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  • Governor to speak at Legislature's opening

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says her administration is trying to do a better job of reaching out to Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature this year.

    The Democratic-controlled Legislature returns to work at noon Tuesday for a 30-day session.

    A top assignment for lawmakers is approving a budget to finance state government. The Republican governor will outline her legislative priorities in a state of the state speech to a joint session of the House and Senate shortly after the session convenes.

    The governor wants lawmakers to scrap a law that allows driver's licenses for illegal immigrants.

  • Rivals Assail Romney in South Carolina Debate

    Mitt Romney's Republican rivals attacked his business record and challenged him to release his federal income tax returns Monday in the first of two debates before a weekend primary in Souch Carolina.

  • Missing Colo. man found dead after five days in theater restroom

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado man who was missing for five days was found dead in a locked movie theater restroom after workers noticed an odor and forced their way in, authorities said.

    Police had searched the area around the Fort Collins theater after the family of 66-year-old George DeGrazio reported him missing on Jan. 9 and his vehicle was found nearby.

    DeGrazio died of a heart attack, Deputy Coroner James MacNaughton told KMGH-TV of Denver (http://bit.ly/wrNaQe).

    The man's son, Dylan DeGrazio, told the station that he was upset that theater employees didn't find his father's body earlier.

  • Snow, wind make for tough driving in northern New Mexico

     State transportation officials are warning travelers of difficult driving conditions as parts of northern New Mexico get another blast of winter weather.

  • Huntsman: Suspending 2012 Campaign

    Republican Jon Huntsman has dropped out of the Republican presidential race and has endorsed Mitt Romney.

  • Today in History
  • Paterno Speaks for First Time Since Firing

    Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno spoke to The Washington Post Saturday, and said he "didn't know which way to go" after an assistant coach told him he'd seen retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing a boy.

  • Sheriff’s duties remain at issue in charter debate

    The longest discussion at Thursday’s joint council/Charter Review Committee (CRC) session centered on the recommendation concerning the sheriff. The current charter assigns all law enforcement responsibilities to the Los Alamos Police Department. The sheriff has civil duties defined by state law. The recommendation is that those duties remain unchanged but that confusing language in the charter needs to be clarified.

    Acting County Attorney Brian James is adamantly opposed to any change in the charter language on the grounds that a 1976 court case upheld the current charter, and that any change in language, even to clarify, could subject the new charter to a legal challenge.

  • NCRTD looks at long-range finance plan

    Executive Director Anthony J. Mortillaro outlined three scenarios when it came to the long-range financial plan for the North Central Regional Transit District at a meeting last week at Christus-St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe.

    Mortillaro pointed out a worst-case scenario which reflected the possibility that federal funding could be reduced by 30 percent in FY 13 and that Los Alamos County would make its final contribution in 2012.

    “This scenario would result in immediate service reductions as of FY 2014 and possible reductions in the capital and cost allocations to the District members in order to balance the budget,” he wrote.

  • Claims mount from wildfire

    Anyone who suffered property damage or other losses attributable to last summer’s Las Conchas Fire was invited to participate in a conference to discuss potential claims and possible recovery.

    The Albuquerque-based Branch Law Firm together with Kenneth Roye, an attorney from Chico, Calif. specializing in hazard tree claims, hosted the conference at the Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque Saturday.

    “This is our second conference, our first was Nov. 19 in Los Alamos where about 30 families showed up,” said Roye. “They all had some type of damage – structure, timber, vehicle.”