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  • Missile crisis beliefs endure after 50 years

    The Associated Press
    HAVANA — The world stood at the brink of Armageddon for 13 days in October 1962 when President John F. Kennedy drew a symbolic line in the Atlantic and warned of dire consequences if Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev dared to cross it.
    An American U-2 spy plane flying over Cuba had snapped aerial photographs of Soviet ballistic missile sites that could launch nuclear warheads with little warning at the U.S., just 90 miles away. It was the height of the Cold War, and many people feared nuclear war would annihilate human civilization.

  • Drilling takes center stage

    The difficult task of establishing regulations for the oil and gas industry in San Miguel County moved to the front burner this week as the County Commission began taking testimony on a draft ordinance that was developed by county staff.

  • Prices may rise - City school food change in works

    Roughly a month after parents and students at Las Vegas city schools went public with their disgust over the quality of food being served at schools, district officials say they are changing the way they do things.

    Menus have been changed, cooks have been sent to a class on food preparation and how to make food look appealing at Luna Community College, and the district is now serving fresh, regionally grown organic fruit to students at least once a week. The district is also considering increasing its meal prices so that it can improve the quality of its offerings.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 12, 2012

    Traditional storytelling on Saturday

    The city of Las Vegas Museum will host local author Ray John de Aragon at 2 p.m. this Saturday at Carnegie Library. He will read tales of folklore. All ages are welcome to share in this traditional storytelling.

  • Makwa files for bankruptcy

    The Albuquerque contractor New Mexico Highlands University officials blame for delays in the student center building has filed for bankruptcy.

    Attorneys for Makwa Builders LLC filed a petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Albuquerque last week.

    Chapter 11 bankruptcy enables a company to reorganize its debts in order to regain its financial footing.

  • 3 amendments seek PRC changes

    Three of the five constitutional amendments voters will decide on in November deal with the state Public Regulation Commission, a powerful state agency that regulates everything from utilities to insurance companies.

    The proposed changes are partly due to the scandals the PRC has found itself in in recent years, including the troubles of former PRC commissioner Jerome Block, who left the PRC amid mounting turmoil.

  • Gov. vows to comply with federal ID law

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez asked a federal agency on Wednesday whether there will be another extension of a looming deadline to comply with a nationwide law imposing security standards for driver’s licenses.

    In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Martinez asked for clarification on what will happen to New Mexico — and potentially other states — if they fail by 2013 to meet requirements of the Real ID Act, which was enacted in 2005.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 12, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 1 and Oct. 9:
    Thomas Deherrera, 19, bench warrant: Failure to comply with order of the courts
    Daniel Romero, 54, bench warrant
    Jerome Pacheco, 25, bench warrant
    Carla Ayala, 49, persons under the influence of intoxicating liquor
    Martha Matta, 28, bench warrant: Failure to pay
    Raymond Crespin, 54, battery, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer
    John Sanchez, 42, bench warrant

  • Looking Back - Oct. 12, 2012

    In 1962

    Monday, Oct. 15 — President Kennedy will visit the state as part of a seven-state political swing this weekend. He is due in at the Albuquerque airport at 2 p.m., and will make a speech boosting the candidacy of Reps. Thomas G. Morris and Joseph M. Montoya.

  • Weather - Oct. 12, 2012

    Friday
    Showers and thunderstorms. High near 65. Breezy, with a southeast wind 10-15 mph, becoming southwest 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 40. Windy, with a southwest wind 20-30 mph, becoming west after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20.

    Saturday