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Today's News

  • Your mother has a smooth forehead

    Back when I worked at Bell Labs, we brought in a candidate for an opening on our database team.  Upon reviewing his resume, I couldn’t understand why my interview team had selected him for an interview. The guy had no relevant experience and his degree was in chemistry, not computer science. Well, it turns out that he had put “Klingon” on his resume as a foreign language in which he was fluent.  (Klingons are a warrior race in the 24th century, kind of a cross between an iguana and Dick Cheney).  

  • Prize-winning stories announced

    The winners of the 2010 Young Writers Contest were announced at a breakfast ceremony Saturday at Daylight Delights restaurant.

    Daylight Delights and the Los Alamos Writers Group sponsored the contest and ceremony.

    Winners received cash, Chamber Bucks, Daylight Delights gift cards and ribbons.

    The winners in the four divisions were:

    • High school: First place, Elizabeth Turner; second place, Natalie Swinhoe.

    • Middle school: First place, Sarah Wallstrom; second place, Emma Schmidt; third place, Ethan Clements

  • Umpire says 'I just cost that kid a perfect game'

    DETROIT (AP) — Armando Galarraga bitterly sipped a beer minutes after he almost pitched a perfect game, lashing out at first base umpire Jim Joyce for blowing a call that negated his place in baseball history.

    An apology and hug changed Galarraga's attitude.

    Joyce, in tears, asked for a chance to apologize after the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 3-0 Wednesday night.

  • Earning the right to vacation

    Up through last week, my mother had reminded everyone in the family just how many days of school remained in the 2009-2010 year. When Sunday rolled around, she sang out to everyone that she did not have to work this week.

    If you think students are the only ones who excitedly cross the days off the calendar, think again. A vacation is a vacation – no matter one’s age.

    And with the conclusion of one school year and the beginning of a tranquil break, it seemed a celebration was in order.

  • Golf: Senior men’s results from this week

    Here are the results from the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association tournaments from Pueblo de Cochiti Golf Course Tuesday and Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe Wednesday.

    Pueblo de Cochiti

    Tuesday

    Championship flight

    First low gross

    Henry Hodde, Santa Fe, 77.

    Second low gross

    Rick Lentz, Albuquerque, 78.

    First low net

    Isaac Herrera, Cochiti Pueblo, 70.

    Second low net

    Tino Chavez, Santa Fe, 71.

    First flight

  • Southern blues to hit the Southwest

    Musician Eric Sardinas has a signature style that listeners seldom hear – especially those who live in Northern New Mexico.

    The Los Alamos Summer Concert Series, however, is bringing the sounds of Deep South to the Southwest.

    Eric Sardinas and Big Motor will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn Express located in the Entrada Business Park.

    According to Sardinas Web site, Sardinas was exposed to gospel, Motown and R&B, all of which pushed him to the acoustic sounds of the Deep South.

  • Wildfire forces evacuation

    JEMEZ SPRINGS  — Forest Service officials say 10 people were evacuated from the community of Seven Springs because of a wildfire burning in the Jemez Mountains northwest of Albuquerque.

    Evacuations also were ordered for campers in the Fenton Lake area.

    The fire is burning on the Santa Fe National Forest about six miles northwest of Jemez Springs and a half-mile southwest of Fenton Lake State Park.

    Forest officials say as many as 83 structures are threatened.

  • Flier flusters dog owners

    Some dog owners are barking mad thinking they could be cited or arrested for their canine’s feisty behavior.

    “The Los Alamos Police Department would like to clarify that there is reasonable and then there is unreasonable dog barking behavior,” Capt. Randy Foster said. “Incessant barking is indeed a nuisance to surrounding neighbors and our intent is to find a happy medium for all of our community members.”

  • Hey candidates, what about the $716 million?

    The immediate attention of the next governor and, therefore, the attention of the general election candidates, should focus on a number: $236 million. That’s the difference between forecast general fund revenue for the next budget year, fiscal 2012, and the amount needed to maintain current service levels. (The general fund is the principal source of money for state government.)

    The $236 million figure was unveiled May 20 by Tom Clifford, chief economist for the Legislative Finance Committee. Clifford spoke to a conference held by the New Mexico Tax Research Institute.

  • A threat to the world’s wheat

    If you like eating hotcakes or bread (or my own personal favorite, huckleberry muffins), you might want to pay attention to a problem that’s looming over wheat worldwide. It’s a new type of “stem rust” caused by a fungus that cripples wheat plants.

    Throughout history, stem rusts have created major famines. Even in the United States, wheat harvests in parts of the country were hit hard by stem rust in 1903, 1905 and 1950-1954. Localized outbreaks affected American wheat as recently as 1985-1986.