Local News

  • PNM: Rejecting plan will force closure

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The state’s largest electric utility says the rejection of its proposal by New Mexico regulators will lead to the complete closure of a coal-fired power plant that provides power to 2 million customers in the Southwest.

    Officials with the Public Service Co. of New Mexico on Tuesday reiterated the consequences if the state Public Regulation Commission does not approve a plan that calls for shutting down half of the plant to meet a federal mandate for reducing haze-causing pollution.

  • Mother pleads guilty in daughter’s death

    By Felicia Fonseca
    The Associated Press

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The mother of a 2-year-old girl whose death became emblematic of the lack of justice on tribal lands has pleaded guilty to a homicide charge in Navajo Nation court.

    Norena Joe was sentenced this week to a year in jail, which was suspended, and two years of probation. The acknowledgement that she was criminally negligent came seven years after the death of her daughter, Kiara Harvey.

  • In Brief - News - July 17, 2015

    The Associated Press
    Appeal hearing set for Rodella
    SANTA FE — A federal appeals court in Denver is set to hear arguments in the case of former Rio Arriba County sheriff Tommy Rodella, who received a 10-year prison sentence for violating a motorist’s civil rights while brandishing a handgun.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the appeal hearing has been scheduled for September 29.

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  • Revisiting the Kid’s death

    Las Vegas Optic

    He was arguably the most notorious outlaw to ever roam the New Mexico Territory.

    Billy the Kid developed a reputation as a young desperado, a stone-cold killer and a bold thief who terrorized New Mexico during its territorial days, although many believe his exploits have been greatly embellished.   

    This month marks the 134th anniversary of Billy the Kid’s death, but he continues to captivate and intrigue historians and regular people alike. And we continue to debate details about his life and death.

  • Luna to offer heavy equipment certification

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College will soon begin offering nationally recognized heavy equipment certifications. Students will be able to get certified in scrapers, bulldozers, all-terrain forklifts, skid loaders, backhoes, wheel loaders, excavators, motor graders and compaction equipment, LCC building trades instructor Joseph Montoya said.  

  • Spacecraft makes flyby of Pluto

    By Marcia Dunn
    AP Aerospace Writer

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — We’ve made it to Pluto by NASA’s calculations, the last stop on a planetary tour of the solar system a half-century in the making.

    The moment of closest approach for the New Horizons spacecraft came around 7:49 a.m. EDT Tuesday, culminating an epic journey from planet Earth that spanned more than 3 billion miles and 9½ years.

  • Looking Back - July 15, 2015

    In 1965
    Friday, July 16 — Highlands University’s hope for an immediate start on its new library was momentarily stalled Thursday when bids for the new structure exceeded the money available, Dr. Guy Burris, vice-president of Highlands, said this morning. Bidders and their bids on the library included Pecos Construction Co., Roswell, $839,636; W. R. Bauske and Co., Clovis, $839,843; La Mesa Builders, Albuquerque, $877,0000; and Compton Construction Co., Roswell, $950,654.

  • Looking ahead - News - July 15, 2015

    Block Party Event set for Saturday
    A Block Party/Mural Beautification Event will take place on Saturday, July 18 at 713 Railroad Ave. For more information, call Amistad y Resolana at 425-2687.

  • Weather - July 15, 2015

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5-10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.