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Today's News

  • Demography may be destiny

     Is demography destiny?

     If so, say some experts, states with growing Hispanic populations seem doomed to fail, weighed down with ineffective school systems and abysmal test scores.

    One academic recently predicted that states like New Mexico will become the “Appalachia of the 21st Century.”

    He based his prediction on well-known statistics concerning the dropout and low achievement scores of Hispanic students.  

  • Romero takes win at pace race

    Ted Romero was the top predictor at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners pace race.

    The pace race, the Gravel Pit Grunt, was held Tuesday on the pavement, trails and gravel located near Bandelier National Monument.

    It was a tough prediction night for most of the 30 runners and walkers taking part Tuesday, however, Romero was one of only two participants to come within 35 seconds of his finish time.

    Romero was off by just three seconds, topping Laura McClellan, who was 14 seconds off.

  • Injured cyclist in rehab

    The famous senior bicyclist who crashed into a guard gate at Los Alamos National Laboratory is in satisfactory condition, hospital officials said.

    He is in rehab for occupational, physical and cognitive therapy, said his wife, Irene Jackson-Schon, who visits him every day.

    Herb Schon, 79, of Santa Fe, suffered serious injuries when he crashed his bike on West Jemez Road near the bottom of Pajarito Ski Hill.

  • Governor meets with lawman Pat Garrett's descendants

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly 130 years after Pat Garrett tracked down and killed Billy the Kid, the legendary lawman's descendants are lobbying against a postumous pardon for the Wild West outlaw.

    Three of Garrett's grandchildren and two great-grandchildren met with New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and his staff Wednesday to voice their objections to a pardon for the Kid, who was born William Henry McCarty but also went by the name William Bonney.

  • Nolan Ryan group wins auction for Tx Rangers

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — An investment group led by Hall of Fame pitcher and Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan won a contentious and unusual auction for the team early Thursday, beating back a nearly $600 million offer from outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

    Officials in federal bankruptcy court announced the winning bid to cheers and a standing ovation in the packed courtroom, shortly before 1 a.m. and some 10 hours after the auction began.

  • State news at a glance

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    Albuquerque

    ALBUQUERQUE – An American Airlines flight from New York to Los Angeles made an emergency landing at a New Mexico airport after passengers reported smelling smoke or fumes.

    A spokesman for Albuquerque International Sunport, Daniel Jiron, said Flight 117 from JFK to LAX landed without incident about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    He said someone reported a man had lit matches.

  • NEWS ALERT!Senate confirms Kagan as 112th justice

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed Elena Kagan as the 112th justice and fourth woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

    The vote was 63-37 for President Barack Obama's nominee to succeed retired Justice John Paul Stevens.

    Five Republicans joined all but one Democrat and the Senate's two independents to support Kagan. In a rarely practiced ritual reserved for the most historic votes, senators sat at their desks and stood to cast their votes with "ayes" and "nays."

  • Medicare hospital fund extended 12 years

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The annual checkup of the government’s big benefit programs for the elderly show that the Obama administration’s sweeping health care overhaul will extend the life of the Medicare hospital insurance fund by 12 years.

    But officials cautioned Thursday that the dramatic gain, reflected in the annual trustees report for Medicare and Social Security, will depend on achieving significant savings in health care in coming years.

  • Lab wraps up 1st clean-up project

    The first of four major environmental clean-up projects at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been completed.

    The $13 million project involved demolition of an 18,000-square-foot former nuclear fusion research facility, according to a written statement from LANL.

    “It’s good to get this one under our belt,” said Everett Trollinger, the National Nuclear Security Adminstration’s director of Recovery Act cleanup projects at LANL.

  • Tax free time is upon us

    Coming this weekend to a retailer near you is the annual Gross Receipts Tax Holiday.

    The back-to-school tax free event is worth between 5 percent and 8.5625 percent in savings and is limited to clothing costing less than $100, school supplies that cost less than $15, computers selling for less than $1,000 and other computer equipment with price tags of less than $500.