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Today's News

  • Blaze is 35 percent contained

    JEMEZ SPRINGS — Forest Service officials report that the wildfire burning in the Jemez Mountains northwest of Albuquerque was 35 percent contained by Thursday night after charring about 1,400 acres.

    Officials say the fire is burning on the Santa Fe National Forest about six miles northwest of Jemez Springs and a half-mile southwest of Fenton Lake State Park.

    It was reported to be at 1,925 acres Wednesday night but the acreage was reduced to 1,405 acres Thursday night due to more accurate mapping.

  • Foundation to host workshop

    Within the top-secret laboratories in New Mexico, the largest and most destructive weapon in history was born. In just 27 months, Manhattan Project scientists from around the world combined recent discoveries in nuclear physics with innovative engineering solutions to create the world’s first atomic bombs. While it has been 65 years since the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the legacy of the atomic bomb profoundly impacts New Mexico and the world today.

  • Colo. man went on solo mission to kill bin Laden

    DENVER (AP) — An American construction worker has been detained in the mountains of Pakistan after authorities there found him carrying a sword, pistol and night-vision goggles on a solo mission to hunt down and kill Osama bin Laden.

  • Ariz. lawmaker takes aim at automatic citizenship

    PHOENIX (AP) — Emboldened by passage of the nation's toughest law against illegal immigration, the Arizona politician who sponsored the measure now wants to deny U.S. citizenship to children born in this country to undocumented parents.

    Legal scholars laugh out loud at Republican state Sen. Russell Pearce's proposal and warn that it would be blatantly unconstitutional, since the 14th Amendment guarantees citizenship to anyone born in the U.S.

  • Day of Enchantment photo contest draws more than 10,000 entries

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico tourism officials say interest in their eight-week photo contest has been spectacular.

    People have submitted 10,000 entries in the Day of Enchantment photo contest and nearly 120,000 votes have been cast on a website the Tourism Department developed for the competition. The site has had about a half-million views over the past few weeks, and the contest just passed its mid point.

  • Home construction tanks, building permits plummet

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Home construction plunged last month to the lowest level since December and building permits also fell, the latest signs that the construction industry won't fuel the economic recovery.

    Builders are scaling back now that government incentives have expired.

    The Commerce Department said Wednesday that construction of new homes and apartments fell 10 percent in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 593,000. April's figure was revised downward to 659,000.

  • Sandia labs expects to continue growth

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sandia National Laboratories will grow by about 200 employees this year and expects more growth next year.

    Laboratory managers said Tuesday that a growing budget for Sandia's primary mission, nuclear weapons, is being accompanied by continued growth in other areas, such as computer security.

    Departing Sandia president Tom Hunter and his successor, Paul Hommert, spoke during a news conference before a community meeting in Albuquerque.

  • BP agrees to $20B fund to compensate victims of oil disaster in gulf

    WASHINGTON (AP) — BP will set aside $20 billion to pay the victims of the massive oil spill in the Gulf, senior administration officials said Wednesday, a move made under pressure by the White House as the company copes with causing the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

  • Continued progress made on wildfires

    Tecolote Fire: 720 acres, 20 percent contained, 415 personnel committed to the fire. Minimal growth was observed Tuesday due to cooler temperatures and higher humidity levels. Firefighters were able to take advantage of conditions to prepare and strengthen fireline in anticipation of Red Flag conditions for Wednesday and Thursday.

    The weather forecast is calling for higher winds and warmer temperatures. Strategies and resources are in place for changing weather conditions.

  • Lane closure slated for Saturday

    Installation of a pedestrian bridge on the Canyon Rim Trail south of the Los Alamos Airport is scheduled for Saturday. A 100-foot crane will lift the pre-fabricated bridge and set it on four concrete piers that were formed last week.

    The use of the large crane will require traffic control on East Road, also known as N.M. Highway 502.