Today's News

  • A $95K surprise for UWC

    If you think your water bill comes high, it likely pales in comparison to the bill the United World College-USA received this spring.

    The city determined that the college was overbilled more than $95,000. The City Council voted unanimously last month to issue a credit of $95,190 to the college, the amount city staff have determined UWC was overbilled.

    City regulations require that any billing adjustment above $50,000 be approved by the governing body.
    The error was discussed at length during the Council’s September work session,

  • Spirit of ‘37
  • LANL faces storage problem

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Los Alamos National Laboratory has only a narrow time frame before it runs out of room to store its nuclear waste.

    The lab’s radioactive transuranic waste is supposed to be sent to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, but that site was shut down last year after the underground storage area was contaminated, reported the Albuquerque Journal. Transuranic waste can include items like protective boots and gloves, machinery and sludge.

  • Balloon Fiesta drawing thousands

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Tens of thousands of spectators swarmed the launch field Saturday for the first mass ascension of the 44th annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

  • In Brief - News - October 7th, 2015

    Storm claims 16 lives in Carolinas
    COLUMBIA, S.C. — State public safety officials say 16 people have been killed in a storm that dumped historic levels of rain on South Carolina.
    The Department of Public Safety says that eight people have drowned in South Carolina and six people died in traffic accidents. Two other people were killed in North Carolina.
    Six of the deaths were in Richland County, S.C., where many areas surrounding the capital city of Columbia have battled record water levels.

  • Combatting addiction

    Last year was a record year in New Mexico for overdose deaths.

    According to the Albuquerque Journal, 536 New Mexicans died of overdoses in 2014. The figure represents a 19 percent increase over 2013 deaths.

    The paper reported that nearly half of those overdose deaths were the result of prescription opioids or narcotic painkillers like hydrocodone and oxycodone.

    We’ve known for years that prescription drug overdose deaths in our state are high and that something needs to be done to combat the problem.

  • A Work of Art: Things we knew as kids

    This will be an audience-participation-type column in which readers will be invited to submit some of their own comments on how things used to be (and maybe still are).
    The inspiration came from a web site that lists a number of things we were taught as children, things that were probably explained to us by our parents, who heard the same things from our grandparents, who in turn . . .

  • Looking Back - Oct. 7. 2015

    Thursday, Oct. 8, 1965 — The City Council’s Streets and Alleys Committee, the State Highway Department and the Bureau of Public Roads has recommended that the traffic lights at National and Eighth Street and Seventh and National be removed, thus allowing continuous traffic on this thoroughfare. An additional recommendation was that the traffic lights at Grand and Douglas, Twelfth and National and Seventh and Douglas be changed over to an activated traffic system, which will work upon the basis of traffic flow.

  • Weather - Oct, 7, 2015


    Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

    7 a.m. to 6:36 p.m.

    HIGH 65° / LOW 41°


  • Book extravaganza