Local News

  • Weather - Oct. 21, 2011

    Sunny, with a high near 72. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming west. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 36. Northwest wind 5-10 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 68. North wind around 5 mph, becoming calm. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 36.

    Sunny, with a high near 69. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 40.

    Sunny, with a high near 74. Clear at night, with a low around 41.

  • FYI

    Las Vegas is in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • Auditor: Jerome Block might have been abetted

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Former state Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr., who recently resigned after pleading guilty to felony charges, may have had accomplices in a gas card scam, New Mexico State Auditor Hector Balderas said Wednesday.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that Balderas said a review of irregular gasoline purchases charged to the state by Block suggests others might have been involved in the con that brought him down.

  • Audit: Fair is operationally insolvent

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico State Fair is running in the red and doesn't have enough money to finance day-to-day operations, according to a legislative audit released Thursday.

    Auditors for the Legislative Finance Committee said the fair has been losing money for years as revenues and fair attendance dropped, but it has continued to operate because it's not paying some debts. This year's fair ended last month.

  • In Brief - News - Oct. 21, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Pair tied up in home invasion
    ALBUQUERQUE — Police are investigating an early-morning home invasion in Albuquerque.

    Authorities say a 25-year-old man and 21-year-old woman were asleep in their house about 12:10 a.m. Thursday when they heard someone kicking in their back door.

    The man armed himself with a handgun when up to five armed men dressed in dark clothes and wearing masks entered the home.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 21, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Oct. 11 and Oct. 18:
    Severo Vargas, 44, absconder
    Todd Hayes, 49, failure to register as a sex offender    
    Emilio Quintana, 30, custody hearing
    Johnny Roybal, 31, possession, delivery or manufacturing of drug paraphernalia, receiving stolen property
    George Padilla, 57, driving under the influence
    Janet Flores, 47, battery on a household member, criminal damage to property

  • In Brief - News - Oct. 21, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    GOP race hits new gear
    WASHINGTON — The Republican presidential candidates tore into each other as never before in their latest debate, mindful that voting starts within 11 weeks and many GOP voters remain up for grabs.

    Mitt Romney emerged from the two-hour forum Tuesday night still the person to beat, but he was considerably scratched up on the issues of illegal immigration, health care and jobs.

  • Listeria found on equipment

    By Mary Clare Jalonick
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Pools of water on the floor and old, hard-to-clean equipment at a Colorado farm’s cantaloupe packing facility were probably to blame for the deadliest outbreak of foodborne illness in 25 years, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.

    Government investigators found positive samples of listeria bacteria on equipment in the Jensen Farms packing facility and on fruit that had been held there.

  • Social Security benefits to go up

    By Stephen Ohlemacher
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Social Security benefits will go up by 3.6 percent next year, the first increase since 2009 for the one in five Americans who rely on government retirement and disability programs.

    The higher benefits will provide relief to more than 60 million people, many who have seen their retirement accounts dwindle, home values drop and out-of-pocket medical costs rise in the years since their last raise.

  • Business rival feud escalates

    The owner of Rocky Road Gravel contends that a business rival attacked him over a city job, striking him in the face with a two-by-four earlier this month.

    Not so, says Miguel Melendez, owner of Sangre de Cristo Gravel, who contends that it was Oren Mathews who was the aggressor. Melendez contends that Mathews threatened to kill him and that Mathews hit him in the head with a two-by-four several times.