Local News

  • 21 charter school applications up for review

    The Associated Press

    Twenty-one charter schools are making their cases for establishment before the New Mexico Public Education Commission.

    Out of the 21 applicants, 10 are in Albuquerque and at least two in Las Cruces and two others in Santa Fe. Some are centered around providing education to at-risk students from various ethnic backgrounds to concentrating on math and science. All of the charter school applicants must establish their curriculums and how the school will sustain itself financially.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 16, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Sept.7 and Sept. 13:

    Roberta Griego, 46, positive UA
    William Valencia, 58, shoplifting
    Robert Salinas, 26, failure to pay fines, failure to report to probation supervisor
    Victoria Chavez, 28, larceny, possession, delivery or manufacturing of drug paraphernalia
    Jenny Montaño, 25, abandonment or abuse of a child
    Francisco Paredes, 34, felony warrant, bench warrant
    Amanda Palomino, 27, APO sanction
    Alfred Garcia, 61, mental health hold
    Edward Garcia, 43, APO warrant

  • N.M. journalist, author Howard Bryan dies

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Howard Bryan, an Ohio-born writer who moved to New Mexico to become one of the state’s most well-known journalists and the author of a number of books about his adopted state, died Saturday, publisher and friend Marcia Keegan said. He was 91.

    Keehan said Bryan died in his Albuquerque home from a cancerous tumor in his nose. Long-time friend and former Albuquerque Tribune colleague Ollie Reed said Bryan was diagnosed with cancer in May but refused to stop reading or sharing his writings about the American Southwest with visitors.

  • In Brief - News - Sept. 16, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Auditor withdraws from PRC review

    SANTA FE — The state auditor’s office has withdrawn from an audit of the Public Regulation Commission, saying the agency’s chairman tried to obstruct the planned examination of travel and other expenses.

    The audit was prompted by allegations against PRC member Jerome Block Jr.

    PRC Chairman Pat Lyons said Thursday he welcomed an independent audit. The commission will hire an outside firm to do the audit and the firm must be approved by the state auditor.

  • Immigrant licenses slowing

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The flow of driver’s licenses to immigrants has slowed in New Mexico since the state tightened its application system last year, but the drop-off steepened after Republican Gov. Susana Martinez took office in January promising to end the licensing policy, according to a review of state records by The Associated Press.

  • New Mexico faces record drought

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico is seeing some late summer rainfall, but weather forecasters say it hasn’t been enough to make up for a year of drought.
    August proved helpful for the Santa Fe area’s moisture deficit, but it also was one of the hottest months on record, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

    And meteorologist Kerry Jones told the newspaper that Santa Fe is still more than 3 inches behind the average precipitation for the year.

  • NMHU partners with school board

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Forestry and Watershed Restoration Institute and the Alamo Navajo School Board created a successful ongoing partnership in 2010 that combines job creation with forest restoration.

    The Institute trained an Alamo Navajo forest crew to thin piñon and juniper forests near their remote reservation 57 miles southeast of Socorro.

    Thinning improves forest health and helps reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire. The forest worker jobs are helping reduce poverty on the Alamo Navajo Reservation.

  • West policy upsets advocate

    A policy passed unanimously by the West Las Vegas School Board late last week has Raychel Hosch in complete and strong disagreement. The policy prohibits the use of video or audio recorders during Individual Educational Program meetings at the district.

    IEP meetings are held to determine what services are needed by a special education student.

  • Honoring Jesse
  • FCC plans to fine area man $25,000

    The Federal Communications Commission plans to levy a $25,000 fine against a Las Vegas man who obtained a police radio and allegedly used it to threaten local officers and their families.

    Estevan J. Gutierrez, 23, has until Sept. 30 to contest the proposed fine, according to the Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture released by the FCC on Sept. 1. According to the FCC, Gutierrez’s actions forced the Las Vegas Police Department to switch to a backup channel for dispatch operations due to the radio interference.

    The incident occurred in February.