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  • Show me the money: Top 2009 NM stories share common thread

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Much of what made news in New Mexico in 2009 came down to money.

    There was a pay-for-play investigation that cost Gov. Bill Richardson a federal cabinet post. A former secretary of state faces charges over federal funds for voter education. A longtime state Senate leader was sentenced in a kickback scheme. Former housing authority officials were accused of misusing bond proceeds.

    And the once-glowing revenue picture in New Mexico deteriorated into a scramble to find enough money to keep the state in the black.

  • Udall joins push for tougher drunk driving laws

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., were joined by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Monday to unveil new legislation that would help keep repeat drunk drivers off the road.  

    Under the legislation, states must require the use of ignition interlock technology for all convicted drunk driving offenders, or else lose a portion of their federal transportation funding.  

  • Weather Service: Another winter storm headed for the area

    The National Weather Service has issued the following local weather alert for Los Alamos and the Jemez Mountains:

    WINTRY WEATHER TO SPREAD OVER NEW MEXICO MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT...

    A WINTER STORM WILL MOVE ACROSS NEW MEXICO LATE THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT. THIS SYSTEM COULD BRING THE POTENTIAL FOR MODERATE SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ACROSS THE SOUTHERN SECTIONS OF THE STATE.

  • News Alert: Committee ponders subjects for historical sculptures
  • Familiar figures resign

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories that highlight the changes that occurred in our community in 2009.

    This year the county administrator, fire chief and superintendent of schools retired after years of service to the community.

  • Company delivers New Mexico submarine to U.S. Navy ahead of schedule

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The nation's sixth Virginia-class submarine has been delivered to the Navy.

    Northrop Grumman Corp. said Tuesday that the 7,800-ton New Mexico was completed in 70 months, the shortest overall construction time of any Virginia-class submarine.

    Becky Smart, the company vice president in charge of the submarine program, said the New Mexico was completed with 1 million fewer man-hours than its predecessor, the USS North Carolina.

  • If you drive, don’t use your cell phone

    SANTA FE — Hand-held cell phones and driving vehicles don’t mix, according to Governor Bill Richardson, who announced that he will introduce a measure banning the combination when the Legislature meets in January.

    Richardson announced his intention to take the ban state wide for talking or texting  while driving with handheld cell phones. The ban would extend to hands-free devices for operators of public transportation including bus drivers.

  • Learning never stops

    It’s written everywhere — on teachers’ knick-knacks, on posters and on elementary school classroom bulletin boards — you never stop learning. This message is printed so much you might be prone to gloss over it, but you shouldn’t because it is true.

    Leadership Los Alamos learned about the power and importance of education during its latest session, which was held Friday at UNM-LA.

  • 12-18-09 State briefs

    Gov. proposing ethics bills

    SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson wants the 2010 Legislature to pass an ethics reform package that includes an independent ethics commission.

    Lawmakers  convene Jan. 19 for a 30-day session.

    Richardson proposes an ethics commission that would provide independent oversight of the executive and legislative branches and state employees. The commission would investigate complaints by citizens and whistleblowers and would be able to investigate and discipline public officials, state employees, lobbyists, contractors and officials.

  • N.M. opens swine flu shots to everyone

    SANTA FE ­— The state has opened up swine flu vaccinations to all New Mexicans, not just people in high-risk groups.

    The state says health providers have enough vaccine for more New Mexicans.

    Health Secretary Dr. Alfredo Vigil says the Department of Health will continue to consider people in high-risk groups the top priority, but also will provide vaccine to as many people as possible.

    The agency has distributed about 554,000 doses to providers and public health offices statewide.