Today's News

  • The Special Session: Thoughts from the House

    The special session of the New Mexico State Legislature started on Sept. 6.  
    The session was prompted by a proclamation from Gov. Susana Martinez calling the legislature into session to address the decennial requirement of redistricting, and nine other items ranging from Driver’s Licenses for non-citizens to budgetary issues.  
    On redistricting, the population of the state has grown and become more urban.  The resulting challenges are to create seventy House districts, each with a population of 29,400 people (+/- 5 percent) and reflecting the growth in urban population.   

  • Power restored on Iris Street

    An underground cable failure on Iris Street left 80 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ residential customers without electricity Monday evening. 

    The outage occurred a little after 6 p.m. and affected homes North of Iris to Canyon between Streets 4 and 9 in the Eastern Area.  DPU electric line crew isolated the failure and restored power to the majority of customers by 9:10 p.m.  The remaining customers were incrementally restored through temporary repairs between the hours of 10 p.m. and midnight after crews ran a line above ground.  

    Early Tuesday morning electric linemen began on a permanent repair to the underground line.    

  • Sports Update 09-20-11

    LA is runner-up at T of C this weekend

  • Rivera earns save 602

    NEW YORK (AP) — Now that save No. 602 is behind him, Mariano Rivera is happy to step back out of the spotlight and work on another big number: six.
    Despite five World Series championships in 17 seasons with the New York Yankees, Rivera has never come to enjoy individual attention.
    “You know me, I’m not like that,” Rivera said. “I like to be under the radar, do my job.”
    There was no chance of that Monday. when the smallest crowd in the three-year history of Yankee Stadium nearly drowned out Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” as Rivera came in for the ninth inning.

  • LA gets off to slow start at first tournament

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls golf teams struggled in their first outing of the 2011-12 season at home Monday.
    The Hilltopper teams hosted the Los Alamos Fall Invitational at Los Alamos Golf Course. At the tournament, four boys teams and two girls teams took part, as well as a handful of individuals from other schools.
    Cleveland, a Class 5A school from Rio Rancho, was the big winner on both sides of the tournament Monday. Cleveland’s Storm took both the boys and girls team titles as well as picking up both individual titles.
    The Storm picked up a 20-shot victory over runner-up Bernalillo on the boys’ side and a 47-shot win over Los Alamos in the girls competition.

  • GOP candidates assail Obama on Israel

    NEW YORK (AP) — Wading into a tense foreign policy dispute, Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry and Mitt Romney on Tuesday criticized the Palestinian Authority's effort to seek a formal recognition of statehood by the U.N. General Assembly. The GOP rivals also used the jockeying at the U.S. to assail President Barack Obama's policy toward Israel.

    In a speech in New York, Perry is pledging strong support for Israel and criticizing Obama for demanding concessions from the Jewish state that Perry says emboldened the Palestinians to seek recognition by the U.N.

  • Gunmen attack Shiite pilgrims in Pakistan; 26 dead

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Gunmen opened fire on minority Shiite Muslim pilgrims traveling through southwest Pakistan on Tuesday, killing 26 people in an apparent sectarian attack, officials and survivors said.

    The pilgrims were traveling by bus through Mastung district in Baluchistan province on their way to the Iranian border when the attack occurred, said Khushhal Khan, the driver of the vehicle, which was carrying at least 40 people.

    A pickup truck blocked the vehicle's path, and a group of at least eight men carrying rockets and guns forced the passengers off, Khan told a local television station. The passengers tried to run, but the gunmen opened fire, killing 26 people and wounding six others, said Khan.

  • 1 million urged to evacuate as typhoon nears Japan

    TOKYO (AP) — More than a million people in central Japan were urged to evacuate Tuesday as a powerful typhoon approached, triggering floods that left two people missing.

    Public broadcaster NHK said about 1.3 million people have been ordered or advised to leave their homes, including 80,000 people in Nagoya.

    Heavy rains as the storm approached caused floods and road damage in dozens of locations in Nagoya and several other cities, the Aichi prefectural (state) government said.

    Television footage showed Nagoya residents wading through water up to their knees. In parts of the city near swollen rivers, rescue workers helped residents evacuate in rubber boats.

  • Are rich taxed less than secretaries?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama makes it sound as if there are millionaires all over America paying taxes at lower rates than their secretaries.

    "Middle-class families shouldn't pay higher taxes than millionaires and billionaires," Obama said Monday. "That's pretty straightforward. It's hard to argue against that."

    The data tell a different story. On average, the wealthiest people in America pay a lot more taxes than the middle class or the poor, according to private and government data. They pay at a higher rate, and as a group, they contribute a much larger share of the overall taxes collected by the federal government.

  • Bandelier monument to open Frijoles Canyon

    BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT, N.M. (AP) — Officials at Bandelier National Monument have some good news following a summer in which a wildfire charred a large portion of the park and resulted in flooding in Frijoles Canyon.

    Officials say people will be able to visit the canyon starting next Monday, Sept. 26.

    Visitors can take a shuttle bus to the main archaeological site on the canyon floor.

    Frijoles Canyon has been closed for three months since the Las Conchas fire raced through the Jemez Mountains. The largest wildfire in the state's recorded history, the blaze burned more than 244 square miles and 63 homes.

    Monument Superintendent Jason Lott says his staff is excited to welcome visitors again.