Local News

  • Weather - March 12, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 60. West wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 34. West wind 5-15 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 66. West wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 35.

    Sunny, with a high near 70. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 36.

    Sunny, with a high near 70. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 37.

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  • US soldier kills 16 in Afghanistan

    By Heide Vogt
    and Mirwais Khan
    The Associated Press

    BALANDI, Afghanistan — An American soldier opened fire on villagers near his base in southern Afghanistan Sunday and killed 16 civilians, according to President Hamid Karzai who called it an “assassination” and furiously demanded an explanation from Washington. Nine children and three women were among the dead.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - March 12, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Montoya stuggles to pay off fine

    ALBUQUERQUE — Former New Mexico state Treasurer Michael Montoya admitted to stealing millions of dollars while he was in office, but now he’s struggling to pay off a $25,000 fine imposed on him by a federal judge.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that there was almost nothing left of the money Montoya took by the time the FBI caught up with him in 2006.

    Pedestrians hurt when hit by car

  • Memories of Georgia O’Keeffe

    By Tom Sharpe
    Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE —The Palace Press is putting the final touches on a special edition of Margaret Wood’s new memoir about working for the first lady of New Mexico art, Georgia O’Keeffe.

    “Remembering Miss O’Keeffe” will be published as an unlimited trade edition in June by the Museum of New Mexico Press and sold for $20.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 12, 2012
  • $2.5M for area projects vetoed

    Saying that the system for doling out capital outlay dollars in New Mexico is in “dire need of reform,” Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed nearly $23 million in projects statewide on Wednesday, including nearly $2.5 million earmarked for projects in San Miguel and Mora counties.

  • Fearless Crusader

    Karen Marquez has spent nearly all of her adult life helping low- income residents of this community navigate the complicated legal system.

    So it’s not surprising that Marquez, 57, is still trying to adjust to life outside of New Mexico Legal Aid after retiring from the organization a little more than two months ago.

    “It was the most difficult thing in my whole life. I really thought I was ready,” said Marquez, who worked there for 37 years.

  • San Miguel, Mora get fire grants

    Submitted to the Optic

    SANTA FE – A combined $39,400 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grant funding has been awarded to the San Miguel County and Mora volunteer fire departments, according to New Mexico State Forester Tony Delfin.

    The awards are part of a total of $236,400 in Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant funds awarded to 17 New Mexico volunteer departments by New Mexico State Forestry.

    San Miguel County was awarded $22,200 and Mora was awarded $17,200.

  • Martinez signs bill to help veterans

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A new state law will offer a tax break to encourage businesses to hire veterans who recently left the military and New Mexico also will give an advantage to veteran-owned businesses bidding on government contracts.

    Gov. Susana Martinez signed the measures on Wednesday, as she met a deadline for acting on bills that passed the Legislature during its 30-day session.