Local News

  • Making it Official - Fla. ceremony marks new refuge

    It’s official.

    Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area now has an official plank at the Pelican Island Walkway in Florida. Earlier this month Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was joined by Rob Larrañaga and Teresa Gray at Pelican Island, Fla., for a ceremony celebrating the establishment of six national wildlife refuges across the nation this past year.

  • Council OKs Bradner contract

    The City Council took another major step last week toward pursuing the expansion of its Bradner Reservoir.

    City councilors voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve a professional services agreement with URS Corporation for pre-design engineering services for the project. The contract stipulates that the amount the company will be paid won’t exceed $828,991.

  • Five flu deaths confirmed in state

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico health officials on Thursday confirmed the first five flu deaths of this season.

    The cases involve a 91-year-old woman and a 94-year-old woman from Rio Arriba County, a 67-year-old woman from Bernalillo County, a 57-year-old woman from Lea County and a 56-year-old man from Chaves County.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 21, 2013

    In 1963
    Friday, Jan. 18 — The medical staff of the New Mexico State Hospital was augmented by the arrival of Dr. Walter G. Moss, who reported for duty Jan. 16. Dr. Moss, who is 48 years of age, was previously employed at State Hospital South, Blackfoot, Idaho. The former superintendent of the New Mexico State Hospital, Dr. C.G. Stillinger, is presently superintendent at the Idaho institution and, Dr.; Moss said, recommended that he accept the position at Las Vegas.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 21, 2013

    Story Time at Carnegie is Wednesday
     Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on  Wednesdays in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Missing Mitten Mystery” by Steven Kellogg. The event is free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Jan. 21, 2013

    Sunny, with a high near 51. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28.

    Sunny, with a high near 60. Clear at night, with a low around 28.

    Sunny, with a high near 61. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 31.

    Sunny, with a high near 55. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 26.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:07 a.m. to 5:17 p.m.

  • EPA changed course after protest

    By Ramit Plushnickmasti
    The Associated Press

    WEATHERFORD, Texas  — When a man in a Fort Worth suburb reported his family’s drinking water had begun bubbling like champagne, the federal government sounded an alarm: A company may have tainted their wells while drilling for natural gas.

  • Clerk, chief get 2-year contracts

    The city’s governing body has awarded two-year contracts to its police chief and city clerk despite objections from one councilor who argued that the contracts violate state law and the city charter.

    The contracts for Police Chief Christian Montaño and City Clerk Casandra Fresquez run from Jan. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2014. Both received pay raises in their new contract.

  • Filing Day - Eleven file for Luna board posts

    Three incumbents on the Luna Community College Board of Trustees are seeking re-election while one of their colleagues has opted not to seek another term.

    In all, 11 people filed to run for the four seats up for grabs in the March 5 election.

    Noticeably absent from the list of candidates is Ambrose Castellano, who has serve on Luna’s Board of Trustees since about 2000.

    Vying for the District 1 seat are Thomas Jerry Maestas, the incumbent and current chairman of the board, and Kenneth C. Medina.

  • Campos loses out on key post

    Staff and Wire Report

    SANTA FE — In the end, it came down to avoiding a bruising leadership fight that might have created even more divisions in the state Senate and weakened the Democratic caucus.

    So in his classic style, Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, stepped aside on Tuesday and even nominated fellow Democrat Mary Kay Papen of Las Cruces as president pro tem of the Senate, telling his colleagues that he was doing so to ensure the Senate was united and focused on the issues confronting the Legislature.