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Today's News

  • A roundabout approach to stupid

    The dim light in the morning made it difficult for me to see her at first, but as it turned out, it wasn’t the light that was dim.  
    She was walking down the side of the road, with the traffic.  She could have used the sidewalk, but I suppose she figured the baby carriage she was pushing would help cushion the blow in the event a car happened to hit her.

  • JTIP helps businesses expand

    Outsourced labor, layoffs, and consolidation of jobs may have defined the past few years, but as the economy begins to throw off the weight of recession, businesses are turning their attention to adding workers to handle expanding workloads. Investing in staff is a commitment, especially when lack of training can delay employee productivity. The New Mexico Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP) helps businesses defray the cost of hiring and training new employees.

  • Just A Wag 03-11-11

    Aspen Apartments on sale after foreclosure   
    The bank foreclosed on the Aspen Apartments on Gold Street in December.
    The five building, 36-unit complex is listed for sale at $1,275,000.

    Savvy senior citizen foils nefarious plot
     A local senior citizen received a plausible-sounding call claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House.  
    The caller said a several-thousand-dollar check would be delivered the next day.

  • Forensics lab dealing with backlog of 500 cases

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Hundreds of drug and drunken driving cases are waiting to be processed at the Scientific Laboratory Division within the state Department of Health. The lab blames a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and a staffing shortage for the backlog.

    Lab director David Mills tells the Albuquerque Journal nationally accepted standards for doing forensic drug testing should take four to eight weeks, depending on the case.

  • Retail sales up 1 percent in February

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Shoppers snapped up new cars, clothing and electronics in February, pushing retail sales up for the eighth straight month.

    Retail sales rose 1 percent last month, the Commerce Department reported Friday. Part of the gain reflected higher prices for gasoline. Still, excluding sales at gas stations, retail sales rose a solid 0.9 percent.

  • NM unemployment rate in January: 8.7 percent

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's jobless rate rose to 8.7 percent in January, up from 8.6 percent in December and 8.1 percent in January 2010.

    State labor officials say New Mexico lost 3,500 jobs between January 2010 and January 2011.

    An analysis shows the state's total nonfarm employment peaked at 849,600 in February 2008, and had fallen to 796,900 in December 2010.

    The state Department of Workforce Solutions says seven sectors have reported growth and six had declines.

  • Pakistani intel: US missiles kill 5 militants

    DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — A pair of U.S. missile strikes killed five suspected militants in a Pakistani tribal region along the border with Afghanistan on Friday, intelligence officials said. The second strike apparently hit militants retrieving bodies from the first.

  • Police flood Saudi capital, preventing protests

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Hundreds of police deployed in the Saudi capital Friday and prevented protests calling for democratic reforms inspired by the wave of unrest sweeping the Arab world.

    Police blocked roads and set up random checkpoints in Riyadh, searching residents and vehicles around a central mosque as large numbers of people gathered for Friday prayers. Witnesses said groups of policemen manned street corners and intersections and a helicopter flew over the city.

  • NM senators introduce Valles Caldera legislation

    JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — The push is being renewed to transfer management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico to the National Park Service.

    U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall introduced legislation Thursday that directs the Park Service to take over management of the preserve in a way that protects the area's natural and cultural resources.

    The two New Mexico Democrats say hunting, fishing and cattle grazing would be permitted under the bill. The measure also ensures access by area tribes.

  • Tsunami waves hit Ore. coast after sweeping Hawaii

    HONOLULU (AP) — The first waves from a tsunami caused by a Japanese earthquake have reached the U.S. mainland along the Oregon coast.

    Geophysicist Gerard Fryer at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu says high water reached Port Orford, Ore., around 7:30 a.m. PST Friday.

    Officials along the coast activated warning sirens hours earlier to alert people to leave low-lying areas.

    The National Weather Service says some of the biggest waves of between 6 and 7 feet were expected to hit near Crescent City, Calif.