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Today's News

  • Troubled NM finance authority plans to scale back loans

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Cities, counties and other local governments could find it harder to get low-cost loans from the New Mexico Finance Authority during the next several months because of fallout from a scandal over a fake audit of the agency's finances.

    The authority's governing board reviewed a proposal Thursday for limiting a loan program that finances projects such as sewers, roads and other infrastructure in communities.

  • Artist Honors Mick Jagger With 4-minute Painting

    Artist Brian Olsen paints a four-minute portrait of Rolling Stones frontman to commemorate his 69th birthday.

  • Senators join CMRR chorus

    New Mexico Senators Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman wrote letters Thursday to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Energy Secretary Steven Chu, expressing their concerns with the National Nuclear Security Administration’s decision to defer construction of the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility.

    The letters, dated Thursday, detail consequences of delaying the beleaguered project for five years.

    The letters state:

    “• First, it will adversely impact our nation’s scientific capabilities, especially in analytical chemistry and materials characterization that are central to assuring the safety, reliability and performance of the nuclear deterrent.

  • Flash Flood Watch Until 11 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A

    * FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... ALBUQUERQUE METRO AREA... ESTANCIA VALLEY... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY... NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS... SANTA FE METRO AREA... SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS... WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS AND WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS.

    * UNTIL 11 PM MDT THIS EVENING

    * DEEP MOISTURE OVER CENTRAL MOISTURE COMBINED WITH AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE AND WEAK STEERING FLOW WILL ENHANCE THE POTENTIAL FOR FLASH FLOODING THROUGH THIS EVENING. TORRENTIAL RAINFALL WITH RAINFALL RATES UP TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR ARE POSSIBLE WITH THESE THUNDERSTORMS.

  • Funny business at NMFA

     Ten members of the 11-member New Mexico Finance Authority board are appointed by the governor. Four of them are members of Gov. Susana Martinez’s own cabinet. The Authority’s CEO, Rick May, served in her cabinet until assuming his NMFA post nearly a year ago.
     So you might think the Martinez administration would have had its ducks in a row last week, when NMFA board members met, not once but twice, to deal with evidence that a former agency controller had fraudulently concocted the 2011 financial reports of the Finance Authority, which loans millions of dollars to state entities and schools for capital equipment and infrastructure.

  • Should there be limits to our freedoms?

    SANTA FE — Early this month, we celebrated the many freedoms Americans enjoy. Some recent events have indicated those freedoms have some limitations ­– but not enough in some people’s minds.
    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this month that freedom of speech has fewer limitations than perhaps many Americans intended. In the case of Alvarez v. United States, brought under the 2005 Stolen Valor Act, the justices found that simply lying about one’s military awards is not a criminal act.

  • ‘Sixth man’ comes to Los Alamos

    Keith Richards said in his autobiography “Life,” that Bobby Keys is “my closest pal. A soul of rock ’n roll, a solid man and also a depraved maniac.”
    Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series Promoter Russ Gordon, hopes that interests folks because Keys is playing with his New Mexico band, the Attitudes, Friday at Los Alamos National Bank. The show is free and starts at 7 p.m.

  • Be There 07-26-12

    Today
    Wildflower Walk. Join Chick Keller, curator of PEEC’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium, for an easy walk to learn the names of local wildflowers. A plant list will be provided so participants can keep track of what they see. Meet at PEEC at 5:30 p.m. to carpool or caravan to the trailhead. Free, no registration required. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents “Spy Kids 4” at 7 p.m. at the White Rock Town Hall.

    The Authors Speak Series presents Joe Hayes at 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.
    Friday
    Cult Classic Horror Movie Series presents “Ravenous” at 9:30 p.m. at Mesa Public Library.

  • Councilors tour Municipal Building

    The new Municipal Building will have secrets behind its walls. But unlike Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” there will be no concealed bodies — just signatures from past and present councilors, county staff and members of the construction team.
    Project Manager Anthony Strain and Community and Economic Development Director Anne Laurent led Council Chair Sharon Stover, Councilors Frances Berting and David Izraelevitz, New Mexico State Rep. (and former councilor) Jim Hall, former councilor Ralph Phelps and County Administrator Harry Burgess through the construction site last week.

  • New sign at Hilltop House Hotel

    Justin Wuest, of the Zeon Sign Company, makes some last minute adjustments to the Hilltop’s old sign before taking it down Thursday.