Local News

  • Jobless rate drops slightly in New Mexico

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s unemployment rate has dropped slightly to 6.3 percent for October, but state labor officials say the job growth rate remains negative.

    The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions said Tuesday the negative 0.7 percent over-the-year job growth rate represents a loss of about 5,900 jobs.

    The current round of job loss started in June after 10 months of positive growth. Those industries that are losing jobs include construction and professional and business services.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 23, 2012

    In 1962

    Friday, Nov. 23 — An inmate of the New Mexico State Hospital at Las Vegas, one of three who escaped Thanksgiving Day, was still at large today. He and two others escaped by dropping 15 feet from a security ward window. Two of the escapees were recaptured yesterday.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Nov. 23, 2012

    Wildlife Refuge will be open this Sunday

    Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday. The Traditional Annual Fall Flight Festival features a 4-1/2 mile self-guided auto drive. Special events include a Bird-a-thon and Kids Wildlife Crafts from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Weather - Nov. 23, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 47.  Mostly clear at night, with a low around 27.

    Sunny, with a high near 63. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 30.

    Sunny, with a high near 62. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34.


  • Cleanup a task in NY, NJ

    By David B. Caruso
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Just a few months ago, the parking lot at Jacob Riis Park on New York City’s Rockaway seashore was filled with happy beachgoers. Now, it is home to a mountain of misery from Superstorm Sandy — a growing pile of garbage containing everything from mangled appliances, splintered plywood and sodden drywall to shreds of clothing and family photos.

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 23, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Officials mull Zozobra date
    SANTA FE — The Santa Fe group that organizes the annual Zozobra ritual is considering moving the event from Thursday to Friday nights.
    The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe’s Zozobra director says the group is considering the day move. Ray Sandoval tells the Santa Fe New Mexican its awaiting a change of officers at the Santa Fe Fiesta Council before making a final decision.

  • To frack or not to frack

    Proponent: Groundwater won’t be harmed

    PECOS —The head of the Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources Department told San Miguel County commissioners last week that despite the fear that surrounds fracking, there has never been a case of water contamination from hydraulic fracturing in New Mexico.

  • Ex-daycare owner pleads in sex case

    The former daycare center owner charged with molesting two of the children who attended his facility has pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor.

    Under the terms of the plea agreement, Edward Quintana, 72, of the 2500 block of Montezuma Street, will get five years of supervised probation and have to register as a sex offender. The agreement gives the judge the authority to impose a deferred or suspended sentence. Quintana must also stay away from his victims.

  • A helping hand - Providing a bed and a hot meal

    Amelie-Sophie Vavrovsky spent a few extra hours away from studying for tests and doing homework last week.

  • El Sombrero continues tradition

    El Sombrero Restaurant is once again opening its doors to the community and offering a free turkey meal with all the fixings on Thanksgiving.

    But there will be one small change this year: No carry-out orders will be allowed.

    The local restaurant, located at 825 Mills Ave. has been providing the hot turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing for starters meal for residents and visitors free of charge on Thanksgiving since 1996.

    Victor Ramirez, son of restaurant’s owner Helen Rivera-Gonzales, said providing the meal is a family tradition.