.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Local News

  • Six more pot producers licensed

    SANTA FE  — The New Mexico Department of Health has approved six more medical marijuana producers.

    That makes 11 nonprofits licensed by the state to provide the drug. The first producer was approved in March 2009.

    Health Secretary Alfredo Vigil said the additional producers will help meet the needs of patients by making medical marijuana more accessible in all regions of the state.

  • U.S., Russia swap spies in Vienna

    MOSCOW — The U.S. and Russia orchestrated the largest spy swap since the Cold War, exchanging 10 spies arrested in the U.S. for four convicted in Russia in a tightly choreographed diplomatic dance Friday at Vienna’s airport.

    The exchange was a clear demonstration of President Barack Obama’s “reset” ties between Moscow and Washington, enabling the U.S. to retrieve four Russians, some of whom were suffering through long prison terms.

  • Listen in on law makers

    If you ever wanted to listen in on the interim committee meetings of state lawmakers at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, here’s your chance.

    A live, streaming audio feed of these meetings is accessible online at www.nmlegis.gov.

    Lawmakers grew accustomed to being broadcast during the 2009 and 2010 regular sessions. Last week the Legislative Council voted to begin webcasting interim committee meetings beginning July 1.

    Because this year’s meetings are being held in Santa Fe as a cost-saving measure, the meeting rooms were already wired.

  • Spy swap with Russia now underway

    NEW YORK (AP) — The largest Russia-U.S. spy swap since the Cold War appeared to be in motion Thursday, with up to 10 guilty pleas planned in New York by defendants accused of spying for Russia in exchange for the release of convicted Russian spies. A Russian convicted of spying for the United States was reportedly plucked from a Moscow prison and flown to Vienna.

    A swap would have significant consequences for efforts between Washington and Moscow to repair ties chilled by a deepening atmosphere of suspicion.

  • IMF raises world growth forecast but risks rising

    BEIJING (AP) — The global economy is recovering faster than expected but Europe's debt crisis might stall the rebound and governments need to shore up shaky public confidence, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday.

    The IMF raised its 2010 world growth forecast to 4.6 percent from 4.2 percent in April and boosted estimates for the United States and China. But its quarterly World Economic Outlook warned that "risks have risen sharply" and Europe has to quickly resolve debt problems and restore confidence in its banks.

  • Russia-US spy swap appears to be in motion

    NEW YORK (AP) — The largest Russia-U.S. spy swap since the Cold War appeared to be in motion Thursday, with a Russian convicted of spying for the United States reportedly plucked from a Moscow prison and flown to Vienna. Defense lawyers in the U.S. say they hoped for an immediate resolution for their 10 clients charged with spying for Russia.

    A swap would have significant consequences for efforts between Washington and Moscow to repair ties chilled by a deepening atmosphere of suspicion.

  • Winchell’s last day on the job

    Today is playing out like any other work day for Donald L. Winchell, Jr.

    He’s been on a term limited three-year appointment as the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office manager and said this morning that he’ll finish out today like any other, even though it’s his last day on the job.

    Deputy Site Manager Roger Snyder will serve as acting site manager until Kevin Smith comes on board Aug. 29, Winchell said.

    Meantime, leisure beckons.

  • County gets 9-acre gift from NNSA

    Los Alamos County just got a gift.

    The county received a 9-acre tract of land from the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos site Office. The land was the organization’s former home office.

    It is unclear yet what the county might decide to use the land for, said Julie Habiger, spokeswoman for the county.

  • Comcast to hike rates

    The average Comcast customer will see a 3.2 percent increase on their cable bill effective Aug. 1.

    “I don’t have the numbers in front of me but I believe that’s about what the increase was last fall,” Comcast Director of Public Affairs Chris Dunkeson said Wednesday. “This increase is reflective of two things, the combination of the increased cost of doing business and the fact that we continue to invest in new technology.”

  • Police want help in finding suspect tied to Taos double murder

    TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Two northern New Mexico teenagers are dead, found shot in the head before dawn Monday in a vehicle that still had its headlights on.

    Taos County Undersheriff Edwardo Romero identifies them as 19-year-old Chayne Aragon Dominguez of the El Prado area and 17-year-old Sefran Lujan of the Ranchos de Taos area.

    Romero says a deputy heading home about 4 a.m. Monday spotted the car on a Carson National Forest road off N.M. 518.

    The deputy found the bodies slouched in the front seat with blood on their heads.