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  • 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.

  • FONSI signed for upgrades

    Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott announced Friday that the National Park Service (NPS) regional director has signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for Frijoles Mesa Improvements in Bandelier National Monument.

    The project is scheduled to begin June 1, and is funded through the American Reinvestment & Recovery Act (ARRA).  

  • N.M. studying other states’ standards

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico is taking an in-depth look at what 18 other states require before someone gets a permit to carry a concealed weapon, to see if those states’ standards are as strict as New Mexico’s.

    In April, New Mexico stopped recognizing Utah’s concealed carry licenses because that state’s requirements were significantly less than what New Mexico demands before someone is issued a permit.

  • Palin backs Susana Martinez

    ALBUQUERQUE — During a rally Sunday morning in Albuquerque, Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez received the endorsement of former vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

  • Change of venue for Tuesday’s meeting

    Instead of the usual White Rock venue, Tuesday’s county council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Training Room of Fire Station No. 3.

    The agenda has two consent items slated for approval. The first is the approval of a services agreement with Delta Airport Consultants, Inc. for professional engineering, planning and project management consulting services for the Los Alamos Airport.

    The second item is the approval of coordination services for the FY 2010 Sister Cities Exchange.

  • News Alert: The Elk Fire is burning approximately eight miles north of Los Alamos at 10,000 feet

    ESPANOLA — A wildfire started on the Santa Clara Indian Reservation Sunday continues burning on the southeast side of Chicoma Mountain above Santa Clara Canyon on the Espanola Ranger District in the Santa Fe National Forest.

    The Elk Fire  is burning approximately eight miles north of Los Alamos and 19 miles west of Espanola and the smoke may be visible from both towns.

    The fire had  burned an estimated 60 acres late this morning including grass with adjacent grass and timber.