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Today's News

  • Kinkead, Kluegel tie for first

    All of the top predictions in this week’s Pace Race were doubled up.
    The Pace Race is a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners. Participants in the weekly race, the most recent of which was Tuesday on American Springs Road, predict their finishing times for the 1- and 3-mile courses.
    Sue Kinkead and Lynn Kluegel both tied for the best adjusted prediction error, finishing 24 seconds off.
    The next-best predictions were made by Dara McKinney and Christie Kelly, who finished 28 seconds off, while Katie Gattiker and Bob Edgar both had predictions that were 33 seconds off.
    The fastest finisher on the 1-mile course was Daniel Romero, who completed his run in 6 minutes, 24 seconds. Holly Trellue had a finish time of 12:39.

  • US economic growth slows to 1.5 pct. rate in Q2

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of just 1.5 percent from April through June, as Americans cut back sharply on spending. The slowdown in growth adds to worries that the economy could be stalling three years after the recession ended.

    The Commerce Department also said Friday that the economy grew a little better than previously thought in the January-March quarter. It raised its estimate to a 2 percent rate, up from 1.9 percent.

  • NM company's athletic tape used by Olympians

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque-based Kinesio Holding Co. has never paid an athlete to wear its therapeutic tape. It doesn't need to.

    Serena Williams, David Beckham and Rory McIlroy are just a few of the pros seen wearing the product pioneered by chiropractor and company advisory director Kenzo Kase, a Tokyo native who splits time between Japan and Albuquerque.

    And those athletes will have plenty of company over the next two weeks. Kinesio has donated more than 6,000 feet of its Kinesio Tex Gold tape and another 300 pre-cut pieces to the U.S. Olympic Committee for its competition in London.

  • Today in History for July 27th
  • Troubled NM finance authority plans to scale back loans

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Cities, counties and other local governments could find it harder to get low-cost loans from the New Mexico Finance Authority during the next several months because of fallout from a scandal over a fake audit of the agency's finances.

    The authority's governing board reviewed a proposal Thursday for limiting a loan program that finances projects such as sewers, roads and other infrastructure in communities.

  • Artist Honors Mick Jagger With 4-minute Painting

    Artist Brian Olsen paints a four-minute portrait of Rolling Stones frontman to commemorate his 69th birthday.

  • Senators join CMRR chorus

    New Mexico Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman wrote letters Thursday to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Energy Secretary Steven Chu, expressing their concerns with the National Nuclear Security Administration’s decision to defer construction of the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility.

    The letters, dated Thursday, detail consequences of delaying the beleaguered project for five years.

    The letters state:

    “• First, it will adversely impact our nation’s scientific capabilities, especially in analytical chemistry and materials characterization that are central to assuring the safety, reliability and performance of the nuclear deterrent.

  • Flash Flood Watch Until 11 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA... ESTANCIA VALLEY... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY... NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS... SANTA FE METRO AREA... SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS... WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS AND WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS.

    * UNTIL 11 PM MDT THIS EVENING

    * DEEP MOISTURE OVER CENTRAL MOISTURE COMBINED WITH AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE AND WEAK STEERING FLOW WILL ENHANCE THE POTENTIAL FOR FLASH FLOODING THROUGH THIS EVENING. TORRENTIAL RAINFALL WITH RAINFALL RATES UP TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR ARE POSSIBLE WITH THESE THUNDERSTORMS.

  • Funny business at NMFA

     Ten members of the 11-member New Mexico Finance Authority board are appointed by the governor. Four of them are members of Gov. Susana Martinez’s own cabinet. The Authority’s CEO, Rick May, served in her cabinet until assuming his NMFA post nearly a year ago.
     So you might think the Martinez administration would have had its ducks in a row last week, when NMFA board members met, not once but twice, to deal with evidence that a former agency controller had fraudulently concocted the 2011 financial reports of the Finance Authority, which loans millions of dollars to state entities and schools for capital equipment and infrastructure.

  • Should there be limits to our freedoms?

    SANTA FE — Early this month, we celebrated the many freedoms Americans enjoy. Some recent events have indicated those freedoms have some limitations ­– but not enough in some people’s minds.
    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this month that freedom of speech has fewer limitations than perhaps many Americans intended. In the case of Alvarez v. United States, brought under the 2005 Stolen Valor Act, the justices found that simply lying about one’s military awards is not a criminal act.