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  • Weather - August 17, 2011

    Wednesday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. North wind 10 mph, becoming south. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. West wind 5-10 mph.

    Thursday
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. Calm wind becoming south 5-10 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.

  • FYI - News

    The boil advisory issued last week for the Agua Pura water system in Chacon in Mora County has been lifted. The New Mexico Environment Department’s Drinking Water Bureau issued the advisory after finding E. coli in the water. It has determined the water is now safe to drink.

  • Refinancing pays off for county

    Timing is everything.

    The economic turmoil that has taken stock market investors on an unsettling roller coaster ride in recent weeks is actually benefitting San Miguel County as it refinances three loans.

    The county had been expecting to save $200,000 this year alone by refinancing three New Mexico Finance Authority loans and taking advantage of lower interest rates, county finance supervisor Melinda Gonzales said. But improvements in the bond market will actually result in $273,000 in savings this fiscal year, she said.

  • Fun at the Fair
  • West gym to be named after Marine

    Jesse Griego lost his life at the age of 20 in a battle in Vietnam 43 years ago. His legacy and his name will soon adorn the gymnasium at the Valley Elementary and Middle School after a unanimous vote by the West Las Vegas School Board on Thursday evening.

    Albert Gallegos, a childhood friend of Griego, asked the board to name the gymnasium after Griego a few months ago. Griego was an athlete and graduate of the school district prior to joining the Marines. Griego grew up in a family of nine in the Ribera area and participated in athletics.

  • Lack of food driving bears into cities

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    Displaced by fires and short on food after months of drought, bears in search of a good meal are heading into the cities in unusually high numbers this summer, say state  game officials.

  • New rates for PNM customers

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The state's largest electric utility says a 9.2 percent base rate increase approved by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission has been finalized.

    Public Service Company of New Mexico says its bills will be calculated using the new rates starting Aug. 21. The utility serves 550,000 customers.

    PNM says the average residential customer in central and northern New Mexico and Deming can expect their bill to increase by $1.26 a month, or 1.9 percent.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press
     

    Block search warrant unsealed Friday

    SANTA FE — A search warrant unsealed Friday in the case of embattled Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. alleges he falsified odometer readings and bought gas dozens of times for cars he wasn’t driving.

    Albuquerque television station KOB-TV reports the warrant showed Block claimed he used his state-issued gas card to buy tankfuls of gas for two cars in May and June, including his state-issued Dodge Durango.

  • Looking Back - August 15, 2011

    In 1911

    Friday, Aug. 11 — Tomas Esquibel, a young farmer 26 years of age, was almost instantly killed yesterday at his home near San Geronimo when a horse he was riding fell upon him. The man’s neck was broken and he was unconscious from the time of the accident until death ended his sufferings. Details of the accident are meager. Tomas Esquibel was the adopted son of Jose Felix Esquibel, a member of the board of trustees of the Las Vegas land grant. He is survived by a wife and two small children.

  • Looking Ahead - August 15, 2011

    Back-to-School time

    Summer vacation is just about over for area students. Students attending Mora Independent Schools begin classes on Tuesday, Aug. 16. West Las Vegas students head back to school on Wednesday, Aug. 17. The first day of class for Las Vegas City Schools students is Thursday, Aug. 18.