Local News

  • Investments up 16.3 percent

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s permanent investment funds recorded a healthy return of nearly 16.3 percent during 2013.
    The State Investment Council says the returns are more than twice its target of 7.5 percent.
    According to the council, the returns benefited from rising stock markets and a strategy of selling high.
    The council says it’s been reducing the overall portfolio’s volatility through improved diversification and an increased focus on income-producing assets such as energy, timber and real estate.

  • Searchers scour gas explosion rubble

    By Verena Dobnik
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Rescuers working amid cold, gusty winds and billowing smoke pulled four additional bodies overnight from the rubble of two Manhattan apartment buildings, as the death toll rose Thursday to at least seven from a gas leak-triggered explosion that reduced the area to a pile of smashed bricks, splinters and mangled metal.

  • Ex-cop also texted in movie theater

    By Tamara Lush
    The Associated Press

    DADE CITY, Fla. — A former police officer accused of killing a man in a movie theater during a dispute over texting had used his own phone to send a message to his son moments before the incident, according to documents released Thursday by Florida prosecutors.

  • Campos reverses course

    Eight months ago  — amid continued deteriorating relations with the board — Luna Community College President Pete Campos announced that he planned to retire when his contract with the school expired on June 30, 2014.

    Then in February, Campos rejected an offer from the school’s board of trustees to stay on an extra year to help get Luna through its accreditation process.

    But with a little more coaxing from some on the board, Campos has changed his mind.

  • Taking the oath
  • Runoff election set for April 15

    The City Council voted unanimously Monday to hold the runoff election for the Ward 1 Council seat on April 15 but not before incumbent Tonita Gurule-Giron and her supporters accused the mayor and city manager of conspiring with her opponent.

  • King to stay in governor’s race

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Attorney General Gary King is committed to staying in the race for governor despite his last-place finish at a Democratic pre-primary nominating convention, his campaign manager said Monday.

    King has more than enough nominating petition signatures to secure a place on the ballot for the June primary election, said Jim Farrell, his campaign manager.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - March 12, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • Insurers denied details on poor

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange is refusing to give commercial insurance companies personal information from thousands of the state’s poor residents.

    Health exchange lawyers recently decided that names, home addresses and phone numbers were proprietary and have denied requests from insurance companies seeking to obtain the information, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.
    Insurance companies sought the data to sell those residents policies.

  • Looking Back - March 12, 2014

    In 1964