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  • Conchas area ranchers for drilling

    CONCHAS DAM — San Miguel County commissioners got an earful from constituents Wednesday on the draft oil and gas ordinance that they are considering.

    But this time around, most of the speakers complained that the proposed ordinance goes too far in its efforts to regulate oil and gas drilling in San Miguel County, and that it is so restrictive that it amounts to an unlawful taking of private property without compensation.

  • Child welfare reforms unveiled

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Responding to what she called the tragic death of a 9-year-old Albuquerque boy, Gov. Susana Martinez unveiled more than a dozen policy changes and directives on Wednesday intended to reform the way child abuse cases are investigated in New Mexico.

    The moves came in response to criticism that the system did not do enough to protect Omaree Varela, who police said was kicked to death by his mother after previous reports of abuse.

  • Looking Back - April 4, 2014

    In 1964

    Thursday, April 2 — The Litra J. Romero Music Building at West Las Vegas will be dedicated Sunday at 2 p.m. in the West Las Vegas Gym. An open house will follow the ceremonies at the Music Building, which has been remodeled this year and five new rooms added. The building was formerly the Knights of Columbus Hall, which the WLV schools purchased last year. Student Louis Clayton will direct the band in one number and practice teacher Jim Rodriguez will direct the other band numbers. The chorus is under the direction of Vidal Gallegos.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 4, 2014

    Spring into fitness
    “Spring into Fitness” is a six-week fitness challenge running from April 7 to May 17. The purpose is to improve overall health and to encourage healthy lifestyles. There will be a weigh-in from April 4 to 7. A membership also includes a discounted pass and access to many facilities at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.

  • Weather - April 4, 2014

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Breezy, with a south wind 5-15 mph, increasing to 15-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 30. Breezy, with a south wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph after midnight.

    Saturday
    Isolated showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 57. South wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.

    Sunday

  • Jail Log - April 4, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 23 and March 28.

  • Army: Gunman showed no previous violence

    By Paul J. Weber and Will Weissert
    The Associated Press

    FORT HOOD, Texas — The soldier who killed three people before committing suicide in an attack on the same Texas military base where more than a dozen people were slain in 2009 had shown no recent risks of violence, authorities said Thursday.

    The shooter, identified as Ivan Lopez by Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, opened fire at Fort Hood on Wednesday afternoon. He wounded more than a dozen others.

  • Educational adventure - Highlands students to present on home countries

    A small glimpse of Pakistan will be available for the public on Monday. New Mexico Highlands University students Ejaz Karim and Yawar Hayat Kuan, both of Pakistan, will host an information session about their home country as part of a give back portion of The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

  • H.U. singers to present Dido and Aeneas opera

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Madrigal Choir presents a production of the Dido and Aeneas opera at 3 p.m. Sunday in Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    Dido and Aeneas is a tragic opera written by Baroque era English composer Henry Purcell that was performed for the first time in 1688. It tells the stormy love story of Dido, Queen of Carthage, and the Trojan hero Aeneas.

  • Couple charged in deaths

    Five months after two boarding home residents died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a backyard shed where they were being housed, the couple caring for them is facing criminal charges.

    Denise A. Encinias, 41, and Jose Encinias,, 47, who reside on the 3500 block of Ning Road, north of Las Vegas, have each been charged with two counts of neglect of a resident resulting in death, second-degree felonies. Jose Encinias is also facing a misdemeanor count of installing an LP gas heater without a license and not having that installation inspected or certified.