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  • Dow Jones industrials climb above 25,000 for the first time

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average is trading above 25,000 points for the first time Thursday, just five weeks since its first close above 24,000.

    The Dow broke through five 1,000-point barriers in 2017, on its way to a 25 percent gain for the year, as an eight-year rally since the Great Recession continued to confound skeptics.

    Strong global economic growth and good prospects for higher company earnings have analysts predicting more gains, although the market may not stay as calm as it has been recently.

    The Dow has made a rapid trip from 24,000 points on November 30, partly on enthusiasm over passage of the Republican-backed tax package, which could boost company profits this year with across-the-board cuts to corporate taxes.

    "For a long while in 2017 I would say the biggest driver was excitement and anticipation over tax reform, but at a certain point I think there was a handover to global economic growth really helping to carry the stock market," said

    Invesco Chief Global Markets Strategist Kristina Hooper.

  • Official: Cibola County may be bankrupt by end of February

    GRANTS (AP) — A New Mexico county is facing the prospect of bankruptcy in 60 days and the likelihood of having to move forward with layoffs and liquidate assets, officials said.

    Cash-strapped Cibola County is in "crisis mode" after years of overspending and the recent discovery that it sent a bounced check to the for-profit prison company CoreCivic, interim County Manager Valerie Taylor said.

    The Gallup Independent reports that Taylor has contacted the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration Local Government Division Special Director Michael Steininger to straighten out the finances.

    Taylor said in all likelihood the state would bail out Cibola County with a loan and establish a repayment plan for the county if it can't pay its debts

    "If we do not make significant changes, I believe we are going to be insolvent by the end of February," Taylor said at a county commissioners meeting.

    The county overspent by $9.5 million from 2013 to 2016 and wrote the $7 million bounced check to CoreCivic in November.

    The county has a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to serve as a pass-through for payments to CoreCivic, which houses immigrant detainees at a prison in Milan.

  • Deputies: Homeland Security employee stole $26K from grandma

    FARMINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Department of Homeland Security employee is facing charges after authorities say she embezzled more than $26,000 from her New Mexico grandmother.

    The Daily Times of Farmington, New Mexico, reports 32-year-old Cassie Davis was recently arrested on embezzlement and forgery charges in connection with unlawfully signing checks.

    An arrest warrant affidavit says Davis of Flora Vista, New Mexico, stole $26,800 from her grandmother and unlawfully signing six checks payable to herself from her grandmother's checking account.

    Davis told San Juan County Sheriff's deputies she was being set up.

    A motion on Davis' conditions of release to allow her to travel to Colorado for work says she is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security employee.

    Her attorney, Steve Murphy, says he hasn't seen any of the evidence from the case.
     

  • New Mexico Supreme Court puts disputed laws on hold

    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has placed a temporary hold on disputed legislation as it considers whether vetoes last year by Gov. Susana Martinez fulfilled legal requirements.

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted a stay that may delay full implementation of 10 laws that aim to expand high-speed internet access, allow hemp research and more. Two out of five justices opposed the action.

    Leading lawmakers in the Democrat-led Legislature say Martinez missed veto deadlines and never explained the reason for vetoes as required. The governor says the Legislature is overstepping its authority in challenging the vetoes.

    A state district court opened the way for the 10 disputed bills became law in September. The Supreme Court has no timetable for a final decision.
     

  • Ringing in 2018
  • Sheriff candidate files injunction against county

    White claims the county is not following its own charter and ordinances. 

    He said he wants a district court judge to order Los Alamos County to restore its sheriff’s office.  White’s previous attempt to get the New Mexico Supreme Court to get the county it’s decision to defund and the cut the sheriff’s entire staff was rejected. This time, White is taking a different strategy.

    “What I’m asking the court to do is order the county to follow its own charter, follow their own ordinances and follow state statute that specifically says H-class county or home rule municipality,” White said. “I’m not asking the judge to decide constitutional or statutory issue like I did for the Supreme Court.”

