Local News

  • Candidates file in legislative races

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Legislative candidates were lining up to run for election Tuesday, a one-day registration spree for every seat in New Mexico’s Republican-controlled House and Democratic-dominated Senate.

    Incumbent and aspiring lawmakers filed petitions to participate in party primaries on June 7. The November general election will decide all 112 seats in the Legislature. Tuesday was the only day candidates could file their paperwork to register.

  • In Brief Mar. 9, 2016

    The Associated Press

    PNM wants meter change

    ALBUQUERQUE — Utility regulators will weigh whether 513,000 Public Service Company of New Mexico customers should have their meters swapped out for new devices.

    KRQE-TV reports the proposal charges customers $5 starting in 2020 to begin paying the $87.2 million cost of replacing the meters. That fee would reduce annually through 2039.

    The new meters would send a signal straight to the utility company, putting over 120 meter readers out of work.

  • No Room at the Inn

    Alejandra Trujillo is an expecting mother. But instead of preparing her infant’s nursery she is now scrambling for a new hospital to deliver her baby.

    Her problem started early last week when Alta Vista Regional Hospital announced its decision to close the obstetric unit temporarily starting Monday. Trujillo had planned to deliver her newborn at Alta Vista Regional Hospital. She is due in July.

    Trujillo is just one of many pregnant women in the area who had been planning to have a baby at the local hospital.

  • Falling lottery sales pinch scholarships

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The ticket-buying frenzy that erupted over January’s $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot wasn’t enough to reverse a long-running trend: Proceeds from lottery games aren’t keeping pace with the higher education costs they were supposed to pay.

  • Memorial service set for local war hero

    A memorial service honoring Miguel Encinias, a Las Vegas native and recipient of three Distinguished Flying Crosses, will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday at his namesake veterans center at 917 Douglas Ave. in Las Vegas.

    Encinias died peacefully in his sleep late last month at the age of 92. He was buried on Feb. 26 at the Santa Fe National Cemetery with full military honors.

  • City councilors sworn in
  • In Brief - News - Mar. 6, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Grand jury drops probe

    SANTA FE  — An attorney for political consultant Jay McCleskey says a grand jury has dropped its investigation of the top adviser to New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.

    Attorney Paul Kennedy said Friday that an investigation into campaign finance activities by McCleskey has been terminated and that no related charges are forthcoming.

  • Trump rivals vow to back him if nominated

    By Nancy Benac
    and Steve Peoples
    The Associated Press

    DETROIT — The Republican establishment and its last best hopes to defeat Donald Trump spent a long and extraordinary day denouncing the billionaire businessman as dangerous, a “phony” and a “con man” unfit for office.

    hen, when it was all over, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and John Kasich swallowed hard and said they’d support Trump if he wins the GOP nomination.

  • U.S. adds 242,000 jobs; jobless rate holds at 4.9 percent

    By Josh Boak
    AP Economics Writer

    WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added a robust 242,000 workers in February as retailers, restaurants and health care providers drove another solid month for the resilient American job market. The unemployment rate remained at a low 4.9 percent.

    The Labor Department on Friday also revised up its estimates of job growth in December and January by a combined 30,000. Over the past three months, employers have added a strong 228,000 jobs.

  • North Korea makes nuclear threat

    By Hyung-Jin Kim
    The Associated Press

    SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his military on standby for nuclear strikes at any time, state media reported Friday, an escalation in rhetoric targeting rivals Seoul and Washington that may not yet reflect the country’s actual nuclear capacity.

    The threats are part of the authoritarian government’s ramped-up propaganda push to signal strength at home and abroad in the face of what it portrays as an effort by South Korea and the United States to overthrow its leadership.