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Today's News

  • Martinez threatens to fire appointees who shift jobs

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov.-elect Susana Martinez is warning that she'll fire political appointees who shift to civil service jobs in the closing weeks of Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson's term.

    The head of Martinez's transition team, Heather Wilson, sent a letter Wednesday urging the Richardson administration to suspend any pending job transfers of appointees into so-called classified jobs.

    The letter reiterated a request that Wilson said she made shortly after the general election.

  • Football: New Mexico Bowl partnering with Pac-12

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The expanded Pac-12 has agreed to send a team to the New Mexico Bowl in 2012 and 2013, pending approval by the NCAA's licensing committee, to play a Mountain West opponent.

    Officials made the announcement Wednesday. The bowl's executive director, Jeff Siembieda, calls it a great opportunity for football fans in New Mexico.

    The Pac-10 is expanding its membership next season from 10 schools to 12, picking up Colorado and Utah.

  • Kurd leader welcomes deal on new Iraqi government

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A top Kurdish leader welcomed on Thursday a tentative deal on a new government keeping Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in his post and breaking an 8-month deadlock. While Sunnis have a role, the deal still thwarts their ambitions for greater political power, raising concerns sectarian violence could persist.

    The deal could be a setback for the United States, which was pushing for a strong Sunni role out of fear that the minority community could slide back into support of Iraq's insurgency if it wasn't given a real say in power.

  • AP-GfK Poll: Public mixed on GOP tax, health plans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — People back Republican tax cut plans but not the GOP campaign to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, according to a poll suggesting that the Republicans' big Election Day win was not a mandate for the party's legislative wish list.

  • Volleyball: Toppers on a roll heading into Thursday’s pool play

    Garry Maskaly thought his team would do a little better in the pool play round of the 2009 state Class AAAA volleyball tournament.
    At first, Maskaly wondered why his team was struggling with two teams it shouldn’t have had nearly as much trouble with as it did. The next day, the answer became clear.

  • Not an indictment against Richardson? ... not much

    Shortly after Susanna Martinez overwhelmingly became the first Hispanic female elected governor in our nation’s history, the current Hispanic governor claimed his fingerprints were not found on the weapon.
    In the wake of Martinez’ eight-point win (54 to 46 percent) over Lt. Gov. Dianne Denish, Gov. Bill Richardson told reporters in Santa Fe that Election Day wasn’t an “indictment” of his years as governor.

  • Look in the right place

    My friend and I are discussing the legacy of Gov. Bill Richardson.
    Aside from all the controversies, what did he really do for New Mexico?
    “He finally got education reformed,” my friend says. “Replaced the old state school board with a cabinet secretary so there would be accountability.  Freed up money from the permanent fund so there would be money to improve pay for teachers. Got full-day kindergarten and pre-K. These ideas had been around for years and there was a huge coalition in support. Richardson got it done.”

  • Council green lights developer

    The long-awaited Trinity Site retail development became one step closer to fruition Tuesday night as the Los Alamos County Council gave the green light for county officials to begin negotiations with North American Development Group.

  • Refuse reduction, recycling make eco-sense daily

    Los Alamos County is promoting Monday’s America Recycles Day in an effort to entice more residents to embrace recycling as a lifestyle.
    “I will give a presentation to 3rd grade students at Mountain Elementary School on Monday and will also set up displays at the Mesa Public Library and at the Reel Deal Theater with handouts showing residents how to recycle,” Environmental Services Specialist Tom Nagawiecki said.
    While Monday is America Recycles Day, the entire month of November is Recycling Awareness Month in New Mexico, he said.

  • LAPS board ponders LAMS construction finance options

    The students at Los Alamos High School will soon have a revamped campus and if all goes well financially, the students at the middle school can look forward to new digs, as well.
    During Tuesday night’s school board meeting at Pajarito Cliffs, Superintendent Gene Schmidt said the middle school education staff has been busy thinking about what the middle school could look like. Though these are only concepts at this point, Schmidt is confident that administration will soon agree on one of the options.