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  • Massive Ariz. fire nears resort town

    The Associated Press

    SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. — Fire crews working feverishly Wednesday night managed to protect most of a mountain resort town threatened by a massive wildfire in eastern Arizona.

    Federal officials released an updated size of the blaze based on better mapping. The fire has scorched 525 square miles, mostly in ponderosa pine forest, down from 607 square miles reported Wednesday. It remained the second-largest fire in Arizona’s history.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

  • Looking Ahead

    Local poet’s book signing is Sunday

     Local poet Bob Johnston will read from and sign his book “At the Rim” — a book of poems — at 2 p.m. on  Sunday, June 12, at Tome on the Range.

  • Weather - June 10, 2011

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 81. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming south. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. South wind 15-20 mph, becoming east 5-10 mph.

    Saturday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. North wind 10-20 mph, becoming south. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 50.

    Sunday

  • FYI - News

    New Mexico health and environment officials are warning New Mexico residents to avoid smoke from the Arizona wildfires, according to The Associated Press. Department of Health Secretary Catherine Torres advises people — particularly those with respiratory or heart conditions — to stay inside as much as possible if they can smell smoke. She also advises against the use of swamp coolers.

  • Audit: department overbilled

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico’s prison system agency was overcharged by contractors and made nearly $4 million in questionable payments during former Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration, according to a state audit that found potential corruption in the handling of contracts.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Veterinarians: keep pets inside

    SANTA FE, N.M.  — The New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association recommends that people keep their pets inside and close windows and doors as much as possible to limit exposure to smoke from wildfires.

    The group issued a statement Wednesday about potential health problems for animals because of smoke from a large wildfire in eastern Arizona.

  • BREAKING: McNellis-Martinez announces principals

    Las Vegas City School interim superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez announced the selection of principals for the 2011-2012 school year.

    The selected principals are:

    Darlene Ulibarri: Administrator at Robertson High School

    Mike Yara: Assistant Administrator at Robertson High School

    Martina Tapia: Administrator at Memorial Middle School

  • Cops: Key drug arrest made

    The Region IV Narcotics Task Force says it has “dismantled a major drug operation” in San Miguel County with an arrest on Friday.

    Daniel P. Crespin, 24, who lives on Eighth Street Extension, was arrested on one count of trafficking cocaine, a second-degree felony, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

    A standard not-guilty plea was entered for Crespin in San Miguel County Magistrate Court Monday.

  • Local Briefs

    2 dead following
    I-25 accident

    A crash on Interstate 25 just south of Wagon Mound Sunday night has left two people dead, state police said.

    Allen Smith, 17 of Colorado Springs, Colo., died at the scene. His 19-year-old passenger, Samantha Valdez, of Phoenix, died at a Santa Fe hospital.