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Today's News

  • Albuquerque police may soon see officer shortage

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Proposed changes to state retirement funds may prompt hundreds of Albuquerque police officers to retire and spark an officer shortage in New Mexico’s largest city.

    Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz said the city could lose around 200 officers to retirement in a few months, KOAT-TV reported. Those retirements would reduce the department’s workforce to around 800, Schultz said.

  • U.S. Attorney Gonzales tapped for federal court

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — President Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Attorney Ken Gonzales to a federal district court judgeship in New Mexico.

    Gonzales’ nomination was among seven announced by the White House on Wednesday. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Gonzales will replace retiring federal Judge Bruce Black of Santa Fe.

    Gonzales was one of five candidates recommended to the president in September by New Mexico’s two U.S. senators.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 16, 2012

    In 1962
    Wednesday, Nov. 14 — “Years Ago,” the successful Broadway comedy by Ruth Gordon, will be presented by Highlands University in the Little Theater Nov. 18-20, Dr. Richard O’Connell, head of the drama division, has announced. Members of the cast are Gary Storey, Leon Lindsay, Cicilia Duran, Nancy Swanson, Priscilla Montoya, Jan Miller, Leon Steward, Fred Maucher, Jerold Paquette, Mike Barron, Paulette Dzladulewicz, Robin Downey and Kathy Brown.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Nov. 16, 2012

    A night of star gazing

    Rediscover the night sky with Gloria Begay during Navajo (Diné) Star Stories starting at 6 p.m. this Saturday at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge. It will be a night of star gazing and learning. For more information, contact Kristin Hsueh at 426-3204 or e-mail at khsueh@desertgate.com.
     

  • Weather - Nov. 16, 2012

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 53. South wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 32. Southwest wind 10-15 mph.
     
    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34.

    Sunday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34.


    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:38 a.m. to 4:53 p.m.

  • Jail Log - Nov. 16, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Nov. 6 and Nov. 12:

  • State moves ahead in exchange

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is moving ahead to establish a state-run clearinghouse to help small businesses and tens of thousands of individuals find affordable health insurance they currently lack.

    A fight over the exchange, however, could break out in next year’s Legislature.

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 16, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Coin flip could settle tied race
    LAS CRUCES — A tie in a race for a New Mexico House of Representatives seat could end up being broken by a coin flip or other game of chance.
    The race between Democrat Joanne Ferrary and incumbent Republican Terry McMillan for the 37th District seat ended with an even split of more than 12,000 votes.
    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that if a recount leaves the race still even New Mexico law requires a game of chance be used as a tie-breaker.

  • Native retires after 26 years of service in the Air Force

    Submitted to the Optic

    Air Force Col. Joseph L. Torres, Jr. has retired from the U.S. Air Force.  Torres is the Chief of Logistics Readiness Division, Headquarters, Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.  The Colonel has served in the military for 26 years.  

    He is the son of Joseph L. Torres, Sr. and Priscilla C. Torres of Coronado Drive in Las Vegas.  

    His wife, Angelina, is the daughter of Frances and Jose F. Esquibel also of Commerce Street. They have two children, Rachel and Andrea.   

  • HU Madrigal Choir presents Classical Christmas concert

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Madrigal Choir will present A Classical Christmas concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18 at Ilfeld Auditorium.

    The madrigal choir will perform Christmas anthems, oratorios and compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Henry Purcell, Camille Saint-Saëns, Samuel Barber, and John Rutter.