Local News

  • Update: Feds opening criminal probe of Gulf oil spill

    PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that federal authorities have opened criminal and civil investigations into the nation's worst oil spill, and BP lost billions in market value when shares dropped in the first trading day since the company failed yet again to plug the gusher.

  • Breaking News Breaking News: Fenton Lake State Park Temporarily Closed Due to Rio Fire

    JEMEZ SPRINGS – Fenton Lake State Park is temporarily closed due to the Rio Fire burning in the Santa Fe National Forest approximately 2.5 miles northwest of the park.

    The fire has not reached the park boundaries but the park has been evacuated as a safety precaution.

    The park will remain closed until federal fire officials have determined that the fire does not present a danger to visitors.

    Fenton Lake State Park is 33 miles northwest of San Ysidro via N.M. 4 and N.M. 126.

  • Breaking News Los Alamos County Council candidates set to square off in November showdown

    Los Alamos County Council:

    On the GOP side of the ticket: Hall 967; Rogers 849; Berting 805; Davis 703; Selvage 925; Phelps 629; Hanneman 635; Damiani 434.

    Based on these unofficial results, Hall, Selvage, Rogers and Berting will advance to the fall general election where they'll vie against three Democratic candidates for four open seats on the council.

    Democrats for council: Gill 1056; Johnson 957; and Hjelm 825.


  • Mullins defeats Kokesh to face Lujan in 3rd Congressional District race in November

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tom Mullins, a petroleum engineer and Tea Party organizer from Farmington, wins the Republican nomination in New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District.

    Mullins advances to the November general election to face incumbent Democrat Ben Ray Lujan, a first-term congressman from Nambe (NAHM-bay) in northern New Mexico. Lujan is unopposed in the Democratic primary.

    Mullins defeated Iraq war veteran Adam Kokesh of Santa Fe.

  • Historic battle brews: Next NM Governor to be a woman

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republicans and Democrats made political history by selecting women as their gubernatorial nominees in New Mexico's primary, setting up a fall campaign that virtually guarantees the state its first female governor.

    Republican Susana Martinez became the nation's first Hispanic woman nominated for governor by winning a five-way GOP contest with 51 percent of the vote in unofficial returns Tuesday.

    Democrat Diane Denish, the lieutenant governor since 2003, ran unopposed in her party's primary.

  • Democrat Stephanie Richard bests Pete Sheehey in contest to take on Republican incumbent Jeannette Wallace for State House Dist. 43 seat

    With all votes counted in Los Alamos County, unofficial results for the District 43 race between Pete Sheehey and Stephanie Richard was too close to call based on county tallies only.

    The Associated Press called it for Richard just after 10 p.m. last night.

    Read Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor for an election wrap-up.


  • Colon, Sanchez set to spar for lieutenant governor

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democrat Brian Colon and Republican John Sanchez are the survivors of crowded primary contests for New Mexico lieutenant governor.

    Both won Tuesday's primary elections in each party. Colon will be paired on the Democratic ticket with gubernatorial candidate Diane Denish in the November general election, while Sanchez will run on the GOP side with Susana Martinez.

  • Voter turnout in NM primary at 28%, up from 2006

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Unofficial returns in New Mexico's primary election indicate that about 28 percent of eligible Republican and Democratic voters cast ballots.

    More than 257,000 total votes were cast in Tuesday's election, according to unofficial returns on the secretary of state's web site.

    That's almost 62,000 more votes than in the 2006 gubernatorial primary, when 22 percent of eligible Republicans and Democrats participated. Both major party candidates for governor ran unopposed in that primary election.

  • Update: Lyons, Becenti-Aguilar, Hall win PRC primaries


    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Three seats on the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission were up for grabs Tuesday in New Mexico's primary, and none of the races featured an incumbent.

  • Goodbye primary, hello general

    Well known for her drive to build consensus in committees, at town halls and other venues, Democrat Debbie Gill garnered more votes than any candidate on either side of the aisle in her bid for a seat on Los Alamos County Council.