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  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Oct. 25, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Cities want food sales tax

    The New Mexico Municipal League wants the state to allow local governments to apply the sales tax to food purchases, but Gov. Susana Martinez is against the idea.
    League Executive Director Bill Fulginiti says local governments want the Legislature to act on the issue next year.
    He says renewed authority to impose a food tax would give municipalities a way to absorb a phase-out of subsidy dollars from the state.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 25, 2013

    In 1963

    Friday, Oct. 25 — A long-time planned and hoped-for Goodwill Store will be opened in the near future by the Help For The Needs Club, Mrs. Vicente Armijo announced today. The Goodwill Store will be located on Lincoln between Wertz Sporting Goods Store and the Optic. The establishment will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday from 1 to 4 p.m., accepting donations of clothing, bedding, household goods of all sorts, furniture and toys.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 25, 2013

    Dia de Los Muertos celebration

     Second Annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration at the city of Las Vegas Museum, starting 11 a.m. this Saturday at the museum. Martha Johnson will explore the character of La Catrina. Activities will include skeleton-themed projects and crafts. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kristin Hsueh at 426-3204.

  • Weather - Oct. 25, 2013

    Friday
    Scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 61. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming south 10-15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Scattered showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

    Saturday
    A 10 percent chance of showers before noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 62. Northwest wind 5-15 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 32.

  • How JFK changed TV, in life and death

    By Frazier Moore
    AP Television Writer

    NEW YORK — It’s a measure of how long ago President John F. Kennedy died that, at the time, television was described as a young medium. With the shooting in Dallas, TV grew up.

  • Ex-cop sentenced to prison

    A former Las Vegas police officer was sentenced to four years in prison Monday after pleading guilty six months ago to multiple fraud, forgery and domestic violence felonies.

    Shawn Montoya was also ordered to pay $3,872 in restitution. And after he is released, for the entire period that he is on probation or parole, Montoya will not be able to work as a contractor.

    Under the terms of his plea agreements, Montoya faced from no prison time to four years behind bars. District Judge Abigail Aragon imposed the highest sentence possible under that plea agreement.

  • Mobile music - Hitting road in converted Snap-On truck

    Carl Bernstein and Marilyn Priddy will soon hit the road, leaving Las Vegas in the rear-view mirror of their converted Snap-On Tool truck. On Sunday afternoon, the duo performed several songs at the Las Vegas Arts Council as a farewell concert.

    The couple plans to travel the nation performing along the way in their truck, converted into a motor home. Eventually they hope to go into Mexico and possibly South America.

  • Toxic algae responsible for elk deaths

    State Game and Fish Department officials say toxic algae bloom was responsible for the deaths of more than 100 elks discovered north of Las Vegas in August.

    “Based on circumstantial evidence, the most logical explanation for the elk deaths is that on their way back to the forest after feeding in the grassland, the elk drank water from a trough containing toxins created by blue-green algae or cyanobacteria,” said Kerry Mower, the agency’s wildlife disease specialist.

  • 100th anniversary of mine disaster

    The Associated Press

    There’s little left of Dawson except for building foundations and a dusty cemetery, but the former mining town in northeastern New Mexico lives on in history books.

    Tuesday marked the 100th anniversary of the Dawson coal mine disaster in which the Mine Safety and Health Administration says 263 miners were killed Oct. 22, 1913.

    The tragedy made Dawson, located northeast of Cimarron in Colfax County, the site of the second-highest death toll in a U.S. coal mine accident.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 23, 2013

    In 1963