Local News

  • Jail Log - March 2, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Feb. 21 and Feb. 27:

  • PNM faces heat from groups

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The parent company of New Mexico’s largest electric provider on Wednesday announced it has started to turn things around, reporting earnings of more than $176 million for 2011 and improvements in ongoing earnings per share of nearly 25 percent.

    PNM Resources’ earnings report comes as environmental groups accuse it of pursuing rate hikes, higher profits and executive pay at a time when ratepayers are struggling.

  • Bataan survivors dwindling

    By Tonjia Rolan
    Clovis News Journal

    CLOVIS, N.M. — The horrific memories have faded but not disappeared for Clovis’ Alvin Fails, one of a dwindling number of area Bataan death march survivors.

    Telling his story from an easy chair, in which he now spends most of his days, the 95-year-old Fails recalled clearly the starvation rations on which he barely survived for almost four years in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp called O’Donnell.

  • In Brief - News - March 2, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Report: Suspect assaulted uncle

    CHARDON, Ohio — A sheriff's report says an Ohio school shooting suspect and his brother assaulted their uncle in 2009 when the uncle stopped by their house.

    The Geauga County Sheriff's Office report from December 2009 says suspect T.J. Lane jumped on his uncle and tried to choke him while his brother grabbed their uncle's legs.

    The report says Lane was helping his brother because he assumed he was being hurt by their uncle.

  • How TV made Jones into hearthrob

    By John Rogers
    The Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES — Before there was MTV, before “American Idol” made overnight stars of people you never heard of, there was “The Monkees,” a band fronted by a diminutive singer named Davy Jones who was so boyishly good looking that teenage girls swooned the first time they ever saw him.

  • Regents fire contractor

    The New Mexico Highlands University Student Center was supposed to have been completed this past December, but nearly three months later the massive glass structure sits unfinished at the northwest corner of National Avenue and Eighth Street.

    On Monday, the Highlands Board of Regents voted unanimously to immediately terminate the general contractor overseeing the construction and to turn the project over to Franken Construction. President Jim Fries said the university is now hoping that the building can be completed sometime this fall.

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  • Tree work at parks criticized

    An effort to prune and remove trees at several city parks hit a speed bump Monday when a local business owner raised concerns about the project.

    Manuel Martinez, who operates Plaza Burger, says some of the trees being removed are perfectly healthy, and he reached out to the mayor who has granted a temporary reprieve for Plaza Park.

    The tree project is being undertaken through a grant and is being done primarily for safety reasons. Pruning and tree removals are planned at Lincoln, Carnegie, Plaza, Keyes and South Pacific parks.

  • Mora officials pleased with $1.5M

    Mora County officials are still waiting to see whether the $1.5 million approved by lawmakers for the stalled courthouse project is going to survive the governor’s veto pen.

    If it does, County Manager Thomas M. Sanchez said, the county expects it will be able to complete work necessary to move some county offices into the now vacant shell.