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  • 112th Congress convenes; Parties will share power

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The 112th Congress convened with prayers and pomp Wednesday, as Republicans vowed to use their new House majority to battle President Barack Obama on health care, spending, taxes and other issues.

    GOP Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, poised to become the new speaker, said his party will tackle tough issues such as deficit-reduction. But agreements will be difficult in Washington, as Democrats still control the Senate, and Obama retains his veto powers.

  • Martinez hits ground running

    SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez used her first work day to reverse a decision by her Democratic predecessor and to propose expanding state law to require DNA samples from those arrested for any felony.
    The Republican governor, who took office after taking the oath of office on the Plaza in Santa Fe on Saturday, followed through on a promise to stop a plan by former Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration to move a state DNA center to Santa Fe from Albuquerque.
    Some computer equipment was moved last week, but Martinez on Monday directed that be returned.

  • Update 01-04-11

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  • Holiday arrests down across New Mexico

    State police working through the New Year’s holiday weekend were actively patrolling in all corners of the state. Officers encountered everything from motorist assists to DWI arrests.
    Through these patrols, the following statistics were accumulated from district state police offices:

    •Fatal motor vehicle crashes - 2       
    • Motor vehicle crashes – 62        

    • DWI arrests – 30

  • Museum closes after pipes burst

    A frozen water pipe burst inside the Los Alamos Historical Society’s archive room and portions of carpeting, walls and the ceiling along with a small percentage of historic archive material was damaged by water over the weekend.  
    The burst pipe was discovered at 1 p.m. Sunday. County work crews responded and worked through the rest of the day and continued work on Monday.
    Wayne Kohlrust, project manager, said the leak has stopped but damage is still being assessed and is not sure when the repairs will be completed.

  • County personnel shake-up continues

    First thing Monday morning Acting County Administrator Randy Autio terminated Los Alamos Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan “in the best interests of the county.”

    Stepan had been on paid administrative leave since September while an outside investigative firm looked into approximately 80 allegations that she lodged against former County Administrator Tony Mortillaro and other county personnel.

  • NM police find missing Texas hikers

    SILVER CITY (AP) — A father and son from El Paso, Texas, have been found alive in the Gila National Forest after being missing for several days in extremely cold temperatures.

    State police search and rescue spokesman Peter Olson says 55-year-old Robert Fritz and his 15-year-old son, Austin, were found before noon Tuesday on the Little Creek Trail in southwestern New Mexico.

  • Sudan president: I'll support south if it secedes

    JUBA, Sudan (AP) — Sudan's government waged war with the south for more than two decades and repeatedly tried to delay an independence referendum. Now, in a rare visit, President Omar al-Bashir said Tuesday he will help the oil-rich south if next week's vote splits Africa's largest nation in two.

  • NM police search for missing hikers

    SILVER CITY (AP) — A Blackhawk helicopter from the New Mexico National Guard has joined the search for a father and son from Texas who didn't return when expected from a five-day hiking trip in southwestern New Mexico's Gila Cliff Dwellings area.

    The area was hit by a winter storm Dec. 30, three days after 55-year-old Robert Fritz and his 15-year-old son, Austin, went backpacking.

  • Albuquerque schools suffer busted water pipes

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The cold weather really did a number on Albuquerque Public Schools leaving behind damaged water pipes and bills upward of a half million dollars.

    School officials tell KOB-TV 39 schools have reported flooded hallways, classrooms, and offices. APS School Board member Brad Winters says repairing the damages could cost anywhere from $400,000 to $500,000.