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Today's News

  • Martinez taps donor to lead regulation department

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has tapped a major campaign donor to head New Mexico's vast regulatory agency.

    Martinez named J. Dee Dennis Jr. to the $100,000 a year job of superintendent of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department on Friday.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Dennis contributed $16,000 to the governor's election campaign last year.

  • Martinez sued by Richardson political appointee

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has been asked to reinstate the director of the Workers' Compensation Administration, who was ousted when Republican Gov. Susana Martinez took office earlier this month.

    Director Glenn Smith filed a lawsuit against Martinez last week, contending that he can't be removed by the governor until the end of his five-year term in January 2012.

  • Lack of rain means winter wheat crop in jeopardy

    CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Warm days and little rain mean the winter wheat crop in eastern New Mexico's Roosevelt and Curry counties is in jeopardy.

    Farmers in the area say the crop has suffered badly two months into the growing season. If rain doesn't arrive soon, much of the crop may fail.

  • Sports update 01-23-11

     

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team wants all Hilltopper fans to "Green Out Griffith" Tuesday night.

    The Hilltoppers will be playing their arch-rivals, the Española Valley Sundevils, at home Tuesday. Game time is 7 p.m.

    Tickets for the Los Alamos-Española Valley game will go on sale at noon at the Griffith Gym box office. There are no re-entry privileges.

    Those wishing to purchase green T-shirts may do so at the gym. T-shirts are $15 each.

     

  • Tennis: Nadal stops 18-year-old Aussie to reach 4th round

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal overcame the much-hyped potential star of Australian tennis in his quest for a fourth consecutive major title.

    Despite a mostly parochial crowd of 15,000 at Rod Laver Arena, the top-ranked Nadal secured a 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 win over 18-year-old wildcard Bernard Tomic at the Australian Open on Saturday. Nadal advanced to a fourth-round match against Marin Cilic.

  • Obama says opening markets key to jobs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says one of the most important things he can do to create jobs and help U.S. businesses is to open up more markets around the world to American goods.

    Warming up for a State of the Union address that is expected to focus on jobs and the economy, Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address that getting access to foreign markets is the reason he met with China's President Hu Jintao at the White House this week.

  • Iran talks fail, no new date set

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Talks meant to nudge Iran toward meeting U.N. Security Council demands to stop uranium enrichment collapsed Saturday, with Tehran shrugging off calls by six world powers to cease the activity that could be harnessed to make nuclear weapons.

  • Girls basketball: LA routs Santa Fe at home

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team held the Santa Fe Demons to just eight points in the second and third quarters to win Friday night’s District 2AAAA contest going away.

    Freshman McKenzie Logan had 11 points to lead all scorers as the Hilltoppers came away with a 47-32 victory at Griffith Gymnasium.

    The win improves Los Alamos to 2-0 in the early portion of its district schedule and sets up a big contest Wednesday against two-time district champion Española Valley.

  • Keith Olbermann leaving MSNBC, ends 'Countdown'

    NEW YORK (AP) — MSNBC host Keith Olbermann announced Friday that he is leaving the network and has taped his last "Countdown" show.

    MSNBC issued a statement that it had ended its contract with the controversial host, with no further explanation. Olbermann hosted the network's most popular show, but his combative liberal opinions often made him a target of critics.

    Olbermann did not explain why he was leaving.

  • Football: The picks just keep on rollin’

    Seriously, I don’t even know why I’m bothering.
    Picking these games ain’t done me a lick of good so far. Here’s a recap of last week’s picks: the Patriots went AWOL and the Falcons got defeathered.
    I went 2-for-4 picking the divisional round playoff games last week. Frankly, picking Pittsburgh over Baltimore was a coin-flip and picking Chicago over Seattle was like picking Larry Holmes over Gerry Cooney, only the most blind-faithed among us would’ve thought the Seattle Cooneys stood a chance.