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  • N.M. drought spurs wildfires, hurts farmers

    By Ivan Moreno
    The Associated Press

    Albuquerque and Roswell are on pace for their driest years on record, mirroring conditions across New Mexico that have bolstered large wildfires, hurt crops and forced ranchers to sell livestock they can’t afford to feed.

    Rain has been scarce throughout most of New Mexico, and weather records from Albuquerque and Roswell offer this stark example: The cities have not been this dry during the first five months of a year since 1892, when the state began keeping track.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Crews battling blaze by Sipapu

    TAOS — Aircraft will resume efforts to contain wildfire burning in the Carson National Forest that has scorched about 1.9 square miles in northwest New Mexico and triggered the evacuation of a monastery.

    Five air tankers began fighting the blaze Thursday morning and fire crew are also being helped by helicopters. Carson National Forest Service spokeswoman Dorotea Martinez says that about 170 firefighters are battling the blaze.

  • Romney to run for president

    By Philip Elliott
    The Associated Press

    STRATHAM, N.H. — Republican Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama has failed the United States and is pitching himself as an alternative who can fix the nation’s ailing economy.

    The former Massachusetts governor on Thursday made official his White House run and offered a blistering critique of Obama. Romney says he would rein in Washington spending and put the country on a course toward economic recovery.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    At least three killed in tornados

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Rev. Bob Marrone was pained to see the steeple of his 137-year-old church shattered and strewn on the grass in the central Massachusetts town of Monson, yet he knows he’s more fortunate than some of his neighbors who lost their homes after tornadoes tore through the state, killing at least three people and injuring about 200.

  • Annual baby pageant on Sunday

    The Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization is sponsoring the Third Annual Baby Miss and Baby Mister Las Vegas Pageant at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 5 at the West Las Vegas High School Cafeteria.

    Fourteen baby girls and seven baby boys, ages 6 months to 5 years,  will be competing for the titles.

    The contestants will be judged by a panel of judges on beauty and personality in party/formal wear. The contestants with the highest judge’s score will be awarded the titles of Baby Miss and Baby Mister Las Vegas.

  • City approves interim budget

    While state government and school districts are having to tighten their belts, the city of Las Vegas anticipates that it will actually have more money to spend during the fiscal year that begins July 1 compared to its current year budget.

    And the increased budget will mean more funding for city police and code enforcement, City Manager Timothy Dodge said.

    A preliminary budget plan approved by the governing body last week anticipates general fund revenues at $11 million, $495,000 more than the current year’s budget.

  • East principal hopefuls to be interviewed

    Las Vegas City Schools will begin interviewing prospective principals for the upcoming school year this week, interim Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez said.

    Every administrator position in the district from assistant principals to assistant superintendent is vacant for next school year after McNellis-Martinez decided that everyone currently holding those posts would need to reapply for the jobs and compete with other applicants.

    “The positions have been advertised for nearly 20 days,” McNellis-Martinez said.

  • Honoring Heroes
  • Valle Vidal elk herd is studied

    By Susan Montoya-Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Northern New Mexico’s Valle Vidal is known for its mountain vistas, clear streams and prized elk herd.
    Wildlife managers with the state Game and Fish Department want to keep it that way. That’s why they’re scouring the area in hopes of capturing and tagging with radio transmitters as many of this year’s baby elk as possible.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Thursday, June 1 — Fourteen young people will receive tonight their diplomas from the New Mexico Normal University at the annual commencement, which will be held in the Normal auditorium beginning at 8 o’clock. The speaker of the evening will be Rev. Father William O’Ryan of Denver, who will speak up on the subject, “The Ideal Teacher.” Friends of the graduates and of the institution are invited to be present.