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  • UPDATED: City bracing for natural gas emergency

    The fire that has burned more than 24,000 acres near Raton has damaged at least one gas valve on the line that services Las Vegas.

    In order to conduct repairs, the main pipeline that provides gas to the city of Las Vegas will be shut down at about 7 p.m.

    But Zia Natural Gas, the company that owns the pipeline, has told city officials that there is enough pressure already in the 100-mile line to sustain the city's natural gas customers for three to five days, meaning that city gas service will continue.

  • Man charged in home invasion

    Three people endured a harrowing night Sunday, June 5, when two men forced their way into a home on the 500 block of South Grand Avenue, beat a man inside, held them at gunpoint and then tied them up with cords and pieces of bed sheets, according to court documents.

    One suspect in the case has already been arrested.

    Gary L. Coca, 38, whose address in court documents is listed as the 5300 block of Still Brooke Ave. in Albuquerque, is being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center on a $100,000 cash bond.

  • Los Niños parents upset over changes

    Exactly how many teachers got shuffled around as part of interim Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez’s plan to improve the district is still unclear, but one thing that is clear is that some parents whose children attend Los Niños Elementary are not at all happy with the changes they’ve been told to expect in the coming school year.

  • City hires 118 teens for summer

    John Montoya had been looking for work for two months before he landed a summer job with the city of Las Vegas.


    The 18-year-old is one of 118 youths hired through the city’s Summer Youth Program this year to rid sidewalks of weeds, pick up trash, help maintain parks, fix Dumpsters,  paint, do office work and assorted other jobs.


    Montoya, who will be attending Highlands University in the fall, plans to use the money he earns this summer to buy his college textbooks, and he hopes to save some of it.

  • Raton fire closes Interstate 25

    The Associated Press
    RATON — A wildfire burning along the New Mexico-Colorado border more than doubled in size in a matter of hours Monday as crews worked to protect evacuated homes and businesses, while the closure of about 20 miles of the main north-south highway through both states sent travelers hours out of their way.


    Raton residents watched as trees on the hillsides just outside the northeastern New Mexico community burst into flames while smoke billowed into the air and air tankers passed overhead.

  • Looking Ahead - News June 15, 2011

    Fort Union National Monument and the National Park Service will hold the monthly Glimpses of the Past program at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St. The title of this month’s presentation is “An Unsolved Mystery: The Mail Train Massacre near Wagon Mound.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Saturday, June 17 — Hundreds of medics with their wives and families will pass through Las Vegas Friday of next week on their way to Los Angeles where they will attend the annual meeting of the United States’ Association of Physicians and Surgeons... There will be enough surgeons in the bunch to remove the appendices of every man, woman and child in Las Vegas, saw off sixty pairs of legs and install drains in the pocketbooks of everybody in town in thirty minutes. But the trains will not stop here that long.

  • FYI - News

    Level III fire restrictions remain in place in San Miguel County. Under the restrictions, campfires, white gas stoves, open fires, controlled burning, charcoal grills and fireworks are prohibited. All Terrain vehicles without spark arresters and motorcycles and vehicles with catalytic converters are restricted to maintained roadways. Anyone found violating the restrictions could be fined up to $1,000.

  • Funeral directors fuming over policy change

    By The Associated Press
    It can be difficult enough when family members are told a deceased loved one’s body must be sent to Albuquerque for an autopsy.
    Now families must pay to get their loved one back.
    The Office of the Medical Investigator blames state budget cuts for the policy change, which takes effect July 1.
    New Mexico Funeral Association President Michael Hass says the charge is unethical.

  • Obama to focus on job creation

    By Jim Kuhnhenn
    The Associated Press
    DURHAM, N.C. — Beset by a grim employment picture, President Barack Obama on Monday pledged to ease the way for businesses to expand hiring and offered assurances to an anxious public that he is focused on creating jobs — the top political issue heading into the 2012 election and the Achilles heel of his presidency.
    “The sky is not falling,” Obama said. But the president, in a state that he narrowly won in 2008, could not ignore dismal recent economic reports.