Local News

  • Technology tested at White Sands

    The Associated Press
    LAS CRUCES — Some 3,800 Fort Bliss troops have descended upon White Sands Missile Range with orders to carry out a massive test of cutting-edge technology that could soon find its way into the hands of American soldiers on the battlefield. The devices include smartphones to monitor soldiers' positions, map out areas or locations of the enemy and send real-time reports to higher-ups.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 18, 2011

    In 1911

    Wednesday, Nov. 15 — At the annual meeting of the Commercial club of Las Vegas held last night in the spacious club rooms in the Masonic Temple, W.J. Lucas was re-elected to the office of president for the fourth consecutive term, and W.E. Gortner was chosen to succeed M.W. Browne in the office of vice president. Following this occurred the election of ten directors. John D. Hess, secretary of the club, in his report of the condition of the organization stated that the debt on the club is gradually being reduced...

  • Weather - Nov. 18, 2011

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. West wind 15-20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 33. West wind around 15 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Windy, with a west wind  20-30 mph and gusts as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 30.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 33.

  • FYI - News - Nov. 18, 2011

    The San Miguel County Commission has designating today, Nov. 18, as Wear Your Pearls Day in an effort to bring attention to November being lung cancer awareness month. The county is holding a walk in support of New Mexicans with lung cancer, beginning at 3 p.m. today at the new county bike path on Cinder Road.

  • Fundraising being investigated

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A federal grand jury is investigating whether former Gov. Bill Richardson violated campaign finance laws during his unsuccessful bid for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination by raising money to settle a threatened lawsuit by a woman who worked in state government, the Albuquerque Journal reported Wednesday.

    The Journal attributed its report to unnamed lawyers who said the grand jury has been hearing testimony in Albuquerque since at least September.

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 18, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    State OKs bond sales for projects
    SANTA FE — The state Board of Finance says it is netting a nearly historic low rate on bonds to finance almost $51 million in capital improvements across New Mexico.

    The board on Tuesday accepted bids from JP Morgan Securities that provide for a “true interest cost” of 1.68 percent on state bonds backed by severance tax revenues.

  • Regulators consider disclosure rule

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico oil and natural gas producers would be required to disclose the fluids used in hydraulic fracturing operations under a proposal pending before the state Oil Conservation Commission.

    A public hearing before the commission started Thursday in Santa Fe.

  • Feldman exits mayor’s race

    With city elections four months away one of the contenders for the mayoral post is  pulling the plug on his campaign and withdrawing from political life.

    City Councilman Andrew Feldman, who announced in June that he is running for mayor, has changed his mind.

    “I’ve given four years to trying to make the city better, and it’s time for me to step aside and let someone else do it,” he said.

    Feldman added that he also will not seek re-election for his council position. The Ward 3 councilman’s term expires in March.

  • American Idol, Vegas style
  • PNM closing its payment center

    PNM customers used to paying their electric bills in person at the company’s Railroad Avenue office won’t have that option much longer.

    Public Service Company of New Mexico has announced it is closing its eight remaining payment centers across the state, including the one in Las Vegas. The company had previously discontinued its payment centers in most other communities in 2009.

    The Las Vegas payment center will close on Dec. 16. Two local employees will be laid off as a result.