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Today's News

  • NM boy, 9, becomes youngest to fly balloon solo

    TOME, N.M. (AP) — Nine year-old Bobby Bradley floated into history early Saturday, taking off solo in a hot air balloon and landing perfectly about a half-hour later to become the youngest trained pilot to accomplish such a feat.

    As the morning sun rose in the remote New Mexico town of Tome, Bradley took off from in the company of three other balloons, whose pilots included a designated balloon examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration. A crowd of about 50 supporters, including family, friends and classmates, cheered as they took off.

    His balloon landed 26 minutes later.

    "It was awesome. It was amazing. I loved it," he said after the successful flight.

  • James Arness of 'Gunsmoke' fame dead at 88--video extra

    It takes a special kind of lawman to carry on for 20 years in the Wild West of TV.

    Matt Dillon, the mythical marshal of Dodge City, stood tall — all 6 feet, 6 inches of him — on "Gunsmoke" from 1955 to 1975. He outlasted dozens of other Western heroes while making history on TV's longest-running dramatic series, a record that held until NBC's "Law & Order" tied the CBS Western's record in 2010.

    Through all those gunslinging years, James Arness, who died Friday, kept Marshal Dillon righteous, peace-seeking and, most of all, believable.

  • Overlook Park emergency access meeting

    The county will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m., Monday at the White Rock Town Hall to continue discussion on an emergency access to Overlook Park during the Fourth of July Fireworks extravaganza.
    The county is exploring the idea of using an existing walking path wide enough to accommodate emergency ATVs in the event of a catastrophic incident.
    This idea is being contemplated as a temporary measure this year, with talks planned for a permanent solution for next year.

     

  • Health Dept. advises residents on smoke

    The New Mexico Department of Health is advising residents to take special precautions due to smoke and ash from several wildfires burning in New Mexico and Arizona.  Sensitive groups such as the elderly, small children or any individuals with respiratory or heart problems should leave the area where the smoke levels are high until the smoke dissipates or stay inside as much as possible.

    People with chronic respiratory or heart disease are also urged not to use swamp coolers as they will pull the smoke inside.

  • Loma Linda Fire

    A fire broke out at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the corner of Loma Linda and North Mesa Road. The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities reported that hardware connecting an overhead pole to an underground line was loosened by high winds. Sparks from the loose connection ignited a grass fire. Power was cut to area residents while utility workers repaired the line. Fire Marshal/Assistant Fire Chief Michael Thompson said the fire burned a 20-foot by 30-foot area including two Ponderosa trees. Firefighters doused the blaze, preventing it from spreading to nearby homes.

  • State Briefs 06-03-11

    Richardson on witness list
     
    ALBUQUERQUE — Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and more than a dozen current and former judges could be called to testify in the trial of a Las Cruces judge accused of bribery.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports the officials are on a list of 28 potential witnesses for the trial of state District Judge Michael Murphy. He was indicted last month in a scandal that alleges judicial candidates were pressured to make political donations that were funneled to Richardson.
    Asked by the newspaper if he would welcome a chance to take the stand, spokesman Gilbert Gallegos e-mailed that “Governor Richardson doesn’t comment on political witch hunts.”

  • SBA seeks feedback at event

    Janice Lucero was convinced people would pay a little more to renew their driver’s license or car registration if they could do it quickly from a convenient location with friendly service. Lucero turned her conviction into MVD Express, a $5 million company that serves 22,000 customers a month from its 11 New Mexico locations.
    Lucero’s success and community involvement led the U.S. Small Business Administration to name her the New Mexico Small Business Person of the Year. The award earned Lucero a trip to Washington D.C. where she’s in the running for national recognition.

  • Use financial windfalls wisely

    If you’re lucky enough to win a multimillion-dollar lottery, you don’t need this column; you need a team of legal and financial experts to make sure you don’t blow your chance for lifetime financial security. But if you receive a considerably smaller monetary windfall, whether a tax refund, divorce settlement, inheritance or work bonus, there are actions you can take to positively impact on your current financial situation.
    First, take a breath. Before going on a spending spree, stash the money in a savings account until you’ve examined your total financial picture. Weigh existing debts, upcoming expenses and future needs to make sure you apply the money where it’s needed most.

  • Advocacy offices help businesses

    One of the first initiatives of Governor Susana Martinez and Cabinet Secretary-designate Jon Barela was to create the Office of Business Advocacy, a place where business owners and entrepreneurs can get help navigating the state’s inherent bureaucracies. The office opened on January 10, 2011, just days after Barela began his job as Secretary of the New Mexico’s Economic Development Department.

  • Update 06-03-11

    LTAB meeting
    Lodgers Tax Advisory Board  will hold its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Chamber of Commerce conference room.

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. on June 6 at the community training room in the Community Building.

    Council meeting
    The county council will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday in the council chambers.

    Public meeting
    A public meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Holiday Inn Express to hear feedback on the county administrator search.