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Today's News

  • Watch those policy changes

    Let’s pretend the company that provides the land line telephone service to your home institutes a new policy.
    That company also owns an airline called PhoneCo Airlines. So from now on, every time you try to call Southwest or American Airlines, your call will be rerouted to PhoneCo.  
    Unthinkable! you’d say. Beyond unthinkable! A phone company is a regulated monopoly, granted the privilege by government of no competition and assured profit.   Its mandate is to provide the infrastructure and, for a regulated price, allow you to use it. Yet this regulated monopoly has acquired a business in what used to be the free market, and it is using its monopoly advantage against its competitors.

  • Our roads: Shaken, not stirred

    Here’s mud in your eye!  Wet your whistle!  Bottoms up!  Let’s have one for the road!  One for the road?  A common toast made in reference to raising that glass and subsequently raising one’s blood alcohol content a few more notches.  
    As your typical drunk stumbles to his car, what exactly does he have in mind for the road? More than one-third of yearly traffic fatalities are alcohol related (nearly 14,000 deaths).  This is almost the same as our nation’s murder rate, but death on the highway isn’t murder.  It’s “vehicular homicide.”

  • Radio Chat

    Cpl. Monica Salazar and Lt. Jason Wardlow-Hererra discuss end of the year school safety for students and suggest local opportunities to celebrate the start of summer that are free of drugs and alcohol. The two were guests on KRSN AM 1490’s “Safety and Security Issues” show Wednesday morning.

  • Tanaka to head Securities Division

    SANTA FE – Daniel Tanaka was named the new Director for the Securities Division.
    State Regulation and Licensing Superintendent J. Dee Dennis Jr. recently announced that Governor Susana Martinez has appointed Tanka, a seasoned law enforcement official, to head the division.
    “Dan is an experienced and decorated law enforcement professional who has extensive experience in successfully managing the most complex and difficult white collar criminal investigations,” Dennis said.
    “He will be a great asset to this agency as we aggressively pursue white-collar financial crimes, especially against our elderly and senior citizens.”

  • State News at a Glance 04-29-11

    HUD announces grants for homeless in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE — Six programs for the homeless in New Mexico will share more than $1.95 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
    The grants announced Thursday were for local projects that have never received HUD homeless funds in the past.
    They will fund housing and support services to homeless individuals and families.
    The Community Area Resource Enterprise in Gallup will receive the largest grant,for $400,000. The Santa Fe-based New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness will receive nearly $395,000, while the Crisis Center of Northern New Mexico in Espanola will get more than $380,000.

  • U.S. Rep. Pearce: Nuclear power's problem is political

    HOBBS, — U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce said the U.S. nuclear energy industry doesn’t have technological problems — it has “political problems.”
    The “United States developed the nuclear power field and then regulated it out of existence. We have built no new nuclear power plants in 30 years,” Pearce said Wednesday, the first day of a two-day international nuclear energy conference in Hobbs.
    The Republican New Mexico congressman said nuclear power is essential to the nation’s energy future, and suggested that the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan brought on by a devastating earthquake was an incident to build from, not run from.

  • Syrian rights group says 24 killed nationwide

    BEIRUT (AP) — Security forces opened fire Friday on demonstrators trying to break an army blockade on the southern city of Daraa, while thousands of others across Syria defied a protest ban and denounced President Bashar Assad's harsh crackdown of a six-week uprising. At least 24 people were killed, including 15 in the march on Daraa, according to witnesses and a human rights group.

    The protesters in cities across Syria — including the capital of Damascus — called for Assad's ouster, with some chanting "We are not afraid!"

  • Football: NFL gives its OK for players to go to work

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — On one of the busiest days of the year for the NFL, teams were plotting not only how to land the best draft picks but just how to let their most-prized employees return to work.
    Welcome back, players. For now, at least.
    The NFL cleared the way for some of its basic football operations to begin Friday, five days after a federal judge declared the lockout illegal and nearly seven weeks after it began.
    Players can talk with coaches, work out at team headquarters and look at their playbooks.
    “Everybody’s tired of sitting around, laying around,” Denver Broncos linebacker Joe Mays said. “We’ve had enough of that. Now, we’re trying to get back to business.”

  • Running: Williams is tops at Tuesday's Pace Race

    It was a small gathering for this week’s Pace Race.
    Only 10 runners and walkers braved the cold Tuesday night for the Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race. The Pace Race was held on West Road starting near the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.
    The top predictor this week was Ted Williams, who was off by eight seconds, easily topping the rest of the field. The second-best predictor was Dan Kelly, who missed by 93 seconds.
    Tuesday’s temperatures were not only cold, but the weather had mixed snow showers as well.
    The top finisher on the 1-mile course was Inez Ross, who also had the third-best prediction Tuesday. Ross finished with a time of 16:32. Bob Westervelt was the top male finisher on the 1-mile course this week (17:38).

  • Baseball/Softball: Topper girls stay put at No. 10 in 4A

    Here are this week’s Class AAAA baseball and softball coaches polls. The polls are conducted by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. First-place votes are in parentheses.

    Softball, Class 4A

        Team               Total pts.     Pvs.

    1. Piedra Vista (12)        120    1
    2. Farmington                  87    2
    3. Los Lunas                    84    4