Local News

  • New Beds For Sombrillo

    Sombrillo Nursing & Rehabilitation Center residents will be sleeping more soundly soon. The facility’s original mechanical beds are being replaced with the help of a United Way grant totaling nearly $80,000.
    The new electronic beds not only adjust for patient comfort, they can accommodate specialized mattresses and be lowered to decrease the risk of falls or raised for treatment.
    Roger Waterman, owner of TRK management, donated a storage unit to hold the new beds until they can be installed. The old beds also will be stored until Globus Relief organization can pick them up. Annie Vigil arranged for volunteers from the Kiwanis Club to help with installation.

  • Bill would slice county in three--see attached map

    A 16-page redistricting bill, which Rep. Brian F. Egolf, D-Santa Fe introduced Thursday at the 2011 special legislative session, will divide Los Alamos County’s House District 43 into three districts.

    Egolf introduced HB 21 despite the fact that a contingent of Los Alamos community leaders traveled to Highlands Universityin Las Vegas last week to implore the Legislative Redistricting Committee to leave Los Alamos intact.

    To pad the district’s population to reach the required 29,000, Egolf proposes blending Los Alamos County precincts 1 through 5, 7 through 13 and 17 with Sandoval County precincts 7, 10 and 51 and Santa Fe County precincts 5, 12, 40, 80 and 86.

    But it’s nowhere near a done deal yet.

  • Firefighters progress against Central Texas blaze

    BASTROP, Texas (AP) — Firefighters are tamping down hotspots and holding back flames from a wildfire that has burned for days across Central Texas, incinerating nearly 1,400 homes and tens of thousands of acres of drought-parched land, officials said Friday.

    The fire in and around Bastrop, about 25 miles east of Austin, officially remained 30 percent contained, but crews had surrounded and closed in on the flames and no new homes were reported destroyed overnight.

    "It seems to be holding well today," public information officer Annette Grijalva-Disert said.

  • Slipping Bachmann seeks jolt for GOP campaign

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign fell just as quickly as it rose. Now, she's looking to Iowa — at the expense of other early voting states — to get back on track.

    It's a strategy of necessity for the Minnesota congresswoman. A victory in Iowa this winter would keep her afloat in the GOP nomination fight; a loss would almost certainly end her bid.

    "We know that when Michele is in Iowa, she wins," said Bachmann's Iowa campaign chairman, Kent Sorenson. "If she's here, she'll win Iowa."

  • Cut taxes, Obama tells Congress in $450B jobs plan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attacking a deepening jobs crisis, President Barack Obama challenged a reluctant Congress Thursday night to urgently pass a larger-than-expected $450 billion plan to "jolt an economy that has stalled." He urged lawmakers to slash Social Security taxes for tens of millions of Americans and for almost every business to encourage hiring.

    "Stop the political circus," an animated Obama told a joint session of Congress in a nationally televised speech. Over and over he implored lawmakers to "pass this jobs bill."

  • Officials chase unconfirmed al-Qaida bomb threat

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. counterterrorism officials are chasing a credible but unconfirmed al-Qaida threat to set off a car bomb on bridges or tunnels in New York City or Washington. It was the first word of an "active plot" timed to coincide with the somber commemoration of the terror group's 9/11 attacks a decade ago that killed nearly 3,000 people.

    Counterterrorism officials were investigating the threat throughout the night and into Friday, as police in New York and Washington said they would increase their already stepped-up staffing levels in light of the recent intelligence.

  • Be There 09-08-11




    A Tsankawi Evening Walk will be at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Call 672-3861, ext. 517. The walk is free.


  • Construction on Diamond
  • Martinez commemorates Literacy Day

    Governor Susana Martinez joined Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry and Will Steinsiek, Executive Director for ReadWest Inc., at the Main Library in Albuquerque to attend “A Celebration of Literacy,” an event commemorating International Literacy Day. The Governor has also proclaimed today “Literacy Day in New Mexico.” 

  • State briefs 9-8-11

    Fired officer accused of propositioning suspect 


    ALBUQUERQUE — A Santa Fe woman says the New Mexico state police officer caught on video having sex on the hood of his patrol car propositioned her in April during her drunken-driving arrest.