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  • Richardson recognized nationally

    SANTA FE—Former Gov. Bill Richardson was recognized for his work to advance the arts in New Mexico and make them more accessible to all New Mexicans.  
    Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading non-profit organization for advancing the arts, and The United States Conference of Mayors selected Richardson for their 2011 Public Leadership in the Arts Award.
    The award was presented Thursday during The United States Conference of Mayors 79th annual winter meeting.

  • Upper level disturbance to bring wintry conditions

    The National Weather Service has issued the following special weather statement:

  • Martinez taps donor to lead regulation department

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has tapped a major campaign donor to head New Mexico's vast regulatory agency.

    Martinez named J. Dee Dennis Jr. to the $100,000 a year job of superintendent of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department on Friday.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Dennis contributed $16,000 to the governor's election campaign last year.

  • Martinez sued by Richardson political appointee

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has been asked to reinstate the director of the Workers' Compensation Administration, who was ousted when Republican Gov. Susana Martinez took office earlier this month.

    Director Glenn Smith filed a lawsuit against Martinez last week, contending that he can't be removed by the governor until the end of his five-year term in January 2012.

  • Lack of rain means winter wheat crop in jeopardy

    CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Warm days and little rain mean the winter wheat crop in eastern New Mexico's Roosevelt and Curry counties is in jeopardy.

    Farmers in the area say the crop has suffered badly two months into the growing season. If rain doesn't arrive soon, much of the crop may fail.

  • Obama says opening markets key to jobs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says one of the most important things he can do to create jobs and help U.S. businesses is to open up more markets around the world to American goods.

    Warming up for a State of the Union address that is expected to focus on jobs and the economy, Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address that getting access to foreign markets is the reason he met with China's President Hu Jintao at the White House this week.

  • Iran talks fail, no new date set

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Talks meant to nudge Iran toward meeting U.N. Security Council demands to stop uranium enrichment collapsed Saturday, with Tehran shrugging off calls by six world powers to cease the activity that could be harnessed to make nuclear weapons.

  • Keith Olbermann leaving MSNBC, ends 'Countdown'

    NEW YORK (AP) — MSNBC host Keith Olbermann announced Friday that he is leaving the network and has taped his last "Countdown" show.

    MSNBC issued a statement that it had ended its contract with the controversial host, with no further explanation. Olbermann hosted the network's most popular show, but his combative liberal opinions often made him a target of critics.

    Olbermann did not explain why he was leaving.

  • Firefighter set to dispute exposure rap

    Brandon Gore has returned to work as a Los Alamos firefighter after an administrative investigation found him fit for duty.

    Gore was arraigned in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Dec. 15. He pled not guilty to an indecent exposure charge during a court hearing on Dec. 20. He requested a trial by jury, which is set for 2:15 p.m. Monday.

    Gore, 25, lives in Edgewood. The charge stems from an incident that occurred in Bernalillo County Nov. 28.

  • Council approves legislative agenda

    Every year, the Los Alamos County Council’s State Legislative Committee submits a state legislative agenda for adoption. This year, though, the committee is not requesting capital funds.