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Today's News

  • Gascon Toddler drowned

    A 2-year old Mora County boy died after falling into a septic tank last week, authorities said.

    Family members told police that Micah Martinez had been playing in the yard in Gascon on Tuesday. When family members called him for dinner, he did not respond, and they started searching the property for him.

    He was found floating in the open septic tank, state police said in a news release.

    He was pronounced dead at Alta Vista Medical Center.

  • Backyard Paradise

    Jan Arrott's home is surrounded by wide open spaces and the throngs of birds that flock to the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge.

    “I consider this my paradise,” says Arrott, who bought her home and land near the refuge in the late 1990s.

    Walk onto her property, and you are welcomed by the sounds of the birds she feeds daily. Arrott, an avid bird watcher, enjoys watching the birds that migrate to the area.

  • Former corrections official indicted

    ALBUQUERQUE. — A former New Mexico Corrections Department official accused of accepting $237,080 in bribes from a roofing company in exchange for selecting the company for numerous government projects has been indicted on federal charges.

  • HU Recognition Banquet
  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Thursday, April 18 — Broncho Bill is at large! That noted murderer, train robber, crack shot, former cowboy of Grant County and desperado, with a more thrilling history than Diamond Dick or some of the other heroes of the dime novel library, and whose face has the half amused smile “that won’t come off” made his escape from the New Mexico penitentiary some time Sunday night. Broncho Bill, whose real name is William Walters, ... was serving a life sentence for murder and what not...

  • Looking Ahead

    Fort Union talk this Thursday

    Fort Union National Monument will hold its monthly “Glimpses of the Past” presentation focusing on the 3rd New Mexico Volunteer Infantry  at 7 p.m. Thursday at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St. The event is free.

  • Weather

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 77. Windy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, increasing to 30-35 mph. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 49. Windy, with a west wind 25-30 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Windy, with a west wind 25-35 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Partly cloudy and breezy at night, with a low around 36.

    Wednesday

  • FYI - News

    Former Gov. Gary Johnson plans to make what he calls a major announcement this week in New Hampshire, The Associated Press is reporting. Johnson has scheduled a news conference for Thursday on the steps of the New Hampshire State Capitol in Concord to discuss his plans for the 2012 election. Johnson has been mentioned as a possible Republican presidential candidate.

  • Law clears way for more state police applicants

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Legislation signed by Gov. Susana Martinez will open the door for more people, including young soldiers coming home from war and other assignments, to apply to become state police officers.

    Until now, New Mexico mandated that applicants have at least 30 hours of college credits to be hired by the agency, and they had to accumulate more credits on a schedule approved by the chief.

  • 13-year-old boy convicted of murdering woman

    The Associated Press

    PORTALES — A 13-year-old boy was found guilty of murder in the death of a 21-year-old Eastern New Mexico University student.

    The Roosevelt County jury returned guilty verdicts late Friday against the boy in the July 2010 death of Angel Vale.

    The boy was convicted on charges that included second-degree murder, aggravated burglary, tampering with evidence and larceny.

    He faces a maximum sentence of commitment in a Children, Youth and Families Department group facility until age 21.