Local News

  • NMHU partners with school board

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Forestry and Watershed Restoration Institute and the Alamo Navajo School Board created a successful ongoing partnership in 2010 that combines job creation with forest restoration.

    The Institute trained an Alamo Navajo forest crew to thin piñon and juniper forests near their remote reservation 57 miles southeast of Socorro.

    Thinning improves forest health and helps reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire. The forest worker jobs are helping reduce poverty on the Alamo Navajo Reservation.

  • West policy upsets advocate

    A policy passed unanimously by the West Las Vegas School Board late last week has Raychel Hosch in complete and strong disagreement. The policy prohibits the use of video or audio recorders during Individual Educational Program meetings at the district.

    IEP meetings are held to determine what services are needed by a special education student.

  • Honoring Jesse
  • FCC plans to fine area man $25,000

    The Federal Communications Commission plans to levy a $25,000 fine against a Las Vegas man who obtained a police radio and allegedly used it to threaten local officers and their families.

    Estevan J. Gutierrez, 23, has until Sept. 30 to contest the proposed fine, according to the Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture released by the FCC on Sept. 1. According to the FCC, Gutierrez’s actions forced the Las Vegas Police Department to switch to a backup channel for dispatch operations due to the radio interference.

    The incident occurred in February.

  • GOP unhappy with special session

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s Legislature entered a second week of a special session Monday with no agreements on redistricting and Republicans fuming over what they consider an unreasonably slow pace of work.

    House Republicans complained that the Democratic-controlled Legislature isn’t considering other issues, as requested by GOP Gov. Susana Martinez, while redistricting remains unresolved.

  • 3 die from Listeria infections in N.M.

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Three people in New Mexico have died and six others are ill with Listeria infections that preliminary testing has linked to contaminated cantaloupe, state health officials said Monday.

    Colorado has also had a significant increase in Listeria cases, including at least one death, health officials said. Patients in both states had eaten cantaloupe.

    Health investigators also are looking at Listeria cases in Texas and Nebraska that may be related.

  • Two will face poaching charges

    State police responding to a minor crash between two vehicles at the Old Las Vegas Highway and NM 283 this past Tuesday evening discovered a headless deer in one of the vehicles.

    “They just happened to have a deer in the back seat,” state police Lt. Craig Martin said, adding that the state Game and Fish Department was called to the accident. He said people involved in the collision sustained minor injuries and were treated and released at the scene.

  • In Brief - News - Sept. 14, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    High school teacher on leave

    BELEN — A New Mexico high school teacher has been placed on paid leave after students and school officials say they believe she was teaching while intoxicated.

    KOAT-TV is reporting that school officials say second-year math teacher Kathleen Jardine allegedly taught her students while drunk for more than five hours on Monday.

  • Census: Poverty rate soars

    By Hope Yen
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — The ranks of the nation’s poor swelled to nearly 1 in 6 people last year, reaching a new high as long-term unemployment woes left millions of Americans struggling and out of work. The number of uninsured edged up to 49.9 million, the biggest in over two decades.

  • Judge moves, delays Astorga case

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    The sentencing phase for an Albuquerque man convicted of murdering a Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputy will be moved out of Bernalillo County and delayed for at least six months, a state district judge ruled Monday.

    Judge Neil Candelaria granted a request from Michael Astorga’s attorney to change venues for a jury selection hearing over fears that Astorga may not get a fair trial. Astorga, who was convicted in the 2006 killing of Deputy James McGrane Jr., faces a possible death sentence.