Local News

  • Man acquitted in crash arrested

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A man who was acquitted of charges in a 2009 crash that killed four teenagers and seriously injured a fifth was arrested early Saturday and is facing a new drunken driving charge.

    Santa Fe County jail records show Scott Owens, 30, was booked before dawn after being arrested by a Santa Fe police officer on charges of aggravated DWI and speeding. He was later released on a $2,000 bond.

    Last April, jurors found Owens not guilty of charges related to the 2009 crash.

  • Looking Back - News - March 19, 2012

    In 1912

    Tuesday, March 12 — The report of superintendent Rufus Mead showed the schools of the East side to be in flourishing condition. The registration for the second and last semester of the school year was 713, which is next to the highest enrollment in the history of the school.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 19, 2012

    Story time at Carnegie

    Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. this Wednesday in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” by Nancy Carlson. The theme for the month is “Woman’s Month - Books Written for Children by Women.” Free and open to the public.

  • Weather - March 19, 2012

    A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 42. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. Breezy, with a west wind 15- 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.


  • Obama: Kill oil tax breaks

    By Ken Thomas
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Pump prices on his mind, President Barack Obama says Congress should kill tax breaks for the oil and gas industry and help develop alternative sources of energy.

  • In Brief - News - March 19, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Task force praised for work
    LAS CRUCES — A special border task force and increased federal support are being credited for helping reduce illegal migrant traffic along the U.S.-Mexico border in New Mexico.

    Ranchers on New Mexico’s border praised the Southwestern Border Security Task Force this week for the dramatic drop in border arrests in just six years, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.

  • Regulators scrap emissions rules

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico regulators pulled the plug Friday on the state’s effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions among coal-fired power plants, refineries and other large polluters.

    The Environmental Improvement Board adopted a repeal petition filed last year by utilities and industry groups that were concerned about rising costs and New Mexico’s economic viability.

  • Guilty plea in fatal DWI case

    The man who authorities say was drunk when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges related to the deaths of his five passengers.

    Mario Trujillo, 55, faces a sentence ranging from 12 to 25 years under the terms of the plea agreement, though he will get credit for the time he has already spent behind bars. The sentencing hearing has been tentatively set for June 5.

    District Attorney Richard Flores said his office will ask Judge Eugenio Mathis to impose the maximum sentence under the agreement.

  • Mora magistrate disciplined

    SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court has disciplined Mora Magistrate John Sanchez for violating the code of judicial conduct in the handling of a family member’s criminal case in 2009.

    Sanchez was formally reprimanded, placed on supervised probation for 12 months, ordered to take an online course, and required to submit to a 12-month mentorship.

  • Chasing a Dream

    Lynette Diaz lives thousands of miles away from the place she once called home.

    Diaz, a 1987 graduate of West Las Vegas High School, lives in Christchurch, New Zealand. There Diaz, along with her two teenage sons have a good life that includes Diaz’s evolving music career. Her passion for music was not so evident while she was here in the Meadow City.

    She said she became interested in music by “accident.”