Today's News

  • Workshop points small businesses toward government contracts


    The federal government is the world’s biggest customer and a major driver in New Mexico’s economy.

    While only a fraction of the $8.2 billion that Uncle Sam spent in New Mexico in fiscal year 2017 benefitted local companies, advisers at the state’s four Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) work to increase the flow of federal dollars to small businesses that offer products or services the government wants.

    To that end, the Clovis PTAC is hosting a workshop March 20 at Clovis Community College for entrepreneurs who want to learn more about becoming a government contractor.

    “The workshop is to educate business owners on how to do business with Cannon Air Force Base and other government agencies,” said Jonnie Loadwick, procurement technical adviser at the Clovis PTAC and a certified VA verification counselor. “Cannon has been growing the last few years, and there is a lot of opportunity for government contracting in this area.”

    Obtaining government contracts can be just as onerous as securing contracts in the private sector: Businesses must aggressively market themselves, because competition is fierce.

  • Lujan Grisham wins Dem preprimary vote, land commissioner proxy battle set

    Joseph Cervantes (joe4nm.com ) offered substantive ideas to the Democratic Party preprimary convention March 10 in Albuquerque and got 10 percent of the votes.

    Jeff Apodaca (apo18.com), with his promise of 225,000 new jobs, attracted 21 percent of the votes.

    Peter DeBenedittis (peterd4gov.com) had the truth, drew 1.9 percent of the votes and endorsed Apodaca.

    Michelle Lujan Grisham (newmexicansformichelle.com) won the audience sign waving battle and 67 percent of the votes.

    The four candidates for governor and candidates for other offices spoke to a full house in a hall on the top floor of Albuquerque’s convention center. The show-biz part might have swayed one or two delegates. As the candidates pitched, delegates completed ballots in small voting booths in an adjacent room.

    The convention was about candidates getting enough delegate votes—20 percent—to be on the primary ballot.

    Candidates not making the delegate vote cut can get more petition signatures to get on the ballot. The six contested races attracted 21 candidates.

    It was show biz with a ritual of a video and supporters packing the stage and waving signs. DeBenedittis did it differently. His fiancé, Tracy Juechter, introduced him and was the only person on stage as he spoke.

  • New Mexico's jobless rate fell to 5.9 percent in January

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico's unemployment rate fell to 5.9 percent in January, down from 6 percent in December.
    The state jobless rate was at 6.5 percent in January 2016, still higher than the national unemployment of 4.1 percent.

    Labor officials say New Mexico recorded aggregate gains in the private sector that resulted in 8,000 jobs, or 1.3 percent growth.

    The latest figures released by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions show goods-producing industries added 5,600 jobs and private service industries reported an additional 2,400 jobs from January 2017 to January 2018.

    Construction was up 4,100 jobs over the year and the leisure industry added 1,300 jobs.

    The information industry lost 1,800 jobs while retail trade shed 1,600 jobs. Local, state and federal government jobs also lost jobs over the past year.

  • New Mexico marks record year for oil production

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Oil producers have set a record for the number of barrels pumped in New Mexico last year, and industry experts said Monday that output from the basin that straddles the Texas-New Mexico border is expected to double over the next several years.

    Data from the U.S. Energy Information Association and an industry group that represents hundreds of producers in New Mexico show a record 172 million barrels of oil were produced in 2017. That is double New Mexico's output in 2011 and tops the 147 million barrels set in 2015.

    New Mexico also finished the year producing more than 17 million barrels in December to maintain its position as the third-largest oil-producing state. Texas and North Dakota lead the nation.

    The surge has continued into 2018 as the federal energy analysts estimate that overall U.S. crude oil production averaged 10.3 million barrels a day in February. That's up nearly a quarter-million barrels more than the daily level in January.

    Daily production is expected to top out around 10.7 million barrels in 2018, which would surpass the highest annual average for crude oil production in the U.S. set in 1970. Analysts say that upward trend is likely to continue in 2019.

  • LANL to mark 75th anniversary with Bradbury Science Museum reception Tuesday

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a reception at the Bradbury Science Museum from 4-6 p.m. on March 13.

