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Today's News

  • Immigration checks done at jail

    ALBUQUERQUE — A new prisoner-processing facility will check the immigration status of every person arrested in New Mexico’s largest city, but Albuquerque’s mayor on Thursday denied any effort to shadow Arizona’s tough crackdown on illegal immigrants.

    “This has nothing to do with immigration law. This has to do with keeping the streets of Albuquerque safe,” Mayor Richard Berry said after the facility was unveiled.

    The biggest difference between the current

  • Hunter to retire

    ALBUQUERQUE — The head of Sandia National Laboratories’ nuclear weapons programs, Paul Hommert, will become the lab’s next director in July.

    Hommert, currently Sandia’s executive vice president and deputy laboratory director for nuclear weapons, will succeed Tom Hunter, who plans to retire July 9. He has been Sandia president and lab director since April 2005.

  • PRC re-examines rate hike

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission wants to hold another hearing on the rate increases approved last month for customers of Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

    Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. asked his colleagues on Thursday to set a new hearing and vacate the agreement with the PRC’s Insurance Division that would raise health insurance rates for some customers by more than 21 percent.

    PRC Chief of Staff Johnny Montoya said Friday the commission itself does not have jurisdiction to vacate the agreement.

  • Blood sugar test goes bad at event

    ALBUQUERQUE — A group of New Mexico medical school students failed to properly change needles on devices used for blood glucose testing and now officials say a few dozen people might be at risk for contracting serious diseases.

    University of New Mexico School of Medicine officials made the announcement Thursday, hoping they can locate those who participated in the free testing April 24 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Between 51 and 55 people were tested that day.

  • Leadership LA grads strengthen the community

    Graduating from high school, college or any program is a major accomplishment but another challenge is just ahead. Graduates need to decide what to do with their newly acquired knowledge and what path to pursue from this point.

    With the caps tossed in the air and the diplomas distributed, the Leadership Los Alamos 2010 class is now facing this challenge.

    What they do as leaders in the community remains to be seen; however, through several LLA graduates’ comments, one thing is clear, they are working hard to prove that the 2010 class is the best LLA class yet.

  • Screaming for ice cream? Daniel’s Cafe to satisfy the demand

    An landmark event occurred 50 years ago – at least to dessert enthusiasts – Häagen Dazs ice cream was born.  

    When a brand of ice cream is created, it calls for a celebration. Therefore, Daniel’s Café is hosting its free scoop night in celebration of Häagen Dazs’ 50th anniversary from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday.

    This event is not just about the delicious taste found in an icy cold scoop of ice cream, it’s an opportunity to meet different community entities that serve Los Alamos.

  • State roundup: Piedra Vista wins 4A titles, Pojoaque drops out early in AAA

    Panthers roll to 4A softball title

    As expected, the Piedra Vista Panthers lived up to expectations.

    The Panthers softball team rolled to its fifth consecutive Class AAAA title Saturday afternoon in Las Cruces, thumping the Volcano Vista Hawks 7-0 in the state championship game.

    It was a remarkable run for the Panthers, who lost just two games this season, both to teams from out-of-state. The Panthers allowed a total of just two runs to their four opponents in the AAAA tournament.

  • Gov. Sarah Palin throws support to GOP candidate Susana Martinez

    ALBUQUERQUE – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin visited New Mexico Sunday to endorse Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez during a packed rally at the Uptown Marriott Hotel.

    Martinez is in a virtual dead heat with GOP opponent Allen Weh, according to a poll released today.

    Many at this morning's event expressed confidence that Palin’s appearance would put Martinez over the top in the June 1 primary election to face unopposed Democratic candidate Lt. Gov. Diane Denish in November’s general election.

  • News Alert: LAMC names new CEO

    Wally E. Vette has been appointed Chief Executive Officer for Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC), effective June 7.

    He replaces Sandra Podley who in January became CEO of Havasu Regional Medical Center, another LifePoint-affiliated facility.

    Since 1984, Vette has worked at Memorial Medical Center, a 298-bed regional medical center in Las Cruces, also affiliated with LifePoint Hospitals. 

  • Sports update

    Gridiron booster to meet tonight

    The Hilltopper Gridiron Boosters will hold a meeting tonight at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

    The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. It is an organizational meeting for those interested in getting involved with the school’s football booster club. Anyone interested in this organization is invited to attend.

    LASG hosting sports summer camp

    Los Alamos School of Gymnastics is hosting its 20th annual summer camp.