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Today's News

  • State Briefs 06-03-11

    Richardson on witness list
     
    ALBUQUERQUE — Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and more than a dozen current and former judges could be called to testify in the trial of a Las Cruces judge accused of bribery.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports the officials are on a list of 28 potential witnesses for the trial of state District Judge Michael Murphy. He was indicted last month in a scandal that alleges judicial candidates were pressured to make political donations that were funneled to Richardson.
    Asked by the newspaper if he would welcome a chance to take the stand, spokesman Gilbert Gallegos e-mailed that “Governor Richardson doesn’t comment on political witch hunts.”

  • SBA seeks feedback at event

    Janice Lucero was convinced people would pay a little more to renew their driver’s license or car registration if they could do it quickly from a convenient location with friendly service. Lucero turned her conviction into MVD Express, a $5 million company that serves 22,000 customers a month from its 11 New Mexico locations.
    Lucero’s success and community involvement led the U.S. Small Business Administration to name her the New Mexico Small Business Person of the Year. The award earned Lucero a trip to Washington D.C. where she’s in the running for national recognition.

  • Use financial windfalls wisely

    If you’re lucky enough to win a multimillion-dollar lottery, you don’t need this column; you need a team of legal and financial experts to make sure you don’t blow your chance for lifetime financial security. But if you receive a considerably smaller monetary windfall, whether a tax refund, divorce settlement, inheritance or work bonus, there are actions you can take to positively impact on your current financial situation.
    First, take a breath. Before going on a spending spree, stash the money in a savings account until you’ve examined your total financial picture. Weigh existing debts, upcoming expenses and future needs to make sure you apply the money where it’s needed most.

  • Advocacy offices help businesses

    One of the first initiatives of Governor Susana Martinez and Cabinet Secretary-designate Jon Barela was to create the Office of Business Advocacy, a place where business owners and entrepreneurs can get help navigating the state’s inherent bureaucracies. The office opened on January 10, 2011, just days after Barela began his job as Secretary of the New Mexico’s Economic Development Department.

  • Update 06-03-11

    LTAB meeting
    Lodgers Tax Advisory Board  will hold its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Chamber of Commerce conference room.

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. on June 6 at the community training room in the Community Building.

    Council meeting
    The county council will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday in the council chambers.

    Public meeting
    A public meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Holiday Inn Express to hear feedback on the county administrator search.

  • Summer can be big threat to pets

    A small dog locked inside a white SUV last week near the soccer field on 20th Street survived its ordeal. Los Alamos Animal Control Ofc. Tom Beyer rushed to the scene where the owner was nowhere to be found. He discovered the five-pound dog was sitting on the console between the driver and passenger seats looking out through the windshield.

    Beyer determined that the vehicle belonged to a woman with a Santa Fe address. He felt the windows and said because they were slightly opened, coupled with the fact that the vehicle was parked under a shade tree, he would wait a short while before forcing entry to remove the dog.

  • Pojoaque man dies after shootout with police--see video

    A man suspected of robbing tequila and vodka from the Kokoman liquor store in the Pojoaque Valley at 3 p.m. Thursday was killed a couple of hours later during a gunshot exchange with Santa Fe sheriff’s deputies.

    Lenny Carreno, 23, of Pojoaque Valley died in in an arroyo following a car-chase and shootout with law enforcement officers, according to New Mexico State Police investigating the case.

  • T-Board turns up the heat on contractor

    The Transportation Board is turning up the heat on the county contractor who is advocating a series of roundabouts along Trinity Drive. With a number of key questions still swirling around the proposal, some board members demanded more substantive answers during the meeting Thursday evening.

    Public Works Department Director Kyle Zimmerman apprised the board of the actions the department has taken to implement directives issued by the county council on May 24. Zimmerman reported that all public comments from the council meeting had been forwarded to county contractor MIG Inc.

  • Smoke on the horizon

    There is no fire in or around Los Alamos. But there is heavy smoke, which is a result of large fires that became active in eastern Arizona. The smoke poured into Los Alamos as well as much of western and central New Mexico Thursday night and this morning. Fire chief Doug Tucker said the smoke was coming from a 40,000-acre fire in Alpine, Ariz., and an 80,000-acre blaze near Portal, Ariz. Tucker said there also is smoke from the 80,000-acre Miller Fire in the Gila.

  • High fashion or bait? Fly ties now hair extensions

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Fly shop manager Jim Bernstein was warned that hair stylists would come banging on his door, but he didn't listen.

    Sure enough, less than 24 hours later, a woman walked into the Eldredge Bros. Fly Shop in Maine and made a beeline toward a display of hackles — the long, skinny rooster feathers fishermen use to make lures.

    "She brought a bunch up to the counter and asked if I could get them in pink," he said. "That's when I knew."