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Today's News

  • 30 people busted in Albuquerque sex sting

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are looking for people paying for sex. The department launched a sting this week called "Operation Curb Side."

    KRQE-TV reports police arrested 30 people Thursday including a husband and wife in search of prostitutes.

    Police say suspected johns approached undercover officers about every five to 15 minutes during their investigation. Some were willing to pay with cash and others wanted to pay with drugs.

    Police say it's part of a bigger problem that includes drug abuse. Detectives say most prostitutes are drug addicts in need of serious help.

    Albuquerque police say they plan to continue the sex sting throughout the summer.

  • 30 people busted in Albuquerque sex sting
  • Much may happen behind scenes

    Susana-PAC has been formed to help elect courageous state and local leaders committed to the types of reforms that will move New Mexico forward.
    We were all rather surprised when former Gov. Bill Richardson kept his political action committee going strong even after he won his second term as governor and dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
    But now Gov. Susana Martinez has taken the idea a step further. First she used leftover PAC money from her campaign to buy radio ads and make robocalls to promote her legislative agenda.
    Now she has created a second PAC to help fund state and local candidates who agree with her issues. What are those issues?

  • Germany takes first big step toward renewables

    Everybody remembers where they were the day of JFK’s assassination and the day the towers fell in New York City.
    Some of us also remember where we were in March 1979 when the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant suffered mechanical failures.
    At the first news, a PNM coworker and I dashed down the street to read the reports clacking out of an Associated Press teletype machine. PNM was and still is part owner of a nuclear power plant.
    The furor decimated the nuclear industry with plant cancellations and new regulatory hurdles, and it was particularly painful for New Mexico. Grants, the uranium capital, slipped from boom to bust as mine after mine closed until they were all shuttered.

  • DOE sponsors college program

    UNM-Los Alamos has joined forces with six Northern New Mexico colleges to offer Accelerate New Mexico. This program, sponsored by the Department of Energy, provides curriculum and coaching designed to quickly prepare people of various ages and all educational backgrounds for employment in technical fields.
    Students will have the opportunity to apply for tuition assistance, course credit, and a stipend. A coach will guide students, help place students in internships and assist them with future employment. Nontraditional students or working people interested in either pursuing a certificate program or returning to college for career training are a good fit for the Accelerate program.

  • Crews protect resort town from Ariz. fire

    SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. (AP) — Fire crews working feverishly overnight managed to protect most of a mountain resort town threatened by a massive wildfire in eastern Arizona, but some homes were lost, officials said Thursday.
    Fire information officer Suzanne Flory said overnight operations went well, particularly in the community of Greer, where the blaze had made a significant run Wednesday.
    “Firefighters had a good stand and were able to protect the main part of town, but structures were lost,” Flory said.
    At least a half-dozen homes or cabins burned as the fire moved through the east side of Greer, said Jim Whittington, another fire spokesman.

  • May fire calls

    Los Alamos firefighters doused a roof fire at a home on Karen Circle in White Rock that ignited while workers were conducting repairs to the structure recently using hot materials. LAFD responded to four fires, 124 emergency medical calls, four vehicle accidents and 33 miscellaneous calls for service during the month of May.

  • ChamberFest kicks off Friday

    A new record is being set as ChamberFest kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Friday with a picnic at “the park” at Central Park Square on Main Street. Friday’s picnic is for Chamber of Commerce members only and includes a barbecue dinner with all the fixings and provides an opportunity for members to socialize and network with each other.

  • State Briefs 06-09-11

    2 dogs die in Albuquerque animal control truck

    ALBUQUERQUE — The city of Albuquerque is investigating the deaths of two dogs that had been picked up by an animal control officer.
    The mayor’s spokesman says the dogs were picked up Monday afternoon at the request of Albuquerque police. They were in the back of a dog “pickup unit” while the officer went on another call. When the officer came back, the Albuquerque Journal reports, he found the dogs lethargic and unresponsive. He took them to the city’s chief vet, but they died.
    Mayoral spokesman Chris Ramirez says the city is investigating whether the air conditioning unit for the back of the truck was on, and whether it malfunctioned.

  • Update 06-09-11

    Corvette Club
    The Atomic City Corvette Club will present its fifth annual “Corvettes in the Jemez Club” Saturday on Main Street as part of Chamberfest.

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. June 15 at 170 Central Park Square.

    Chamberfest
    Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the community is invited to come downtown to enjoy music, dance blow-up playgrounds, a giant sand pile for kids, car show and other family friendly entertainment.