Local News

  • Recycling center closed Saturdays

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Recycling Center is now closed on Saturdays.

    “We simply don’t have the manpower to staff the recycling center on the weekends,” said Ira Harge, the university’s part-time recycling coordinator. “If we can get volunteers to help at the center on Saturdays we will gladly reopen that day.”

    The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • State police make DWI arrests

    State police have made several drunken driving arrests in recent weeks, including one man booked on a sixth DWI after wrecking his truck, another man charged with a fourth DWI after being stopped at a checkpoint and a third man who had a child with him when he was taken into custody.

  • Bribery probe figure donated $54K to Richardson

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A Las Cruces businessman entangled in an alleged pay-to-play scheme for judicial appointments has contributed more than $50,000 to former Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson and played a role in Richardson hiring a state investment officer who’s been implicated in a separate public corruption scandal.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Thursday, May 25 — For the theft of a pair of shoes valued at $2.50, Juan Salazar will spend not less than nine months nor more than one year in the territorial penitentiary. An indictment against Salazar was returned last evening by the grand jury. Judge Roberts held a short session of the district court this afternoon during which Salazar was brought in. He pleaded guilty and was given sentence, the terms of which are stated above. The shoes were stolen a few days ago from the Romero Mercantile company.

  • Looking Ahead

    Spring Concert is Tuesday

    The award winning Memorial Middle School Bands will be host to a Spring Concert at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the MMS gym. Concert goers will be entertained with music of various styles to include traditional Concert Marches, Overtures, Ballads Swing, Rock, Latin Rock and more.

  • Weather - May 23, 2011

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Breezy, with a calm wind becoming west 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 43. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Windy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy and windy at night, with a low around 43.


  • FYI

    New Mexico’s centennial license plate is getting rave reviews for its design. Gov. Susana Martinez and other state officials received plaques last week by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association for New Mexico having the best license plate in the nation for 2010, according to The Associated Press. The turquoise-colored plate features a Zia sun symbol.

  • ‘Our greatest loss’

    Rita Romero dropped off her husband, Frank, at work Wednesday morning, their regular routine since high gas prices convinced them it was time to start carpooling.

    “I kissed him goodbye, said I love you, I’ll see you at 4 o’clock,” Rita Romero said, her voice cracking with emotion. “That was it.”

  • Union: Accident was preventable

    A state union official says the Wednesday accident that left two men dead didn’t have to happen.

    “The problem for us is that had (the city) followed half of the stuff they were supposed to do, these guys ... would be alive right now,” said Joel Villareal, staff representative with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 18 in Albuquerque.

  • Romero loved to laugh

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    Frank and Rita Romero moved to Las Vegas from California four years ago looking for a fresh start.

    “After our son passed away, we just decided to have a new life and start over,” Rita Romero said.

    On Wednesday their fresh start turned tragic. Frank Romero, 49, and another city worker were inside an 8- or 9-foot trench when it collapsed, killing both of them.

    “It’s a huge loss, but hopefully my son was there to greet him,” Rita Romero said.