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Today's News

  • State’s grad rates improve

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico’s high school graduation rate improved during the last school year, but the state remains near the bottom in national rankings when compared with rates from other states.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the state’s rate rose from 63 percent in 2011 to 70 percent last year.

    Only the District of Columbia, Nevada and Oregon have graduation rates lower than New Mexico’s. And like New Mexico, Alaska and Georgia also have 70 percent graduation rates.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 11, 2013

    In 1963
    Tuesday, Dec. 10 — City Council at a lengthy meeting last night discussed a number of items, including a letter from Msgr. George V. Rieffer suggesting the changing of the name of Grand Avenue to Kennedy Boulevard. The council agreed that they do not want to change the name of the City’s Grand Ave. However, they agreed to consider the name of Kennedy Freeway for the new Interstate 25 bypass of Las Vegas. The Rev. Rieffer is pastor of the Immaculate Conception Church in East Las Vegas.

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 11, 2013

    Bird count Saturday
    The 114th National Christmas Bird Count is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at Charlie’s Spic and Span at 7 a.m. to be assigned an area to monitor. Participants should also take warm clothes and snacks and bring a pair of binoculars and bird guides, if available.

  • Weather - Dec. 11, 2013

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 29. Light and variable wind becoming south 5-10 mph in the morning. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 20. Southwest wind around 10 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. West wind around 10 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. A slight chance of rain showers before 11 p.m., then a slight chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 30. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 46.

  • FYI - Dec. 11, 2013

    The swimming pool at the Abelino Montoya Recreation Center will be closed until further notice due to a mechanical failure. Technicians are working to fix the problem, said Loretta Abreu Martin, the director of the recreation center.

  • Comeback Cardinals

    Congratulations to the Robertson High School Cardinal football team and coach Leroy Gonzalez for an amazing end to what started off as a difficult season.

    The team began the season as an underdog, suffering a bruising 50-0 loss to St. Mike’s, and losses to Portales and Taos. Indeed, the Cards entered the playoffs with a No. 9 seed and a 5-5 record.

    In short, Robertson wasn’t expected to get very far in the playoffs, and it certainly wasn’t predicted to walk away with the Class 3A state championship.

  • Where’s the tree?

    It’s two weeks before Christmas and there’s still no tree at the old Safeway parking lot. What gives?

    In years past, the city had the tree up before Thanksgiving. This year the city appears to be in no hurry to put it up, and that’s disappointing because the tree had become a tradition and something many of us look forward to.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 11, 2013
  • Work of Art — Sleeping through English class

    Pop Quiz: Who can name all 10 reindeer? Yes, 10 of them. I’m sure most people will come up with Dasher and Dancer, Hansel and Gretel, Comet and Cupid, Sleepy and Bashful, but there is a tenth whose name will appear at the end.

  • What cold?