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  • Tips from Red Cross to eschew the flu

    Widespread flu activity is being reported across much of the country including New Mexico and the American Red Cross urges people who have not yet gotten a flu vaccine to get vaccinated now.

    The Red Cross also has steps people can take to prevent the spread of the flu virus during what the Centers for Disease Control. (CDC) says is the worst influenza outbreak in several years in the United States.

    Widespread flu activity is reported in 41 states - Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

  • High winds blow through L.A.

    High winds blew through Los Alamos and White Rock Friday morning and will continue through the night. Although there was a bit of blowing snow, the real problem will be frigid temperatures for the weekend. Difficult driving conditions were reported Friday on some Northern New Mexico highways. Snow and wind has been reported on Interstate 25, east of Santa Fe, between Glorieta and Ilfield. Difficult driving conditions such as blowing snow and limited visibility were reported on highways near Taos Junction and Eagle Nest. 

  • Martinez floats budget proposal

    SANTA FE (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez proposed a nearly $5.9 billion state budget on Thursday that’s close to the overall spending recommendations of a legislative panel, but the administration’s plan for tax cuts and merit pay for educators could run into trouble in the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

    Martinez outlined a budget blueprint that provides for a 4.1 percent, or $232 million, increase in spending in the fiscal year that starts next July. That closely resembles the $233 million increase for public schools, higher education and general government programs proposed a day earlier by the Legislative Finance Committee.

    However, there are plenty of areas of potential disagreements with Democrats in the details of the governor’s budget.
    Martinez proposed $11 million for a merit pay system for teachers and $47 million for tax cuts as economic development incentives. Unlike the legislative panel, Martinez did not recommend an across-the-board 1 percent pay raise for state workers and educators — a $32 million provision under the legislative committee budget.

  • More ready than not

      A report recently published by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has given New Mexico a satisfactory grade when it comes to health and emergency preparedness.

    The report, “Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism” gives New Mexico a seven out of 10 score when it comes to being prepared for any sort of threat, manmade or otherwise. 

    The report graded the state on 10 factors: Funding commitment, response readiness, infectious disease control, extreme weather event preparedness, community resiliency, emergency management, health, system preparedness, public health laboratories staffing and surge capacity and Public health laboratories — Chemical threat preparedness. 

    The report broke down each of these factors and gave them an either “yes” or “no” rating.

  • Man Drives Into Restaurant, Orders Pizza

    A man drove his car into a Lincoln, Nebraska pizza shop and promptly ordered a pizza before he was taken to a local hospital.

  • Today in History for January 11th
  • Lady Toppers hit the road

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team has a big game on the road Friday night, one that could impact seeding in next month’s Class 4A playoffs.

    The Hilltoppers will face the St. Pius X Sartans, a former district foe, Friday in Albuquerque. The two teams are both ranked near each other in the most recent statewide computer rankings, with the Sartans sitting at No. 7 and the Hilltoppers at No. 9.

    Los Alamos (9-6) will be heading into the contest on a four-game winning streak. That streak was extended last Saturday with a 50-40 victory over the Belen Eagles, a game which the Hilltoppers didn’t shoot well but grinded it out in the second half to pull away from the scrappy Eagles’ squad.

  • Kirk leads Lobos past UNLV

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — NBA scouts lined press row Wednesday to watch UNLV’s fabulous freshman Anthony Bennett.

    They got an eyeful of New Mexico’s 7-foot Alex Kirk instead.

    Kirk had 23 points and nine rebounds to lead the No. 25 Lobos past No. 24 UNLV 65-60.

    “We just kind of went at him,” said Kirk, a redshirt sophomore. “He’s young. He’s a good player but he’s young. We went at him and we got some calls.”

  • Now they are after Smokey Bear, too

    SANTA FE — Congress is back in session and with it, the usual silliness. On opening day, Jan. 3, Congress’ preoccupation was with correcting a huge oversight – a little relief for the Hurricane Sandy victims. 

    What with the fiscal cliff and all, it was difficult to concentrate on natural disasters when dealing with the unnatural disaster Congress had created for itself. 

    The Senate decided to continue its silly filibuster rule. Bring back Jimmy Stewart. And Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell listed examples of government overspending. 

    One of them was the Albuquerque-based Smokey Bear balloon, which flies throughout the world, including the annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. 

  • Common homeseller mistakes to avoid

    Jason Alderman

    Now that the housing market has finally begun to stabilize and interest rates remain at historically low levels, more and more homebuyers and sellers are dipping their toes back in the water.

    If you’re planning to sell your home, you need to understand the tax implications of selling a home as well as be aware of structural and cosmetic flaws in your home and neighborhood that could undermine your asking price or keep the property languishing on the market for months.

    First, the tax tips: