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  • Cowboys Romp Past Giants 24-17 to Open Season

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Inspired by Jason Witten’s surprise appearance and sparked by Kevin Ogletree’s unexpected star turn, the Dallas Cowboys kept the spotlight on football, not officiating.
    The Cowboys waited all year for another shot at the New York Giants. When they got it in the 2012 season opener, they were ready, winning 24-17 on Wednesday night in a game that wasn’t really that close.
    Also ready were the replacement officials, who barely were a story with Dallas dominating the Super Bowl champions for much of the night.
    It won’t make up for the New Year’s Day loss that cost the Cowboys the NFC East title and sent the Giants on their way to the NFL championship. It sure could provide impetus for this season, though. “We’re judged by winning and losing,” said quarterback Tony Romo, who threw three touchdown passes, “so the best thing was going on the road and getting a win. Not only a win, but it was against a division rival and obviously against the world champs. I don’t know how many times teams go in and beat them in that first game of the year. It’s a tough atmosphere, a tough game. Our team grinded it out and did good.”

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  • Tyler Hamilton Recounts Doping With Armstrong

    In an interview with The Associated Press Wednesday, former professional cyclist Tyler Hamilton talks about his drug use while competing. Hamilton's book, 'The Secret Race' details his doping with former teammate Lance Armstrong.

  • Whistleblower settles lawsuit

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The state has agreed to settle a lawsuit with a whistleblower who accused the New Mexico Department of Health of nepotism and financial irregularities.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that under a settlement agreement made public last week, former state Department of Health manager Diane Moore received $225,000 and agreed to resign and never seek reinstatement.
    She filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the agency in 2010 but continued working there as the employees she complained about filed internal grievances against her.
    Moore’s allegations involved the Health Department during former Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration, but the state’s decision to fight the case continued through the first year of Gov. Susana Martinez’s tenure.
    In the settlement agreement of last October, the department denied liability and denied all of Moore’s allegations.
    The agreement was made public last week after attorneys for the Journal challenged the state Risk Management Division’s decision to keep it confidential at least until the end of the year.
    Moore, who earned about $39,000 a year, spent a month on paid leave before the settlement. She no longer lives in New Mexico.

  • Bandelier moves to fall/winter hours

    Bandelier National Monument announced the start of its fall and winter schedule this week.

    For the month of September, the visitor center is open from 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Oct. 1, the visitor center closes at 4:30 p.m. through the winter. Park trails are open from dawn to dusk.

    Hours for the Atomic City Transit Bandelier Shuttle will continue from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. through the end of September. From Oct. 1 through Nov. 17, the service will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Beginning Sept. 6, personal vehicles will be allowed into Frijoles Canyon after 4 p.m. Trailheads outside Frijoles Canyon are accessible by car at all times.

    Vehicular traffic to Frijoles Canyon resumes Nov. 18, when shuttle service closes for the winter, and continues until transit service resumes early in March.  

    The shuttle service is free, but visitors must either present one of the national park access passes or pay $6 for individual entrance or $12 for groups of two or more upon arrival at the visitor center.

    The monument hosts its Fall Fiesta Sept. 29. Follow the Los Alamos Monitor for more on this event.
    More information about Bandelier can be obtained online at nps.gov/band, or call the Bandelier Visitor Center at 672-3861, ext. 517.

  • Correction 09-05-12

    Correction

    In “Code Talkers altered course of WWII” published Sept. 2, it was incorrectly stated that the Navajo Code Talkers were awarded Congressional Medals of Honor. They were instead awarded Congressional Gold Medals, which are the “highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions” and Congressional Silver Medals that “recognize citizens for noteworthy actions.”
    The Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest award for military valor.
     

  • Local Courts: On the Docket 09-05-12

    Aug. 16

    The Los Alamos Magistrate Court found Ricardo Navarro guilty of driving while under the influence of liquor or drugs with a blood alcohol level of .08. The original charge was aggravated first-degree DWI.

    Navarro was ordered to undergo supervised probation for 364 days and pay a court fee of $241.

    Conditions of probation include obeying all laws and keep from being arrested while on probation. Navarro must also comply with all conditions of probation, which include not possessing or drinking of alcohol or entering an establishment where liquor is served.

    Navarro cannot possess a firearm or any other weapon or destructive device while still on probation. Navarro must meet with a probation officer within seven days of his sentence and maintain contact with the officer throughout his probation.
    Navarro must also perform 24 hours of community service within three months of his undergoing probation.

    Navarro must also participate in a drug and alcohol treatment program that must include at least six sessions, as well as screening. He must also complete DWI school within 90 days.

  • Half Marathon set for Sept. 15

    The second annual Santa Fe to Buffalo Thunder Half Marathon will draw runners from across North America the weekend of Sept. 15.

    The USATF-certified race starts at 8 a.m. Sept. 16 in downtown Santa Fe and will end in the Rio Grande Valley at the Pueblo of Pojoaque’s Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino.  

    The race will bring runners and families from around the country to New Mexico and will give athletes the opportunity to test their fitness and endurance at high altitude.

    “We’ve created a destination race with top runners who will enjoy our beautiful scenery and rich culture,” said race director Joseph Karnes of Global Running Culture. “We have entries from 26 states, Canada and Mexico. We hope to grow this into a ‘must run’ race that provides participants with an unforgettable experience.  There’s still time to register at santafethunder.com.”

    Santa Fe to Buffalo Thunder Half Marathon will honor legendary Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills, Steve “King of the Mountain” Gachupin, double U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier, Nike N7 Ambassador Alvina Begay and World Record Steeplechaser Peter Koech.

  • School district talks bonds