Local News

  • Radiation found in milk

    By Mary Clare Jalonick
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — Low levels of radiation have turned up in milk samples from two West Coast states. Officials say there is no public health threat.

    Traces of radioactive Iodine-131 were found in milk in California and Washington state, according to federal and state authorities who are monitoring for contamination as the nuclear crisis unfolds in Japan.

    The officials say the levels are still 5,000 times below levels of concern.

  • Cirque Montage to perform

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents Cirque Montage at 4 p.m. on April 10 in the university’s historic Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    Cirque Montage has a reputation for dazzling audiences with its traditional and cutting-edge circus acts featuring acrobats, aerial strap artists, balancers, contortionists, jugglers, acro-dancers and much more.

    Cirque Montage formed in 2005, features artists from Cirque du Soleil as well as new talent.  

  • Autopsy: dog bites killed NM man

    By Sue Major Holmes
    Associated Press Writer

    ALBUQUERQUE — Bites from a relentless pack of dogs killed a 55-year-old man with a history of seizures who was found lying unconscious along the side of a road while the animals mauled him, a medical examiner's report said.

    McKinley County deputies had to chase the dogs away so emergency medical technicians could help Larry Armstrong, who was found lying on the ground Dec. 8 in the small community of Sundance, on Navajo Nation land near Gallup.

  • In Brief

    The Associated Press

    Police chief back in court

    LAS CRUCES — A federal judge is to hear an appeal Thursday from the police chief of a New Mexico border town who is one of a dozen people accused of being part of a gun smuggling ring that prosecutors allege bought weapons to send to Mexico.

    The suspended Columbus police chief, 40-year-old Angelo Vega, has appealed an order to hold him pending trial.

    The U.S. Attorney's Office opposes his release, and filed a response Wednesday to his appeal.

  • Murder suspect arraigned

    Suzanne Aguilar called 911 at about 7:26 a.m. Friday and told the dispatcher that she had stabbed her husband.

    When police arrived at the home on the 1400 block of Salazar Street, they found Michael Martinez lying on a bed and could see that he had been stabbed. He wasn’t breathing, and his body was cold. Officers tried to revive him but were unsuccessful.

    Those are among the scant details contained in court documents filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court on Monday charging Aguilar, 45, with an open count of murder and tampering with evidence.

  • School on the Rise

    Two years ago, Paul D. Henry Elementary was designated as a school in need of improvement. Now it’s being recognized by the state for its success in student achievement.

    What a difference two years make.

    “Paul D. Henry is now one of only 15 schools in the state that was named a ‘School on the Rise’ by Gov. Susana Martinez,” Principal Aylene Romero-Griego said.

  • Looking Back

    In 1968

    Tuesday, Nov. 12 — The seventh annual Brown Extemporaneous Speaking Contest will be held Thursday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. in University Hall, according to Walter Brunet, faculty member of the Highlands Speech Department. Presented by the Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha speech fraternity and the Highlands University Forensic Club, the contest will have six finalists competing for one of four (cash) prizes (ranging form $15 for first to $5 to fourth) and trophies from Melvin R. Brown, sponsor of the contest.

  • Looking Ahead

    Running Dry trilogy to be shown Sunday

    NMHU’s Sustainability Club, Sustainable Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Community Water Board will host filmmaker Jim Thebaut and present a special screening of his Running Dry “call to action” film trilogy at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Leveo V. Sanchez Lecture Hall, adjacent to Donnelly Library. For more information, call 425-6008.

  • Weather

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. South wind 5-15 mph, becoming northwest. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 35. Northwest wind 10-15 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 73. Northwest wind around 10 mph, becoming southwest. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 37.

    Sunny, with a high near 69. Clear at night, with a low of 43.


  • FYI - News

    Archaeologist Maria Garcia is the new supervisor of Santa Fe National Forest. She succeeds Daniel Jiron in overseeing five ranger districts on 1.6 million acres on the northern New Mexico forest. She has worked in various jobs for the U.S. Forest Service. Garcia began working for the Forest Service in 1989 as an archaeologist on the Carson National Forest in New Mexico.