Today's News

  • Martinez, former govs are staying busy...or not

    SANTA FE – As we near the end of the year, let’s pause to see where New Mexico’s political personalities are and what they are doing.
    One of the most frequently asked questions wherever I go is “What’s happening with Bill Richardson these days?” He’s back in the news again for a fourth grand jury probe but for those of you who want to know what he’s doing the rest of the time, Richardson has a website www.billrichardson.com.
    The site tells about our former governor’s recent trip to central Africa and a recent appearance on Meet the Press. Under the heading “Upcoming Engagements” is the note: No upcoming engagements are available currently. Please check back soon.

  • Don’t say I didn’t warn you

    Before you read this article, please read the fine print.
    Well, there really isn’t any fine print. That is to say, the print is fine (whereas the content is as always questionable), but I have no way to reduce the font size. If that were possible, I could get away with saying lots of things that would otherwise place me in serious legal jeopardy.
    Maybe what I need is a disclaimer like the ones you see on the bottom of your TV screen during commercials.
    For instance, have you ever seen the insurance commercial where the guy uses a flamethrower to torch a twelve-foot ball of paper? A disclaimer appears on the bottom of the screen, “Don’t try this at home.”

  • Debris Apparently From Tsunami Reach Canada

    Debris apparently from the tsunami that hit Japan in March are washing up on beaches in Japan. Much greater amounts of debris could reach the U.S. And Canada in the next year.

  • Christopher Hitchens, militant pundit, dies at 62

    Cancer weakened, but did not soften Christopher Hitchens. He did not repent or forgive or ask for pity. As if granted diplomatic immunity, his mind's eye looked plainly upon the attack and counterattack of disease and treatments that robbed him of his hair, his stamina, his speaking voice and eventually his life.

    "I love the imagery of struggle," he wrote about his illness in an August 2010 essay in Vanity Fair. "I sometimes wish I were suffering in a good cause, or risking my life for the good of others, instead of just being a gravely endangered patient."

  • VIDEO: Dip in Euro Makes Travel Cheaper... or Not

    With the Euro hovering at an 11-month low, tourists on both sides of the Atlantic are watching their buying power fluctuate.

  • New Mexico state salaries now public record

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez announced that her administration has completed an overhaul of the New Mexico Sunshine Portal, which now displays the names, titles, and salary rates of all state employees, regardless of their classification.
    In the past, the Sunshine Portal has only listed information for exempt employees. The portal now includes information for classified employees, who work under the rules and guidelines of the state’s civil service system.
    In October, Gov. Martinez announced that she had directed the Department of Information Technology to make employee information for all state workers available through the Sunshine Portal.

  • Black rep assailed for calling gov ‘a Mexican’

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Democratic state representative is under fire for calling New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez a "Mexican" during a heated exchange with a GOP lawmaker in the capitol.

    Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton made the comment Wednesday during a committee meeting break as she accused Rep. Nora Espinoza of "carrying the Mexican's water on the fourth floor" — a reference to Martinez.

    Stapleton later apologized and said she didn't mean to offend anyone. Espinoza said she was offended by the remark as a Hispanic woman, and Martinez called the comments "sad and disappointing."

  • Clearing snow costs the state big bucks

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Clearing snow off state highways has cost the New Mexico treasury about $850,000 so far.

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation has spent about 11 percent of the $7.5 million budgeted for winter road maintenance in order to keep highways safe.

    The money pays for the salt and cinders, plow-truck operations and repairs as well as staff overtime.

    KRQE-TV reports the crew that works in and around Santa Fe says they’re seeing the brunt of the action.

    They’ve needed to spend almost double what they spent at this time last year clearing roads.

    If bad weather continues, the highway maintenance supervisor says they may have to dip into a year around fund designated for road upkeep.

  • Update 12-15-11

    Nature Center

    A public meeting is scheduled for tonight to review conceptual designs for the Nature Center, Council Chambers of Community Building.  Refreshments will be at 5:30 p.m. and the architects’ presentation will be at 6 p.m.

    Balderas visit

    U.S. Senate candidate Hector Balderas, also the New Mexico State Auditor, will be in Los Alamos to meet with residents from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Tuesday. There will be beverages and hors d’oeuvres from the Hilltop House as well as a cash bar.

    Family Film Series

    The White Rock Family Film Series will present a free showing of “The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation” at 7 p.m. today at the White Rock Public Library.

  • Los Alamos tops pay scale study

    Los Alamos County continues to compile records as one of the wealthiest places in the state and the country.

    The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released a study that said the total compensation in Los Alamos County is the highest in the Southwestern United States.

    Los Alamos County, with the help of the lab, ranked first among 379 counties in the region with a total average annual compensation of $86,465.

    Foard County, Texas had the lowest average compensation at $29,117.

    Total compensation is the sum of wage and salary disbursements, and wage and salary supplements.