Today's News

  • Charter amendments inch forward

    After nearly three years of review by the Charter Review Committee, proposed amendments on sections of the county charter are another step closer to coming before the voters for ratification.
    Council debated proposed changes to the Initiative, Referendum and Recall sections of the charter, as well as a proposed addition allowing voter approval of capital projects and the procedures for amending the charter.
    Not all the proposed changes received council approval.

  • Central Avenue Grill may close next month

    After an eight-month bankruptcy battle, the Central Avenue Grill may close its doors as soon as April 7.

    That’s according to the building landlord’s attorney Rick Leverick, who said he’s been in contact with Min Sung Park and Monica Park’s attorney, George Moore.

    “I don’t think (Mr. Park’s) got much choice,” Leverick said.

    He said that the Parks don’t have any businesses left to reorganize under a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing and that leads him to assume they would likely be converting the filing to Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

  • NFL suspends Payton

    The National Football League announced on its website the New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton will be suspended for one season without pay for his role in the Saints’ bounty program.
    The league levied punishments for Payton, team general manager Mickey Loomis and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams Wednesday morning. The NFL Players Union requested the team not take any action on the involved Saints defensive players until the union completed its own investigation.
    According to NFL.com, Williams has been suspended indefinitely and Loomis has been suspended for the first eight games of the 2012 season.

  • Teter has grand slam in win over Elks

    POJOAQUE — Monika Teter was definitely on her game Tuesday.
    Along with picking up the victory for the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team from the mound, Teter blasted two home runs, including a grand slam in the fourth inning to lead the Hilltoppers to a lopsided win.
    The Hilltoppers scored at least two runs in every inning as they thumped the host Pojoaque Elks 16-0 on the road in their final nondistrict contest before a critical District 2-4 opening doubleheader.

  • Ski Report 03-21-12

    Angel Fire
    48-inch base of powder. 3 inches of new snow reported. 67 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Enchanted Forest
    24-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 35 trails open.

    36-inch base. No new snow reported. Will reopen Friday.

    Red River
    45-inch base of powder. No new snow reported. 55 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak
    Closed for the season.


    50-inch base of packed powder. One-half inch of new snow reported. 40 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache

    55-inch base of powder. 8 inches of new snow reported. 52 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Ski Santa Fe

  • Surprises at Dem convention

    New Mexico Democratic and Republican activists have lately busied themselves with something called pre-primary nominating conventions.
    These conventions go way back in state history, although there were a couple of decades between 1975 and 1995 when they fell into disuse.  
    By 1996, however, pre-primary conventions had been reinstituted and every election year since, roughly two months before June primary elections, delegates of the two major parties congregate to listen to endless speeches and, more importantly, to designate which of the candidates running for their nominations to sundry state and national offices have top spot on their primary ballots.

  • Constitution has its problems

    “Organic law” failed to deeply penetrate my consciousness the first time or two or three I saw the phrase on page 26 of “Governing New Mexico,” the text used in university political science classes.
    At some point, however, I underlined the entire sentence, “New Mexicans have a chronic problem with their organic law, as we shall see.”
    The most recent look at the sentence came as the New Mexico First town hall approached. New Mexico First (nmfirst.org) is a “talk shop.” Citizens gather to consider topics defined to be important and produce policy recommendations. The topic for the coming meeting, March 22 and 23 in Albuquerque, is “Learning from our past. Planning our future.”

  • Obama to visit state oil fields

    MALJAMAR, N.M. (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to visit New Mexico's petroleum fields on federal lands outside of Maljamar Wednesday to tout the fact that domestic oil and gas production has increased each year he has been in office.

    The White House said in a news release that the stop will "highlight the Administration's commitment to expanding domestic oil and gas production." Oil production is at an eight-year high and natural gas output is at an all-time high, it said.

  • Court sides with property owners over EPA

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has sided with an Idaho couple in a property rights case, ruling they can go to court to challenge an Environmental Protection Agency order that blocked construction of their new home and threatened fines of more than $30,000 a day.

    Wednesday's decision is a victory for Mike and Chantell Sackett, whose property near a scenic lake has sat undisturbed since the EPA ordered a halt in work in 2007. The agency said part of the property was a wetlands that could not disturbed without a permit.

  • Dollars, endorsements shifting toward Romney

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney says he's "almost there" after pursuing the Republican presidential nomination for six years, and there are fresh signs that big GOP donors and establishment figures agree. Major contributors are shifting more dollars in his direction, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush served up his endorsement on Wednesday after sitting on the sidelines for much of the primary season.