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  • Ask Fr. John: Understanding guns and violence

    How do you understand guns and violence? — G.P.

  • Chu to step down as Energy Secretary

    Energy Secretary Steven Chu is stepping down.

    The Energy Department, which runs the Los Alamos National Laboratory, said Friday, that Chu has offered his resignation to President Barack Obama. Chu won a Nobel Prize in physics but came under questioning for his handling of a solar energy loan.

    Chu is a former director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He drew fire from Republicans who criticized his handling of a $528 million federal loan to solar panel maker Solyndra, which later went bankrupt, laying off its 1,100 workers.

    The White House said Chu retained Obama’s confidence, but Chu was widely expected to leave following Obama’s re-election last fall.

     Chu intends to resign once a successor is confirmed, according to a memo sent to Energy Department staff and obtained by website POLITICO. He was the last of President Barack Obama’s long-serving Cabinet members to announce plans to leave or stay for the second term.

  • Sports Briefs 02-01-13

    Large Gila trout to be stocked in Lake Roberts

  • Thursday's prep basketball scores 02-01-13

    Boys basketball

    Albuquerque High 50, West Mesa 40
    Atrisco Heritage 74, Highland 58
    Carlsbad 69, Goddard 54
    Elida 43, Lake Arthur 14
    Fort Sumner 49, Logan 31
    Hondo 79, Gateway Christian 47
    La Cueva 81, Del Norte 67
    Mescalero Apache 47, Carrizozo 43
    Mesilla Valley Christian 52, Chaparral 40
    Santa Fe Prep 57, Mora 45
    St. Pius 45, Cibola 42
    Volcano Vista 52, Eldorado 48
    Walatowa Charter 58, NMSD 43

    Girls basketball

    Albuquerque Academy 56, Artesia 51
    Clovis Christian 56, Clovis - C Team 47
    Fort Sumner 60, Logan 41
    Grants 44, Valencia 40
    Hondo 55, Gateway Christian 18
    Hope Christian 61, Pojoaque 47
    La Cueva 48, Rio Rancho 25
    Laguna-Acoma 68, Wingate 42
    Los Lunas 78, Gallup 68
    Mora 53, Santa Fe Prep 41
    Taos 58, West Las Vegas 41
    Volcano Vista 66, Sandia 42

  • Hilltoppers look to avenge loss to Taos

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team will renew its annual home-and-home grudge match against the Taos Ice Tigers tonight.
    The Hilltoppers will host the Ice Tigers at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Game time is 8:15 p.m.
    Tonight’s game is one of three games this weekend for the Hilltoppers. They will also take on the Albuquerque OutKast at Outpost Arena Saturday morning and the Cibola Cougars Saturday afternoon at Blades Arena in Rio Rancho.
    Los Alamos and Taos, longtime rivals, met for the first time this season during week 12 play, with the Ice Tigers prevailing 5-3 in Taos. Los Alamos would bounce back from that loss, however, to shut out the La Cueva Bears 4-0.
    Currently, the Hilltoppers are 9-5-1, sitting in fourth place in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings. The Hilltoppers have 19 points on the season, just ahead of the Ice Tigers’ 17 points — Taos is 8-7-1.
    El Paso Coronado is still the top team in the NMIIHL with its mark of 17-1. The T-Birds are tied in the loss column with Cibola (14-1-2), which is currently sitting in second place.

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  • Raw: 40-car Pileup Closes Ind. Interstate

    A pileup with more than 40 vehicles has closed Interstate 70 in both directions about 20 miles west of Indianapolis. Officials said all lanes of I-70 are expected to remain closed until Thursday night. Aerial footage is silent from source.

  • Local woman charged with making false police report

    A 20-year-old Los Alamos woman was charged with making a false police report after being found with her hands bound on the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos campus Wednesday night.

    According to a report filed by LAPD officer Adele Girmendonk, the reporting party stated that a female may be tied up in the back of a blue Hyundai in the west campus parking lot or possibly behind the tennis courts. The call came in about 9:10 p.m.

    LAPD officer David Boe was also on the call and he continued down the path heading west behind the tennis courts where he found a single female, later identified as Genevieve Salas, sitting by a tree with her feet and hands bound with black electrical tape and her hands were bound in front of her body.

    The tape was cut off her body. Salas was then interviewed and Girmendonk searched for the suspect, who was described as a tall Hispanic male wearing a black hooded jacket and a blue baseball cap.

    Salas told officers the suspect had run to the west part of the park.

    Salas told officers that she was walking from the university to her car and when she reached her vehicle, she said the suspect came “out of nowhere” and threw her over his shoulder.

  • Lobos nip Wyoming in Laramie

     LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — New Mexico dropped in the polls earlier this week, but the No. 20 Lobos' confidence never wavered.

    Cameron Bairstow scored 17 points as New Mexico rebounded from a loss to San Diego State last Saturday to beat Wyoming 63-59 on Wednesday night.

    Hugh Greenwood added 13, including four in the last eight seconds, Kendall Williams 12 and Alex Kirk 10 for the Lobos (18-3, 5-1 Mountain West).

    "We did have that swagger," Greenwood said. "We're still 20th in the country and we've got guys who can really score and really defend and really play this game. You always have to be confident. We took a hit, but to come out here and get a win and respond is really what this thing's all about."

    New Mexico has won 10 of its last 12 games against Wyoming and five of the last six in Laramie.

    The Cowboys (15-5, 2-5) have lost three straight. Wyoming was led by Derrious Gilmore's 15 points, all of which came on 3-pointers. Riley Grabau and Leonard Washington had 11 apiece. Wyoming hit 12-of-22 3-pointers in the game, but New Mexico dominated play in the paint — outscoring the Cowboys 28-12 inside and winning the boards 35-23.

    Wyoming's two inside threats — Washington and Larry Nance Jr. — were a combined 7-for-21 from the field.