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  • PRC green lights BCBS rate increase

    The state Public Regulation Commission’s Insurance Division has approved a 6.9 percent rate increase for individual Blue Cross Blue Shield policyholders.

    The increase, which takes effect Friday (June 1), affects approximately 31,000 people across the state.

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico spokeswoman Becky Kenny said that’s people like artists, plumbers, and mom and pop shops — who are under 65 — which only need insurance for themselves.

    She said the increase would not affect group insurance plans held by places like Los Alamos County.

  • Smith’s, LA residents aid hospital

    When Smith’s Food and Drug decided to extend its fundraising activities into New Mexico this year, the retailer chose the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital Pediatric Charity Care Fund as its recipient. The fund helps families with modest incomes that do not qualify for other assistance programs.

    “Often the families of children who need care are hesitant to bring their children in, worrying that they cannot afford the services. It is so important for those children to get the medical care they need as early as possible, and the generous gift from Smith’s will go a long way in establishing a fund for those most in need,” said Steve McKernan, CEO of University Hospitals at the check presentation.

  • Wildfire covers 300 square miles--Video Extra -- Updated

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A massive wildfire in the New Mexico wilderness that already is the state's largest blaze ever has grown to nearly 300 square miles as it spreads in all directions, and experts say conditions are ripe this season for similar massive blazes across the West.

  • County Briefs -- updated with more items

    Renovations begin at 37th Street Play Lot


    The 37th Street Play Lot near Villa Street is closed for the next two weeks so that the County’s contractor, LA Landscaping & More, can make renovations to the park. Renovations include:

    • Remove the sand safety zone material in the designated play areas and replace with engineered wood fiber, bringing the safety/fall zone into compliance

         • Add a merry-go-round with fall/safety zone material and borders (similar to the one at Community Park or North Mesa Park)

    • Replace the asphalt entry walk with concrete and an approach that is not as steep as the current design

    •Add three picnic tables and  two benches

  • Victim Identified in Fla. Face-chewing Attack

    It is being called one of Miami's goriest crimes: A naked man was on top of another nude man along a busy highway, biting into the man's face, tearing it to pieces.

  • Raw Video: Hail Storm Batters Oklahoma City

    Severe thunderstorms left hail as large as four inches in Oklahoma City overnight, severely damaging homes and cars.

  • Today in History for May 30th
  • Romney Clinches Nomination with Texas Win--Video Extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney clinched the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday with a win in the Texas primary, a triumph of endurance for a candidate who came up short four years ago and had to fight hard this year as voters flirted with a carousel of GOP rivals.

    According to the Associated Press count, Romney surpassed the 1,144 delegates needed to win the nomination by winning at least 88 delegates in the Texas primary.

  • Moving on up


  • Thank you letters 5-29-12

    Recently I had the privilege of organizing Piñon Elementary School’s Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon. In so doing, I learned how many people employed at Piñon and the Los Alamos Public School District work in concert to provide a good educational experience for the children.