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  • Vegas undercover: Dirty money

    Editor’s note: This is the second article in a series about Las Vegas’ drug problem. The initial stories will focus on how undercover agents infiltrated what they’re calling a heroin and crack cocaine distribution network operating in San Miguel County.

    Three months before an army of federal, state and local officers stormed in and conducted a massive drug raid in Las Vegas, Robert Padilla, was nervous.

  • Interim fracking ban OKd

    The City Council by a 3-1 vote on Wednesday evening passed a moratorium on all oil, gas and geothermal drilling within city limits following a rancorous exchange between members of the public and city officials.

    City Attorney Dave Romero characterized the moratorium as insurance against fracking, a process whereby a large amount of pressurized water with chemicals is injected into wells and bores to crack rock and free oil or gas. The previous moratorium expired about six months ago.

  • UWC through the years - 30 years later, still a beacon for peace

    It was the late 1970s, and millionaire businessman Armand Hammer was on a mission to find a campus in the U.S. to house a United World College.

    The philanthropist’s quest ended in the early 1980s with his discovery of Montezuma and the castle that less than a decade earlier had housed a Catholic seminary.

  • The Montezuma Castle’s storied history

    By Francesca Annicchiarico and Ruaidhri Belfry Crofton
    United World College-USA

    1841: Mr Donaldson becomes the first known owner of the campus area, having been granted the rights to the land by the Mexican government. The area is popular because of the hot springs.

    1846: The land is purchased by the U.S. Army. The Army builds a military hospital near the hot springs to serve soldiers injured in the Mexican-American War.

  • Looking Back - News - Sept. 21, 2012

    In 1962
    Monday, Sept. 24 — (Headlines): Lost Weekend for All Local Teams: Dons Lose Game 19-0 to Menaul; Raton Jeeps Hex on RHS Cardinals With a 25-7 Win; Highlands Cowboys Suffer Second Week Shutout, 20-0 at Gunnison, Colo.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Sept. 21, 2012

    Fort Union tours to be given Saturday

     Fort Union National Monument annual First Fort Tours on Saturday, Sept. 22. Tours available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s an opportunity for the public to visit the site of the original fort and see the ruins of the third fort arsenal. Visitors should wear sturdy walking shoes and bring a hat, sun block, snacks and water. For more information, contact Fort Union National Monument at 425-8025.

  • Weather - Sept. 21, 2012

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. North wind around 10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 50. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming light and variable in the evening.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 47.

    Sunday

  • In Brief - News - Sept. 21, 2012

    Bond measure passes in Pecos
    Voters in Pecos have overwhelmingly approved a $5.4 million bond issue to pay for school improvements.
    “The Pecos School District and our students thank you for your support in making our school district the best in the state,” Superintendent Fred Trujillo said in an e-mail to parents late Tuesday.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 21, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 12 and Sept. 14:
    Lawrence Candelaria, 31, bench warrant: Expired registration
    Joseph Jacobs, 29, failure to pay child support
    Earnest Evans, 65, bench warrant: Failure to appear, disorderly conduct
    Michelle Garcia, 42, disorderly conduct, mental health hold
    Dion Maes, 44, bench warrant: failure to appear
    Richard Romero, 35, two week commitment
    Martin Flores, 30, Adult Probation Office bench warrant: Positive UA

  • Middle East violence rocks presidential race

    By Brian Bakst and Charles Babington
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Middle East violence is shaking up a presidential race that otherwise looks stubbornly stable, and tight. President Barack Obama holds a tiny edge, Republican Mitt Romney is seeking a breakthrough message, and three debates are ahead in the campaign’s final seven weeks.