    The event is open to the public. LANL Director Terry Wallace will present some remarks, there will be refreshments and the Bradbury Science Museum Association will be selling new apparel branded with LANL’s new 75th anniversary logo.

    Proceeds from the apparel sales will go to fund science, technology, engineering and math initiatives in the region.

    The evening will be a great opportunity to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the laboratory, and support STEM education initiatives at the same time,” said Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck.

    The event will also be a great opportunity for those who haven’t been to the museum to see what it has to offer, a selection including two new touch table exhibits.

  • All Schools Art Show
  • Albuquerque Journal suffers power outage, halts printing

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Power at the building that houses New Mexico's largest newspaper is out, halting the publications of a number of other newspapers printed at its plant.

    The Albuquerque Journal said Monday that it suffered a power outage late Sunday and then again Monday morning. The paper said it was only able to print around 16,000 copies of its Monday edition before the power went out.

    Officials don't know the cause of the power outage.

    No further information was available.

  • High Flyers gymnasts dominate state championships

    High Flyers gymnasts placed first, second and third at the Level 2 NM USA Gymnastics state championships in Albuquerque in late February.

    Lauren Evenhus was the all-around state champion with a score of 35.85. She also took first place on uneven bars and floor exercise.

    Cora Perkins took second on uneven bars and was second all-around. Gianna Rolfe took first place on vault, second on balance beam and uneven bars and was third all-around. Teammate Caterina Mereghetti took eighth all-around.

    In the older age divisions, Toby Gelfand took second on vault and third on uneven bars finishing in fourth all-around. Ciara Colgan took fourth all-around in the senior 8 division.

    Sonya Pakin placed sixth all around, while Maya Seets placed third on uneven bars and seventh all-around. Emily Dolence competed despite a recent bout with the flu and finished eighth all-around. Abigail Campbell also finished in eighth. Vivian

    Sintay competed out of session and received a score of 35.175. 

    The USA Gymnastics state championships were the final competition of the year for the group.

  • Ski club finishes strong in Colorado events

    Southwest Nordic skiers have been fortunate to have events to participate in during this snow-less winter season, including the Leadville Loppet in Leadville, Colorado and Chamalauf, held near Pagosa Springs, Colorado, both held late last month.

    Fourteen skiers headed to Leadville Loppet for their hot blueberry soup, gorgeous Mineral Belt Trail views and costumed events. SWNSC had participants in every distance of the event offered.

    In the 1K, SWN Ski Kids dominated finishing in the top six spots.

    The club had only two racers in the 5K, but with maximum impact as Mila Moseley won the race overall, while Phoebe Reid took fifth overall and second place in the category of girls 10 and under.

    Jean Dewart placed second in her category in the 10k classic. Amber Dagel was the overall winner of the 22K classic race while her husband, Daryl Dagel earned second place and Kevin Reid was third in their respective categories in the same event.

    Clay Moseley and Denny Newell tackled the challenging but scenic 44K freestyle race, which used more of the beautiful Mineral Belt Trail and skied to second and third respectively in their category.

    After Leadville Loppet, Southwest Nordic headed up to Wolf Creek Ski Area for the Chamalauf event.

  • UNM men advance to semifinals of MW tourney

    For the first time since 2014, The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team has advanced to the semifinals of the Mountain West Tournament. The No. 3 seed Lobos (18-14) claimed a 10-point victory over No. 6 seed Wyoming (20-13) by a score of 85-75 to extend their win streak to six on Thursday night at the Thomas & Mack Center.

    The victory marks UNM’s first win in the Mountain West Championships since 2014 when it took the tournament title as the No. 2 seed. The Lobos also mark the first No. 3 seed to reach the championship semifinals since 2015. With UNM’s victory, No. 3 seeds are now 9-10 all-time in the quarterfinal round.

    The Lobos will face No. 7 seed Utah State on Friday night at 9:30 p.m. MT / 8:30 p.m. PT. The teams split this season.

    After UNM suffered an 89-80 road loss on Jan. 31, UNM rallied for a 78-63 Valentine’s Day victory at The Pit.