Local News

  • Dunn halts huge renewable energy project

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has put the brakes on a $2 billion transmission project that would carry electricity generated by renewable resources in New Mexico and Arizona to markets across the West.

    Dunn announced late Wednesday that he was issuing a 60-day suspension after meeting with the developers. That time period will give his office more time to review the project before any further development affects state trust lands, he said.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 30, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 21 and Jan. 27:
    Fred Pino, 47, probation violation
    Jeff Dutton, 51, criminal trespass/possession of firearms
    Sebastian Gallegos, 22, driving on suspended/revoked license
    John Lopez, 26, positive UA
    Frank Loomis, 48, aggravated assault 
    Mark Mountjoy, 34, aggravated battery on household member
    Isidro Pacheco, 43, aggravated DWI (third offense), driving on suspended revoked license

  • Palace of Governors designated as national treasure

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Palace of the Governors is already billed as the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States.

    Now, the historic structure — with its worn planked flooring and thick adobe walls — has been named a national treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in an effort to raise awareness and money for much-needed repairs.

  • In Brief - News - Jan. 30, 2015

    The Associated Press
    Senator proposes no clock change
    SANTA FE — One New Mexico legislator is tired of springing forward and falling back every year.
    Sen. Cliff Pirtle introduced a bill Wednesday that would keep New Mexico on daylight saving time year-round.
    The Republican farmer from Roswell says changing the clock twice a year is an unnecessary inconvenience and no longer makes sense.
    He says farmers and ranchers like daylight savings time and work from sunrise to sundown no matter what the clock says.

  • 2,600 fugitives nabbed

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Around 2,600 ex-convicts accused of violating their parole or probation in New Mexico were captured last year thanks to an aggressive new team tapped with finding fugitives, state officials said.

    The Department of Corrections said last week that the 2,615 absconders caught in 2014 may be the largest number apprehended in a single year.

    However, state officials say around 1,700 absconders in New Mexico still are the run.

  • Lab lapses in keeping secrets

    The Associated Press

    LOS ALAMOS— A Los Alamos National Laboratory employee misclassified information that should have been kept secret but instead was made public, federal investigators said.

    A review by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General found that an official at the nuclear weapons lab didn’t adequately protect classified information in six instances, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Tuesday.

  • In the dog house, literally

    A Santa Fe man accused of walking into a Pecos gas station on Saturday and robbing it at rifle point met his match in store owner Glen Post.
    The lesson to be learned from the incident: Don’t mess with Post or you might just end up in the dog house like 26-year-old Zebadiah Romero.
    Police say Romero managed to get out of Pecos River Station, located in San Jose, with a cash drawer after threatening three people inside the business with a rifle. That’s when things got interesting.

  • City hires community services chief

    The City Council voted unanimously last week to confirm Las Vegas native Philip Ortiz as its community services director, a new administrative position that oversees several city departments.
    “It’s an important position in the city,” said City Manager Elmer Martinez, who appointed Ortiz to the job after he emerged as the top candidate. “It really deals with customer service.”

  • Equine therapy program to end

    At the end of the month, the Ride to Pride Therapy Program will shut its doors, marking an end to a nearly two-decade run.
    In a telephone interview Tuesday, Lorraine Esquibel, co-founder of the program, said the decision to close the program was difficult, but necessary due to funding issues with the behavioral health system.
    The announcement of the program’s closing came earlier this month via Facebook.

  • Unbalanced books concern lawmakers

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s checkbook is out of balance by an estimated $100 million, leaving lawmakers to question top finance officials about their efforts to reconcile the books and protect the state’s borrowing power.