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Today's News

  • Weather - July 15, 2011

    Friday
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming south 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 58. Southwest wind 5-15 mph.

    Saturday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming south 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 60.

    Sunday

  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas is in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • A Hero’s Welcome

    By Erica Werner
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — The soldier in uniform extended his prosthetic hand after losing his own in battle. And the commander in chief reached out to clasp it.

    It was a sobering moment toward the end of a moving ceremony at the White House Tuesday, as President Barack Obama awarded the nation’s highest military honor to Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry for his brave actions to protect his comrades in the firefight that cost him his right hand.

  • Fire could have been averted

    From the Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The state’s largest wildfire might have been averted if the caretaker of a private ranch had been around the day a dead tree was blown onto a power line, igniting the blaze that went on to threaten the nation’s premier nuclear facility and thousands of homes.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Contracting questioned

    SANTA FE — Attorney General Gary King says the State Investment Council mishandled contracting for a law firm to help deal with a federal investigation of New Mexico investments.

    King released a letter Wednesday saying the agency should have used a competitive bidding process to select the firm. Instead, the council used a firm it had contracted with in 2005 and made several contract amendments to expand the scope of work in 2009.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news`

    THUMBS UP! GUBERNATORIAL ATTENTION. When 78 percent of the state is in “extreme or exceptional drought conditions,” as State Engineer John D’Antonio said last week, it’s flattering to see Gov. Susana Martinez give attention to Las Vegas’ water needs. But that’s just what she, and several other state and federal officials, did last week by attending a ceremonial groundbreaking and signing of a water purchase agreement to help the city with its dire water situation.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 15, 2010
  • Nuestra Historia - The railroad bypasses Las Vegas

    By 1871 there existed a transcontinental railroad across the United States, spanning the northern Great Plains, and soon plans were in place to run a rail line to the southwest, roughly along the route of the Santa Fe Trail.  
    Thus was commenced a new railway  from Topeka, Kansas, to Santa Fe. (As early as 1863 the Atchison & Topeka Railroad added Santa Fe to its company name,  when it decided that New Mexico’s capital city would be the southern destination of its rail line.)

  • Que Pasa - July 15, 2011

    SATURDAY SÁBADO
    • The Missoula Children’s Theatre will present a production of “The Princess and the Pea” at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Ilfeld Auditorium. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $8 for general admission and $4 for children 12 and under.

    • Movies in the Park, this weeks showing is Finding Nemo starting at dusk on Saturday, July 16 at Carnegie Library Park (weather permitting). Popcorn, drinks and snacks will be for sale by the Friends of the Library

  • Jean Hill new president of psychology association

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Jean Hill, director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at New Mexico Highlands University, was elected president for the Society for Community Research and Action, an international organization for psychologists.

    Hill is  well-known in community psychology and co-authored Community Psychology: Linking Individuals and Communities, a college textbook published earlier this year.