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  • Gov hops on state ‘copters

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — New Mexico Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who criticized her Democratic predecessor’s use of government aircraft and called a state jet the “ultimate symbol of waste and excess,” hopped on a state-owned helicopter to avoid missing an airline flight to attend political fundraisers in Texas.
    The governor’s spokesman, Enrique Knell, said Martinez used the state police helicopter on Nov. 15, 2011, because it allowed her to attend a meeting of the state Board of Finance that ran late into the afternoon.

  • NM labs prepare for shutdown

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories are preparing to shut down by Oct. 21 and furlough of most of their 18,000 workers if Congress does not reach a deal to end the federal government’s partial shutdown, the Albuquerque Journal reported Wednesday.
    The preparations result from a directive of the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Journal reported . The administration is part of the U.S. Department of Energy, and it oversees work at both national labs in New Mexico.

  • National recognition - Bridge Street named among top 10 in U.S.

    We’ve always known that Bridge Street is a gem, and now a national organization is listing it among the top 10 Great Streets in the nation.

    The American Planning Association bestowed that honor on Las Vegas late last week, putting it in company with streets like the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia and Kalakaua Avenue in Honolulu, which is near Waikiki Beach.

    A celebration is planned for noon Saturday at the newly completed Breezeway on Bridge Street. The event is free and open to the public.

  • Company owner gets probation

    The owner of a local gravel company has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of aggravated battery and was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation.

    Oren Mathews, 49, who owns and operates Rocky Road Gravel, still denies attacking business rival Miguel Melendez on Oct. 6, 2011. But he said mounting legal bills prompted him to take the plea in July.

    “I wish the whole thing wouldn’t have happened,” he said.

  • Escapee guilty of murdering couple

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — The leader of a self-styled Bonnie and Clyde couple who staged a brazen prison escape and a three-week crime spree was convicted Monday of capital murder in the gruesome slayings of a retired Oklahoma couple who crossed their path on an eastern New Mexico highway.

    John McCluskey was found guilty of murder, carjacking and other charges in the August 2010 deaths of Gary and Linda Haas of Tecumseh, Okla., who were making their annual summer trek to Colorado.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 9, 2013

    In 1963
    Wednesday, Oct. 9 — At a regular meeting yesterday afternoon the Las Vegas Retail Merchants Association discussed the possibility of opening the Christmas season one or two weeks early in Las Vegas and planned for a special meeting Thursday morning in the Community Room of the First Federal Savings and Loan Association. The merchants discussed the opening of the Christmas season. It is understood that Santa Fe and Albuquerque will open the Christmas season in those communities one or two weeks prior to Thanksgiving.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 9, 2013

    Flu shots available Thursday
    The New Mexico Department of Health’s San Miguel Public Health Office’s latest flu shot clinic is from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at 18 Gallegos Road. The immunization clinic is open to the public and free of charge. The New Mexico Department of Health offers vaccinations for people without insurance or who are otherwise not able to get immunized.
     

  • Weather - Oct. 9, 2013

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Windy, with a southwest wind 10-20 mph, increasing to 20-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 45. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

    Thursday
    A 10 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Windy, with a southwest wind 15-25 mph, increasing to 25-35 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 37. Windy.

    Friday

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Oct. 9, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Public defender head to be hired
    SANTA FE — An 11-member commission is preparing to select the state’s chief public defender, who administers a newly independent agency providing legal representation to criminal defendants who can’t afford a lawyer.
    The commission met Tuesday in Albuquerque to interview five semi-finalists and must make a selection by Oct. 15.

  • Dems to try for debt ceiling increase

    By Andrew Taylor
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama called the top Republican in the GOP-controlled House Tuesday, telling Speaker John Boehner once again that he won’t negotiate over reopening the government or must-pass legislation to prevent a U.S. default on its obligations.