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Today's News

  • Problems found at regional authority

    The state auditor’s office last week revealed that the Albuquerque-based Region III Housing Authority was a “center of abuse and management.” But State Auditor Hector Balderas said the state’s other regional housing agencies also had big problems, including the one in northeastern New Mexico.

    His office’s report showed that the Albuquerque authority reimbursed board members and employees for such things as flowers, booze, a Las Vegas trip, a private club membership and a designer briefcase.

  • He's a Fort Union soldier and it's Hell!

    It’s the windy and freezing cold. It’s the constant drills. It’s the continuous monotony of buildings needing repair and animals needing care and feeding.

    There are perhaps 500 dogs wandering around the fort.  Soldiers number as many as 1,600. With civilians the total human population rises to 3,500. Food is so bad that when the soldier threw his dinner meat to a dog, the dog just turned away and left it. The officers steal from the men and the men steal from each other. 

  • RHS wins big at competition

    Robertson High School students took home the bulk of awards handed out at the annual Mathematics Engineering Science and Achievement regional fair at Wilson Complex last week.

    The regional fair featured 16 schools from the state’ northeastern district and three school districts from the north central part of the state. Projects that place first, second and third will compete at state in Albuquerque. After that the top three will go on to the national competition.

  • Residents support new president

    Matthew Gutierrez, a West Las Vegas High School senior, may be a Republican, but that didn’t stop him from supporting Democrat Barack Obama. And in Las Vegas, he is by no means alone.

    Gutierrez was among hundreds of West students watching Obama’s inauguration Tuesday morning. He comes from a family of Democrats, not surprising for a town that is heavily Democratic that voted overwhelmingly for Obama.

    “We really need Barack Obama. He’s so charismatic,” Gutierrez said. “I liked Bush earlier on, but he made poor decisions later.”

  • Man dies in crash near Tecolote

    A man died Sunday morning as the result of a single-vehicle accident near the town of Tecolote, state police said.

    The man was driving a 1999 Dodge pickup truck southbound on the frontage road only feet from the Tecolote intersection about 11 a.m. when his vehicle went off the pavement on the east side of the road, came back onto the road and then rolled. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no passengers.

  • COLUMN: Clinton's inauguration

    SANTA FE — In many ways, the inaugurations of Barack Obama and Bill Clinton bear striking resemblances. Obama is a cool dude, delivering a message of hope. Clinton was a cool dude delivering a message from Hope, Ark., his birthplace.

    My wife, Jeanette, and I attended Clinton’s first inaugural in 1993. Jeanette worked for First Lady Alice King so we had the opportunity to purchase VIP tickets to many events. We figured it was too good an opportunity to pass up.

  • Senate approves Sabinoso protections

    The U.S. Senate last week passed legislation to designate more than 17,000 acres in southeastern San Miguel County as wilderness by a vote of 73-22.

    The legislation, authored by Sen. Tom Udall when he served in the House, is included in a package of public land bills assembled by Sen. Jeff Bingaman. Both are New Mexico Democrats.

    The proposed new wilderness area would contain lands currently included in the Sabinoso Wilderness Study Area. The land is currently managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

  • COLUMN: A great day for all

    You don’t have to be a Democrat to be proud of our country today. This is great day for everyone.

    Ever since George Washington took the oath of office in 1789, every one of our presidents has been a white man. That was the ultimate example of the lack of diversity in the country’s leadership.

  • EDITORIAL: King’s dream coming true

    Look in the slums, the blighted areas of our urban centers, or in our prisons, where people of color are represented in disproportionate numbers, and you can see that racial discrimination is still an ugly reality in America.

    Then, look at the White House, where, come Wednesday morning, Barack Obama and his family rise to a new day in American governance, and you can see that we’ve made progress.

    Martin Luther King would be proud.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    I would like to thank all the SAM-FM listeners who contributed to this year’s annual holiday turkey drive.

    This was the seventh year for the turkey drive and again people reached deep down to help their neighbors. Because of your generosity, I was able to get turkeys for the Samaritan House, Victory Home Health, the Soup Kitchen, the Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent de Paul, the I.C. Church and even some for Santa Claus. They were all extremely grateful for the donations and I also thank them for their devoted service to our community all year round.