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  • FYI - News

    Level III fire restrictions remain in place in San Miguel County. Under the restrictions, campfires, white gas stoves, open fires, controlled burning, charcoal grills and fireworks are prohibited. All Terrain vehicles without spark arresters and motorcycles and vehicles with catalytic converters are restricted to maintained roadways. Anyone found violating the restrictions could be fined up to $1,000.

  • Funeral directors fuming over policy change

    By The Associated Press
    It can be difficult enough when family members are told a deceased loved one’s body must be sent to Albuquerque for an autopsy.
    Now families must pay to get their loved one back.
    The Office of the Medical Investigator blames state budget cuts for the policy change, which takes effect July 1.
    New Mexico Funeral Association President Michael Hass says the charge is unethical.

  • Obama to focus on job creation

    By Jim Kuhnhenn
    The Associated Press
    DURHAM, N.C. — Beset by a grim employment picture, President Barack Obama on Monday pledged to ease the way for businesses to expand hiring and offered assurances to an anxious public that he is focused on creating jobs — the top political issue heading into the 2012 election and the Achilles heel of his presidency.
    “The sky is not falling,” Obama said. But the president, in a state that he narrowly won in 2008, could not ignore dismal recent economic reports.

  • Gates sees no bar to lifting gay ban

    By Lolita C. Baldor and Robert Burns
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday that he sees no roadblocks to ending the ban on openly gay military service, and if the top officers of each service recommend moving ahead on the repeal before the end of the month, he will endorse it.

  • Gallinas fire chiefs suspended

    The chief and deputy chief of the Gallinas Volunteer Fire Department have been suspended pending an investigation into allegations that they physically assaulted another volunteer firefighter.

    “We got a complaint from a volunteer, and he complained that he was physically assaulted by the two superior officers in that department,” San Miguel County Manger Les Montoya said.

    Tobias Lucero is the department’s chief and Lorenzo Montoya is the department’s deputy chief. Both are volunteers.

  • Standing up to Cancer
  • Grad rate up at West, down at East

    The latest graduation figures released last week by the state Public Education Department contained good news for West Las Vegas High and not so good news for Robertson High.

    The four-year graduation rate for West Las Vegas High shot up 9.9 percent from the prior year while the rate at Robertson dropped by 5.6 percent.

    The PED’s latest numbers show that 81.8 percent of the students who began at West High as freshmen graduated four years later with the class of 2010. The graduation rate for West High’s class of 2009 had been 71.9 percent.

  • State agencies laying off workers

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Nearly four dozen state workers, most of them in the Public Education Department, are losing their jobs next month because of layoffs as agencies deal with budget cuts.

    The State Personnel Board approved plans Friday to lay off 44 workers in the Education Department, the Economic Development Department, Regulation and Licensing Department, Commission on the Status of Women, State Land Office and Organic Commodity Commission. The job losses take effect July 1 with the start of the new budget year.

  • Fireworks banned in San Miguel County

    With the Fourth of July holiday just a few weeks away, San Miguel County officials issued a notice Thursday reminding the public that fireworks are banned in the county.

    “The drought conditions have persisted. The terrain is volatile. Any firework, or any spark can set off a disaster fire,” County Fire Chief Russell Pacheco said Friday.

    The fireworks are banned under the Level III fire restrictions imposed throughout the county in April. The county fireworks ban is not in force within the Las Vegas and Pecos municipal boundaries.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Wednesday, June 14 — The building committee of the Las Vegas lodge of Elks announced at the regular meeting of the lodge last night that it had accepted the plans submitted by Architect E. W. Hart for the new club home. Drawings of the exterior of the building ... were presented for the inspection of the Elks... The building will be erected upon the lots at the corner of Ninth St. and Douglas Avenue, recently purchased by the lodge. The style is of the English manor house of the Tudor period...