    White wants the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office restored to where it was before the Los Alamos County Council took away its budget and most of the services it used to perform last year, including process serving. In 2016 the council voted to transfer those services, and the budget it needed to perform them, to the Los Alamos County Police Department. 

  • Welcome to the world, Lucille

    She wasn’t due to arrive until Jan. 4, but Lucille Rayos Manzanares couldn’t wait.

    Manzanares came into the world at 7:06 a.m. New Year’s Day at the Los Alamos Medical Center, making her the first baby born in Los Alamos County in 2018.

    From start to finish, it took Lucille about 11 hours to make her debut for the new parents.

    Her mom, Jesse, and dad, Israel, from Hernandez, said they were proud, exhausted and glad that everything turned out OK.

    “We’re just really happy that the baby’s healthy,” Israel Manzanares said. “The nurses really helped a lot. it’s been a really good experience.”

    Mom was also excited and they said they were looking forward to the next chapter in their lives.

    “I agree. I think they’re really nice here. I’m just adjusting to a new baby and becoming new parents,” Jesse Manzanares said.

    According to dad, Lucille is making a bit of an adjustment.

    “She’s just crying, eating sleeping mostly, being real cute. She’s not a loud crier. She’s just kind of chilling back and watching everything and learning,” Israel Mansanares said.

    “We just can’t stop staring at her,” Jesse Manzanares said.

  • ‘Critical Assembly’ exhibit opens at National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

    The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History has opened a permanent exhibit by American sculpture Jim Sanborn that features recreations of secret experiments from Los Alamos’s Manhattan Project atomic bomb program.

    “This is an opportunity to see something you can’t find anywhere else,” said Jim Walther, executive director of the museum. “It looks like what it would look like if you would have peered into that setting 70 years ago.”

    Sanborn has carefully pieced together scenes from 1945 to create “Critical Assembly, the Secrets of Los Alamos 1944.” The installation includes original electronic instruments, hardware, furniture, tools and materials used by Los Alamos National Laboratory during the 1940s.

    Sanborn, who is best known for creating the encrypted “Kryptos” sculpture at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, spent six years collecting pieces for the project from a variety of sources, including former laboratory employees. Any materials Sanborn was unable to collect in Los Alamos, he made himself.

    The permanent display was made possible by Los Alamos benefactors Clay and Dorothy Perkins of Los Alamos, Walther said.
    “This is a world-class exhibition,” Walther said.

  • Libertarian Party plans to make entrance in N.M. races

    An Albuquerque attorney is in talks with various would-be candidates across the state of New Mexico who are interested in running on the New Mexico Libertarian Party ticket this year.

    Attorney A. Blair Dunn, the son of New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn, said it’s time to give New Mexicans a third option.

    He posted an open letter on his Facebook page urging citizens to consider the “Liberty” ticket, when it’s ready.

    “Being a candidate is no easy or comfortable task, but without those willing to put themselves out there in an election, there will be no alternatives that vote for the principles that we all share in, and we would be left to our status quo decision of the lesser of two evils between two parties that have offered no solutions in 100 years of control,” Dunn said in his letter.

    Dunn declined to mention any candidates that are interested, only saying there would be an official introduction, and announcement as soon as next week.

    As for his father filling the governor spot, he would.

  • New Mexico city manager resigns amid harassment allegations

    JAL (AP) — The manager of a small southeastern New Mexico community facing sexual harassment accusations has resigned.

    City councilors in Jal, New Mexico, recently announced that Bob Gallagher stepped down from his position following allegations of harassment.

    The resignation came after KOB-TV reported that two women had accused Gallagher of sending them crude text messages and asking for sex.

    Dadrianne White told the TV station Gallagher repeatedly sent her lewd text messages for two years after he helped get her out of jail.

    Gallagher denied in a statement last month all allegations of harassment from that accuser and said he believed he was being targeted. He says racy text messages he sent were "consensual."
    Gallagher says he apologized to his wife and family.