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  • Services set for former archbishop

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Former Santa Fe Archbishop Robert Fortune Sanchez, who became the nation’s first Hispanic bishop in 1974 and headed New Mexico’s largest Catholic diocese for nearly two decades before resigning over sex allegations, has died. He was 77.

    He was surrounded by his family when he died Friday in Albuquerque, said officials with the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. It did not release the cause of death but said Sanchez had been ill.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Jan. 23, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Governor pushing for anti-corruption laws

    ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez is urging the New Mexico legislature to enact what’s she’s calling significant anti-corruption legislation.

    The Republican governor’s office says she plans a noon press conference in Albuquerque on Sunday with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to drum up support for her proposals.

  • Looking Back - News - Jan. 23, 2012

    In 1935

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 23, 2012

    City candidate workshop rescheduled

    The candidate workshop planned for today, Jan. 23, has been rescheduled due to a conflict with KFUN’s candidate forum. The informational workshops will now be held Jan. 30, 31 and Feb. 6 at City Hall. All three workshops will begin at 5:30 p.m.

  • Weather - Jan. 23, 2012

    Partly sunny, with a high near 50. West wind 10-15 mph. A slight chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. West wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

    A chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. North wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21.


  • City worker has criminal past

    The city of Las Vegas employee charged with stabbing a co-worker outside City Hall last week already had an extensive criminal record when he was hired by the city’s wastewater department three months ago.

    Christopher Gallegos, 30, who lives on South Pacific, has been in prison, jail or on probation for much of the last seven years. His rap sheet includes everything from trafficking heroin to aggravated assault for firing a shotgun into a home occupied by a man and his 12-year-old son.

  • Safety issues force move of bandroom

    MORA — All band classes at the Mora Independent School District have been relocated due to safety concerns raised by the state Fire Marshal’s Office.

    The elementary-middle school gym houses the district’s band room and is the place where all of the district’s band classes are taught.

    The facility was padlocked last Friday.

    At issue are barrel bolt locks that are being used to secure the facility. The Fire Marshal’s Office has ordered that all barrel bolt locks be re-moved from the gym.   

  • Farewell

    Nearly 10 years after the Rev. John Brasher arrived in Las Vegas to become pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows, he is moving on.

    Brasher’s last day at Our Lady of Sorrows was Thursday. He has been appointed pastor of Holy Family-St. Joseph in the Roy-Mosquero area and of Santa Clara parish  in Wagon Mound.

  • Heart attack claims retired professor

    A New Mexico Highlands University professor who spent decades mentoring students before retiring and volunteering his time to community causes has died.

    Kim Allen Kirkpatrick died Jan. 12 at an Albuquerque hospital after suffering a heart attack. He was 74.

  • Looking Back - News - Jan. 20, 2012

    In 1935

    Monday, Jan. 21 — By late spring Las Vegas will have entertainment facilities comparable to communities of much larger size, according to a double announcement made this morning by Elwood Voorhees, manager of the Fox-Coronado. First, Mr. Voorhees announced the starting of work today on the new Plaza theatre in West Las Vegas. The new building will be on the same site on Bridge Street as the old Plaza (formerly the Mutual) which was destroyed by fire September 14.