Local News

  • Legislature enters final stretch

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Legislature is running out of time in its 30-day session as the top issues remain unresolved, including a $6 billion budget to finance public schools and government services starting in July.

  • House plan would reduce scholarship

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The House approved a proposal Friday to shore up a lottery-financed scholarship program by trimming the financial aid awards for college students to less than the full cost of tuition.

    The program faces a shortfall because lottery revenue isn’t keeping pace with rising scholarship costs. If nothing is done during this legislative session, it will be left to the Higher Education Department to cut scholarship awards to keep the program solvent.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 17, 2014

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  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 17, 2014

    Watershed Alliance
    Hermits Peak Watershed Alliance will host Bill Zeedyk, who has designed and implemented restoration projects in various states. He will share techniques and ideas on maintaining and improving rural unpaved roads to reduce erosion and increase water-catchment and drainage. 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Leveo Sanchez Lecture Hall, G-35.

  • Weather - Feb. 17, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 61. Northeast wind 10-15 mph, becoming southwest 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 32. Southwest wind around 15 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. West wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 31.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 63. Breezy. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 32.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

  • Crews monitor WIPP for radiation

    The Associated Press

    CARLSBAD — Officials checking the presence of airborne radiation at an underground site in southeastern New Mexico where the U.S. government seals away low-grade nuclear waste say surface tests have detected no contamination.

    Samples were taken at several sites around the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant after an air monitor found radiation on the underground levels of the facility around 11:30 p.m. Friday, the U.S. Department of Energy said in a news release.

  • Board to gov: Reconsider

    The San Miguel County Commission is weighing in on the controversy over Gov. Susana Martinez selecting a man who is suing Highlands University as a member of the school’s Board of Regents.

    The commission voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a resolution opposing Gov. Susana Martinez’s appointment of Carl Foster to the board.

    The resolution asks the governor to withdraw the nomination and it asks Foster to withdraw his own name. Absent of that happening, the resolution states, the Senate Rules Committee should vote down the nomination.

  • Blood-alcohol level not tested - Man gets 9 years for fatal crash

    Aileen Smith will never forget the moment her life changed forever.

    She and her husband, Zach, of Colorado Springs, were traveling on southbound Interstate 25 near Rowe in the SUV they had purchased six months earlier, and she had just texted her grandmother that they were back on the road after fueling up.

    Then there was the violent crash, and suddenly Aileen Smith, who was seven months pregnant, was surrounded by twisted metal and deployed airbags, her terrified husband asking if she was OK.

  • Parson gets 2-year extension

    Gene Parson has been in education for three decades and it looks as if he will add at least two more years to his service.

    During a board meeting on Tuesday evening, the West Las Vegas School Board unanimously approved a two-year contract for Parson.

    “It is a good feeling and it is quite a treat especially since it was unanimous,” Parson said in a telephone interview on Thursday morning. “It is very comforting that those that hire you and put you in this position have the confidence in you.”

  • State budget bill remains in limbo

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A $6 billion budget proposal was sent back to a House committee Wednesday for possible revisions to try to break a stalemate over education spending.

    With the House still unable to finish work on a budget for financing state government, Senate leaders are starting to assemble their own budget proposal as the Legislature moves into the final week of its 30-day session.