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  • Agency assesses millions in penalties

    Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — It’s been nearly a year and environmentalists are still uneasy about where Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration stands on protecting air, water and other natural resources.

    Their perception of the administration being cozy with industry persists, but officials with the New Mexico Environment Department have grown tired of critics assuming they’re taking it easy on polluters.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    In the spirit of Thanksgiving — and Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year — we offer up today’s thumbs:

    THUMBS UP! THE ECONOMY. Sluggish though it is, it’s still better than this time last year, and it’s showing signs that today will be a good day for retailers. We certainly hope so.

  • After 30 years, ‘Frito Man’ retires

    Larry Janssen doesn’t miss getting up at 4:30 every morning.

    Better known as the “Frito Man,” Janssen retired this month after 30 years on the job delivering Frito-Lay products in and around Las Vegas.

    “It’s been a wonderful journey,” says Janssen. “I’m ready to move on to another one.”  

    At 63, Janssen has spent almost half his life working for Frito-Lay. And while he doesn’t regret it, he’ll be the first one to tell you that wasn’t his plan.

  • A Thanksgiving Tradition

    El Sombrero Restaurant has opened its doors to everyone in the community for a free Thanksgiving meal every year since 1996, and hundreds of area residents take advantage of the invitation.

    This year won’t be any different.

    But what does it take for the restaurant, owned by Helen Rivera-Gonzales, to pull it off?

    El Sombrero is cooking 14 turkeys and six hams for this year’s traditional Thanksgiving meal.

    That’s just for starters.

  • Police: $16K embezzled from store

    A Playstation 3 and Dell laptop computer for $5.74?

    It sounds impossible, but that’s exactly what Las Vegas police say a customer paid before walking out of the local Walmart with those items in July. On Friday, the former Walmart cashier who, according to court documents, handled that transaction and others like it was arrested on a single count of embezzlement, a third-degree felony.

  • Christmas Tree Time
  • Holocaust survivors donating items

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — A steamer trunk. Banquet table cloths. A nearly 160-year-old dollhouse.

    As aging Holocaust survivors living in New Mexico and throughout the country limit their public appearances due to health reasons, they are slowly donating to museums everyday personal items that advocates say shed light on their plight in Nazi Germany.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Nov. 23, 2011

    From The Associated Press
     

    New retirement age proposed
    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s retirement program for teachers and college faculty proposes to improve its long-term finances by establishing a minimum retirement age of 55 for educators and limiting cost-of-living increases for retirees.

    The Educational Retirement Board voted Monday to recommend the proposals to the Legislature, which has to change state law to implement any pension revisions.

  • Lawmakers to hear about Cannon plan

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — Members of a legislative committee will get an update this week on plans by Cannon Air Force Base for low-altitude training flights over parts of New Mexico and southern Colorado.

    The nine-member Military and Veterans’ Affairs Legislative Committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday morning at the State Capitol.

    The 27th Special Operations Wing vice commander at Cannon, Col. Larry Munz, is expected to brief the committee on the base’s plans.

  • Bookkeeper to testify against Vaughan

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A bookkeeper who kept the financial records for an alleged multi-state Ponzi scheme is lined up as a key witness in the criminal prosecution of the former real estate executive accused of swindling more than 600 people out of some $74 million.

    The Albuquerque Journal reported Monday that Martha Runkle has reached a plea agreement to testify that her former boss, Doug Vaughan, ran an investment scheme in which money put up by later investors was used to pay false profits to earlier ones.