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Today's News

  • Wishin’ it were spring

    There is an old children’s doggerel verse that goes something like this, “Spring has sprung; the grass is riz, I wonder where the birdies is!”  With the winter weather still upon us this humorous verse is apropos. To overcome any snow fatigue, the Art Center at Fuller Lodge has an antidote. From 5-7 p.m. Friday, an exhibit opens titled, “Let’s Celebrate Spring.” The show lives up to its name with a riot of color and flowers.

  • CIA, Pakistanis snare Taliban's top military commander

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban's top military commander has been arrested in a joint CIA-Pakistani operation in Pakistan in a major victory against the insurgents as U.S. troops push into their heartland in southern Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday.

    Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the group's No. 2 leader behind Afghan Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar and a close associate of Osama bin Laden, was captured in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi, two Pakistani intelligence officers and a senior U.S. official said.

  • NEWS ALERT: LANL model checks arctic warming

    The methane is caged in ice lattices, or clathrates, which are thought to be particularly vulnerable to release in the rapidly warming waters of the arctic. Some climatologists blame runaway events like the Great Dying, 250 million years ago, the worst extinction event in Earth’s history, on the sudden release of methane clathrates buried under the cold ocean floors.  READ MORE IN TUESDAY'S MONITOR.

  • Basketball: LA teams will face Sundevils, Jaguars to finish the season

    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper basketball teams will have a big week ahead of them.

    That week for the Hilltopper girls basketball team starts tonight.

    The Hilltoppers will be making one final push for a district regular season title with games against Española Valley and Capital on the schedule this week.

  • Swimming and diving: Toppers head to state after big showing at district meet

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls swimming and diving team could be among the favorites to vie for a state title this weekend after a huge victory Saturday.

    Both Hilltopper teams are heading to the state championship meet, which starts with preliminary races Friday. Finals will be held Saturday at Albuquerque Academy’s Natatorium.

    At the district championship meet, Los Alamos’ girls grabbed a whopping total of 647 points, well over twice the total of their next closest competitor, St. Michael’s, to earn the district team championship.

  • ’Topper earns opportunity to attend AJAS conference

    The American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS) choose Los Alamos high school student Ryan Erickson to attend the AJAS meeting in San Diego.The AJAS is America’s only honor research society for high school scientists.

    Each year, AJAS hosts a conference, held in conjunction with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), to honor these students and induct them as fellows into AJAS.

    Erickson won this honor in a statewide scientific paper competition by writing and orally presenting the best paper.

  • Give youth a voice

    This week as we look at the asset that defines using youth as resources. The local data shows that 31 percent of youth in our community feel so inclined.

    Assets In Action is working in conjunction with the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and other community groups to provide youth a voice for input to their meetings.

    If you have a youth willing to fill such a role, give me a call or drop me an e-mail. It will be my goal to get input from a variety of students. If you have a youth who is willing to e-mail me, text me, or fill out a form, that would be great.

  • 02-16-10 Update

    Police Beat

      Furniture thrown into a pool, possession of drugs and a DWI that resulted in a car crashing into a light pole tops this week’s Police Beat. Read more on page 2.

    Pancake supper tonight

  • Senate OKs limits on double-dipping retirees

    SANTA FE — Public employees could no longer double dip by returning to work in government jobs with a salary and their pension under legislation approved by the Senate on Monday.

    The proposed restrictions target state and local government employees retiring after July 1.

    The legislation will not stop about 1,500 state and municipal workers who already are receiving a salary and their pension. However, they will be forced to resume making payroll contributions into the public employee pension fund.

  • Hundreds attend field hearing

    LAS CRUCES — Opinions were split among about 600 people who showed up for a three-hour congressional field hearing to discuss proposed federal wilderness areas for southern New Mexico.

    Las Cruces resident Robert Macklin, a retired Army officer and avid hiker, attended to express his opposition.

    “I don’t want to see development in the Organ Mountains,” he said.