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Today's News

  • Compromise is not a four-letter word

    We’ve passed the mid-point of this 60-day legislative session. Time to “evaluate” the new leaders. Weighing in were Joe Monahan, one of the state’s most popular political bloggers, and El Paso Times reporter Milan Simonovich.
    Monahan has consistently painted Senate President Mary Kay Papen as a conservative who will sell out the Dems to appease the governor, but Papen describes herself as a fiscal conservative who is liberal on many other issues.
    For some reason, the political hounds gave House Speaker Ken Martinez, D-Grants, a little honeymoon before finding him wanting.
    Martinez’s offense? His willingness to compromise, a sign of weakness in the minds of some. Monahan pronounced Martinez wimpy, and Simonovich jumped in with this: “Martinez is either the biggest underachiever at the capitol or New Mexico’s version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He vacillates between coddling fat cats and protecting the most irresponsible people ever to lace up a pair of work boots.”
    Martinez has made it clear from day one that he intended to listen and to work with his political adversaries. “Compromise is not a bad word,” he said recently.

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  • SPIN METER: In budget fight, sky is falling again

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and his officials are doing their best to drum up public concern over the shock wave of spending cuts that could strike the government in just days. So it's a good time to be alert for sky-is-falling hype.

    Over the last week or so, administration officials have come forward with a grim compendium of jobs to be lost, services to be denied or delayed, military defenses to be let down and important operations to be disrupted. Obama's new chief of staff, Denis McDonough, spoke of a "devastating list of horribles."

    For most Americans, though, it's far from certain they will have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day if the budget-shredder known as the sequester comes to pass. Maybe they will, if the impasse drags on for months.

    For now, there's a whiff of the familiar in all the foreboding, harking back to the mid-1990s partial government shutdown, when officials said old people would go hungry, illegal immigrants would have the run of the of the land and veterans would go without drugs. It didn't happen.

  • Eastbound I-40 reopens in Albuquerque

     

    The New Mexico Emergency Operations Center is advising motorists that I-40 eastbound will be re-opened at 11 a.m. in Albuquerque.

     I-40 is still icy and snow-covered in Texas and into Oklahoma.  I-40 will be re-opened in phases in Texas; currently it is closed until further notice from Amarillo to the Oklahoma state line.

     Motorists are advised to seek southern alternate routes out of Albuquerque and Amarillo.  I-25 and U.S. 285 are open for traffic. Texas officials will divert traffic at Amarillo south onto US-287 to Dallas.  Motorists are advised to use caution.

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  • Koop, who transformed surgeon general post, dies--VIDEO EXTRA

    With his long silver beard and uniform with braided trim, former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop became one of the most recognizable figures of the Reagan era — and one of the most unexpectedly enduring.

    His nomination in 1981 met a wall of opposition from women's groups and liberal politicians, who complained President Ronald Reagan selected Koop, a pediatric surgeon and evangelical Christian from Philadelphia, only because of his conservative views, especially his staunch opposition to abortion.

    Soon, though, he was a hero to AIDS activists, who chanted "Koop, Koop" at his appearances but booed other officials. And when he left his post in 1989, he left behind a landscape where AIDS was a top research and educational priority, smoking was considered a public health hazard, and access to abortion remained largely intact.

  • First Person: Cutting Edge Tunnel Poised to Open

    A pair of slick new mile-long tunnels in California is undergoing final safety tests this month, poised to divert motorists away from an ocean cliff-hanging roadway dubbed Devil's Slide to a smooth, Alpine-like passageway unlike any in the U.S.

  • Raw: Snow Forces Road Closures in Texas, Okla.
  • Snowstorm hits parts of New Mexico

    ALQUBUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A winter storm churning its way through New Mexico on Monday is causing highway closures and prompted some urban schools and government offices to open late.

    Parts of the state are getting several inches of snow and seeing blizzard-like conditions, with sections of Interstate 40 in eastern New Mexico temporarily being shut down Monday morning.

    The state Department of Transportation also says parts of US 54 and US 84 near Santa Rosa are closed early Monday.

    Difficult driving conditions are reported on I-40 near Tucumcari and on Interstate 25 near Colmor.

    School openings are delayed by two hours in Santa Fe and in Albuquerque Public Schools' East Mountain schools.