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  • Weather - May 2, 2011

    Monday
    A chance of snow showers before noon, then a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. East wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Mostly clear, with a low around 24 at night. East wind around 5 mph, becoming west.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 65. West wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 34.

    Wednesday

  • FYI - News

    Film crews will be shooting a television pilot called “Longmire” on the Plaza this week. The shooting will require a closure of Plaza between N. Gonzales and Hot Springs between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday. The filming will also require intermittent traffic control on Bridge Street with hold times of five to 10 minutes. Parking on the Plaza will be impacted through Wednesday.

  • State DOT ending track deal

    Gov. Susana Martinez wants a $2.35 million refund after the state Department of Transportation notified BNSF Railway Co. that New Mexico is terminating an agreement to buy 182 miles of track the state doesn’t need.

    The Albuquerque Journal reported in a copyright story that former Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration paid nearly $5 million in 2008 for the track from Lamy, near Santa Fe, to the Colorado border.

  • Santa Fe man charged with third DWI

    A 46-year-old Santa Fe man was arrested last month in San Miguel County on his third DWI charge.

    Michael Gonzales, who, according to court documents, lives on Dayflower in Santa Fe,  was also charged with driving with a revoked license, failure to give immediate notice of accident, careless driving, not having insurance and driving with an open container in the vehicle.

    He was arrested on April 17.

  • Gonzales will continue as chair of state Dem party

    The Associated Press

    Javier Gonzales of Santa Fe has been re-elected chairman of New Mexico’s Democratic Party.
    Gonzales has served as chairman since 2009.

    The party’s state central committee selected Gonzales Saturday to continue for a two-year term. He defeated two challengers, Albuquerque lawyer Sam Bregman and Letitia Montoya of Santa Fe.

  • Rio Gallinas faces audit

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico education officials say 28 charter schools statewide will face an initial review of their enrollment numbers in the coming weeks.

    Rio Gallinas at West Las Vegas is among the charter schools facing a review, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

    State Secretary of Education-designate Hanna Skandera says special education and teacher training numbers grew sharply since last year.

    She wants to root out districts that she says are “gaming” the system by over-reporting those numbers.

  • Pope beatifies John Paul II

    By Nicole Winfield
    and Vanessa Gera
    Associated Press

    VATICAN CITY — Some 1.5 million pilgrims flooded Rome Sunday to watch Pope John Paul II move a step closer to sainthood in one of the largest Vatican Masses in history, an outpouring of adoration for a beloved and historic figure after years marred by church scandal.

  • Fire destroys couple’s home

    A Mora County couple narrowly escaped a fire that erupted as they were sleeping early Wednesday morning, destroying their home and injuring one of them.

    Deet Schumacher, who is in his late 60s, was initially taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital in Las Vegas before being transported to University of New Mexico Hospital’s burn unit in Albuquerque.

    He was treated for smoke inhalation and suffered burns to his legs but is in good condition, said Joel Peters, chief of the Ledoux Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Senior Profile - Ruben Salazar

    Try to imagine living for nearly a century. Ruben Salazar has. Born June 18, 1916, Salazar will be 95 years old soon.

    His parents, Manuel and Juanita (Medina) Salazar survived to ages 105 and 103, respectively, so Ruben might meet that or surpass it. He attributes their and his longevity to “living right — eating from their own garden.”

    Ruben hails from Maes, about 40 miles east of Las Vegas. He said that there are a lot of small communities in that area. Some, like La Encinosa, now consist of only one household.

  • Luna avoids employee pay cuts

    Students at Luna Community College will pay more for tuition next year, but faculty and staff at their school will escape the cut in take-home pay that other state employees are facing, the LCC Board of Trustees decided Wednesday.

    In order to balance the state budget, lawmakers increased the contributions state employees must make into the retirement fund next fiscal year. While most colleges, universities and other state agencies are passing that cost on to employees, Luna won’t.