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  • Weather - May 11, 2011

    Wednesday
    Isolated showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 60. Windy, with a west wind 25-30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 36. Windy, with a west wind 25-30 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 71. West wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 40.

    Friday

  • FYI - News

    The smokey haze that blanketed the Las Vegas area Monday evening had many worried that a fire was burning nearby. Not so, says County Emergency Manager Dennis English. He says the strong winds brought smoke from wildfires burning in other parts of New Mexico and in Arizona. English said he received several calls about the smoke. 

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Wildfires prompt evacuations

    MAYHILL, N.M.  — Dry conditions and wind were helping fan wildfires around New Mexico as one blaze burned two buildings and prompted evacuations in the village of Mayhill while another in the rugged Gila Wilderness caused officials to urge residents of about 35 homes to leave the area, authorities said Monday.

  • Drought descends on states

    LUBBOCK, Texas — With much of the nation focused on a spring marked by historic floods and deadly tornadoes, Texas and parts of several surrounding states are suffering through a drought nearly as punishing as some of the world's driest deserts.

    Some parts of the Lone Star State have not seen any significant precipitation since August. Bayous, cattle ponds and farm fields are drying up, and residents are living under constant threat of wildfires, which have already burned across thousands of square miles.

  • Paid leave a concern for public

    Four finalists for the Las Vegas City Schools superintendent post made their cases last week for why they should get the job while the fifth withdrew his name from consideration on the eve of the interviews.

    Board President Felix Alderete said finalist Paul Gregory Rockhold called and asked for his name to be withdrawn just before the on-site visits were to begin. Rockhold did not give a reason, according to Alderete.

  • ‘Twisted Minds’

    Finals week has always been a challenge for area college students. This finals week, however, is exciting for a group of Luna Community College students.

    The introduction to theater class will perform its own twists to classic fairy tales this week. They will present “Twisted Minds” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Plaza Hotel Ballroom. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and there is no charge for admission.

  • Heinrich Visits Las Vegas


     

  • Franken: Forget new gateway

    A prominent businessman is urging city officials to forget about its planned gateway project and focus instead on fixing the city’s water problem.

    “Please do not waste our tax dollars on such a project,” Alan Franken wrote last month in a letter to Mayor Alfonso Ortiz.

    The city held a public meeting on the project last week and will hold a second one at 5:30 p.m. this Tuesday at the City Council chambers on Grand Avenue.

    Franken, president of Franken Oil & Distributing, said businesses in Las Vegas are hurting.

  • State sues former investment chief

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    A state government agency brought lawsuits Friday claiming its former top manager and a financial advisory firm improperly steered New Mexico investments to political supporters of former Gov. Bill Richardson.

    The lawsuits contend that there was a pay-to-play scheme in New Mexico that resembled a corruption case involving a New York state pension fund scandal that has swept up political and financial figures — some of whom were involved in New Mexico investment deals.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Friday, May 12 — Sheriff Secundino Romero and his deputies have practically completed the work of summoning jurors and witnesses for the May term of the district court for San Miguel County, which will begin Monday. The job has been a big one and while it was underway the sheriff’s office has been deserted by practically everybody but W.B. Stapp, under sheriff.