Local News

  • Analysis: Rural NM risks loss

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Rural New Mexico and part of the city of Albuquerque are on the political chopping block as lawmakers consider how to redraw boundaries of legislative districts to adjust for population changes during the past decade.

    Eastern and north-central portions of the state are at risk of losing representation in the Legislature because the region’s growth since 2000 has lagged behind statewide population increases. The same is true for central sections of Albuquerque.

  • Appointee to remain on board

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a request by labor unions to oust Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s appointee to a board that enforces New Mexico’s collective bargaining law for government workers.

    Despite the court’s ruling, a legal tug-of-war over the Public Employee Labor Relations Board may not be over.

  • In Brief - News - Sept. 9, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Officer accused

    ALBUQUERQUE — A Santa Fe woman says the New Mexico state police officer caught on video having sex on the hood of his patrol car propositioned her in April during her drunken-driving arrest.

    Elizabeth Enriquez testified Wednesday in Santa Fe that officer Bert Lopez told her she made his patrol car smell good. And the married woman said the officer asked if she ever thought about having someone on the side to “play with.”

  • Child abuse case moves forward

    State police investigators are continuing to build their case against a Cleveland, N.M., man accused of holding down his then-4-year-old stepson in scalding hot water nearly two years ago.

    The child, who is now 5, sustained burns to 35 percent of his body.
    Troy Gonzales, who is 30 or 31, is facing a single count of intentional abuse of a child resulting in great bodily harm, according to online court records. He has pleaded not guilty. His trial is scheduled to begin on Dec. 6.

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  • State facing textbook shortage

    By Elaine D. Briseño
    Albuquerque Journal

    Homework usually means sitting down and cracking open a textbook.
    But in some classrooms across the state, students are more likely to be cracking open a laptop or pulling out a work sheet.

    State funding for textbooks has taken a dive in recent years. Textbooks are purchased from the instructional materials budget, which is separate from the operational budget, and funding is based on the 40th-day enrollment figures from the previous year.

  • Oil and gas drilling takes center stage in Mora County

    MORA — More than five dozen people gathered at Tapetes De Lana in Mora last week to view the film “Gasland,” a documentary directed by Josh Fox and presented by the Mora Democracy School Committee.

    The turnout shows the attention that oil and gas drilling is getting in Mora County these days.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 7, 2011

    In 1911

  • Looking Ahead - Sept. 7, 2011

    Sustainable Las Vegas meeting is Thursday

    Sustainable Las Vegas  — the local chapter of the New Mexico Solar Energy Association — will meet at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at NMHU Donnelly Library, room 325. Bob Wessley will speak on the topic, “Water — How Can We Dodge Murphy's Law?”

  • Weather - Sept. 7, 2011

    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 72. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming east. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. East wind 5-15 mph.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 71. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46.