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  • 5 finalists in running for PRC post

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Three Democrats, a Republican and an independent were named Monday as finalists for an appointment by the governor to New Mexico’s utility regulatory agency.

    GOP Gov. Susana Martinez announced the contenders for the $90,000-a-year position on the Public Regulation Commission, which is made up of five elected members.

    Nearly 90 people submitted resumes in applying for the vacancy, which was created by the resignation of Jerome Block Jr. earlier this month.

  • Is ‘toilet to tap’ program for Las Vegas?

    Drought and problems with its watershed forced the village of Cloudcroft to consider an alternative many people cringe at in order to augment its water supply.

    Often referred to as a “toilet to tap” program, the alternative involves filtering wastewater to potable standards, mixing it with water the village gets from wells and springs, and piping it back to residents for use. It’s an option that communities in California and Texas are turning to as they face dwindling water supplies.

  • Preparations under way for Mayor’s Charity Ball

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Department of Music will present a medley of songs from Phantom of the Opera and other opera favorites at the second annual Las Vegas Mayor’s Charity Ball Oct. 29 at the  Plaza Hotel.

    Andre Garcia-Nuthmann, who directs the choral programs at Highlands, is the music director for the production.  Music faculty member Linda King is the piano accompanist for the opera selections and Garcia-Nuthmann is the piano accompanist for the Phantom of the Opera medley.

  • Study touts economics of proposal

    By Susan
    Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — Bringing the National Park Service on board to manage an 89,000-acre preserve in northern New Mexico could mean dozens of jobs and millions of dollars more for the local economy, according to a study released Monday by two nonprofit groups.

  • Lawmakers look to capital projects to help economy

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — With New Mexico’s economy continuing to sputter, the Legislature and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez face tough decisions next year on whether to spend every dime of available bond financing for capital projects to help create construction jobs but potentially risk a backlash from voters who could be hit with property tax increases.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 26, 2011

    In 1911

  • Weather - Oct. 26, 2011

    Wednesday
    A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 56. West wind 5-15 mph, becoming southeast. Snow likely at night. Cloudy, with a low around 27. East wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

    Thursday
    A slight chance of snow showers before noon, then a slight chance of rain showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. East wind 10-15 mph, becoming southwest. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 29.

    Friday

  • FYI - News - Oct. 26, 2011

    Las Vegas is in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • Bomb being dismantled

    By Betsy Blaney
    The Associated Press

    AMARILLO, Texas — The last of the nation’s most powerful nuclear bombs — a weapon hundreds of times stronger than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima — is being disassembled nearly half a century after it was put into service at the height of the Cold War.

  • In Brief - News - Oct. 26, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    UNM orders protesters out
    ALBUQUERQUE — Protesters from Albuquerque’s version of the national Wall Street rallies say they plan to rally outside of the University of New Mexico president’s office after the school opted not to renew protesters’ campus permit.

    “(Un)occupy Albuquerque” members vowed to hold a number of events on campus Tuesday and will decide at a general assembly whether they will leave a makeshift campsite following four straight weeks of protesting.