Today's News

  • America on the rocks

    Roll out the barrel! We’ll have a barrel of fun!
    As a child, I remember watching my parents dance to the Beer Barrel Polka. Before I learned my multiplication table or could even spell the word “beer,” I knew the words to a fun-filled drinking song. Another favorite was the classic Latino flavored “Tequila” by The Champs. People could sip a nice cold mixed drink to the beat of Danny Flores’ raspy saxophone. And the lyrics were easy to remember, even if you were drunk. There were only three words — tequila, tequila, tequila.
     Yeah, drinking is great fun. It was a hoot watching Dudley Moore trip through the movies Arthur and 10. And how could you not fall in love with Peter O’Toole as he stumbled through My Favorite Year? Or Jimmy Stewart in Harvey?
     Lee Marvin even won an Academy Award for his woozy performance as Kid Shellen. It should have been Kid Shellacked.
     The film industry has always raised a glass to toast the entertainment value of alcohol. Come on, admit it! Even the most stolid among you would have enjoyed a good toga party at Animal House.
     In real life however, the humor can sometimes be a bit harder to grasp.

  • Fishing Report 04-19-13



    Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was slow to fair using tubes, jigs and wooly buggers for smallmouth bass. We had no reports on other species. 

    Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday was 141 cfs. Trout fishing was good using jerk baits, San Juan worms, copper John Barrs, nightcrawlers and salmon eggs. 

    Albuquerque Area Drains: We had no reports from anglers this week. 

    Bluewater Lake: Fishing for tiger musky was a bit sporadic this past week. Best reports came from anglers jigging on the bottom. Jerk baits and swim baits produced a lot of short strikes. Fishing was slow to fair using Power Bait and salmon eggs for trout. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp ranged from the high 40s to low 50s.

    Canjilon Lakes: We had no reports from anglers. 

    Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 251 cfs and 268 cfs respectively with the flow below Abiquiu expected to be over 500 cfs by Monday. Trout fishing at both locations was fair using nightcrawlers, salmon eggs, spinners and wooly buggers. Three generations of the Montano family had a recent outing below El Vado with G-pa Sid catching a 17-inch brown while using a Rapala. 

  • Sports Briefs 04-19-13

    LA hosts Santa Fe Prep in lacrosse today at Overlook Park

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper lacrosse team will play Santa Fe Prep today at Dara Jones Field in White Rock.
    The Los Alamos-Santa Fe Prep game is scheduled for 4 p.m.
    Today’s game will be the second time these two teams have squared off this season. Los Alamos (2-0) defeated The Blue Griffins 6-2 March 27.

    Nukes host Volcano Vista in rugby contest Saturday

    The Los Alamos Nukes U19 rugby team will host a home game Saturday at Sullivan Field.
    The Nukes, who lost 27-19 in their most recent game against Santa Fe, will take on Volcano Vista. Game time is noon Saturday.
    Admission to Saturday’s game and all Nuke home games is free.

  • Kirk earns 3 end-of-year awards

    ALBUQUERQUE — Alex Kirk and Kendall Williams shared team Most Valuable Player honors, capping off the 2012-13 New Mexico Lobos men’s basketball end-of-season banquet Thursday night.
    The 7-foot Kirk took home three awards, including Outstanding Defensive Player and Comeback Player of the Year, an award he shared with Chad Adams.
    New Lobo head coach Craig Neal presented the awards.
    Kirk and Williams provided the inside-outside combination that on most nights opponents found tough to stop.
    Williams, who was the Mountain West MVP, led the team with a 13.3 points per game scoring average.  He also led the team with 166 assists, 153 free throws converted, and he was second in steals with 38.  
    Williams made national news with his 46-point, 10 3-pointer afternoon in a 91-82 win at Colorado State that served as the de facto Mountain West regular season championship game and ended CSU’s 27-game home winning streak, the third-longest in the nation at the time.
    Williams was an AP honorable mention All-American selection.  He also was one of 20 named to the Cousy Watch List at midseason as one of the nation’s top point guards.
    Kirk was third for the Lobos in scoring, dropping in 12.1 points per game. Kirk led the team in both rebounding (8.1 boards per game) and blocks (63).  

  • Williams is top race predictor

    Joan Williams was the top predictor in this week’s Pace Race.
    Williams finished with just a 3-second error at Tuesday night’s Pace Race, which was held at Cañada del Buey Trail in White Rock. In all, 24 runners and walkers participated in the weekly event.
    The next Pace Race is scheduled for Tuesday starting at Brewer Arena on North Mesa. Race time is 6 p.m.
    This week, the two best predictions and three of the best four were made on the 1-mile course. Following Williams, Michelle Jones had a 12-second error. Tom Sandford had a 20-second error running the 3-mile course, and Georgia Pedicini finished 24 seconds off her predicted finish time.
    The fastest runner on the 3-mile course was Ted Romero (19 minutes, 30 seconds). Zack Jones was the fastest finisher on the 1-mile course (9 minutes, 46 seconds).
    For more information on next week’s Pace Race or about the Atomic City Roadrunners club, call 672-1639.

  • Boston bombing suspect charged


    BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged in his hospital room Monday with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill — a crime that carries a possible death sentence.

    Tsarnaev, 19, was accused by federal prosecutors of conspiring with his older brother to set off the two pressure-cooker bombs that sprayed shrapnel into the crowd at the finish line last Monday, killing three people and wounding more than 180.

    The criminal complaint containing the charges shed no light on the motive for the attack.

  • Today in History for April 19th
  • NFL season to open with Ravens at Broncos


    NEW YORK (AP) — Peyton Manning back in Indianapolis — in a Broncos uniform.

    Peyton vs. younger brother Eli in another Manning Bowl.

    Andy Reid returning to Philadelphia: Let the booing begin now?

    The NFL schedule is filled with return visits and intriguing matchups, beginning with a road game for the defending Super Bowl champions.

  • LANL quality assurance division gets recognition

    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Quality and Performance Assurance Division received Piñon Recognition from Quality New Mexico and will be recognized at QNM’s annual learning summit and awards ceremony April 22-23 in Albuquerque.
    Piñon Recognition signifies that organizations have demonstrated development and use of systematic processes as a foundation for analysis and improvement to attain improved organizational outcomes, according to Quality New Mexico’s webpage qualitynewmexico.org.
    The Quality and Performance Assurance Division is responsible for developing and overseeing implementation of the Lab’s quality assurance and contractor assurance programs that are part of the contract between Los Alamos National Security, LLC, the National Nuclear Security Administration and the U.S. Department of Energy.

  • National Park week begins Saturday

    Beginning Saturday, Bandelier National Monument and other National Park Service areas around the country will be observing National Park Week. With over 400 areas, there’s a lot to celebrate.
    Monday, April 22, through Friday, April 26, will be Fee Free Days, when there is no admission fee to enter the park. Also on those days, different members of the park staff, plus the president of the Friends of Bandelier, will be giving interviews on KRSN AM 1490 at 8:30 each morning.
    Between Saturday and Sunday, April 28, some of the park’s Pueblo cultural demonstrators will be showing and selling their crafts at the Visitor Center each day, except Monday and Tuesday.
    On Saturday from 10-2, the park will have a booth at the Earth Day Festival at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center in Los Alamos. That evening the park will observe National Astronomy Day with a ranger program at 8 p.m. at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater, telescope viewing of the night sky including a constellation tour. If it is cloudy, there will be a multimedia presentation.
    At 8 a.m. Sunday, the park trails program lead will offer a 6-mile hike on Burnt Mesa, which will include some scrambling and also off-trail travel.