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Local News

  • Looking ahead

    Annual Fiesta this Saturday
    Fiesta de la Hispanidad will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Ilfeld Auditorium. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and admission is $4. The event is sponsored by Community First Bank, NMHU President Jim Fries and the NMHU School of Social Work. For more information, call 454-0438.

  • Weather

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Windy, with a southwest wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 30-35 mph. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 37. Windy, with a southwest wind 25-35 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Windy, with a west wind 25-30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy and breezy at night, with a low around 26.

    Wednesday

  • FYI

    Albuquerque’s first electric car charging stations are powered up. According to an Associated Press report, the downtown stations are part of a pilot project, and for the next six months, owners of electric vehicles can bring their rides to the station and say charge it and pay nothing. Mayor Richard Berry said they will pay dividends once people start buying electric cars.

  • Four accused Quintana in ‘06

    Years before Robertson High School officials were put on notice that Jay Quintana allegedly had a long-term sexual relationship with one of his students, they received complaints from three other female students that he had touched them inappropriately and a complaint from another that he had made a sexually suggestive remark to her in class.

  • Spring Fever
  • County adopts wind ordinance

    San Miguel County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a wind energy ordinance governing the development of wind farms in the county despite concerns that such projects would create noise pollution and hurt the quality of life for residents who live near them.

    Among the top criticisms of the ordinance was the half-mile setback, the requirement that wind turbines be at least half a mile away from any occupied house, commercial building, hospital, school or church. A county task force had previously recommended a three-mile setback.

  • Population down for city, county

    Where did they go?

    Las Vegas and San Miguel County have fewer residents than 10 years ago, according to 2010 census figures released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.

    Mora County, Wagon Mound and Pecos also saw a drop in their populations.

    Indeed, many of New Mexico’s rural areas remained stagnant or lost population while the state’s urban areas like Rio Rancho grew  during that period.

    The state  actually grew by more than 240,000 people over the past decade, with more than 2 million people living here.

  • City officials asked to challenge charter

    The murky question of whether the new city charter approved by 56 percent of voters last year is valid may not be headed to court anytime in the near future after all.

    City Attorney Dave Romero told the City Council Tuesday that asking a judge for a declaratory judgement on the charter’s validity could run into a problem — the fact that no one is challenging the charter’s legitimacy so far.

  • Cops need help finding missing kids

    The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating two young children.

    A missing persons report was filed Saturday for Grace Lucero Montoya, who is 5 months old, and Mary Lucero Montoya who is almost 2, said Deputy Sheriff Roy Pacheco. He said the two appear to have been taken by their mother, who does not have custody.

  • Highlands enrollment flat

    New Mexico Highlands University experienced a slight drop in enrollment on its main campus this spring while enrollment at Luna Community College went up a little, according to census day enrollment figures released by the schools.

    Highlands’ main campus had 2,194 students as of Feb. 4, its census date. That’s a loss of 13 students for the spring semester currently under way compared to spring 2010.