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Today's News

  • Richardson pulls out of bid for commerce secretary

    Rocking the airwaves and sparking a barrage of Internet chatter Sunday, Gov. Bill Richardson bowed out of consideration for U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

    Citing the investigation into a California firm's business dealings with the State of New Mexico, which could drag on for months, along with the gravity of the economic situation facing the nation, Richardson said he could not ask President-elect Barack Obama "to delay for one day the important work that needs to be done."

  • Plane loses all power at 3,000 feet

    Survival instincts ramped up fast for two local pilots when the single engine on their plane sputtered and died.

    The duo magneto, which generates spark plug power in their 1976 Cessna Cardinal 177, failed Nov. 9 leaving Randy Foster and Stephen Becker gliding 3,000 feet in the air.

    “We were northwest of Cochiti Lake - just a few minutes from home,” Foster said. “We checked the terrain beneath us and it was mesquite and slopes - too rough for landing.”

  • Mosher accepted to U.S. Naval Academy

    Eric C. Mosher, a senior at Los Alamos High School, has been accepted into the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, M.D.

    Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., nominated him for the appointment a few months ago while he was serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    “I am extremely proud of Eric,” Udall said in a news release. “He earned this honor by his commitment to service, his record of leadership and his obvious intelligence.”

  • State awaits address by governor Tuesday

    A packed house is expected when Gov. Richardson presents his annual State of the State address Tuesday in the House Chambers at the State Capitol.

    The Legislature convenes at noon to kickoff the 2009 session with the governor’s address scheduled to follow around 1 p.m.

    In the last few weeks, Richardson’s office has sent out a number of news releases detailing issues at the top of his agenda he hopes to move through this year’s legislature.

  • State of the State is troubling

    SANTA FE – Gov. Bill Richardson broke the awkward ice regarding his clouded withdrawal from U.S. Commerce Secretary consideration by starting his State of the State address with a joke.

    “Now I know there are some legislators who were looking forward to my departure and not having to deal with me this session. I’m sorry to disappoint. I’ll try to make it up to you somehow.”

    The 49th Legislature convened at noon Tuesday in the House Chambers at the State Capitol, kicking off this year’s 60-day session.

  • Schools inch closer to Trinity Site deal

    A 40-year timeline for the Trinity Site Revitalization Project was the sole item discussed during Thursday’s School Board work session.

    Superintendent Mary McLeod presented a PowerPoint presentation to the small group of school officials and community members gathered in the Gym at Barranca Mesa Elementary School.

    McLeod said the agreement with the county has three terms.

    The Initial Term is for one year. The Development Period is for two years and the remaining 37 years will be the master ground lease period or full lease period.

  • Voters pass school bond by wide margin

    The school bond issue before residents passed by more than a three to two margin in results announced Tuesday night. Of the 6,566 ballots cast, 4,031 approved the bond and 2,535 opposed it.

  • Women pleads guilty to embezzlement

    An Española woman pled guilty to unauthorized computer use and state income tax evasion in connection with a local establishment.

    Judge Michael Vigil of the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe accepted the plea agreement of Ana K. Vivar Friday.

    The plea agreement was entered in connection with Vivar’s alleged embezzlement of more than $120,000 from Del Norte Credit Union in Los Alamos.

  • New Mexico’s FBI chief retires

    Friday marked the final day of service for Special Agent in Charge Thomas C. McClenaghan of the Albuquerque Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    Directing staff against parties and farewell fanfare, McClenaghan left the large red brick headquarters building in much the same way he conducted his distinguished 25-year career - with quiet professionalism.

  • School bus driver charged in drug case

    A swarm of undercover agents wearing SWAT-like attire, and black hoods revealing just their eyes, raided a Western Area home Thursday afternoon.

     Information developed through an investigation by the state’s Region III multi-jurisdiction drug interdiction task force led the agents to 738 43rd St. where they arrested James Kovalenko.

    They also confiscated 3 pounds of marijuana inside Kovalenko’s home for which he has been charged with one count of distribution of narcotics.