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Today's News

  • Hilltopper LB Knapp is North All-Star

    David Knapp received the highest postseason honors for 2011, culminating in an invitation to this summer’s All-Star Game.
    Knapp, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team’s top defensive performer in the 2011 regular season, was named to the North Class 4A-5A All-Star team. The All-Star selections were released Thursday by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.
    At the game, scheduled for Aug. 1 at Milne Stadium in Albuquerque, Knapp will be accompanied by two other District 2-4A representatives, safety Josh Roybal of Santa Fe and Ken Noel, head coach of Bernalillo. Former Santa Fe quarterback Jason Fitzpatrick, who transferred to Rio Rancho, also made the North roster.

  • Ski Report 12-16-11

    Angel Fire

    31-inch base of powder. No new snow reported. 35 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Enchanted Forest

    24-inch base of packed powder. All trails open.

    Pajarito

    21-inch base of machine-groomed snow. 1 inch of new snow reported. Will open Saturday.

    Red River

    32-inch base of powder. No new snow reported. 41 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak

    34-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 35 trails and 4 lifts open.

    Sipapu

    29-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 21 trails and 4 lifts open.

    Ski Apache

  • Martinez, former govs are staying busy...or not

    SANTA FE – As we near the end of the year, let’s pause to see where New Mexico’s political personalities are and what they are doing.
    One of the most frequently asked questions wherever I go is “What’s happening with Bill Richardson these days?” He’s back in the news again for a fourth grand jury probe but for those of you who want to know what he’s doing the rest of the time, Richardson has a website www.billrichardson.com.
    The site tells about our former governor’s recent trip to central Africa and a recent appearance on Meet the Press. Under the heading “Upcoming Engagements” is the note: No upcoming engagements are available currently. Please check back soon.

  • Don’t say I didn’t warn you

    Before you read this article, please read the fine print.
    Well, there really isn’t any fine print. That is to say, the print is fine (whereas the content is as always questionable), but I have no way to reduce the font size. If that were possible, I could get away with saying lots of things that would otherwise place me in serious legal jeopardy.
    Maybe what I need is a disclaimer like the ones you see on the bottom of your TV screen during commercials.
    For instance, have you ever seen the insurance commercial where the guy uses a flamethrower to torch a twelve-foot ball of paper? A disclaimer appears on the bottom of the screen, “Don’t try this at home.”

  • Debris Apparently From Tsunami Reach Canada

    Debris apparently from the tsunami that hit Japan in March are washing up on beaches in Japan. Much greater amounts of debris could reach the U.S. And Canada in the next year.

  • Christopher Hitchens, militant pundit, dies at 62

    Cancer weakened, but did not soften Christopher Hitchens. He did not repent or forgive or ask for pity. As if granted diplomatic immunity, his mind's eye looked plainly upon the attack and counterattack of disease and treatments that robbed him of his hair, his stamina, his speaking voice and eventually his life.

    "I love the imagery of struggle," he wrote about his illness in an August 2010 essay in Vanity Fair. "I sometimes wish I were suffering in a good cause, or risking my life for the good of others, instead of just being a gravely endangered patient."

  • VIDEO: Dip in Euro Makes Travel Cheaper... or Not

    With the Euro hovering at an 11-month low, tourists on both sides of the Atlantic are watching their buying power fluctuate.

  • New Mexico state salaries now public record

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez announced that her administration has completed an overhaul of the New Mexico Sunshine Portal, which now displays the names, titles, and salary rates of all state employees, regardless of their classification.
    In the past, the Sunshine Portal has only listed information for exempt employees. The portal now includes information for classified employees, who work under the rules and guidelines of the state’s civil service system.
    In October, Gov. Martinez announced that she had directed the Department of Information Technology to make employee information for all state workers available through the Sunshine Portal.

  • Black rep assailed for calling gov ‘a Mexican’

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Democratic state representative is under fire for calling New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez a "Mexican" during a heated exchange with a GOP lawmaker in the capitol.

    Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton made the comment Wednesday during a committee meeting break as she accused Rep. Nora Espinoza of "carrying the Mexican's water on the fourth floor" — a reference to Martinez.

    Stapleton later apologized and said she didn't mean to offend anyone. Espinoza said she was offended by the remark as a Hispanic woman, and Martinez called the comments "sad and disappointing."

  • Clearing snow costs the state big bucks

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Clearing snow off state highways has cost the New Mexico treasury about $850,000 so far.

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation has spent about 11 percent of the $7.5 million budgeted for winter road maintenance in order to keep highways safe.

    The money pays for the salt and cinders, plow-truck operations and repairs as well as staff overtime.

    KRQE-TV reports the crew that works in and around Santa Fe says they’re seeing the brunt of the action.

    They’ve needed to spend almost double what they spent at this time last year clearing roads.

    If bad weather continues, the highway maintenance supervisor says they may have to dip into a year around fund designated for road upkeep.