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  • Lieutenant governor primaries draw crowded field

    SANTA FE — There’s a wealth of public service and political experience among the five Democrats and three Republicans who want to become New Mexico’s lieutenant governor.

    In the GOP race, all three candidates have served in the Legislature: Brian Moore, Kent Cravens and John Sanchez.

    The Democratic lineup includes a former state party chairman, Brian Colon; a retired governmental agency administrator, Lawrence Rael; and three legislators — Jose Campos, Gerald Ortiz y Pino and Linda Lopez.

  • Public hearing set

    The Los Alamos County Council considered a request in a citizen petition on May 11 to rename North Mesa Soccer Field “Flint Field” in honor of Jim Flint, former County Administrator and boys varsity soccer team Head Coach. The request was filed under the County Code, Chapter 2 “Administration,” Article V “Special Recognitions,” Sections 2-421 and 2-422.

  • News Alert: Santa Fe Post Office unveiling state flag stamp Friday

    SANTA FE — Continuing its tradition of honoring state and territorial flags, the U.S. Postal Service is dedicating the fourth set of the Flags of Our Nation stamp series.

    The United States Postal Service has partnered with The New Mexico History Museum to unveil the New Mexico State Flag Stamp at 10 a.m. Friday.

    The commemorative stamp second-day ceremony will be held at The New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe located at 113 Lincoln Ave.

  • Immigration checks done at jail

    ALBUQUERQUE — A new prisoner-processing facility will check the immigration status of every person arrested in New Mexico’s largest city, but Albuquerque’s mayor on Thursday denied any effort to shadow Arizona’s tough crackdown on illegal immigrants.

    “This has nothing to do with immigration law. This has to do with keeping the streets of Albuquerque safe,” Mayor Richard Berry said after the facility was unveiled.

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  • Hunter to retire

    ALBUQUERQUE — The head of Sandia National Laboratories’ nuclear weapons programs, Paul Hommert, will become the lab’s next director in July.

    Hommert, currently Sandia’s executive vice president and deputy laboratory director for nuclear weapons, will succeed Tom Hunter, who plans to retire July 9. He has been Sandia president and lab director since April 2005.

  • PRC re-examines rate hike

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission wants to hold another hearing on the rate increases approved last month for customers of Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

    Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. asked his colleagues on Thursday to set a new hearing and vacate the agreement with the PRC’s Insurance Division that would raise health insurance rates for some customers by more than 21 percent.

    PRC Chief of Staff Johnny Montoya said Friday the commission itself does not have jurisdiction to vacate the agreement.

  • Blood sugar test goes bad at event

    ALBUQUERQUE — A group of New Mexico medical school students failed to properly change needles on devices used for blood glucose testing and now officials say a few dozen people might be at risk for contracting serious diseases.

    University of New Mexico School of Medicine officials made the announcement Thursday, hoping they can locate those who participated in the free testing April 24 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Between 51 and 55 people were tested that day.

  • News Alert: LAMC names new CEO

    Wally E. Vette has been appointed Chief Executive Officer for Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC), effective June 7.

    He replaces Sandra Podley who in January became CEO of Havasu Regional Medical Center, another LifePoint-affiliated facility.

    Since 1984, Vette has worked at Memorial Medical Center, a 298-bed regional medical center in Las Cruces, also affiliated with LifePoint Hospitals. 

  • 05-18-10 Update

    Police beat

      Minors drinking in Rendija Canyon, the theft of a snow blower and an iPod and an apparent door-to-door raffle scam top this week’s Police Beat.

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    Sustainability session

  • Fire started on Santa Clara Indian Reservation

    A wildfire started on the Santa Clara Indian Reservation Sunday and now is burning on the southeast side of Chicoma Mountain, above Santa Clara Canyon on the Española Ranger District, Santa Fe National Forest.   

    The Elk Fire, estimated at 60 acres late this morning, is burning in grass with adjacent grass and timber.  The fire is burning above 10,000 feet and much of the area still has large snow patches, so fire managers predict low to moderate spread potential.  

    Suspected cause of the fire is lightning.