Local News

  • Festival of Trees fundraiser is Sunday

    Local businesses and organizations decorated 18 trees for this year’s Festival of Trees to raise money to purchase toys for needy children.
    The public is invited to attend the auction, slated for 3 p.m. this Sunday at the Plaza Hotel’s Ilfeld building.

    Proceeds from the auction will be given to the Rough Rider Biker Rally Committee, which will purchase the children’s gifts. The gift recipients are chosen by the Samaritan House and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 2, 2011

    In 1911

    Saturday, Dec. 2 — While driving home late yesterday afternoon from the Hot Springs canyon where they had been skating a party of young people consisting of A.R. Marwick, secretary of the Y.M.C.A.; Leslie Swallow, Misses Addie Merrill, Anna Merrill, Frances Myers and Ethel Musser, were thrown from a wagon when the team attached to the vehicle became frightened and ran away. The accident occurred in the entrance to the park in front of the Montezuma hotel. 

  • Looking Ahead - Dec. 2, 2011

    Nat Gold Players perform Saturday

    A Little Light Music featuring the Nat Gold Players at 3 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 3, at the First United Presbyterian Church, 1000 Douglas Ave.

  • Weather - Dec. 2, 2011

    A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 34. East wind around 10 mph, becoming south.  Snow showers likely at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming west. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

    A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31. North wind around 10 mph. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.


  • Praising troops’ sacrifice

    By Rebecca Santana
    The Associated Press

    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq  — Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday thanked U.S. and Iraqi troops for sacrifices that he said allowed for the end of the nearly nine-year-long war, even as attacks around the country killed 20 people, underscoring the security challenges Iraq still faces.

  • In Brief - National News - Dec. 2, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    3 arrested in pirating case
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — State police have arrested a Providence video store owner and two employees on charges they were selling pirated movies worth $370,000 in what is believed to be the largest seizure of its kind in New England since 1996.

    Lt. Michael Winquist said Thursday 37,000 videos in Broad Street Video's inventory were pirated. He says store owner Kevin Duffney and employees John Graham and Sinelly Diaz were arrested on Tuesday.

  • Hispanic group allowed in NM redistricting

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A Hispanic civil rights group will be allowed to participate in a trial next week to decide the boundaries of New Mexico’s three congressional districts, a state district court judge ruled Wednesday.

    The New Mexico League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC, planned to offer a proposal for a Hispanic majority congressional district in southern and west-central New Mexico, but District Court Judge James Hall said the group must meet tight deadlines for a trial starting Monday.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Dec. 2, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Gov. trims cell phone use
    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez says her administration expects to save about $320,000 this year by reducing the use of cell phones in state agencies.

    The governor’s office said Wednesday the number of smartphones, such as a BlackBerry, and other wireless devices has been trimmed by 500 through the first nine months of the year. Part of the savings is from pooling wireless plans for multiple users.

  • Go Fish - Dec. 2, 2011

    This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    COYOTE CREEK: The flow is 2.4 cfs. No report.

  • Benavidez murder trial begins

    The murder trial of Louis “Louie” Benavidez began Monday with a prosecutor painting him as a man hellbent on revenge and his public defender telling jurors his client wasn’t the shooter.

    Benavidez, 56, is charged with an open count of murder and evidence tampering in the Sept. 25, 2009, killing of Kevin Duran, his cousin. Duran, 32, was shot twice outside the single-wide mobile home at 814 Chavez St. where he had been staying with his girlfriend Amy Mares and her children.