Today's News

  • Finally putting our money where our mouths are

    On Sept. 11, 2001, some radical Islamists stole airplanes with which to attack the U.S.  The overwhelming majority of these murderers were Saudi Arabians and had been educated in the intolerant version of Sunni Islam, called Wahhabi Islam, in the government schools and mosques of Saudi Arabia.
    These inspired Saudis felt that attacking the U.S., or for that matter Shia Islam or any other belief system, was doing Allah’s work. Apparently none had a connection with Saddam Husein or Iraq.
    We couldn’t invade Saudi Arabia because we needed their oil.  Therefore, we invaded Iraq, against the wishes of the U.N. and most of our allies.  

  • Softball: Toppers to host JV tourney at Overlook

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper junior varsity softball team will host its Green and Gold Tournament starting Friday.
    The tournament will include seven teams from around the area. Games, which will be held at Overlook Park in White Rock, start at 9 a.m.
    Los Alamos will open the tournament against St. Michael’s at 9 a.m. The Hiltoppers will play four games on the weekend.

    Here is the schedule for the Green and Gold Tournament:

    Los Alamos vs. St. Michael’s, Field 1, 9 a.m.
    Capital vs. Taos, Field 2, 9 a.m.
    St. Michael’s vs. Raton, Field 1, 11 a.m.
    Belen vs. Santa Fe, Field 2, 11 a.m.
    Los Alamos vs. Taos, Field 1, 1:30 p.m.
    Capital vs. Santa Fe, Field 2, 1:30 p.m.

  • Ski report 03-24-11

    Angel Fire
    31-inch base of machine-groomed snow and spring conditions. No new snow reported. 42 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Enchanted Forest
    Closed for the season.

    Closed for the season.

    Red River
    Closed for the season.

    Sandia Peak
    Closed for the season.

    27-33 inch base of machine-groomed snow, spring conditions and variable conditions. No new snow reported. 17 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Ski Apache
    Closed for the season.

    Ski Santa Fe
    37-inch base of powder and machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 69 trails and 6 lifts open.


  • Running: Big crowd drawn to Run for Her Life charity race

    Sunday’s Run for Her Life turned into a bigger deal than race organizers anticipated, so much so that plans are being made to turn it into an annual event.
    The Run for Her Life, held on Mesa Trail behind East Park, was a 5K and 10K run, the proceeds of which went to benefit breast cancer research.
    More than 120 participants took part in the Run for Her Life, which was hosted by the local chapter of Hadassah and the Atomic City Roadrunners. It raised more than $6,000 for research.
    Alexander Romero of Los Alamos (19:28) and Sophia Torres of Cordova (21:26) were the top finishers in the 5K race, while Wayne Chick (40:42) and Erica Baron (40:49) posted the best times in the 10K race.

  • Big political challenges greet Obama's return home

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Returning home to some messy politics, President Barack Obama is confronting a battery of challenges, from a spending standoff that threatens to shut down the government to congressional angst over the U.S.-led attacks on Libya. Foreign crises rage across Africa and the Middle East, and Americans still want the economy to improve more quickly.

  • Interim police chief appointed in Santa Fe

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe officials have turned to a veteran of the police department to instill new leadership. Raymond Rael worked 21 years as a Santa Fe police officer before retiring.

    The 57-year-old Rael takes over as police chief after this week's sudden resignation of Aric Wheeler.

    Rael faces record burglary numbers, mass retirements among command staff members, job restructuring and low morale among the rank-and-file officers.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Wheeler will remain with the department as a captain. The 39-year-old Wheeler told the city manager Tuesday he was stepping down as chief to spend more time with his family.

  • Hundreds of Jordanians set up protest in capital

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Hundreds of Jordanians set up a protest camp in a main square in the capital on Thursday to press demands for the ouster of the prime minister and wider public freedoms.

    The 500 protesters appeared to be mostly university students or unemployed graduates unaffiliated with any political party. Many said they met through Facebook last month to launch a group called the Jordanian Youth Movement.

  • Elvis Presley's 1961 benefit concert remembered

    HONOLULU (AP) — Fifty years ago, Elvis Presley helped raised money and directed much-needed attention to the stalled efforts to build the USS Arizona Memorial. The King is now being remembered for his contributions as the historic sites at Pearl Harbor enters a new era.

    Pacific Historic Parks, in partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc., will start selling T-shirts on Friday for $24.95 to commemorate the iconic crooner's historic benefit concert at Pearl Harbor's Bloch Arena on March 25, 1961. Proceeds will support the educational programs at the USS Arizona Memorial and the new $56 million Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.

  • French strike deep in Libya, targeting arms flow

    BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — French airstrikes hit an air base deep inside Libya and NATO ships patrolled the coast to block arms and mercenaries from flowing in to help Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Other coalition bombers struck artillery, tanks and parked helicopters, officials said Thursday.

    The French strikes overnight hit a base about 250 kilometers (155 miles) south of the Libyan coastline, French military spokesman Thierry Burkhard told reporters in Paris on Thursday without elaborating on the target or possible damage.

  • New census milestone: Hispanics to hit 50 million

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprising show of growth, Hispanics accounted for more than half of the U.S. population increase over the last decade, exceeding estimates in most states. Pulled by migration to the Sun Belt, America's population center edged westward on a historic path to leave the Midwest.

    The Census Bureau on Thursday will release its first set of national-level findings from the 2010 count on race and migration, detailing a decade in which rapid minority growth, aging whites and increased suburbanization were the predominant story lines. Geographers estimate that the nation's population center will move southwest about 30 miles and be placed in or near the village of Plato in Texas County, Mo.