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Today's News

  • State Legislature convenes

    SANTA FE — The Legislature returned to work Tuesday on a somber note as the top leader in the House disclosed he had advanced-stage lung cancer.

    Some lawmakers wept as House Speaker Ben Lujan, D-Santa Fe, shared the news and said he would not be seeking re-election.

    “I was hoping to tell you the cancer is gone, but as you can see, it is not,” said Lujan, 76, who has served in the House since 1975 and has been the top House leader since 2001.

    The announcement came shortly before Republican Gov. Susana Martinez outlined her agenda in a “state of the state” speech to a joint session of the House and Senate. At the start of her remarks, Martinez told Lujan “New Mexico is pulling for you.”

  • Whistleblower tells his side of the story

    Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series

    POJOAQUE – Financial auditor Chuck Montaño is writing a book about his experiences at Los Alamos National Laboratory, which includes details of spending nine months isolated in a basement, stripped of all duties after blowing the whistle on what he terms waste, fraud and abuse at the nuclear facility.

    Montaño sued for retaliation in 2005 and settled with the lab about a year ago. The terms of the settlement are that he can’t disclose the terms – ever – unless subpoenaed by a congressional committee or ordered to do so by a court of law.

  • Sports Update 01-18-12

    Youth lacrosse program starting

    Registrations for the new Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse program will be accepted at a sign-up session Thursday.
    The session will be at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. It is scheduled from 6:30-8 p.m.
    The lacrosse program is for high-school aged boys and girls and for youth league players in grades 4-8.
    Registration is $85 per player. The season will run from March-May. Rental equipment may also be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
    For more information, visit www.laylax.org on the Internet.

    Hoops clinics return Saturday

    The Jr. Toppers basketball skills clinics are scheduled for Saturday.

  • Toppers post big win in 2-4A opener

    After a rocky opening 2 minutes, 25 seconds Tuesday, Tarah Logan had seen enough and called a time-out to discuss the situation with her team.
    To start the game, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team threw the ball away on six straight possessions, failing to get a shot off during that time. After the time-out, however, Los Alamos seemed to settle in and to get back to what it does best.
    The Hilltoppers would outscore the Bernalillo Spartans 14-2 in the opening quarter of Tuesday’s District 2-4A opener and cruise to a 49-34 victory at Griffith Gymnasium.

  • Strip mall unsustainable

    It’s human nature for judicious restraint to sometimes be supplanted by the desire to “take action.”
    Pursuit of unrealistic desires sometimes leads us to a precipice where we are finally forced to decide whether to make a potentially fatal leap or turn back.
    Our community finds itself at just such a precipice with the impending decision about the Trinity Place strip mall development.
    When we began our quest back in 2005, we were searching for a formula that would significantly diversify our retail sector, provide a suite of new and exciting shopping opportunities, greatly enhance gross receipts tax revenue, provide a community gathering place, and ensure a large, constant revenue stream for our schools.

  • VIDEO: Gov. Martinez 2012 State of the State address

    Gov. Susana Martinez kicked off the 2012 legislative session with a State of the State address Tuesday, Jan. 17.

  • First Person: Burning Money to Survive

    A snowshoer who was lost in a blizzard for two days on Washington state's Mount Rainier said he stayed alive by digging out a snow tunnel and burning dollar bills for warmth.

  • Powerful Winter Storms Spawn January Tornadoes

    Powerful spring-like storms spawned a winter tornado that slammed into suburban Louisville, Kentucky on Tuesday. Tornadoes were also reported in Indiana and Mississippi.

  • Windy Wednesday for Northern New Mexico

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY... WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST THURSDAY.

    * LOCATION... SUMMITS AND SLOPES OF THE SAN JUAN AND JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... AND THE NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS ALONG THE INTERSTATE 25 CORRIDOR.

    * WINDS... WEST AND NORTHWEST 30 TO 40 MPH... WITH GUSTS TO 55 MPH... LOCALLY STRONGER OVER SUMMITS AND THROUGH GAPS.

    * TIMING... WIND SPEEDS INCREASING STEADILY THROUGH THE DAY TODAY WILL REMAIN STRONG THROUGH TONIGHT. WIND SPEEDS WILL DECREASE GRADUALLY ON THURSDAY.

    * VISIBILITY... LOCALLY REDUCED IN AREAS OF BLOWING SNOW.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... HAZARDOUS CROSSWINDS WILL IMPACT NORTH TO SOUTH ORIENTED ROADWAYS. LOOSE OBJECTS MAY BE CARRIED BY THE WIND.

  • Speaker Lujan has lung cancer

    SANTA FE (AP) — House Speaker Ben Lujan has lung cancer and will not seek re-election this year, the 76-year-old announced Tuesday in a dramatic opening of a 30-day legislative session.

    The Santa Fe Democrat, who has been speaker since 2001, made his announcement as shocked lawmakers wept and his wife, Carmen, and son, Democratic Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, looked on.

    Lujan said he was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and has undergone radiation and chemotherapy treatment. He said his cancer is now at stage 4, the most advanced stage of cancer.

    "I was hoping to tell you the cancer is gone, but as you can see, it is not," said Lujan, who has served in the House since 1975.