Local News

  • Two will face poaching charges

    State police responding to a minor crash between two vehicles at the Old Las Vegas Highway and NM 283 this past Tuesday evening discovered a headless deer in one of the vehicles.

    “They just happened to have a deer in the back seat,” state police Lt. Craig Martin said, adding that the state Game and Fish Department was called to the accident. He said people involved in the collision sustained minor injuries and were treated and released at the scene.

  • In Brief - News - Sept. 14, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    High school teacher on leave

    BELEN — A New Mexico high school teacher has been placed on paid leave after students and school officials say they believe she was teaching while intoxicated.

    KOAT-TV is reporting that school officials say second-year math teacher Kathleen Jardine allegedly taught her students while drunk for more than five hours on Monday.

  • Census: Poverty rate soars

    By Hope Yen
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — The ranks of the nation’s poor swelled to nearly 1 in 6 people last year, reaching a new high as long-term unemployment woes left millions of Americans struggling and out of work. The number of uninsured edged up to 49.9 million, the biggest in over two decades.

  • Judge moves, delays Astorga case

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    The sentencing phase for an Albuquerque man convicted of murdering a Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputy will be moved out of Bernalillo County and delayed for at least six months, a state district judge ruled Monday.

    Judge Neil Candelaria granted a request from Michael Astorga’s attorney to change venues for a jury selection hearing over fears that Astorga may not get a fair trial. Astorga, who was convicted in the 2006 killing of Deputy James McGrane Jr., faces a possible death sentence.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 14, 2011

    In 1911

    Tuesday, Sept. 12 — Throughout northern New Mexico the candidacy of Secundino Romero of Las Vegas for nomination for governor of the new state by the coming state convention of the Republican Party is meeting with the approval of the members of that party. Recent visitors to Clayton, where court was in session last week, say that the Republicans of Union County are strong for Mr. Romero. In Colfax County the Republicans individually are expressing their approval of Mr. Romero as a candidate for the governor’s chair.

  • Looking Ahead - Sept. 16, 2011

    Carnegie hosts Story Time on Wednesday

    Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Charlie Needs a Cloak” by Tomie de Paola and the theme is “Happy Birthday, Mr. Tomie (Sept. 15).” All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Sept. 14, 2011

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 74. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming west. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Showers and thunderstorms likely at night. Cloudy, with a low around 50. East wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

    A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61. Southeast wind 10-15 mph. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.

  • FYI - News

    Police say they’ve made some prostitution-related busts at the New Mexico State Fair, according to The Associated Press. KRQE-TV reports that five prostitutes and three pimps were arrested Saturday night near the state fairgrounds. Two vehicles used to transport the prostitutes also were seized along with firearms that were in the possession of the pimps.

  • Baca found not guilty

    SANTA ROSA — Twenty-two months after Richard Baca shot and killed the man who was punching him during a road rage incident, a jury found him not guilty of voluntary manslaughter.

    Baca stood quietly with his defense team as the verdict was read inside a courtroom here at 2:46 p.m. Friday. He could have been sentenced to up to seven years in prison if he had been convicted.

    Audible gasps of relief spilled out from the handful of Baca family members in the courtroom as Judge Eugenio Mathis read the verdict.

  • Remembering 9/11

    By Larry Neumeister and Samantha Gross
    The Associated Press

    The names of the Sept. 11 dead, some called out by children barely old enough to remember their fallen mothers and fathers, echoed across ground zero Sunday in a haunting but hopeful tribute on the 10th anniversary of the terror attack. “Hope can grow from tragedy,” Vice President Joe Biden said at the Pentagon.