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Today's News

  • Surprises at Dem convention

    New Mexico Democratic and Republican activists have lately busied themselves with something called pre-primary nominating conventions.
    These conventions go way back in state history, although there were a couple of decades between 1975 and 1995 when they fell into disuse.  
    By 1996, however, pre-primary conventions had been reinstituted and every election year since, roughly two months before June primary elections, delegates of the two major parties congregate to listen to endless speeches and, more importantly, to designate which of the candidates running for their nominations to sundry state and national offices have top spot on their primary ballots.

  • Constitution has its problems

    “Organic law” failed to deeply penetrate my consciousness the first time or two or three I saw the phrase on page 26 of “Governing New Mexico,” the text used in university political science classes.
    At some point, however, I underlined the entire sentence, “New Mexicans have a chronic problem with their organic law, as we shall see.”
    The most recent look at the sentence came as the New Mexico First town hall approached. New Mexico First (nmfirst.org) is a “talk shop.” Citizens gather to consider topics defined to be important and produce policy recommendations. The topic for the coming meeting, March 22 and 23 in Albuquerque, is “Learning from our past. Planning our future.”

  • Obama to visit state oil fields

    MALJAMAR, N.M. (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to visit New Mexico's petroleum fields on federal lands outside of Maljamar Wednesday to tout the fact that domestic oil and gas production has increased each year he has been in office.

    The White House said in a news release that the stop will "highlight the Administration's commitment to expanding domestic oil and gas production." Oil production is at an eight-year high and natural gas output is at an all-time high, it said.

  • Court sides with property owners over EPA

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has sided with an Idaho couple in a property rights case, ruling they can go to court to challenge an Environmental Protection Agency order that blocked construction of their new home and threatened fines of more than $30,000 a day.

    Wednesday's decision is a victory for Mike and Chantell Sackett, whose property near a scenic lake has sat undisturbed since the EPA ordered a halt in work in 2007. The agency said part of the property was a wetlands that could not disturbed without a permit.

  • Dollars, endorsements shifting toward Romney

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney says he's "almost there" after pursuing the Republican presidential nomination for six years, and there are fresh signs that big GOP donors and establishment figures agree. Major contributors are shifting more dollars in his direction, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush served up his endorsement on Wednesday after sitting on the sidelines for much of the primary season.

  • Romney rolls in GOP primary in Illinois

     

     SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (AP) — Front-runner Mitt Romney sailed to an easy victory in the Illinois primary Tuesday night, trumping Rick Santorum in yet another industrial state showdown and padding his already-formidable delegate lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

  • Hall, Garcia Richard file for District 43 seat

    The District 43 House seat will be a showdown of what most people expected.

    Stephanie Garcia Richard, a Democrat, filed her candidacy Tuesday at the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office. And Jim Hall said Tuesday he used a proxy to file his candidacy. They will both run opposed in the upcoming primary and the race will continue all the way to Election Day in November.

    With one hour to go in filing, no other candidates had filed for the District 43 House seat.

    Garcia Richard said there was little doubt she was going to run again.

  • Strong 7.4 earthquake rattles Mexico City -- Videos added

     

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A strong 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit southern Mexico on Tuesday, damaging some 800 homes near the epicenter and swaying tall buildings and spreading fear and panic hundreds of miles away in the capital of Mexico City.

  • Be There 03-20-12

    Today
    The United Way of Northern New Mexico is sponsoring its annual meeting/recognition night at 5:30 p.m. at De Colores. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information, contact Donna Schroeder at 663-3891.

    Wednesday
    This month’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada, Pajarito Cliffs Site. For more information, call 661-4097.

    Thursday
    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos presents the Fairy Tale Thursdays film series at 6 p.m. in the UNM-LA Student Center. The film will be “Pan’s Labyrinth.”

  • Navigating the Island in the Sky

    The White Rim and Island in the Sky sound like places from fantasy, but these places are real and Dennis Brandt has spent years exploring them.
    At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge, Brandt will present highlights from mountain biking and hiking trips in Canyonlands National Park. Island in the Sky overlooks the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers, near Moab, Utah. The White Rim is a layer of white sandstone boasting a 100-mile loop road enjoyed by mountain bikers, motorcyclists, four-wheel drive enthusiasts and hikers. The Rim trip bestows views of snow-capped mountains, sheer cliffs and the vast maze of canyon country. Nearby expanses of slick rock offer rock climbing, mountain biking, canyoneering and whitewater boating.