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Today's News

  • Libertarian Party plans to make entrance in N.M. races

    An Albuquerque attorney is in talks with various would-be candidates across the state of New Mexico who are interested in running on the New Mexico Libertarian Party ticket this year.

    Attorney A. Blair Dunn, the son of New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn, said it’s time to give New Mexicans a third option.

    He posted an open letter on his Facebook page urging citizens to consider the “Liberty” ticket, when it’s ready.

    “Being a candidate is no easy or comfortable task, but without those willing to put themselves out there in an election, there will be no alternatives that vote for the principles that we all share in, and we would be left to our status quo decision of the lesser of two evils between two parties that have offered no solutions in 100 years of control,” Dunn said in his letter.

    Dunn declined to mention any candidates that are interested, only saying there would be an official introduction, and announcement as soon as next week.

    As for his father filling the governor spot, he would.

  • New Mexico city manager resigns amid harassment allegations

    JAL (AP) — The manager of a small southeastern New Mexico community facing sexual harassment accusations has resigned.

    City councilors in Jal, New Mexico, recently announced that Bob Gallagher stepped down from his position following allegations of harassment.

    The resignation came after KOB-TV reported that two women had accused Gallagher of sending them crude text messages and asking for sex.

    Dadrianne White told the TV station Gallagher repeatedly sent her lewd text messages for two years after he helped get her out of jail.

    Gallagher denied in a statement last month all allegations of harassment from that accuser and said he believed he was being targeted. He says racy text messages he sent were "consensual."
    Gallagher says he apologized to his wife and family.
     

  • Police: Home of hospitalized woman burglarized 5 times

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The home of an elderly Albuquerque woman hospitalized for a week has been reportedly burglarized at least five times, highlighting the city's rising crime rates.

    Albuquerque police arrested two people on Sunday in connection with the latest break-in that followed a string of burglaries at the same home, KOAT-TV in Albuquerque reports .

    Burglars tried twice to break into the home of Margaret Young on Christmas Eve, police said. After those attempts,

    Young's two daughters found Damian Lee Castillo, 31, inside the home on Christmas Day, and pepper-sprayed him after he threatened them with a knife, police said.

    Castillo was arrested and charged with burglary.

    Following Castillo's arrest there were more break-ins, including two on Sunday, police said.

    Investigators said Young's son chased a couple away from the home on foot but the couple left their car behind.
    Police later found methamphetamine and other drugs in the car, a criminal complaint said.

  • LA offers variety of activities for New Year’s Eve

    Whether residents are looking for a quiet celebration or a party with friends and neighbors, Los Alamos has them covered.

    The American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars posts will be open New Year’s Eve. Both posts will show football games on the TVs all day. Thanks to a temporary change in the state liquor laws, at least the VFW plans to remain open until 2 a.m. 

    The American Legion is at 1325 Trinity Drive, Los Alamos and the VFW is at 1793 Deacon St., Los Alamos.
    Los Alamos public libraries

    The Mesa Public Library and the White Rock Public Library will host kid-friendly daytime celebrations of “Noon Year’s Eve” on Sunday.

    At Mesa Public Library, the celebration begins at 1 p.m. with balloon drops at 2 p.m. At White Rock Public Library, celebrations begin at 3 p.m. and end at 4 p.m.  Kids aged 12 and younger are welcome, but an adult must accompany kids aged six and younger. Mesa Public Library is at 2400 Central Ave.and the White Rock Public Library is at 98 NM 4.

    Restaurants

    The Blue Window Bistro will be closed Sunday and Monday (New Year’s Day), but it will be presenting a reservation-only, five-course dinner on Saturday for $70 per person from 4-9 p.m. There were early and late evening reservations still available as of Friday afternoon.

  • New Mexico lawmaker cited for minor spending violations

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico campaign finance regulators say a Democratic state lawmaker violated campaign finance disclosure rules in several instances.

