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  • Martinez loses veto battle

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez lost a legal dispute with the Legislature on Wednesday over whether she can alter how much money lawmakers allocate for programs and services.

    The state Supreme Court invalidated a line-item veto by the governor that reduced an appropriation from $150,000 to $50,000 for a housing program, The governor did that by striking a single digit — the “1’’ in the $150,000.

  • Raton braces for fallout from wildfires

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    First came the smoke and flames. Now comes the fears that damage left in the wake of a wildfire that charred nearly 28,000 acres along the New Mexico-Colorado border will cost one community its main drinking water supply.

    With the summer monsoon season just weeks away, firefighters working to corral blazes burning around the state are hoping for a little rain, but Raton officials are scrambling to come up with ways to keep ash and charred debris from washing into their watershed.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Friday, June 22— In order that greater rapidity may be employed in filling its new reservoir in the Peterson canyon the Agua Pura company has determined upon the construction of a canal leading from its preserves in the Gallinas Canyon to the new reservoir. The canal is a part of the system of improvements that has been contemplated by the company for several months; a system that will give Las Vegas as near perfect water service as can be obtained. The canal will be over 13,000 feet in length. 

  • Looking Ahead - News June 24, 2011

    Movie at Carnegie Library Park Saturday

    The movie “To Sir With Love” will show at dusk on Saturday at Carnegie Library Park, weather permitting. Popcorn, drinks and snacks will be for sale by the Friends of the Library.c

  • Weather - June 24, 2011

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 95. West wind10-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 60. West wind10-20 mph.

    Saturday
    Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. West wind 10-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 59.

    Sunday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 59.

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night.

  • 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.

  • 33,000 troops due to leave

    By Ben Feller and Julie Pace
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — The U.S. military’s top officer told Congress on Thursday that President Barack Obama’s decision to withdraw up to 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by next summer is risky but keeps the U.S. and its allies on a path toward stabilizing the country.

  • Summit stresses teamwork

    The people and groups working on economic development issues in San Miguel County generally agree about the biggest challenges to economic development in the area.

    They include securing a reliable water supply, retaining a skilled workforce, keeping revenues in the county and bringing economic development institutions together to collaborate on initiatives.

    But competition over limited funding, power struggles and social divisions within the economic development community are keeping groups from working together to maximize the county’s inherent strengths.

  • East siders can expect tax decrease

    People who live within the Las Vegas City Schools district weren’t happy late last year when their property taxes shot up by 30 percent.

    Last week the school board voted unanimously to restructure the debt and bring property tax relief to east-side residents.  

  • Pacheco Canyon fire

    The Associated Press

    A wildfire that started over the weekend near Santa Fe has grown to 3,800 acres. Fire officials say there’s zero containment on the Pacheco Fire burning 2 miles north of Santa Fe Ski Basin. The fire is burning through mixed conifer and ponderosa pine.

    Smoke from that blaze has been visible from Las Vegas and Pecos.