Today's News

  • Lab selected for ultrasonic technology

    The National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB) has selected the lab’s Ultrasonic Algae Harvesting technology for Phase II development. The technology is based on LANL’s R&D 100 Award-winning Ultrasonic Algal Biofuel Harvester. Research and development to refine the technology at lab-scale has been in progress through NAABB since April 2010.

  • PRC green lights BCBS rate increase

    The state Public Regulation Commission’s Insurance Division has approved a 6.9 percent rate increase for individual Blue Cross Blue Shield policyholders.

    The increase, which takes effect Friday (June 1), affects approximately 31,000 people across the state.

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico spokeswoman Becky Kenny said that’s people like artists, plumbers, and mom and pop shops — who are under 65 — which only need insurance for themselves.

    She said the increase would not affect group insurance plans held by places like Los Alamos County.

  • Smith’s, LA residents aid hospital

    When Smith’s Food and Drug decided to extend its fundraising activities into New Mexico this year, the retailer chose the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital Pediatric Charity Care Fund as its recipient. The fund helps families with modest incomes that do not qualify for other assistance programs.

    “Often the families of children who need care are hesitant to bring their children in, worrying that they cannot afford the services. It is so important for those children to get the medical care they need as early as possible, and the generous gift from Smith’s will go a long way in establishing a fund for those most in need,” said Steve McKernan, CEO of University Hospitals at the check presentation.

  • Wildfire covers 300 square miles--Video Extra -- Updated

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A massive wildfire in the New Mexico wilderness that already is the state's largest blaze ever has grown to nearly 300 square miles as it spreads in all directions, and experts say conditions are ripe this season for similar massive blazes across the West.

  • County Briefs -- updated with more items

    Renovations begin at 37th Street Play Lot


    The 37th Street Play Lot near Villa Street is closed for the next two weeks so that the County’s contractor, LA Landscaping & More, can make renovations to the park. Renovations include:

    • Remove the sand safety zone material in the designated play areas and replace with engineered wood fiber, bringing the safety/fall zone into compliance

         • Add a merry-go-round with fall/safety zone material and borders (similar to the one at Community Park or North Mesa Park)

    • Replace the asphalt entry walk with concrete and an approach that is not as steep as the current design

    •Add three picnic tables and  two benches

  • Heinrich rattles Dems

    Just two weeks before New Mexico Democratic voters would decide whether 1st Dist. Congressman Martin Heinrich or state Auditor Hector Balderas should be their U.S. Senate nominee this fall, Heinrich bucked his party in Congress by voting for a Republican-sponsored defense authorization bill a majority of congressional Democrats opposed and President Obama threatens to veto.
    The measure passed easily in the Republican dominated House, 299-120.
    It’s an odd piece of work, this bill, if only because it subverts that infamous deal forged last summer when the president and Congress pledged hefty cuts in both domestic and defense spending in return for an agreement to raise the nation’s debt ceiling.

  • Legislative review a mixed bag

    What government does not do can be more interesting than the actions of government, or any organization, for that matter. This year, an election year with some “new money” having appeared for legislators eager to please, the incentive to do something was greater than usual.
    This week’s column offers things done and, mostly, things not done by in the 2012 legislative session. The source is the annual “Highlights” publication of the Legislative Council Service (LCS), the staff for the Legislature.

  • Williams bounced in French Open 1st rd.

    PARIS (AP) — For more than a decade, whatever the state of her health or her game, no matter the opponent or arena, Serena Williams always won first-round matches at Grand Slam tournaments.
    Until Tuesday at the French Open. Until Williams came within two points of victory nine times, yet remarkably failed to close the deal against unheralded and 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano of France.

  • Rodman found guilty of contempt

    ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Former NBA star Dennis Rodman might soon find himself working with at-risk teens or cleaning up streets.
    The flamboyant former player known for his rebounding skills and wild, off-court behavior was sentenced Tuesday to 104 hours of community service after being found guilty last year of four counts of contempt for failing to pay child support.
    The ruling also placed Rodman, 51, on three years of informal probation on the condition he keep up his child and spousal support payments.
    It was the latest development in a series of legal disputes that began in 2004, when Rodman’s wife at the time filed for divorce.

  • Topes Notes 05-30-12

    Isotopes can manage just two hits in loss
    The Albuquerque Isotopes had their three-game winning streak snapped Tuesday night in their road trip opener against the New Orleans Zephyrs.
    Tim Federowicz hit a solo home run with one out in the eighth inning to break up a no-hit bid by the Zephyrs Brad Hand, but the Isotopes could muster little else in a 4-1 loss at New Orleans.
    The Zephyrs scored twice in the first and twice in the fourth to earn the win. Albuquerque’s Will Savage (7-2) took the loss, going seven innings.