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  • 'Argo' wins best picture on scattered Oscar night--VIDEO EXTRA

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just as Oscar host Seth MacFarlane set his sights on a variety of targets with a mixture of hits and misses, the motion picture academy spread the gold around to a varied slate of films. "Argo" won best picture as expected, along with two other prizes. But "Life of Pi" won the most awards with four, including a surprise win for director Ang Lee.

    "Les Miserables" also won three Academy Awards, while "Django Unchained" and "Skyfall" each took two.

    Among the winners were the front-runners throughout this lengthy awards season: best actor Daniel Day-Lewis for his deeply immersed portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's epic "Lincoln," best actress Jennifer Lawrence as a troubled young widow in "Silver Linings Playbook" and supporting actress Anne Hathaway as the doomed prostitute Fantine in the musical "Les Miserables." Christoph Waltz was a bit of a surprise for supporting actor as a charismatic bounty hunter in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," an award he'd won just three years ago for Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds."

  • Today in History for Monday, February 25th
  • Johnson wins Daytona 500; Patrick eighth

     

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A big first for Danica Patrick, but an even bigger second for Jimmie Johnson.

    Patrick made history up front at the Daytona 500 Sunday, only to see Johnson make a late push ahead of her and reclaim his spot at the top of his sport.

    It was the second Daytona victory for Johnson, a five-time NASCAR champion who first won "The Great American Race" in 2006.

    Patrick, the first woman to win the pole, also became the first woman to lead the race. She was running third on the last lap, but faded to eighth at the finish.

  • Johnson wins 2nd Daytona 500; Patrick finishes 8th

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A big first for Danica Patrick, but an even bigger second for Jimmie Johnson.

    Patrick made history out front at the Daytona 500, only to see five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson reclaim his spot at the top in the end.

    Johnson won his second Daytona 500 with a late push on Sunday, grabbing the spotlight from Patrick as she faded on the final lap. Patrick became the first woman in history to lead laps in "The Great American Race" and was running third on the last lap, but slipped to eighth in the late push for position.

    Her fall began when Dale Earnhardt Jr. made his move, but his last-ditch effort wasn't enough to catch his Hendrick Motorsports teammate.

    There were several crashes during the day, none approaching the magnitude of the wreck that injured more than two dozen fans a day earlier in a second-tier race on the same track.

  • Today in History for February 24th
  • Winter Weather Advisory for Sunday, early Monday

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM SUNDAY TO 6 AM MST MONDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 1 TO 3 INCHES ARE LIKELY ACROSS THE UPPER RIO GRANDE VALLEY... WHILE 4 TO 8 INCHES ARE LIKELY ACROSS THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS. THE GREATEST AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS.

    * TIMING... SNOW WILL BEGIN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING ACROSS THE SAN JUAN AND JEMEZ MOUNTAINS AND WILL QUICKLY SPREAD ACROSS THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS BY EARLY AFTERNOON. THE GREATEST ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

    * WINDS... NORTH 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 35 MPH.

    * SNOW LEVELS... TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW AT ALL LOCATIONS.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... FALLING SNOW AND GUSTY WINDS WILL CREATE AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW AND REDUCED VISIBILITIES. VISIBILITIES MAY BE REDUCED BELOW 1 MILE AT TIMES. ROADS WILL BECOME SLICK AND ICY... INCLUDING U.S. HIGHWAYS 64 AND 84.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MEANS THAT VISIBILITIES WILL BE RESTRICTED DUE TO A COMBINATION OF FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW.

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    ... WINTER STORM TO IMPACT CENTRAL AND EASTERN NEW MEXICO SUNDAY AND MONDAY...

  • Topper girls finish sixth at state swim meet

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls swimming and diving team finished a respectable sixth place in this year’s state meet.

    The all-classification state championship was hosted by Albuquerque Academy at its Natatorium. The Hilltopper girls finished with 170.5 points, paced by Sarah Lott’s third- and fourth-place finishes Saturday.

    Lott’s top-four finishes came in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyles. In the shorter race, she swam a 1:55.80, good enough for third, and went 5:16.48 in the 500.

    Also Saturday, the Hilltopper boys placed 10th overall, finishing with 96.5 points.

    Winning the state boys team championship was Eldorado, which needed virtually every one of its 265 points to hold off La Cueva, which finished with 262 points.

    On the girls side, Eldorado made it a clean sweep of the titles, grabbing 324 points, earning a comfortable victory over Academy, which had 260 points.

    Among the other top finishes for the Hilltopper girls were the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams, both of which cracked the top four, and Maria Venneri’s sixth-place finish in the 100 backstroke. Top Hilltopper diver Madeline LeScournec had a fifth-place finish, earning a score of 344.60.

  • LAHS students out-brain competition

    It was a pressure cooker last Saturday at Albuquerque Academy, as some 40 schools that came to compete in a regional high school science competition got picked off one by one. It eventually came down to Albuquerque Academy and Los Alamos High School. 

    Albuquerque Academy answered an “interruption” question, and got it wrong; giving the four Los Alamos students (plus one alternate) the decisive victory in one of the most prestigious and intense science competitions New Mexico has to offer. 

    The New Mexico High School Science Bowl winners this year from Los Alamos High School happened to be high school senior and captain Kevin Gao; school senior Aaron Bao; junior Alex Wang; and sophomore Willie Zhao.

    Sponsored by the Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories, the New Mexico High School Science Bowl is where only the best and the brightest from New Mexico’s schools compete for the top honor, as the teams have to square off against other teams in a button-pushing, Jeopardy-style competition that has students answering questions in a multiple number of science disciplines, including math, physics, Earth science, chemistry, biology and astronomy. 

  • Council set to mull sewer rate hikes

    Those with firsthand experience of failures in the county’s aging wastewater infrastructure — such as the Manhattan Loop resident who reported a geyser of sewage from the manhole in her backyard — may not quibble with a proposed sewer rate increase the Los Alamos County Council is set to hear Tuesday. 

    However, the proposed increase is a sharp one and it will likely stir some debate.

    A flat rate of $25.31 per month plus a $7 customer charge would immediately go into effect for residential customers. Homeowners that consume a winter average of 4,000 gallons of potable water per month would see a slight decrease in their sewer bill for the first year. 

    Apartment complexes would be charged a flat fee of $21.09 per dwelling, plus the $7 customer charge. Currently, apartment complexes pay $17 to $24 per dwelling, depending on the winter average of potable water consumed. Most of these customers will see an increase of 15 to 20 percent but a few will actually see a decrease at the outset of the proposed rate’s implementation. 

  • Afghanistan, education and a local DVM

    When Afghanistan makes the news, it’s usually for all the wrong reasons.

    Media coverage usually centers on the war-ravaged country and the Taliban or Al-Qaeda.

    But there are a lot of people who are trying to make a difference in the country and one of them just happens to be from Los Alamos.

    Robert Fuselier, a local veterinarian, traveled to Afghanistan and visited the Advanced Education Center in May of 2012, to attend the graduation ceremonies and meet with various State Department officials, including then U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker.

    Fuselier, a 1982 graduate of Louisiana State University, also had meetings with elders from the village of Sarkar to discuss the possibility of raising funds for a school there. 

    And since then, that is exactly what Fuselier has been doing.