    The New Mexico Secretary of State's Office on Friday directed state Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero of Albuquerque to make numerous revisions to campaign finance reports dating back to 2012 and personally repay a $50 campaign-account donation to a political group that is not registered with the state.

    The agency rejected objections by a private investigator to campaign-account spending by Roybal Caballero on trips to out-of-state legislative conferences, the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and a $48 retirement gift to a leader of the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

    Albuquerque-based private investigator Carlos McMahon is seeking strong sanctions against Roybal Caballero. McMahon represents the ex-wife of Roybal Caballero's husband in a child-support dispute.
     

  • Sue Grafton, writer of popular 'alphabet' mysteries, dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sue Grafton, author of the best-selling "alphabet series" of mystery novels, has died in Santa Barbara. She was 77.

    Grafton was surrounded by family, including husband Steven Humphrey, when she died Thursday after a two-year battle with cancer, her daughter, Jamie Clark, posted on the author's website.

    "Although we knew this was coming, it was unexpected and fast. She had been fine up until just a few days ago, and then things moved quickly," the posting said.

    Grafton began her "alphabet series" in 1982 with "A is for Alibi." Her most recent book, "Y is for Yesterday," was published in August.

    "Many of you also know that she was adamant that her books would never be turned into movies or TV shows, and in that same vein, she would never allow a ghost writer to write in her name," her daughter wrote. "Because of all of those things, and out of the deep abiding love and respect for our dear sweet Sue, as far as we in the family are concerned, the alphabet now ends at Y."

  • Failed space launches haunt Russia; Kremlin eyes probe

    BY VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    Associated Press

    MOSCOW — Russia’s latest space launch failures have prompted authorities to take a closer look into the nation’s struggling space industry, the Kremlin said Thursday.

    A Russian weather satellite and nearly 20 micro-satellites from other nations were lost following a failed launch from Russia’s new cosmodrome in the Far East on Nov. 28. And in another blow to the Russian space industry, communications with a Russian-built communications satellite for Angola, the African nation’s first space vehicle, were lost following its launch on Tuesday.

    Asked about the failures, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Thursday that authorities warrant a thorough analysis of the situation in the space industry.

    Amid the failures, Russian officials have engaged in a round of finger-pointing.

  • Seeing the Light
  • Sophia, Noah are top names for N. M. babies in 2017

    SANTA FE (AP) — Sophia has overtaken Mia as the top name for baby girls in New Mexico, and Noah is the favorite for boys.

    The New Mexico Department of Health released the list of top baby names Thursday. The list is compiled by the agency’s vital records and health statistics bureau based on birth certificates submitted to the state.

    The Health Department has been releasing the top 10 list since 2014.

    For 2017, Olivia, Isabella and Emma rounded out the top five for girls. Aurora and Charlotte also made their debuts in the top 10 while Aria returned to the list after dropping off in 2016.

    The other names in the top 10 include Ava, Emily Aurora and Charlotte.

    Aside from Noah, the top names for boys in 2017 included Santiago, Elijah, Ezekiel and Josiah.

    Other boy names in the top 10 include Daniel, Liam, Michael, Logan and Mateo.

  • ‘Obamacare’ sign-up tally dips slightly to 8.7M

    BY RICHARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — More than 8.7 million people signed up for coverage next year under the Obama-era health care law, the government reported Thursday, as the program that President Donald Trump has repeatedly pronounced “a disaster” exceeded expectations.

    The final tally for the 39 HealthCare.gov states showed about 80,000 fewer sign-ups than an initial count provided last week, before the Christmas holiday. A spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said the slight dip was due to late cancellations.

    Still, HealthCare.gov enrollment reached nearly 95 percent of last year’s level, outperforming projections in a show of consumer demand, despite a shortened sign-up season and big cuts in the ad budget.

    Ahead of open enrollment, analysts had predicted somewhere around 1 million to 2 million fewer people would sign up for subsidized private coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

    But the latest numbers indicate that new customers kept showing up as the Dec. 15 enrollment deadline closed. More than 66,000 new customers were added since the pre-Christmas enrollment report.