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Today's News

  • Remembering summer times on the ranch

    And then just out of the blue, as they say, comes a long letter from one of our so many (about 60) kids that lived and worked with us during our busy dude ranch/cattle ranch operation. What a happy time to reminisce about life, the life and times of an important era in these many teenagers’ history.

  • Sewage as drinking water?

    By Angela K. Brown
    The Associated Press

    FORT WORTH, Texas  — In parched West Texas, it’s often easier to drill for oil than to find new sources of water.

    So after years of diminishing water supplies made even worse by the second-most severe drought in state history, some communities are resorting to a plan that might have seemed absurd a generation ago: turning sewage into drinking water.

  • In Brief

    MEMPHIS, Tenn.  — A school principal was killed Wednesday in an apparent homicide at a private school and a 17-year-old student was taken into custody, police said.

    Officers said the body of Suzette York, 49, was discovered by a teacher shortly after 11 a.m. at Memphis Junior Academy, a Seventh-day Adventist Church-affiliated school in east Memphis.

    Police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said the student was taken into custody at the school.

    A motive and cause of death were not immediately disclosed.

  • In Brief

    PELLA, Iowa — Republican Mitt Romney is criticizing President Barack Obama for his plans to embark on a Midwestern bus tour while the economy is struggling.

    Romney is in central Iowa talking about jobs and the nation’s business climate. He’s attending a GOP fundraiser in Des Moines ahead of Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate in Ames.
    Romney says he would tell Obama, “I sure as heck wouldn’t be on a bus tour if I were president.”

  • In Brief

    BIRMINGHAM, England — With police nowhere to be seen, the Muslims of Dudley Road armed themselves with bricks and stones, clubs and cricket bats to fend off carloads of marauding gangs.

    Their vigilante stand in Birmingham’s west end saved a humble row of family-run shops and a red-brick mosque from the looters’ grasp — but at a terrible cost.

  • In Brief

     MEXICO CITY  — A radical group that opposes nanotechnology has has claimed responsibility for at least two bombing attacks on researchers in Mexico, and it praises the “Unabomber,” whose mail-bombs killed three people and injured 23 in the United States.

    A manifesto posted Tuesday on a radical website mentions at least five other Mexican researchers whose work it opposes, and lauded Theodore Kaczynski, who is serving a life sentence for bombs that targeted university professors and airline executives.

  • Man charged with 8th DWI

    When officer Sammy Clouthier came upon the silver Dodge Ram parked in the middle of Bond Street in Wagon Mound shortly before 7 p.m. last Wednesday he activated his red emergency lights and went to see what the problem was.

    Clouthier, an officer with the New Mexico Department of Public Safety’s Motor Transportation Police, ended up taking John Apodaca, 53, of the 1100 block of Railroad Avenue in Wagon Mound, into custody on a drunken driving charge.

    It wasn’t Apodaca’s first drunken driving arrest. Or his second. Or even his third.

  • $100K needed for new city incinerator

    By Amanda Skotchdopole
    For the Optic

    The city of Las Vegas has been cremating animals euthanized at its shelter for years, but that practice changed recently when it learned that its incinerator was no longer safe to operate.

    The incinerator, which is used as a crematory for both euthanized animals and roadkill, has been out of commission for three months.

    The determination that the incinerator is no longer safe to operate came from NCE-Crawford-Emcotek, the company that manufactured it.

  • Moving Day

    After being closed for a year for a major expansion that never happened, West Las Vegas’ Tony Serna Elementary is getting set to reopen.

    Although the expansion fell through, the district replaced sewer lines that had collapsed, renovated bathrooms throughout the school and painted classrooms.

    The school’s kitchen is currently being gutted and redone, and the Public School Facilities Authority recently announced that the district would be receiving money for a roof project at Tony Serna.

  • Block a suspect in stolen car case

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr., already accused of misusing campaign money and under investigation for questionable charges on his state-issued gas card, is now a suspect in a stolen vehicle case, according to Santa Fe police.

    Police told KOB-TV Monday that Block is accused of test driving a used Honda from Capitol City Auto and never returning it. Police say the car was missing for three weeks before it was found undamaged last week on the Plaza in downtown Santa Fe.