Today's News

  • Christmas Tree Time
  • Holocaust survivors donating items

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — A steamer trunk. Banquet table cloths. A nearly 160-year-old dollhouse.

    As aging Holocaust survivors living in New Mexico and throughout the country limit their public appearances due to health reasons, they are slowly donating to museums everyday personal items that advocates say shed light on their plight in Nazi Germany.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Nov. 23, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    New retirement age proposed
    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s retirement program for teachers and college faculty proposes to improve its long-term finances by establishing a minimum retirement age of 55 for educators and limiting cost-of-living increases for retirees.

    The Educational Retirement Board voted Monday to recommend the proposals to the Legislature, which has to change state law to implement any pension revisions.

  • Lawmakers to hear about Cannon plan

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — Members of a legislative committee will get an update this week on plans by Cannon Air Force Base for low-altitude training flights over parts of New Mexico and southern Colorado.

    The nine-member Military and Veterans’ Affairs Legislative Committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday morning at the State Capitol.

    The 27th Special Operations Wing vice commander at Cannon, Col. Larry Munz, is expected to brief the committee on the base’s plans.

  • Bookkeeper to testify against Vaughan

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A bookkeeper who kept the financial records for an alleged multi-state Ponzi scheme is lined up as a key witness in the criminal prosecution of the former real estate executive accused of swindling more than 600 people out of some $74 million.

    The Albuquerque Journal reported Monday that Martha Runkle has reached a plea agreement to testify that her former boss, Doug Vaughan, ran an investment scheme in which money put up by later investors was used to pay false profits to earlier ones.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 23, 2011

    In 1911

    Tuesday, Nov. 21 — Four minutes were required this morning by the jury in the case of the territory against Frank Mitchell in returning a verdict. Mitchell was indicted this morning ... on a charge of larceny... He pleaded not guilty... Several months ago, Mitchell, who was employed by J.W. Ackerman, the dairyman took the Ackerman team and wagon and drove to Las Vegas ... where he purchased some groceries and feed and other supplies, which he directed should be charged to Mr. Ackerman. He did not return to the Ackerman farm.

  • Looking Ahead - Nov. 23, 2011

    Carnegie story time is Wednesday

    Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. today, Nov. 23, in the children’s area of the library. This week’s book is “Franklin’s Thanksgiving” by Paulette Bouregeois and the character theme is “Franklin” All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Nov. 23, 2011

    Sunny, with a high near 61. East wind 5-15 mph, becoming south. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 31. Southwest wind around 10 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 10-20 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38.  

    A 40 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny and breezy, with a high near 53. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 27.

  • FYI - News - Nov. 23, 2011

    Area residents who typically have their trash picked up by city crews on Thursdays are asked to put their rollout containers out on Wednesday instead due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Friday’s special needs pick-up will be picked up Monday through Wednesday as crews are on their regular routes. The solid waste transfer station will close Thursday and Friday.

  • Debbie Pike: Woman with a sharp eye and good aim

    By Elizabeth Orem
    Submitted to the Optic

    Debbie Pike hadn’t unpacked before she took a group of Cub Scouts on a hike, spent a day at Maxwell National Refuge, attended a lecture on grasses, and started work on the Junior Duck Stamp contest.

    And that’s all in less than a week. She’s had help: Debbie smiles gratefully at Lori Casados of the Refuge staff. “Lori is an awesome lady,” Pike said.