Local News

  • Authorities seize semi trucks

    New Mexico Motor Transportation Police have discovered that the two big rigs involved in separate incidents on N.M. 4 last week contain multiple violations.

    “Both vehicles received a federal level one inspection, which includes the frames as well as everything inside,” said MTP spokesperson Wendy Graft. “They did not have proper paperwork for that cargo. The trucks have been impounded while we’re waiting for the company to send us the paperwork.”

    The 18-wheelers were hauling crushed cars when the accidents occurred last Thursday and Friday on the hairpin turn near mile marker 49. The vehicles reportedly came from a junkyard in Los Alamos.

  • Lead, follow or get out of the way ...

    The American economy isn’t going in the right direction, and most states’ economies are in the tank as well — New Mexico’s certainly is.
     What we see an awful lot of these days are our elected officials wringing their hands and casting blame on their political opponents.
    In effect, it’s everybody else’s fault but theirs. In truth, this behavior of the career political class is largely driven by their inability to solve our problems, or even understand how things can be improved for the common good of all of us.

  • Top GOP senator open to changes in military health

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee is recommending that a special committee searching for ways to slash the deficit consider some of President Barack Obama's proposed changes to health and retirement benefits for the military.

    In a letter to the bipartisan panel, Arizona Sen. John McCain signaled he was open to cost-saving steps in military benefits, a move certain to send shock waves through Congress and among powerful groups of retired officers and veterans resistant to change.

    The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter.

  • Park cleanup postponed, heartening NYC protesters--video extra

    NEW YORK (AP) — The official cleanup of a plaza in lower Manhattan where protesters have been camped out for a month was postponed early Friday, sending up cheers from a crowd that had scrambled to scrub the park on its own out of fear the effort was merely a pretext to evict them.

    Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway said the owners of the private park, Brookfield Office Properties, had put off the cleaning. Supporters of the protesters, including union members, had started streaming into the park in the morning darkness well beforehand in a show of solidarity.

    There was still skepticism even after the protesters were told they could stay, for now.

  • State patrol: 5 kids, 1 man dead in Colo. crash--video extra

    KIT CARSON, Colo. (AP) — Five children and a sheriff's deputy who ran a group home where they lived were killed Thursday morning when his van collided with a livestock trailer.

    Howard Mitchell was taking 12 of the children from the home in Kit Carson to Eads at the time of the crash around 7:30 a.m. The school district in Eads, about 15 miles away, said on its website that the Mitchell family had close ties to the community.

    The children who died ranged in age from 4 to 17 and lived in the home for adopted and foster children, said Kiowa County Sheriff's office spokesman Chris Sorensen. Seven other children in the van were hospitalized, as well as the driver of the truck.

  • State Briefs 10-13-11

    ‘Occupy’ protests planned in Taos, Santa Fe

    TAOS — Activists are planning “Occupy Taos” and “Occupy Santa Fe” protests adding to a number of related rallies around New Mexico.
    The protesters have planned a Friday rally at Taos Plaza to target U.S. Bank and a Saturday protest at the Statehouse in Santa Fe.
    The rallies come after New Mexico activists have sparked similar protests in Las Cruces and Albuquerque.
    Authorities this week broke up a makeshift overnight campsite at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and gave students a limited permit to continue their protest. Las Cruces activists scheduled Thursday a walkout at New Mexico State University and promised future protests in the area.

  • Governor spent $177K on license program

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration says it has spent $177,000 on the program to review foreign nationals’ driver’s licenses before a judge halted it last month.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the New Mexico governor is continuing to sift through returned letters that had been sent to license holders, looking for evidence of fraud.
    The department’s Motor Vehicle Division in July sent out letters to 10,000 randomly selected foreign nationals — including illegal immigrants — with New Mexico driver’s licenses, ordering them to make appointments and show up with documents proving their residency or face license cancellation.

  • Finishing Touches

    Workers put the finishing touches on a median on the corner of Trinity and Diamond Drive Saturday.

  • Update 10-13-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will hold a work session at 7 p.m., Oct. 18 at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock.

    CIP meeting

    A Phase I study public meeting for the Teen Center will be at 5:30 p.m. today at council chambers.

    PEEC talk

    Nate McDowell of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Climate Research Lab, will give a talk on the “Effects of Climate on Plants,” at 7 tonight at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St. The talk is free.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at 170 Central Park Square.

    Senior talk

  • A snowy backdrop

    The Jemez Mountains are dusted with snow from a recent storm