Today's News

  • LAPS make the grade

    Governor Susana Martinez announced the release of the first official school grades under New Mexico’s new School Grading System Monday. This announcement marks the first time the state has utilized a school accountability system created specifically for the students of New Mexico.

    Over 830 elementary, middle and high schools were measured in several areas of student achievement. As opposed to basing the system on a single test score, these school grades are calculated using at least three years’ worth of data whenever possible in areas such as academic growth, attendance, support of both the highest and lowest performing students, and college and career readiness.

  • Be There 07-10-12

    Summer Family Evenings at PEEC: Harrell House of Natural Oddities’ Bug Zoo. Come to a show from the Harrell House of Natural Oddities. They’ll bring a selection of live critters, including tarantulas, scorpions, insects, centipedes, crabs and more. Free to member families. $10 for non-member families, with proceeds shared with the Harrell House.  No registration required. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or e-mail Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.


  • Assets In Action: Parents should lead by example

    You might not like the column today, because it invokes the fusspot in me.
    What tipped the scale was some time spent out this weekend. A mother was picking flowers outside a county building and giving them to her daughter.
    No, she didn’t ask anyone if she could pick the flowers, she just took them.
    I’m also not talking about the child being an 18-month-old that doesn’t know that this would be wrong. This child was old enough to know that you shouldn’t pick flowers that you don’t own.
    It comes down to responsibility — and the times when adults do things that are wrong, that clearly make an impression on our youth.

  • Right to work right for state

    New Mexico, along with much of the country, still struggles to recover from a recession that began more than four years ago. While the state has benefited from the recent energy boom, states like New Mexico have struggled to cope with the employment consequences of the recession. In response, policy makers have tended to focus on fiscal policies such as tax cuts and “stimulus spending” rather than market structural solutions.

  • Outdoor Notes 07-10-12

    Leftover licenses to go on sale

    SANTA FE – More than 6,000 deer, elk and javelina licenses that were not sold during the annual drawing for big-game hunting licenses will go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday on the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish website, wildlife.state.nm.us.
    New Mexico residents will get first shot at the licenses during the first-come, first-served sale. State law restricts sales to residents-only for the first 24 hours. The sale will open to nonresidents at 10 a.m. Thursday.
    Hunters are strongly advised to obtain or review an online customer account, including a Customer Identification Number, user name and password before the sale begins. Popular licenses sell out in minutes, sometimes seconds, after sales begin.

  • Sr. men’s golf results

    Here are the results from the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association’s tournament June 26 and June 27:

    Grandote Peaks Golf Course
    June 26

    Championship flight

    1st low gross: Fred Anschutz, South Fork, Colo., 77
    2nd low gross: Mac McCormick, South Fork, Colo., 80
    1st low net: George Kelloff, Monte Vista, Colo., 70

    First flight

    1st low gross: Steve Martinez, Santa Fe, 84
    2nd low gross: Sol Zamora, Trinidad, Colo., 85
    1st low net: Ralph Hey, Westcliffe, Colo., 67

    Second flight

    1st low gross: Ron Krantz, Los Alamos, 86
    2nd low gross: Dennis Melia, Santa Fe, 86

  • LA-WR picks up 16-8 win to advance

    After falling behind the Pojoaque All-Stars early, the Los Alamos-White Rock All-Stars put up big numbers in the middle innings to win the opener of the District 1 Junior baseball tournament.
    Pojoaque scored eight runs on just three hits in the first three innings Monday at Senior Field on North Mesa, but the LA-WR squad scored five runs in the third, three in the fourth and five more in the fifth to win going away, 16-8.
    The game was a marathon affair, taking over 3-1/2 hours to finish up seven innings.
    The game was slowed by a slew of walks and a protest by Pojoaque that required a ruling from Little League officials in Waco, Texas, before being denied.

  • LA-WR Majors All-Stars face Española

    The combined Los Alamos-White Rock All-Star Majors division team will play Española’s All-Stars tonight at Lou Caveglia Field.
    In its opener Sunday, LA-WR topped Santa Fe Metro to advance to tonight’s contest, while Española topped Santa Fe National. Española defeated Pojoaque in the tournament opener Saturday night while LA-WR had a bye.
    The winner of that game will have two shots at the District 1 championship while tonight’s loser will have to win three straight games to earn the district title. Tonight’s winner will also have the added bonus of getting Wednesday night off.

  • Teen Loses Arm, Survives Gator Attack

    An alligator attacked a teenager in Southwest Florida and bit his right arm off below the elbow. The gator was caught and killed, but the arm could not be reattached.

  • Friend: Driver of Runaway Ohio Truck Saved Lives

    Friends of Christopher Burgess, the driver of a runaway dump truck in Ohio, say he's a hero. Burgess reportedly honked his horn and waved his arms to warn bystanders as the vehicle careened down an incline before crashing into a river.