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  • Activists question proposal

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    LOS ALAMOS — Nuclear watchdogs are fighting a proposal to ship tons of plutonium to New Mexico, including the cores of nuclear warheads that would be dismantled at an aging and structurally questionable lab atop an earthquake fault zone.

    Opponents voiced their opposition at a series of public hearings that opened this week on the best way to dispose of the radioactive material as the federal government works to reduce the nation’s nuclear arsenal.

  • Romney presents economic message

    By Julie Pace and Matthew Daly
    The Associated Press

    HOBBS — Seeking to reset his economic message, Republican Mitt Romney pledged Thursday to create 3 million jobs and more than $1 trillion in revenue by ramping up offshore oil drilling and giving states more control over energy production on federal land.

    Romney, reviving a long-elusive goal pushed by presidents and presidential candidates for decades, said his plans would make the U.S., along with Canada and Mexico, energy independent by 2020.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - August 24, 2012

    The Associated Press

  • Voters to decide tax hike

    San Miguel County voters will decide whether to approve a one-fourth of 1 percent increase in the sales tax to pay for a centralized emergency communications center and for ambulance and behavioral health services.

    The San Miguel County Commission voted last week to place the measurer on the November general election ballot. The tax would cost consumers an additional 25 cents for $100 in purchases and generate $870,000 a year, according to the county’s latest estimate.

  • No first day of school for this West kid

    While most other Las Vegas students returned to school on Monday, 10-year-old Eric Buell spent the day at home.

    The fifth-grader is trying to get into Tony Serna Elementary, but fifth-grade classes throughout the West Las Vegas School District are at capacity, and Eric, whose family moved to the the west side a few months ago, is on a waiting list.

    His mother, Jennifer Buell, said she waited until last Thursday to register her son because she never anticipated having a problem. Last year Eric attended Las Vegas City Schools’ Legion Park Elementary.

  • Chile time - New chile rules in effect

    By Phaedra Haywood
    Santa Fe New Mexican

    Santa Fe — It can be hot, medium or mild. It can come from a family plot near Chimayó or a 100-acre farm in Hatch. But if the label or seller says its New Mexico chile, it better be grown in New Mexico.

    This is the first harvest season in which new state rules require vendors of chile and chile products to verify the origin of their produce.

  • Cops: Beware of vehicle break-ins

    Las Vegas City Schools Special Services Director Leslie Damon heard a loud noise while at work at the district’s administration building on Douglas Avenue on Friday. When she looked out the window she saw a man reach into her coworkers vehicle and take several items.

    School district employees called police, and within minutes Las Vegas police had Ronnie P. Duran, 33 of Albuquerque in custody.

  • Gusher
  • In Brief - News - August 22, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Lottery nets $41M for students

    ALBUQUERQUE —  — The New Mexico Lottery generated $41 million for college scholarships in the latest fiscal year but revenues continue to slide.

    The lottery’s profits in the 2012 budget year, which ended in June, were roughly the same as the previous year.

    Net ticket sales were $133.8 million, down by 1.3 percent.

  • Looking Back - News - August 22, 2012

    In 1962

    Wednesday, Aug. 22 — Several more illegal entries and thefts in City homes were reported to City Police yesterday as they continued their attempts to locate a woman who signed numerous bogus checks in Las Vegas last week, using the name Mrs. Bill Kennedy and JoAnn Day. Other thefts were reported, particularly at homes where the residents were watering their lawns.