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  • Black rep assailed for calling gov ‘a Mexican’

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Democratic state representative is under fire for calling New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez a "Mexican" during a heated exchange with a GOP lawmaker in the capitol.

    Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton made the comment Wednesday during a committee meeting break as she accused Rep. Nora Espinoza of "carrying the Mexican's water on the fourth floor" — a reference to Martinez.

    Stapleton later apologized and said she didn't mean to offend anyone. Espinoza said she was offended by the remark as a Hispanic woman, and Martinez called the comments "sad and disappointing."

  • Clearing snow costs the state big bucks

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Clearing snow off state highways has cost the New Mexico treasury about $850,000 so far.

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation has spent about 11 percent of the $7.5 million budgeted for winter road maintenance in order to keep highways safe.

    The money pays for the salt and cinders, plow-truck operations and repairs as well as staff overtime.

    KRQE-TV reports the crew that works in and around Santa Fe says they’re seeing the brunt of the action.

    They’ve needed to spend almost double what they spent at this time last year clearing roads.

    If bad weather continues, the highway maintenance supervisor says they may have to dip into a year around fund designated for road upkeep.

  • Update 12-15-11

    Nature Center

    A public meeting is scheduled for tonight to review conceptual designs for the Nature Center, Council Chambers of Community Building.  Refreshments will be at 5:30 p.m. and the architects’ presentation will be at 6 p.m.

    Balderas visit

    U.S. Senate candidate Hector Balderas, also the New Mexico State Auditor, will be in Los Alamos to meet with residents from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Tuesday. There will be beverages and hors d’oeuvres from the Hilltop House as well as a cash bar.

    Family Film Series

    The White Rock Family Film Series will present a free showing of “The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation” at 7 p.m. today at the White Rock Public Library.

  • LAPS board hosts strategic retreat

    The Los Alamos School Board hosted a strategic planning retreat on Saturday.

    A variety of individuals attended the four-hour retreat, to include those from businesses, Los Alamos National Laboratory, parents and school staff.

    School Board President Melanie McKinley asked those attending to help map a path to make the school system even better. Specifically, she asked if those in attendance thought the efforts of the school were aligned with their identity. “Who are we?” she asked. “What do we want to become?” and “What do we want others to say about our school system?” McKinley asked.

  • Youth absent for Teen Center meeting

    Low turnout for Wednesday night’s public meeting on the proposed teen center may have been the result of bad timing. Fewer than 10 people were present, with no teens.

    Teen Center Program Director Michelangelo Lobato believes there were two factors working against teen turnout: the start of finals on Friday and a strong turnout for youth day at Leadership Los Alamos last week.

    “With teens, you can get them to about one meeting a month. I may have worked too hard to get them to the leadership meeting,” Lobato said.

  • Clearing snow costs the state big bucks

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Clearing snow off state highways has cost the New Mexico treasury about $850,000 so far.

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation has spent about 11 percent of the $7.5 million budgeted for winter road maintenance in order to keep highways safe.

    The money pays for the salt and cinders, plow-truck operations and repairs as well as staff overtime.

    KRQE-TV reports the crew that works in and around Santa Fe says they're seeing the brunt of the action. They've needed to spend almost double what they spent at this time last year clearing roads.

    If bad weather continues, the highway maintenance supervisor says they may have to dip into a year around fund designated for road upkeep.

  • Raw Video: U.S. Forces-Iraq Flag Retired

    The U.S. military has formally shut down the war in Iraq, officially retiring the flag of U.S. Forces-Iraq. Troops lowered the flag and wrapped it in camouflage, formally "casing" it, according to Army tradition.

  • Tragic wrong turn survivor welcomed home

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The 86-year-old Albuquerque man who lost his wife after a tragic wrong in the Arizona mountains is back home.

    Lani Sexton, the daughter of Dana Davis, says her father got a warm welcome from his church community on their return to New Mexico Tuesday. She said the house was clean, refrigerator stocked and a Christmas tree up.

  • Time honors 'the Protester'

    NEW YORK (AP) — “The Protester” has been named Time’s “Person of the Year” for 2011.
    The selection was announced Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show.
    The magazine cited dissent across the Middle East that has spread to Europe and the United States, and says these protesters are reshaping global politics.
    Last year, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg got the honor.
    Time’s “Person of the Year” is the person or thing that has most influenced the culture and the news during the past year for good or for ill. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke received the honor in 2009.
    The 2008 winner was then-President-elect Barack Obama.

  • Muni building construction continues despite weather

    Despite the weather, construction activities continue at the site of the new municipal building on Central Avenue.

    The last LA Apartment building has been demolished. Clearing and clean up work continue at the east end of the site, county officials said.

    Site work for the new buildings -- which include the Municipal Building, Historic Archives and County Records Center -- along with its related infrastructure work on Iris Street continues.

    Road work continues through December, impacting Iris, 15th and Central Avenue, with lane drops, full closures or partial closures necessary to complete installation of the utilities to the building site just east of the Bradbury Science Museum.