 90 tied him with two other players.

    Evan Macias of El Paso, Texas, won a playoff over fellow El Paso resident Jeffrey Miller and Santa Fe’s Ben Albin to win the event. Macias finished 2-over par.

  • Health care needs a reformation

    How should we reform the health care system in the U.S. in which all citizens are stakeholders? The U.S. takes pride in being the best in many ways, but by many measures of health outcome categories, it ranks well below nearly all developed countries. Not only does the U.S. score badly in the quality of healthcare outcomes, it is off the charts for dollars spent for healthcare services.

  • But I digress: I apologize for apologizing

    I would like to formally apologize for my personal involvement in the mindless destruction of cities and cultures during the slaughter of over 17 million people by the Timurid Empire during the late 14th century.

    I also freely admit that I did absolutely nothing and said nothing to stop the atrocities committed during the third Mithridatic War (73-63 B.C.).