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Today's News

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    SANTA FE — The state auditor’s office has withdrawn from an audit of the Public Regulation Commission, saying the agency’s chairman tried to obstruct the planned examination of travel and other expenses.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

  • Annual health fair, run set for this Saturday

    Free health screenings and information will be featured at the free Community Health Fair sponsored by Alta Vista Regional Hospital from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the city of Las Vegas Abe Montoya Recreation Center gymnasium.

    “I look forward to visiting with community members at this years’ health fair,” says Maridel Acosta, chief executive officer at Alta Vista Regional Hospital. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness on health promotion and health education.”

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 16, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • Third Annual Ain’t Got No Frijoles Blues Festival, 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Sept. 16 with Wayne Roper and Unfinished Business and the Kenny Skywolf Band at the Plaza Hotel Ballroom. Tickets are needed for the Friday evening concert and may be purchased at the Plaza Hotel, Love Music and Travelers Cafe. Free concert from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Plaza Park featuring Jeff Romero and the Rainy Morning Blues Band, Wayne Roper and Unfinished Business, Kenny Skywolf Band and the Albuquerque Blues Connection. For more information, call 454-6771.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! RADIO THREATS. Let this be a lesson for all who get their hands on a radio used by emergency personnel — don’t mess around with it. The Federal Communications Commissions has announced that it intends to impose a $25,000 fine against a local man who got hold of a police radio and used it in an inappropriate way.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Sept. 16, 2011
  • Lawmaker's Perspective: Redistricting the main focus

    The legislature is meeting in special session to consider redistricting legislation and a slew of other issues that the governor has placed on the agenda. The difficulty is that communication between the governor and the legislature has been very limited leading up to this session, foreshadowing a contentious few weeks.

    New Mexico now more than ever needs the governor and the legislature to communicate, cooperate and collaborate.

  • Nuestra Historia - Montezuma’s seminary in exile

    The U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops purchased the Montezuma property in 1937, and a Catholic seminary was established at the site for the education and religious training of Mexican seminarians, under the direction of a Mexican order of Jesuit priests.

    It is common knowledge that for many years Montezuma served as a Catholic seminary, but seldom do historical or other accounts explain why a Mexican seminary came to be located in the United States, five miles north of Las Vegas. We will provide that explanation in this column.