Today's News

  • Gov. wants to expand veterans' benefits

    Governor Susana Martinez announced her support Thursday for legislation which would expand the definition of a veteran under state law in order to include more members of the National Guard and Reserve units.
    The state currently defines a veteran as someone who has served a minimum of ninety days consecutively on active-duty status. Governor Martinez is calling for a change in definition to allow any Guard or Reserve member to be fully “veteran-eligible” after completing six years of Guard or Reserve status — the typical length of service one commits when initially signing up.
    Since 2001, many National Guard and Reserve members have been federally activated for periods up to one year, often numerous times.

  • CRC issues final report

    The Charter Review Committee (CRC) has posted its final report of recommended charter changes to their project webpage, as well as placing copies of the report at the 311 Customer Care Center and Reference Desks of the two public libraries. The 53-page report can be downloaded at losalamosnm.us under the Projects/Charter Review Committee link.
    The Committee will present their report to Council in two special Council meetings set for Wednesday, January 11 and Thursday, January 12.
    Both meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.
    The public is welcome to review the report and give the Council comments either before the special meetings, or, by attending the meetings. The meetings will be broadcast live by PAC-8 and streamed atpac8.org.

  • Ski Report 12-23-11

    Angel Fire

    36-inch base of powder. 3 inches of new snow reported. 65 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Enchanted Forest

    36-inch base of powder. 4 inches of new snow reported. 35 trails open.


    58-inch base of powder. 14 inches of new snow reported. 33 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Red River

    40-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 51 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak

    63-inch base of powder. 17 inches of new snow reported. 35 trails and 5 lifts open.


    29-inch base of powder. 2-1/2 inches of new snow reported. 30 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache

  • Outdoor Notes 12-23-11

    Pair of antelopes shot, left to rot

    ESTANCIA – The Department of Game and Fish would like to make the holidays a lot less merry for whoever shot two pronghorn antelope and left them to rot in a field near Estancia.
    Conservation officer John Martsh said the antelope were killed sometime between 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Dec. 15, off N.M. 542 south of Estancia. There was no hunting season in progress at the time.
    “It appears that someone drove up, shot the antelope and then left the scene in a hurry to prevent being caught,” Martsh said.
    A $350 reward is being offered for information that leads to charges being filed in connection with the case. Call 800-432-4263 to report any information.


  • Mike Locksley hired at Maryland

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland football coach Randy Edsall has hired Mike Locksley as his offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
    Locksley takes over for Gary Crowton, who lasted only one season.
    The 41-year-old Locksley returns to Maryland after previously serving as an assistant coach from 1998-2002 under Ralph Friedgen. He most recently spent two-plus years as the head coach at New Mexico after a four-year run as offensive coordinator at Illinois.
    During his first stint at Maryland, Locksley coached running backs and was the recruiting coordinator for five years.

  • State Notes 12-23-11

    Lobo football signs two midyear transfers

  • Fishing report 12-23-11


    Animas River: The flow is 247 cfs. Fishing is reported as slow due to weather and a lack of activity from the fish and anglers.
    Chama River: No read on flow due to ice on the upper stretches. Below El Vado Lake the flow is 186 cfs and the flow below Abiquiu Lake is 388 cfs. The Chama below El Vado dam has the most consistent good fishing on the Chama. The stretch downstream of the village of Chama into El Vado reservoir is slowing down. The release out of El Vado is murky but fishable. The stretch below Abiquiu Dam is fishing good and the water clarity is getting better.

  • Have a feel good day

    Each weekend, I sit down and pour out my frustrations on the insanity of the world around me.  
    My friends keep telling me that they’re amazed at how many things I can write about and they ask me how I do it.  
    The secret rests on two simple truths.
     First, I’m willing to write about anything and everything regardless of the fact that I know absolutely nothing about the subject.  
    I’m an incarnation of the old adage that advice is cheap because supply exceeds demand.  
    Would you like for me to tell you my “expert” opinion on the economic plight of rutabaga farmers in Uruguay?  
    Or have me write on the ridiculous claims by some people that Uruguay even grows rutabagas?

  • President Roosevelts in the news

    Teddy Roosevelt has long been a popular president.
    Recently he has become even more so as President Barack Obama and presidential hopeful Gary Johnson have compared themselves to him.
    In his effort to prod more tax money out of the rich, President Obama has likened himself to Teddy the trust buster, going after greedy Wall Street robber barons.
    For his part, our former governor, Gary Johnson has taken a very different tack. He compares his adventuresome lifestyle to what Roosevelt termed his strenuous life of hunting, boxing, rowing and exploring. So far the comparison hasn’t done Johnson much good.

  • Scientists monitor Santa's journey

    Los Alamos National Laboratory trackers will use state-of-the-art technology to mark the course taken by St. Nick and his eight tiny and highly efficient reindeer. Visit LAMonitor.com for a live link beginning at 6 a.m. Dec. 24 to see his whirlwind journey.
    “We expect Santa and his team to arrive in Northern New Mexico about midnight on Christmas Eve,” said scientist Diane Roussel-Dupré of the Lab’s Space Data Systems group.
    Los Alamos supports Santa trackers at North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), which has been following Santa’s Christmas runs since the 1950s.
    The Santa tracking program began in 1955 when a Sears, Roebuck ad included a misprinted phone number for Santa.