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  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 11, 2013

    Highlands variety show befit is Saturday

    Politics as Usual Benefit Variety Show is at 7 p.m. this Saturday at Ilfeld Auditorium. Tickets are $10.
     

  • Weather - Oct. 11, 2013

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 61. West wind 10-15 mph. Clear at night, with a low around 35. West wind 5-15 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 61. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 39.

    Sunday
    Sunny, with a high near 61. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 42.

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 67.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:04 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

  • Columbus Day closings

    Below are some of the government agencies, banks and schools that will be closed on Monday in observance of Columbus Day.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Oct. 11, 2013

    The Associated Press

    AG: Abortion ban unenforceable

  • Gov hops on state ‘copters

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — New Mexico Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who criticized her Democratic predecessor’s use of government aircraft and called a state jet the “ultimate symbol of waste and excess,” hopped on a state-owned helicopter to avoid missing an airline flight to attend political fundraisers in Texas.
    The governor’s spokesman, Enrique Knell, said Martinez used the state police helicopter on Nov. 15, 2011, because it allowed her to attend a meeting of the state Board of Finance that ran late into the afternoon.

  • NM labs prepare for shutdown

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories are preparing to shut down by Oct. 21 and furlough of most of their 18,000 workers if Congress does not reach a deal to end the federal government’s partial shutdown, the Albuquerque Journal reported Wednesday.
    The preparations result from a directive of the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Journal reported . The administration is part of the U.S. Department of Energy, and it oversees work at both national labs in New Mexico.

  • National recognition - Bridge Street named among top 10 in U.S.

    We’ve always known that Bridge Street is a gem, and now a national organization is listing it among the top 10 Great Streets in the nation.

    The American Planning Association bestowed that honor on Las Vegas late last week, putting it in company with streets like the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia and Kalakaua Avenue in Honolulu, which is near Waikiki Beach.

    A celebration is planned for noon Saturday at the newly completed Breezeway on Bridge Street. The event is free and open to the public.

  • Company owner gets probation

    The owner of a local gravel company has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of aggravated battery and was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation.

    Oren Mathews, 49, who owns and operates Rocky Road Gravel, still denies attacking business rival Miguel Melendez on Oct. 6, 2011. But he said mounting legal bills prompted him to take the plea in July.

    “I wish the whole thing wouldn’t have happened,” he said.

  • Escapee guilty of murdering couple

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — The leader of a self-styled Bonnie and Clyde couple who staged a brazen prison escape and a three-week crime spree was convicted Monday of capital murder in the gruesome slayings of a retired Oklahoma couple who crossed their path on an eastern New Mexico highway.

    John McCluskey was found guilty of murder, carjacking and other charges in the August 2010 deaths of Gary and Linda Haas of Tecumseh, Okla., who were making their annual summer trek to Colorado.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 9, 2013

    In 1963
    Wednesday, Oct. 9 — At a regular meeting yesterday afternoon the Las Vegas Retail Merchants Association discussed the possibility of opening the Christmas season one or two weeks early in Las Vegas and planned for a special meeting Thursday morning in the Community Room of the First Federal Savings and Loan Association. The merchants discussed the opening of the Christmas season. It is understood that Santa Fe and Albuquerque will open the Christmas season in those communities one or two weeks prior to Thanksgiving.