Local News

  • NM bilingual classes luring students

    By Jenny Kane
    The Daily Times

    FARMINGTON — Emma Cillessen’s parents don’t speak any Spanish, but they thought it might be a good idea to have their children take the bilingual Spanish class at Ladera del Norte Elementary School.

    “My parents wanted me to take Spanish so I could get a better job ... and we really want to go to Mexico,” said Cillessen.

  • Amphibian conservation topic for upcoming talk

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University biology professor Sarah Corey-Rivas will present a free public talk, “Thinking Evolutionarily: New Tools for Amphibian Conservation” at noon today, March 7, in Burris Hall Room 129, 903 National Ave.

    The university’s chapter of Sigma Xi, a scientific research society, is sponsoring the talk. Light refreshments will be served.

  • In Brief - Nation and World - March 7, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Winner kept ticket in Bible

    CRANSTON, R.I. — An 81-year-old woman from Newport won last month’s $336.4 million Powerball jackpot, sleeping with the winning ticket in her Bible until coming forward to claim the sixth-largest U.S. prize on Tuesday, a family representative said.

    At a news conference at state lottery headquarters in Cranston, Louise White said little, calling herself “very happy” and “very proud.”

  • World powers agree Iran nuclear talks can resume

    By Ali Akbar Dareini
    The Associated Press

    TEHRAN, Iran — The EU said Tuesday that world powers have agreed to a new round of talks with Iran over its nuclear program, and Iran gave permission for inspectors to visit a site suspected of secret atomic work.

    The two developments appeared to counter somewhat the crisis atmosphere over Iran’s nuclear development program, the focus of talks in Washington between President Barack Obama and Israel’s visiting prime minister.

  • Talks bog down agreement

    By Dee Riechmann
    and Rahim Faiez
    The Associated Press

    KABUL, Afghanistan — Negotiations over a long-term U.S. military presence in Afghanistan have bogged down over issues of detainees, night raids and quarrels within the Afghan president’s inner circle, throwing the whole deal into question.

    The arrangement would formalize a U.S. role after NATO’s planned pullout in 2014. The deadlock reflects growing hostility on the part of the Afghan leadership and increasing exasperation in Washington.

  • 2 more allege abuse at daycare

    The man arrested in December on child sex abuse charges involving a family member now stands accused of molesting two of the children who attended the child care center he used to own.

  • City election drawing to a close

    Candidates and their supporters spent the final days before Tuesday’s city election going door to door and making their case to voters.

    Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Early voting wrapped up on Friday, with 460 voters casting their ballots.

    The mayoral post and two City Council seats are up for grabs, though only one of those races is likely to be decided Tuesday.

    Under the new city charter, if no one ends up with 50 percent plus one of the votes cast, the top two vote getters will end up in a runoff.

  • Vehicular homicide suspect flees

    Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding the Mora man charged with vehicular homicide and other crimes in connection with a Feb. 3 alcohol-related crash in Las Vegas, and they’re warning that anyone helping him could face criminal charges themselves.

    An arrest warrant has been issued for 51-year-old Rudolph “Rudy” Muniz. Muniz wasn’t taken into custody after the crash because he, too, was injured and was hospitalized at Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

  • Fiesta marks its 18th year on Friday

    The 18th Annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad is set to hit the stage on Friday.

    The annual cultural extravaganza of area performers begins at 6:30 p.m., with the doors to Ilfeld Auditorium opening at 6 p.m.

    “It is not a competition of one performer trying to beat out another, like in popular reality shows, but rather, a showing of each person’s individual talent,” said Sara Harris, the show’s organizer.

  • Gov. vetoes erasure legislation

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed a measure to allow the removal from public view of records of a person who is arrested but not convicted of a crime.

    Martinez, a former prosecutor, rejected the bill on Friday, saying the proposal would place a “significant impediment on the public’s and media’s right to know about information relating to convictions, arrests and other criminal proceedings.”