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Today's News

  • Senate confirms NM homeland security secretary

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate has confirmed retired Air Force Col. Michael Duvall as secretary of the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

    Duvall is the third member of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's cabinet to win confirmation.

    The Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday in favor of Duvall's nomination.

    He was commander of the 377th Air Base Wing at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque from July 2008 to April 2010, when he retired.

    Duvall is a 1984 Air Force Academy graduate.

  • Higher oil prices would hamper global economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Just as the U.S. and global economies are finally strengthening, they face a new danger: Rocketing oil prices, which topped $100 a barrel Wednesday.

    The U.S. economy can likely absorb $100 oil and keep expanding, even though gasoline prices would rise further and growth would slow. But it would hurt.

  • NZ earthquake toll at 76 dead, 238 missing

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The sister and brother sat huddled Wednesday on sodden grass, staring at the smoldering remains of an office tower that collapsed with their mother inside.

    They hadn't heard from Donna Manning since a powerful earthquake tore through one of New Zealand's largest cities a day earlier, killing at least 76 people and leaving 238 missing. Still, there was hope.

    "My mum is superwoman, she'd do anything," Manning's 18-year-old daughter Lizzy said, tears streaming down her face.

  • Skandera defends education qualifications

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Public Education Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera is defending her experience in the education field after facing questions over whether she meets constitutional requirements for the job.

    The New Mexico Constitution states that the leader of the Public Education Department must be a "qualified, experienced educator."

  • Briefs: Raise your voice


    Raise your voice

    To raise “business friendliness” as an important issue for county government attention, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is holding a brown bag meeting from 1-2 p.m., March 14 in the Chamber Conference Room to give interested members an opportunity to discuss and provide input on this issue.
    County decision makers are invited to hear and take part in the discussion.
    The output of the meeting will be provided to the county as input into their strategic planning process.

  • Local business to be recognized at NM SBDC Day

    Of the 21 firms to be honored during the 13th Annual New Mexico Small Business Development Center Day, which will be held Friday, there will be a familiar name recognized.
    Paul Terp and Lee Bernstein of Strategic Management Solutions, LLC will be among the outstanding business clients recognized. Strategic Management Solutions is a client of the UNM-Los Alamos SBDC.
    Incoming NMSBDC State Director Michael A. Rivera chose the firms. He said, “This day honors the hard work and dedication of all small business in the state of New Mexico.”

  • Capitol celebrates YMCA Day

    In celebration of YMCA Day, a large group of YMCA supporters gathered Feb. 16 in the rotunda at the Roundhouse.
    The New Mexico State Alliance, the Family YMCA and Y of Central New Mexico use their combined impact to bring strength to the YMCA voice and call to action.
    Judy Barrett Miller, Y USA government relations/public policy director, also joined the event to support the state alliance.
    The Family YMCA Board President Matt Schmidt welcomed the crowd, which included youth from around the state.

  • Bill works to reduce repeat DWIs

    Santa Fe – Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton looks to reduce the number of DWI repeat offenders by instituting a first offender follow-up program.  
    The bill she is sponsoring, House Bill 183, unanimously passed the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee today.

  • Accessing federal funds

    The next-best thing to free money is available through two federal programs for small businesses involved in technology and innovation.
    The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program – the larger of the two – grants money to small and startup businesses to develop products, technology or services that solve pressing problems in agriculture, defense, education, energy, transportation, the environment, space exploration, health and other areas.

  • Pull plug on water bill, appoint state engineer

    Water hasn’t gotten much legislative attention this year. Maybe that’s why one bill with far reaching consequences has passed its first committee.
    HB 109 would allow water permit applicants who disagree with the state engineer’s initial decisions to appeal directly to district court. In other words, a dissatisfied applicant could bypass practice and precedent and see if the courts would hand down a more favorable decision.