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Today's News

  • Hey candidates, what about the $716 million?

    The immediate attention of the next governor and, therefore, the attention of the general election candidates, should focus on a number: $236 million. That’s the difference between forecast general fund revenue for the next budget year, fiscal 2012, and the amount needed to maintain current service levels. (The general fund is the principal source of money for state government.)

    The $236 million figure was unveiled May 20 by Tom Clifford, chief economist for the Legislative Finance Committee. Clifford spoke to a conference held by the New Mexico Tax Research Institute.

  • A threat to the world’s wheat

    If you like eating hotcakes or bread (or my own personal favorite, huckleberry muffins), you might want to pay attention to a problem that’s looming over wheat worldwide. It’s a new type of “stem rust” caused by a fungus that cripples wheat plants.

    Throughout history, stem rusts have created major famines. Even in the United States, wheat harvests in parts of the country were hit hard by stem rust in 1903, 1905 and 1950-1954. Localized outbreaks affected American wheat as recently as 1985-1986.  

  • Chile police detain Dutchman in Peru killing

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — A Dutch man long suspected in the disappearance of an Alabama teen in Aruba was arrested Thursday in the murder of a young woman in Peru.

    Stephany Flores, 21, was killed in a Lima hotel Sunday, five years to the day after Natalee Holloway disappeared.

  • Raton racetrack appeals license revocation

    RATON (AP) — A group hoping to open a $50 million racetrack and casino in Raton has filed an appeal of the New Mexico Gaming Control Board's decision to revoke its gambling license.

    The board acted May 4, saying the developer for La Mesa Racetrack and Casino had missed a deadline to operate a temporary casino.

    La Mesa officials say in their appeal they addressed concerns expressed by the Gaming Control Board.

  • Scholarship Convocation

    National Merit Finalists

    Kathy Lin, Emma Carroll, Shaina Riciputi, Jaime Resnick, Dov Shlachter, Kendra Smale

    Local Scholarship Awards

    Angelo Montoya Memorial Scholarship    • James Larkin

    Aspen School PTO Scholarship    

    • Hannah Taylor and Brooke Maxwell

    Cerro Grande            • Meghan Maes

    Chamisa School PTO Scholarship     

    • Sarah Story      

  • Update: LeBron tells Larry King Cavs have edge in free agency

    CLEVELAND (AP) — One month from the start of the NBA's free agency frenzy, LeBron James said he's not close to making any decision.

    However, he has handicapped his field of suitors.

    The Cleveland Cavaliers lead the pack.

    In his first interview since the Cavs' season ended with a shocking, second-round loss to Boston, James told CNN's Larry King that Cleveland has "an edge" to re-sign him when the greatest collection of free agents in league history hits the open market on July 1.

  • ‘Seraphim Falls’ - not your typical Western

    Director David Von Ancken’s “Seraphim Falls” has all the basic elements: horses, cowboy hats, guns, railroads, bank robbers, desert landscapes, tight-lipped conversation. The film is almost entirely peopled by men, everyone drinks out of leather canteens and nobody can trust anybody not to try to kill him.

  • 05-25-10 Police Beat

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    May 13

    2:40 a.m. – Eric Carlson, 19, of Los Alamos was arrested on Bonnie View Road on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction following the investigation into reports of a suspicious vehicle.

    2:40 p.m. – UNM-Los Alamos reported an estimated $250 in grounds keeping equipment went missing. The equipment was later located.

  • Los Alamos: A musical magnet

    The 2010-2011 Los Alamos Concert Association season opens with Julie Albers, cellist and Orion Weiss, pianist, at 4 p.m. Oct. 17. Albers studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music and won the Grand Prize at the XIII International Competition for Young Musicians in Douai, France.

  • NHL: Niemi, Blackhawks beat Flyers 2-1, take 2-0 lead

    CHICAGO (AP) — Antti Niemi's days of driving a Zamboni are long gone. Instead of cleaning the ice as he once did in his native Finland to make a few extra bucks, he's clearing away pucks and hoping to help the Chicago Blackhawks hoist the Stanley Cup.

    Niemi made 14 of his 32 saves in the third period and Chicago beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 Monday night to take a 2-0 series lead on Monday night.