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  • Judge: NSA program likely unconstitutional

    By Frederic J. Frommer
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — In a ruling with potentially far-reaching consequences, a federal judge declared Monday that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records likely violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on unreasonable search. The ruling, filled with blistering criticism of the Obama administration’s arguments, is the first of its kind on the controversial program.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 18, 2013

    In 1963
    Friday, Dec. 13 — Four West Las Vegas High School football players have  been named to the Associated Press All-State Football Team. They are Frank Sanchez, Mike Tejada, Wilfred Garduno and Ray Collins. The team is coached by Frank Herrera. AP writer Jim Irwin said that Sanchez may be the second player in the history of state football to become a four-year pick for All State, thus emulating the truly fine football player from Eunice, Tommy Gruber, a few years back.

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 18, 2013

    Fort Union holiday open house
    • Fort Union National  Monument’s Holiday Open House, Thursday, Dec. 19. Join the staff of Fort Union for the holiday celebration. Featured activities include: 2:30 p.m. Ranger presentation “Fort Union’s Connection to the Local Communities: Then and Now,” make 19th-century toys including corn husk dolls and Whirlygigs. Refreshments will be served. For information, call 425-8025.
     

  • Weather - Dec. 18, 2013

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. West wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34. West wind around 15 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 25.

    Friday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 39. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.

    Saturday

  • In Brief - News - Dec. 18, 2013

    The Associated Press
     

  • Mora sheriff calls it quits

    Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza resigned Thursday as part of a plea agreement that resolves the felony charges he had been facing.

    For Garza, the plea agreement marks the end of his law enforcement career because the agreement also requires him to surrender his certification as a sworn law enforcement officer.

    But in exchange, Garza is all but guaranteed no jail time and even received a deferred sentence, which means that if he stays out of trouble the conviction won’t remain on his record.

  • City cops nab man on 9th DWI

    An Albuquerque man was arrested in Las Vegas on his ninth DWI late last month after he swerved and nearly hit a city police officer.

    Ray P. Brito, 39, of the 700 block of Candelaria NW, was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on Nov. 29. He remained jailed at the facility on Friday. Brito has been charged with DWI, seventh or subsequent offense, a third-degree felony. He is also facing misdemeanor counts of careless driving and driving on a suspended or revoked license.

  • Veterans Stand Down - A helping hand for vets

    The camaraderie was apparent in Friday and Saturday’s Las Vegas Veterans Stand Down at the Abelino Montoya Recreation Center. Veterans, family members of veterans and numerous volunteers gathered to distribute clothing and other goods to homeless veterans and their families. A couple hundred people attended the event coordinated by veteran organizations and the local Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter.

  • Suit: Officer fired for blowing whistle

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A former New Mexico Department of Public Safety officer says he was fired after informing his supervisor that a fellow officer was having sex with prostitutes, according to a lawsuit filed in state district court.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Dec. 16, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Water study criticized

    The state of New Mexico is reviving its effort to calculate the gaps between its finite water supplies and the needs of a growing population so that it can help prioritize state projects and policies to deal with the gaps.
    But the Albuquerque Journal reports that critics believe that the state’s top-down approach in its water planning is bypassing the voices of local water users.