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Today's News

  • UNM receives funding as special science center

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico Health Science Center has been named a federal Clinical and Translational Science Center.

    The designation comes with $21 million in awards over five years. It also establishes the Health Sciences Center as a key national research center and will create more than 100 high-paying jobs.

    New Mexico Democratic Sen. Tom Udall says the UNM Health Science Center is a critical economic and research engine for the region, and the designation will enhance its ability to recruit and retain top faculty and researchers.

  • Justices extend gun owner rights nationwide

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court held Monday that the Constitution's Second Amendment restrains government's ability to significantly limit "the right to keep and bear arms," advancing a recent trend by the John Roberts-led bench to embrace gun rights.

    By a narrow, 5-4 vote, the justices also signaled, however, that some limitations on the right could survive legal challenges.

  • Gov. Richardson allocates stimulus funds to prop up state police

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson is allocating $1 million in federal economic stimulus money for the state police to buy new cars and fuel.

    The governor said Monday the $1 million will help offset budget cuts, which otherwise would have forced the state police to limit how many miles officers could drive each month.

    Richardson said $250,000 will be used to buy 11 new state police cars and $750,000 will go for fuel.

  • Legal but dangerous

    Each July Fourth, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA. Despite the associated risks –skin burns, fires and death – many members of the public continue to light fireworks themselves.

    The Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks (ASCF), a group of health and safety organizations coordinated by NFPA, urges the public to avoid the use of consumer fireworks and instead, to enjoy displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals.

  • UPDATE: A party to be held Sunday for LAPS retiree

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  • Court rules against GOP in dispute

    SANTA FE — The state can withhold the names and addresses of illegal immigrants and foreign nationals who get driver’s licenses in New Mexico, the state Court of Appeals ruled Friday in a dispute over public records sought by the Republican Party.

    The court concluded that Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration had properly redacted personal information, such as names and addresses of drivers, from documents provided to the state GOP in 2006 in response to a public records request about illegal immigrants who received driver’s licenses.

  • DWI arrest rules clarified

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court is giving police a bit more leeway in making arrests for drunken driving when they don’t see the suspect drinking or driving.

    The court concluded that DWI investigations will not be subject to a legal rule that generally prohibits police from arresting someone on a misdemeanor charge without a warrant unless the officer witnesses the crime.

    In New Mexico, drunken driving is a misdemeanor until a fourth conviction, which makes it a felony.

  • Mining laws should accomodate community wishes

    Green jobs get most of the attention these days, but lately there’s news from an old and not-so-green industry, mining. Here, we have good news, bad news, and no news.

    Good news: Lea County will get its first new potash mine in four decades, Santa Fe Gold Corp. will begin processing ore near Lordsburg, and reclamation will begin soon at abandoned coal mines near Raton.

  • Martinez worries state workers

    SANTA FE - If you like political surprises, you should love the next six months of the 2010 campaigns.

    Sure, attack ads will fill the air. They’ve already started in the gubernatorial race and we will be able to add the 1st and 2nd congressional district races to that soon. But expect some almost unpredictable twists also.

    Remember the last gubernatorial race in 2006? Gov. Bill Richardson was sailing toward his second term when Republicans suddenly switch horses after they already had nominated Dr. J.R. Damron as their candidate. That was an all- time first.

  • A natural adventure

    A horse kicked up dirt with its foot, a cloud of fine dust billowed up from the ground with every swipe. It was if the animal was waiting to receive one of the lassos a nearby group of children was swirling above their heads. Further up, several children scaled a large outcropping of boulders.

    All of this activity took place in the immense expanse of land at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    The youngsters were taking part in the Nature Odyssey program, which the Pajarito Environmental Center offered to fourth through sixth graders June 7-11 and June 14-18.