Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 18, 2012

    McGarrity book signing this Sunday

    Michael McGarrity, author of the Kevin Kerney crime novels, will be at Tome on the Range, 158 Bridge St., at 3 p.m. this Sunday to sign his new book, Hard Country: A Novel of the Old West. The book is the first in a trilogy, chronicling the tragedies and triumphs of the fictional Kerney’s ancestors from 1875 through World War I as they settled New Mexico.

  • Weather - May 18, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Breezy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 47. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 78. West wind 10-15 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 44.

  • Night Sky Special Event

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  • Eclipse visible from China to Texas

    By Alicia Chang
    AP Science Writer

    LOS ANGELES — Sunrises and sunsets often dazzle, but they’ll have a special ring to them in a few days for people in the western United States and eastern Asia: The moon will slide across the sun, blocking everything but a blazing halo of light.

    It’s been almost two decades since a “ring of fire” eclipse was visible in the continental United States. To celebrate the end of that drought, nearly three dozen national parks in the path of the eclipse will host viewing parties.

  • Investigation launched

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — The New Mexico Corrections Department has launched an investigation into a then warden accused of thwarting an FBI probe into an alleged rape of an inmate by a guard.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - May 18, 2012

    THUMBS UP! ACCREDITED AGAIN. In the world of colleges and universities, accreditation is always a big deal. And in a town such as Las Vegas, where educational institutions are among the largest employers, an accreditation for the university that trains most local teachers is an even bigger deal. So, needless to say, the Highlands University School of Education’s re-accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education is a real cause for celebration.

  • Editorial Cartoons - May 18, 2012
  • Nuestra Historia - Gov. Ezequiel C de Baca’s last days

    It was a Sunday morning on Feb. 18, 1917. Surrounded by his family, Ezequiel C de Baca died peacefully at age 52, after 49 valiant days as New Mexico’s second governor.

    C de Baca had not sought the Democratic nomination for governor in 1916.

    He genuinely resisted attempts to draft him, protesting that he did not have the funds to wage a campaign. As well, he was feeling in persistent poor health, due to some unexplained ailment.

  • River Walk Clean Up
  • Que Pasa - May 18, 2012

    • The Natural Resources Conservation Service office is taking applications for the National Water Quality Initiative within the Gallinas Watershed. Application deadline is Friday, May 18. Applications can be picked up at the local NRCS office at 1927A Seventh St. or on online @ www.nm.nrcs.usda.gov. For more information, call 425-3594 extension 3.