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Today's News

  • Earning the right to vacation

    Up through last week, my mother had reminded everyone in the family just how many days of school remained in the 2009-2010 year. When Sunday rolled around, she sang out to everyone that she did not have to work this week.

    If you think students are the only ones who excitedly cross the days off the calendar, think again. A vacation is a vacation – no matter one’s age.

    And with the conclusion of one school year and the beginning of a tranquil break, it seemed a celebration was in order.

  • Golf: Senior men’s results from this week

    Here are the results from the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association tournaments from Pueblo de Cochiti Golf Course Tuesday and Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe Wednesday.

    Pueblo de Cochiti

    Tuesday

    Championship flight

    First low gross

    Henry Hodde, Santa Fe, 77.

    Second low gross

    Rick Lentz, Albuquerque, 78.

    First low net

    Isaac Herrera, Cochiti Pueblo, 70.

    Second low net

    Tino Chavez, Santa Fe, 71.

    First flight

  • Southern blues to hit the Southwest

    Musician Eric Sardinas has a signature style that listeners seldom hear – especially those who live in Northern New Mexico.

    The Los Alamos Summer Concert Series, however, is bringing the sounds of Deep South to the Southwest.

    Eric Sardinas and Big Motor will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn Express located in the Entrada Business Park.

    According to Sardinas Web site, Sardinas was exposed to gospel, Motown and R&B, all of which pushed him to the acoustic sounds of the Deep South.

  • Wildfire forces evacuation

    JEMEZ SPRINGS  — Forest Service officials say 10 people were evacuated from the community of Seven Springs because of a wildfire burning in the Jemez Mountains northwest of Albuquerque.

    Evacuations also were ordered for campers in the Fenton Lake area.

    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.

    Forest officials say as many as 83 structures are threatened.

  • Flier flusters dog owners

    Some dog owners are barking mad thinking they could be cited or arrested for their canine’s feisty behavior.

    “The Los Alamos Police Department would like to clarify that there is reasonable and then there is unreasonable dog barking behavior,” Capt. Randy Foster said. “Incessant barking is indeed a nuisance to surrounding neighbors and our intent is to find a happy medium for all of our community members.”

  • 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