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Today's News

  • Russian president fires police chief after bombing

    MOSCOW (AP) — President Dmitry Medvedev fired Moscow's transport police chief Wednesday and lashed out at "passive" officers who guard the country's airports and rail stations after an airport suicide bombing killed 35 people.

    Medvedev, often criticized as hesitant or ineffectual, appeared eager to assert his power after Monday's attack at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport, which also left 180 people wounded.

  • Democrat NM House member turns independent

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state House member has switched his registration from Democrat to "declined to state" — New Mexico's designation for independents.

    Rep. Andy Nunez of Hatch made the change Tuesday in the secretary of state's office in Santa Fe.

  • Bernalillo Co. Manager keeps job for now

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Bernalillo County Manager remains on the payroll after County Commissioners held off firing him.

    KOB-TV reports negotiations between County Manager Thaddeus Lucero and county officials are under way.

    Commissioner Michael Wiener tells KOB the talks involve an exit strategy between Bernalillo County and Lucero.

  • CBO: Deficit to reach $1.5 trillion

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A continuing weak economy and last month's bipartisan tax cut legislation will drive the government's deficit to a record $1.5 trillion this year, a new government estimates predicts. The eye-popping numbers mean the government will continue to borrow 40 cents for every dollar it spends.

  • Toyota recalls 1.7 million vehicles

    TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is recalling 1.7 million vehicles, the bulk of them in Japan, for various defects that may cause fuel leakage — the latest in quality control woes for the world's No. 1 automaker.

    Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it was recalling a wide range of models, including the IS and GS Lexus luxury models in North America and the Avensis sedan and station wagon models in Europe.

  • NM governor says labor call center being changed

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says the state labor department's call center will expand its hours and by mid-February will nearly double the number of workers taking calls from the unemployed.

    Martinez says long wait times and persistent lack of service at the Department of Workforce Solutions are unacceptable.

    The governor says the agency needs to create an environment that allows people to get back to work.

  • Republicans back at work cutting spending

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving quickly, House Republicans are taking another whack at federal spending on the day after a State of the Union address in which President Barack Obama pronounced the country "poised for progress" and beckoned lawmakers of both parties to make job creation their common goal.

    "The challenges we face are bigger than party, and bigger than politics," the president said in a nationally televised speech at the dawn of a new era of divided government.

  • Tennis: Nadal's Grand Slam bid ended by Ferrer

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal's bid to win four straight Grand Slam tournaments is over.

    The injured Nadal lost his quarterfinal 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 Wednesday to fellow Spaniard David Ferrer at the Australian Open.

    Nadal, who appeared to have tears in his eyes during a changeover while trailing 3-0 in the third set, took a medical timeout for an apparent leg injury after three games and was clearly out of sorts, failing to chase down balls that he would ordinarily return easily.

  • Boys basketball: LA drops big home contest, 49-35

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team hung with one of the top teams in the state through one half of play, but a rough third quarter sunk the team’s upset efforts.

    Los Alamos played even with the Española Valley Sundevils through one quarter and was down just 23-15 at the break, but managed just six points in the third as Española Valley took control. Española Valley went on to win Tuesday’s ballgame 49-35 in front of a sizeable crowd at Griffith Gymnasium.

  • Address issues despite option

    The Los Alamos Chamber has been engaged on behalf of member and business interests throughout the most recent Trinity Drive study as well as through several prior related initiatives that have looked at the issues with this important route.  
    Most recently, we worked with the county to be sure there would be good opportunities for the alternatives to be explained and business community input to be gathered.  I participated in many of those sessions and I want to offer a summary of observations from those sessions.