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Today's News

  • Judge approves settlement over Indian royalties

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday approved a $3.4 billion settlement over mismanaged Indian royalties in a case that represents the largest settlement ever approved against the U.S. government.

    Elouise Cobell of Browning, Mont., claimed in the 15-year-old suit that for more than a century, U.S. officials systematically stole or squandered billions in royalties intended for American Indians in exchange for oil, gas, grazing and other leases.

    U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan, in approving the settlement after a daylong hearing, said the legitimacy of Cobell's claims could not be questioned.

    "The government mismanaged these resources on a staggering scale," Hogan said.

  • Crews fight Santa Fe fire, more bans imposed in NM

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Firefighters banked on cooler temperatures and slightly less gusty winds Monday for help in slowing wildfires burning around New Mexico, as the state's top land manager issued an open-ended ban to prevent fires on millions of acres of state trust land.

    The ban announced Monday by Land Commissioner Ray Powell was simple and straight forward: No fireworks, open fires or smoking until further notice.

    The ban covers the state's 13 million acres, or more than 20,300 square miles, of trust land.

  • Five anti-nuke protesters arrested attempting to breach LANL security

    Officers from the Los Alamos Police Department arrested five protesters at 12:45 p.m. today after they crossed into a secure area (Pajarito Corridor) on Los Alamos National Laboratory property.

    LANL and Department of Energy badge holders are the only people allowed access to the secured area.

    The protesters are part of the Trinity Nuclear Abolition organization out of Albuquerque. They told authorities that they wanted to get to the CMRR building to conduct a prayer vigil.

    The five individuals arrested had crossed into the secure area after being warned against that action by LANL representatives.

  • NM lawmakers start the task of redistricting

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A legislative panel plans to travel across the state in July and August to seek public comment on proposals for drawing new boundaries of New Mexico's three congressional districts.

    One of those proposals would combine the cities of Rio Rancho and Albuquerque into a revised 1st Congressional District. Republican-leaning Rio Rancho currently is in the heavily Democratic 3rd District of northern New Mexico.

    Democrats hold the 1st and 3rd district seats.

  • Internet minders OK vast expansion of domain names

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Internet minders voted Monday to allow virtually unlimited new domain names based on themes as varied as company brands, entertainment and political causes, in the system's biggest shake-up since it started 26 years ago.

    Groups able to pay the $185,000 application can petition next year for new updates to ".com" and ".net" with website suffixes using nearly any word in any language, including in Arabic, Chinese and other scripts, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers decided at a meeting in Singapore.

  • State Police ID 3 found shot to death in El Rancho home

    EL RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — State police say three people found shot to death Sunday evening in a town north of Santa Fe were all related.

    The victims have been identified as 55-year-old Lloyd Ortiz, 53-year-old Dixie Ortiz and 21-year-old Steven Ortiz .State police spokesman Tim Johnson said all three were shot but he declined to release any other information about the case or speculate on a motive.

    The victims were found Sunday night at a home in El Rancho, about 30 miles north of Santa Fe.

    Johnson said police received a 911 call about the shooting about 7:15 Sunday night.

     

  • McIlroy wins US Open by 8 shots--video extra

    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Every time Rory McIlroy lined up a shot Sunday, there was some sort of record on the line, some kind of history to be made.

    That was this year's U.S. Open version of suspense. There was never any doubt that the kid from Northern Ireland was going to win it.

    In complete control of his emotions and his game, McIlroy never slipped. He won his first major championship by shooting a 2-under 69 at ultra-soft Congressional and closed his four-day onslaught at 16-under 268, eight shots ahead of Jason Day and four shots better than the U.S. Open scoring record formerly held by four players, including men named Woods and Nicklaus.

  • Wind Advisory in effect until Sunday night

    A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING.

    * LOCATION... ALL OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE ALBUQUERQUE AND SANTA FE METRO AREAS.

    * WINDS... SOUTHWEST TO WEST SUSTAINED AT 25 TO 35 MPH WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS TO 50 AND 55 MPH.

    * TIMING... WINDS WILL BE MOST LIKELY TO STRENGTHEN ALONG THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE... THE CENTRAL MOUNTAIN CHAIN... AND EASTERN SLOPES LATE THIS MORNING. STRONG WINDS WILL THEN SPREAD INTO ADJACENT LOWER ELEVATIONS SUCH AS THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY AND THE EASTERN PLAINS THROUGH THE EARLY AFTERNOON. WINDS WILL GRADUALLY DECREASE IN SPEED BETWEEN SUNSET AND 9 PM.

  • Mortillaro a finalist in Topeka Kansas city manager search

    The former county administrator in Los Alamos, Anthony Mortillaro, has been named one of two finalists in the running to become the next city manager in Topeka, Kansas.

    A report on the Topeka Capital-Journal website said that Mortillaro and another candidate from south Texas emerged as the top picks after the city council narrowed the field following interviews with the leading six contenders which were conducted Thursday and Saturday.

    Topeka City Council is expected to make a decision during a meeting slated for Monday evening.

    Mortillaro is also in the running to become city manager in Auburn, New York.

  • Pacheco Wildfire chars 10,000+ acres, 55% contained in Santa Fe National Forest--video extras

    Crews from the Santa Fe National Forest are responding to a wildfire in Pacheco Canyon north and east of Santa Fe near Tesuque. The fire is reported to be about 10,000 acres at this time and burning actively.

    Smoke is visible from Los Alamos, Santa Fe, U.S. Highway 285 and I-25 north of Santa Fe. 

    Los Alamos County fire officials said they have been made aware of the wildfire, located in a remote section of the forest and that no response by local firefighters is anticipated at this time.

    The fire is moving away from populated areas, according to officials. Barring a substantial change in the status of the fire, this will be the final update. 

    The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.