Local News

  • Weather - May 20, 2011

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 63. West wind 10-20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 39. West wind 10-20 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 43.

    Sunny, with a high near 77. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 44.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    5:54 a.m. to 8:01 p.m.

  • FYI

    Level III fire restrictions remain in place in San Miguel County. Under the restrictions, campfires, white gas stoves, open fires, controlled burning, charcoal grills and fireworks are prohibited. All Terrain vehicles without spark arresters and motorcycles and vehicles with catalytic converters are restricted to maintained roadways. Anyone found violating the restrictions could be fined up to $1,000.

  • FYI - News

    The Santa Fe National Forest is implementing fire restrictions, according to The Associated Press. The restrictions will not apply to the Chama River Canyon Wilderness, Dome Wilderness, Pecos Wilderness and San Pedro Parks Wilderness. Campfires will be limited to designated camp and picnic grounds with grills and fire rings. Smoking will be permitted only in vehicles or buildings or in developed recreation sites. Federally managed lands in the adjacent Manzano and Gallinas mountains are closed due to fire danger.

  • Groups call for trapping ban

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Conservation groups want wildlife officials to ban all recreational and commercial trapping on public lands in New Mexico.

    The request was made this week despite a recent recommendation that game commissioners reconsider a temporary trapping ban in place in southwestern New Mexico where Mexican gray wolves have been reintroduced. The suggestion came from a small business task force appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Station gets $6.7M award

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Department of Transportation has awarded $6.7 million for construction of a new commuter rail station on Montaño Road.

    Located in the heart of Albuquerque, the Montaño Intermodal Center will link ABQ Ride buses and the New Mexico Rail Runner Express.

    The four-acre center will be located on Montaño Road, a major connector that crosses the Rio Grande and one of only a few streets that spans the entire city from east to west.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Old sayings and dichos in various contexts

    “That’s a lot of baloney.” Yes, we do have some strange sayings in our English language dichos, don’t we? I heard a friend say that very phrase recently, and true to form, I do know what a lot of baloney is, in another context.

  • BREAKING: Two city workers killed in accident

    Two city of Las Vegas utilities department employees were killed Wednesday morning when the ditch they were working in collapsed on them, City Attorney David Romero confirmed.
    Gene Hern and Frank Romero died at the scene.
    "We are still in shock and trying to address the needs of all concerned,  including family members and coworkers," Romero said. "The primary concern now is for the families of the deceased."
    He said Hern and Romero were working on a sewer line near Cinder Road and Palo Verde when the accident occurred.

  • BREAKING: City Schools board rejects superintendent finalists

    A divided Las Vegas City Schools Board voted to not hire any of the four finalists for the superintendent post.

    Board member Ricky Serna made the motion, explaining that he was looking for someone who could take the district from where it is to a model for education reform. He said that based on the interviews, he did not think any of the remaining finalists could do that.

  • West losing employees to cut costs

    A handful of West Las Vegas Schools district employees will soon be looking for a job, according to superintendent Ruben Cordova.

    Cordova said budget problems are keeping the district from rehiring some first- and second- year employees. Those employees do not have tenure.

    The district, meanwhile, is taking steps to ensure it can lay off tenured teachers, should budget problems require that at a future date. Districts officials stressed that there are currently no plans to lay off tenured teachers.

  • Bribery case rocks judiciary

    By Barry Massey and Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    The state Supreme Court on Monday suspended a judge who was indicted on bribery charges in what the governor and a prosecutor said is just the beginning of the latest investigation into pay-to-play allegations against former Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration.

    The court issued an order Monday that suspends state District Judge Michael Murphy immediately without pay. The suspension remains in effect until further action by the court.