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Today's News

  • New Spidey better than recent trilogy

    For those who believe that Hollywood is out of ideas, that belief was no doubt steel-belt reinforced by the July 4 release of “The Amazing Spider-Man.”
    I certainly questioned the wisdom of doing a reboot of a franchise that was only five years removed from a successful incarnation with Sam Raimi’s trilogy.
    In fact, it’s rumored that Raimi, who directed all three films, inadvertently caused the reboot by refusing to do a fourth Spider-Man film — it’s also believed that the star of those films, Tobey Maguire, wasn’t interested, either.

  • ‘Maometto II’ is spot on

    In his program notes, Philip Gossett refers to Rossini’s “Maometto II” as “one of the greatest serious operas written during the 19th century.” After having seen the Santa Fe Opera’s performance Saturday, one is inclined to believe him.
    From start to finish, this opera is a masterpiece, designed to show off a group of glorious voices, well-written choruses and, of course, the characteristic Rossini overture.
    From the conductor to the orchestra, to the singers, to the staging and costumes, this production gets everything right and shows the incredible attention to detail an audience expects from the SFO.

  • Good grief!

    The Dixon Community Players present “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown) (revised), a musical based on the “Peanuts” comic strip. The production is a fast-moving romp through a day in the life of Charlie Brown and his friends Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Sally and of course, Snoopy — with some surprise visits from Woodstock.
    The Dixon Community Players have been producing community musicals since 2007. Proceeds from the performances go to support local groups. They have now put on five major musical productions and raised more $10,000 for various organizations, including the Dixon Animal Protection Society, The Embudo Valley Library and the Dixon Elementary School.

  • Court suspends Espanola municipal judge for misconduct

    ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — An Espanola municipal judge has been suspended for 90 days without pay and must reimburse the state for an investigation of his conduct.

    The New Mexico Supreme Court made the decision Wednesday to discipline Judge Stephen Salazar.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican  reports  that Salazar had ordered a towing company to return a motorcycle that was seized in a criminal case in another court. The motorcycle belonged to an acquaintance and son of a member of Salazar's church.

    Salazar told the judicial panel that he would take responsibility for his actions.

  • 'Mad Men,' 'American Horror Story' lead Emmy nods

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Mad Men," a piercingly bleak portrait of a 1960s American anti-hero, earned a leading 17 Emmy nominations Thursday and the chance to set a new record as the most-honored drama in television history.

    "Mad Men," which has won four best drama series trophies and is tied with "Hill Street Blues," ''L.A. Law" and "The West Wing," received a fifth bid in the category.

  • Today in History for July 19th
  • Raw Video: Fla. Man Shoots Would-be Robbers

    Authorities in central Florida say two men were trying to rob an Internet cafe when a 71-year-old patron began shooting his own gun, wounding the suspects.

  • Westbound Central Avenue to close Thursday

    In order to complete the final stages of utility water line work and installation of curb, gutter, drive pads, ramps and sidewalks associated with the new Municipal Complex, the contractor will close westbound Central Avenue from 9th Street to the new construction site entrances near Knecht Street beginning  at 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

  • Israel: Bus Blast in Bulgaria Caused by Bomb

    Israel's Foreign Minister says the deadly bus explosion in Bulgaria that has killed at least six people was caused by a bomb placed on the vehicle.

  • Williams awarded scholarship

    Brandon Williams was the recipient of the 2012 New Mexico Sheriff’s Association Scholarship Award. He plans to attend Western New Mexico University and study zoology. He also served as a member of the NJROTC at Los Alamos High School and was active in football and lacrosse. Pictured from left to right are: Deputy Sheriff John Horne, Sheriff Marco Lucero, Brandon Williams and Undersheriff Eric Ringquist.