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  • In turnabout, Dems say GOP has dropped job focus

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans won dozens of elections last fall after claiming Democrats had focused too little on creating jobs. Now GOP lawmakers stand accused of the same charge, using their new House majority to push to repeal the president's health care law, restrict abortions and highlight other social issues important to their most conservative supporters.

    Republican leaders say they have a jobs agenda, kicked off by their attempt to unravel what they call the Democrats' "jobs-killing" health overhaul.

  • Winter weather poised to sweep through the area early next week

    The National Weather Service has issued the following Special Weather Statement regarding an abrupt change in conditions early next week:

    BREATHTAKING COLD POSSIBLE NORTHEAST NEW MEXICO TUESDAY INTO WEDNESDAY... ... BEST POTENTIAL FOR ACCUMULATING SNOW NORTHERN MOUNTAINS... NORTHEAST AND CENTRAL HIGHLANDS AND NORTHEAST PLAINS LATE MONDAY THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT...

  • Military lays out plan to implement gay ban repeal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Military training to apply the new law allowing gays to serve openly will begin in February and will move quickly, senior Pentagon leaders said Friday.

    They said there is no intent to delay but would not guarantee full implementation of the repeal this year.

    The hedge on scheduling came despite assertions by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union speech this week that the repeal of the 17-year-old ban will be finalized in 2011.

  • Taco Bell takes its beef with lawsuit to public

    Taco Bell says a legal beef over the meat in its tacos is bull.

    The fast-food chain took out full-page ads in at least nine major newspapers and launched a YouTube campaign featuring its president Friday to proclaim its taco filling is 88 percent beef.

    A false-advertising lawsuit filed last week that caused an online stir alleges the company's filling doesn't have enough beef to be called that. The lawsuit seeks to make the company stop calling it "beef," and pay the suing law firm's bill.

  • State News at a Glance 01-28-11

    Teacher allegedly beats students

    GRANTS – Grants police said a high school teacher has been arrested after he allegedly beat two of his children with a stick inside a locker room at Grants High School.
    KRQE-TV reports police arrested Armando Melendez, 27, Thursday and booked him on two counts of child abuse and one count of tampering with evidence.
    An arrest warrant said the 8-year old boys were playing basketball in the high school gym after school hours last week.

  • Martinez nominates tourism secretary

    Gov. Susana Martinez is nominating a Taos native and PepsiCo marketing executive to run the New Mexico Tourism Department.
    Martinez announced on Thursday the appointment of Monique Jacobson as the department’s cabinet secretary. Jacobson’s nomination is subject to Senate confirmation.
    The governor’s office said Jacobson’s family helped pioneer the tourism industry in the Taos Ski Valley.

  • Governor disappointed in lawmakers' spending habits

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez spared the Legislature the sting of a veto, but she chided lawmakers on Thursday for their spending habits.
    The governor signed a bill providing nearly $25 million for operations of the Legislature, but said she was disappointed with increases in the measure.
    “I would have liked to have seen some additional fiscal restraint on the part of the Legislature,” Martinez said in an “executive message” delivered to lawmakers.

  • LAFD fire calls

    During the month of December, the Los Alamos Fire Department, seen here responding to a medical call, also responded to four fires, 84 emergency medical calls, four vehicle crashes, one high-angle rescue and 51 other calls for assistance.

  • High altitude workers

    Workers reach high to change a light bulb above the Los Alamos Police Department parking lot recently.

  • Collective input enhances LAFD strategic plan

    Nearly 120 square miles of homes, businesses, nuclear facilities and forest land fall under the jurisdiction of the Los Alamos Fire Department.
    The 150-person department is charged with protecting the townsite and White Rock, which measure about 16 square miles, about 43 square miles that comprise Los Alamos National Laboratory as well as the initial response to 59 square miles of adjacent federal lands.