Local News

  • Trujillo on paid leave

    MORA — Charles Trujillo, who agreed to surrender his educator licenses last Tuesday, will continue drawing a check as the Mora Independent School District’s superintendent, at least for now.

  • School kids learn through ‘Lights On’ program

    The cafeteria at Sierra Vista Elementary was packed Thursday night with eager children learning about math, science and technology.

    The occasion was a “Lights On” event held to celebrate after-school programs across the nation. The district’s after-school program is coordinated through the 21st Century program.

  • New Health law premiums available online this weekend

    By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Premiums are expected to rise in many parts of the country as a new sign-up season under President Barack Obama’s health care law starts Nov. 1. But consumers have options if they shop around, and an upgraded government website will help them compare.

  • Fatal shooting of girl began with traffic lane dispute

    By Mary Hudetz and Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Alan Garcia had just picked up his two children from school. He was trying to get off a freeway, and another car forced him out of his lane.

    Garcia gestured toward the other driver and swore at him. Then, authorities said, the seemingly trivial encounter between strangers turned deadly. A man in the other car opened fire on Garcia’s pickup truck, hitting his 4-year-old daughter in the head.

  • EPA mine spill preventable, points to broader problem

    By Matthew Brown
    and Dan Elliott
    The Associated Press

    BILLINGS, Mont. — Investigators are blaming the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a 3 million-gallon wastewater spill from a Colorado gold mine, saying an agency cleanup crew rushed its work, failed to consider the complex engineering involved and ended up triggering the very blowout it hoped to avoid.

  • Editorial Roundup - Oct. 25th, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The (Hazleton, Pennsylvania) Standard-Speaker on the need for modern 911 technology (Oct. 21):

    Cellphones relentlessly have become the phones of choice for millions of Americans, a trend that almost certainly will continue. At the end of 2013, more than 40 percent of U.S. households used only wireless service, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Local PARCC results mixed

    More than half of Robertson High School students passed the language arts portion of the new standardized test, but when it comes to algebra the majority of them failed. At West Las Vegas High School and the district’s partnership school the majority of students failed both in language arts and in the math components of the test.

  • College Night
  • Second PED staffer: I also warned bosses about Trujillo

    By Martín Salazar
    and Mercy López

    A second state Public Education Department employee says she, too, approached her bosses at the Licensure Bureau to raise concerns about the license that Charles Trujillo received, but her complaints to management “also fell on deaf ears.”

    Susan Benavidez, who left the Licensure Bureau on Sept. 25 but is still employed by PED, issued a statement to media outlets on Wednesday, backing up a statement issued by Michelle Lewis a day earlier.

  • APD officer shot, suspect arrested

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque officer was shot repeatedly outside a pharmacy during a traffic stop, leaving the officer critically injured and launching a multi-agency manhunt before a suspect was arrested, officials said Thursday.

    The eight-year veteran officer underwent surgery Wednesday night and was in critical but stable condition Thursday morning. Albuquerque police spokeswoman Celina Espinoza said in an email that he is not out of the woods yet.