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Today's News

  • Twinkie Maker Hostess to Close Down, Sell Brands
  • New Robot Could Help Japan's Nuke Disaster

    Toshiba Corp. unveiled a robot that the company says can withstand high radiation and help in nuclear disasters. But technical glitches may hinder the robots ability to help.

  • Boy, 13, dies in head-on crash -- updated

    A head-on collision on N.M. 4 near the White Rock "Y" killed a 13-year-old and sent three other people to the hospital Wednesday.

    N.M. 4 was closed for close to five hours before reopening around 8 p.m. Wednesday as the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department fatal team conducted its investigation.

    Santa Fe County Sheriff Department Captain Adan Mendoza confirmed Wednesday night that the  fataiity was a 13-year-old boy, who was riding in the back seat of a 2009 Honda driven by  Jennifer Ventura-Trujillo, 41, of White Rock.

    The driver of the 2001 Toyota pickup truck was Dennis Bernal, 43, of Santa Fe. Mendoza said that Ventura-Trujillo and the 13-year-old boy were related. It is also the policy of the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department not to identify victims under the age of 18.

    The 13-year-old girl riding in the passenger seat of Ventura-Trujillo’s vehicle was airlifted to UNM Hospital in Albuquerque. She was in stable condition with non life-threatening injuries, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

    Ventura-Trujillo was released from LAMC and Bernal was released from Christus St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe after being treated for minor injuries.

  • I’m thankful I am still on course

    What if you were diagosed with cancer? You’d be thankful just to get through it and survive, right? Well, what if you had cancer 4 times? What would be your thoughts? Could you still be thankful? I mean, who beats cancer four times?
    When I recently got news of my fourth cancer diagnosis, all I could think of was “how on earth can I go through this again? Why can’t I just beat this?” Consumed by thoughts of my family, and not being with them, I couldn’t be thankful for anything. Here I am, desperately trying to reach my children’s 18th birthday like it’s the 18th hole of a golf course, and it feels like I’ve just been disqualified at the 8th hole, 10 years too early.
    I was filled with anger. My body had let me down yet one more time. I suddenly began to doubt my usual unshakable optimism and think there was nothing left to be thankful for. And then I felt like a hypocrite. I’ve just spent most of September telling audiences across the Tri-Cities how to be, not just a survivor, but a Thriver: to make everyday precious and never quit, even when you’re in the bunker in a force 10 gale. Be thankful for what you have today, not what may come tomorrow.

  • Raw: Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkeys
  • Restaurant Inspections 11-22-12

    The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Santa Fe

    Alicia’s Tortillas, 1314-A5 Rufina Circle
    Date inspected: Nov. 13
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation for other — chlorine sanitizer tested more than 200 ppm. Corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Amancer Early Head Start, 1320 Agua Fria
    Date inspected: Nov. 13
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Carl’s Jr., 1640 St. Michael’s Dr.
    Date inspected: Nov. 13
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Grandma’s Recipe Rugelach, 1730 Camino Carlos Rey, #203
    Date inspected: Nov. 9
    Violations: None
    Notes: Rugelach cookies baked at the Shure Bread kitchen facility.
    Status of establishment: Approved

    Puerto Peñasco, 4681 Airport Road
    Date inspected: Nov. 13

  • No holiday bus service

    The North Central Regional Transit District has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses” will not be in service Thursday and Friday, in observance of Thanksgiving Day.  
    Regularly scheduled bus service throughout north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos Counties will resume Monday.
    The North Central Regional Transit District provides free bus service connecting communities and pueblos throughout the counties of north central New Mexico including Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos.
    The company’s signature RTD Blue Buses provide additional connections to New Mexico Rail Runner, Santa Fe Trails, New Mexico Park and Ride, Los Alamos Atomic City Transit, Taos Chile Line and Red River Miner’s Transit.  
    For more information, access ridethebluebus.com or call toll free 1-866-206-0754.

  • Israel and Hamas agree to Gaza cease-fire

    CAIRO (AP) — Israel and the Hamas militant group reached a cease-fire agreement Wednesday to end the fiercest round of fighting in nearly four years, promising to halt attacks on each other and ease an Israeli blockade constricting the Gaza Strip.

    Egypt's foreign minister, Mohammed Kamel Amr, said the deal was set to take effect at 9 p.m. local time. (2 p.m. EDT), capping days of intense efforts that drew the world's top diplomats into the fray. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stood next to Amr as he announced the breakthrough at a news conference in Cairo.

    The agreement will "improve conditions for the people of Gaza and provide security for the people of Israel," Clinton said. In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said he agreed to the cease-fire after consulting with President Barack Obama.

    Israel launched the fierce Israeli offensive in Gaza last week to stop months of intensifying rocket attacks. Even after the deal was announced, an air-raid siren signaled a rocket attack in southern Israel, while an airstrike could be heard in Gaza.

  • N.M. MainStreet: Shop local

    The New Mexico Economic Development Department and New Mexico MainStreet Program encourage holiday shoppers to shop local first this holiday season.
    New Mexico MainStreet Communities have launched a shop local campaign this holiday season to encourage citizens to shop downtown at their local main street businesses.
    “Local small businesses in MainStreet districts are the heart of so many New Mexico communities,” Economic Development Secretary John Barela said. “It takes risk and a lot hard work to open a business and by supporting these businesses this holiday season we will see the benefits all year long by having these local retailers locate in our downtowns.”
    Buying local benefits local communities by:
    • Retaining money in the community — each time that money is spent at locally owned businesses, more money is available to support other local businesses like retail stores, movie theaters, auto repair shops, restaurants, health services, etc., and more local jobs are created
    • Local businesses generate local jobs — income to those businesses is returned in the form of salaries, which are spent locally as well. And don’t forget all those youth team sponsorships, raffle items, high school scholarships and other investments in our community that are made by local merchants.

  • Venture Fund makes awards

    Two local biotech start-ups, a water and power company and a hardware inventor are the latest recipients of $165,000 in Venture Acceleration Fund awards from Los Alamos National Security, LLC.
    Mustomo, Inc., IX Power, Synfolia and Tape-Ease will receive funding to take their products and services to the next development level. Three of the four companies are commercializing technology and intellectual property developed by New Mexico’s national laboratories and educational institutions.
    “Although the program was originally intended to commercialize lab technologies, VAF frequently funds companies with no tie to LANL or research institutions,” said David Pesiri, the laboratory’s Technology Transfer Division leader. “This round of VAF funding represents a special opportunity to push national lab and research institution technology into the marketplace and to build upon other tech transfer efforts such as Labstart.”