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Today's News

  • FIRE DAMAGES ICONIC HILL DINER

    A fire erupted in the kitchen at Hill Diner Monday evening. Manager Leanne Nichols knew that crewmembers from Fire Station 6 were eating in the restaurant at the time and rushed to their table for help as the fire grew out of control.
    “She realized that our kitchen fire extinguisher wasn’t stopping the fire and remembered that we had firefighters eating in the dining room,” owner Denise Lane said during an interview at the restaurant this morning.

  • COUNCIL TERMINATES ADMINISTRATOR... Video and investigative report added

    The Los Alamos County Council terminated County Administrator Tony Mortillaro Tuesday night. The council voted 5-2 to fire Mortillaro with councilors Mike Wheeler and Nona Bowman voting against the firing.

  • Judge in Va. strikes down federal health care law

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The federal judge who struck down the very centerpiece of the Obama administration's health care law Monday is a George W. Bush appointee who earned the nickname "Hang 'Em High Henry" for his tough-on-crime stand as a prosecutor and on the bench.

    Among those who have felt U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson's wrath is NFL star Michael Vick, who in 2007 received a nearly two-year sentence — and a dressing-down — for running a dogfighting ring.

  • Obama-GOP tax bill clears Senate hurdle with ease

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Far-reaching legislation to avert a Jan. 1 income-tax increase for millions won overwhelming support in a Senate test vote on Monday, propelled by an uneasy and unusual alliance between the White House and lawmakers in both parties.

    Eager to trumpet the 85-13 vote, President Barack Obama said even before it was announced it proved "that both parties can in fact work together to grow our economy and look out for the American people."

  • Be There 12-12-10

    Tuesday
    A Christmas in New Mexico dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe Lodge, 750 N. St. Francis Dr. It is sponsored by the Christian Women’s Club and the After 5 Club. The Mariachi Buenaventura (Santa Fe’s all-female Mariachis) will entertain. Speaker Dean Graves of Albuquerque will present “The Blessings of Prison Life.”  Cost is $20 inclusive. Friends and family are invited. For reservations call Fran at 473-7934 or Barbara at 690-9831.
    Wednesday

  • Same story, second verse

    Are New Mexicans about to get the same story: second verse? During Susana Martinez’s year-long quest for the governor’s office, no one talked publicly about the possibility of her being the GOP vice-presidential nominee two years hence.
    Late in the primary campaign, it became very obvious that state and national GOP leaders had pegged her as their favorite.
    Those of us not in the party structure were very surprised to see her crush four other candidates badly at the Republican pre-primary nominating convention in March.

  • Building a more sustainable town

  • Release of probe results delayed

    Last week’s release of a highly anticipated report concerning County Administrator Tony Mortillaro was put on hold because one or more county councilors raised last-minute questions during a closed executive session.
    “Because of the additional questions, we will need to add an addendum to the report,” County Attorney Randy Autio said. “However, even if the report with the addendum was complete, we can’t release it until council takes action on it. Until then, this is still considered an active personnel matter.”

  • Fifty years and counting

    Tammie Jones brought her two boys Jayson, 3, and Logan, 2, into David’s Old Fashioned Barber Shop, which has been in existence for 50 years.
    Owned by Dave Martinez for the past 15 years, the boys each sat in their own barber chair and the television was changed to the Cartoon Network.
    The boys were fixated as two barbers Dave Baca and Dave Martinez went to work.
    “I just get to watch all the kids grow up,” said the elder Martinez, who bought the business from Harold Lujan.

  • Los Alamos Public Schools look at STEM program

    SANTA FE — Innovate+Educate is the brainchild of Jamai Blivin of Santa Fe.
    And on Thursday night, Innovate+Educate along with Citizen Schools hosted a panel that discussed “Pay It Forward” for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education.
    The panel consisted of Eugene Schmidt, superitendent of Los Alamos Public Schools, Bobbie Gutierrez, superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools, Eric Schwarz, CEO of Citizen Schools of Boston and Carlos Contreras, the U.S. Director of Education for Intel Corporation.