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Today's News

  • Climbing the political ladder can be risky

    SANTA FE — It appears only two state senators will be trying to climb the political ladder this year. Senators have four-year terms, as do statewide elected officials.

    Those offices – governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, auditor, treasurer and land commissioner – all are elected in even-numbered years with no presidential election.

    State Senate elections are held at the same time as presidential elections. That means state senators are in the middle of their four-year terms when statewide officials are elected.

  • Family sues funeral home over brain in bag

    ALBUQUERQUE — A New Mexico family is suing two funeral homes over a gruesome incident in which members unwittingly accepted a bag containing a relative’s brain and only became aware of it by the odor a day later.

    Funeral homes in New Mexico and Utah, where the woman died, are blaming each other for the mistake. Both have been named in the lawsuit.

    “This is just a sad tragedy,” plaintiffs attorney Richard Valle said Wednesday. “This almost feels like something you’d read about in a Stephen King book.”

  • Jobless claims fall, layoffs ease

    WASHINGTON — The number of newly laid-off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits dropped last week, a sign the job market is healing as the economy slowly recovers.

    New jobless claims have dropped steadily since September, raising hopes that the economy may soon begin creating jobs and the unemployment rate could decline. That, in turn, would give households more money to spend and add fuel to the broader economic rebound that began earlier this year.

  • Happy 98th birthday, N.M.

    SANTA FE ­— Happy 98th birthday, New Mexico. You’re getting up there in years. What in the world are we going to do for your 100th?  The answer is not much. We don’t celebrate such things as grandly anymore. It has become so complicated. We still feel pretty free about celebrating Christmas, New Years and athletic victories. But anniversaries of events are something else. It’s not that we don’t know how. New Mexico had a huge celebration in 1940 for the 400th anniversary of Coronado’s Expedition. It was truly statewide.

  • Valles Caldera could be added to National Park Service, according to study

    VALLES CALDERA NATIONAL PRESERVE, N.M. (AP) — A study of northern New Mexico's Valles Caldera National Preserve says the area is a worthy addition to the National Park Service system.

    The study — released Thursday by the Park Service — was praised by Audubon New Mexico, the National Audubon Society's state office.

  • Land swap closes amid conflict

    SANTA FE - Angry hunters and skeptical public officials grilled state Land Commissioner Pat Lyons over a package of state trust-land trades around Whites Peak in northern New Mexico.

    The confrontation Thursday at the state Land Office in Santa Fe came after the first such deal closed, involving the Stanley Ranch.

    Lyons held the meeting to offer state legislators more information about the trade. But the session often turned into heated exchanges, with Lyons and hunting guide Albert H. Goke of Las Vegas, N.M., shaking fingers at each other.

  • Fuller Lodge to be filled with romance

    The idea for this month’s Brown Bag originally was a Valentines’ Day themed concert but the schedule pushed the concert to January. Despite the concert being earlier than the holiday dedicated to love, soprano Viera Moore, violinist David Moore and pianist Cindy Little are still focusing their music on romance.

    The Brown Bag concert, titled “Meditation and Remembrance of Women’s Loves and Lives,” is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

  • Park service turns gaze on Valles Caldera

    The Valles Caldera National Preserve’s eligibility to become a national park has been enhanced in recent years by several important changes, according to an updated report prepared for New Mexico’s U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall.

    Ironically, two of those changes have been introduced by the Valles Caldera Trust, the preserve’s governing body. The Trust would likely be dissolved should the preserve become a part of the park system, rather than the independently chartered federal corporation that it is now.

  • Lecture to reveal the color in New Mexico’s history

    History is not written in stone. There are many different perspectives and views on the story of how we got to where we are today. And the more that is discovered about the past, the more elaborate the story becomes.

    Take New Mexico’s history,  for instance; if you dig deep enough a multitude of colors begin to paint the picture of the state.

  • Otowi Station to host two authors

    Two local authors will sign their books from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Otowi Station Bookstore.

    David McNeese, a descendant of a first family of New Mexico, will sign “The Wind in the Trees,” and Tom Steward will sign “Into Solitary Places,” an account of devastating mental illness.

    David McNeese