Local News

  • Legislature hires redistricting lawyers

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A team of private lawyers will defend the Democratic-controlled Legislature in a court fight over redistricting, state legislative leaders decided Monday despite objections from Republicans.

    The Legislative Council voted along party lines to authorize the lawyers.

    They will represent the Legislature in lawsuits over plans for new boundaries of districts for Congress, the state House of Representatives, the state Senate and Public Regulation Commission.

  • Water officials asking residents to cut back use

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — With highs in the 50s predicted for Albuquerque later this week, water officials are reminding residents to cut back on watering.

    Katherine Yuhas, conservation officer for the Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Water Authority, says plants need only half as much water as they needed in September, which means residents should cut watering times in half. Yuhas says reducing watering times helps plants get ready to become dormant for the winter.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 5, 2011

    In 1911

  • Looking Ahead - Oct. 5, 2011

    Suicide prevention training is Friday

    Breaking the Silence: Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Training will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, in the Leveo Sanchez Lecture Hall. This is a free "Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention" training.

  • Weather - Oct. 5, 2011

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. Southwest wind 10-20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 44. Southwest wind 10-15 mph.


  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas remains in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • Two regulators step down

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Two regulators Monday recused themselves from debate on an effort to repeal tough new anti-pollution rules after environmentalists raised questions about their impartiality.

    State Environmental Improvement Board members Greg Fulfer of Jal and James Casciano of Albuquerque said they believed they could be fair and impartial but decided to step down from the case to maintain the integrity of the seven-member board and head off any public perception of bias.

  • In Brief - News - Oct. 5, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Man pleads in trafficking case
    ALBUQUERQUE — A Zuni Pueblo man is facing 20 years in federal prison for trafficking in cocaine. The FBI in Albuquerque says 20-year-old Devon Wyaco pleaded guilty Monday to one count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

    Wyaco also faces up to five years of supervised release. Wyaco has been in federal custody since his arrest in March and remains detained pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

  • Scientists study bovine sickness

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    Associated Press

    VALLES CALDERA NATIONAL PRESERVE — The lush grass in northern New Mexico provides a strong lure for drought-stricken ranchers looking for a way to feed their animals. But grazing in the mountains brings a risk of bovine high altitude disease, a potentially fatal illness that costs the beef industry some $60 million a year.

  • Millions spent defending East

    The tab for defending Las Vegas City Schools and its employees against lawsuits stemming from the August 2008 football team assaults exceeds $6 million.

    The actual figure could be closer to $7 million because the settlement received by one of the victims and the amount spent on legal fees in one of the lawsuits have yet to be disclosed.

    The suits stem from an August 2008 incident in which older members of the football team sodomized younger players with broomsticks and terrorized others during a pre-season football camp in the Gallinas Canyon.