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  • State workers paying more for pensions

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Public employees will feel a pinch in their pocketbooks because of a new state law and some jobless New Mexicans will see their unemployment benefits shrink.

    The take-home pay of state workers and educators will drop because of a cost-cutting plan to save the state $50 million in the new budget year, which started on July 1.

  • Car theft suspect arrested in county

    A 35-year-old Las Cruces man was arrested in San Miguel County recently for allegedly taking his girlfriend’s vehicle after they had an argument, according to court documents.

    Paul Faires Cleman, who lives on Flatland Road in Las Cruces, was charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, according to online court records.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Thursday, July 6, 1911 — July will not be a dull month here this year. In less than two weeks nearly 1,000 soldiers, members of the First Regiment, New Mexico National Guard, will be camped on the rifle range northwest if the city. There will be much marching, drilling and maneuvering, including sham battles, which will prove of interest to the townspeople... Dinners will be given for the officers and receptions will occur. The encampment will begin July 18 and will continue until July 30.

  • Looking Ahead - News July 6, 2011

    Art exhibit at Travelers Café

    Skies of New Mexico Water Color by Mary A. Oviatt will be on display at Travelers Café on the Plaza throughout July. A reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. 

  • Weather - July 6, 2011

    Wednesday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming southeast. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. North wind 5-15 mph.

    Thursday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.

  • 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.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Los Alamos fire at 127,000 acres

    LOS ALAMOS — Fire managers were watching the development of thunderstorms over the Los Alamos fire area Tuesday.

    Santa Fe National Forest officials say winds out of the east and southeast will likely push the fire generally to the northwest up slopes and drainages, and that will likely cause another day of active fire behavior.

    Since the fire started June 26, it has burned 127,821 acres or 199 square miles and is so far 27 percent contained.

  • Rail Runner will run at big loss

    The Associated Press

    Finances for the state’s Rail Runner Express are facing big shortfalls in both the short and long term.

    The railroad’s governing board eliminated weekend service as it worked to close a projected $1.2 million shortfall in the budget year that began Friday.

    But board member Larry Abraham, the mayor of Los Ranchos, told the Albuquerque Journal that the deficit is just the tip of the iceberg.

  • DA booted off Quintana case

    The judge presiding over the Jay Quintana case has disqualified District Attorney Richard Flores’ office from handing the prosecution, which will mean another delay in the trial that was set to begin Aug. 23.

    “There’s a tangled web over here that I can’t turn a blind eye to,” Judge George Eichwald said in announcing his ruling late Friday morning. Eichwald was referring to a laundry list of conflicts of interest the defense claimed the DA’s office had.

  • Special Olympics team honored

    This year’s fiesta parade had a special group of people as their grand marshals —members of the Las Vegas Senior Olympics.

    “I am really excited,” said  Vikki Gold. “I think it is wonderful that they are finally getting some exposure.”

    The grandmother of Savannah Gallegos, 10, walked alongside her granddaughter during the parade route. Gallegos nodded in agreement with her grandmother when she asked if she was excited to be part of the fiesta parade.