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Today's News

  • State workers paying more for pensions

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Public employees will feel a pinch in their pocketbooks because of a new state law and some jobless New Mexicans will see their unemployment benefits shrink.

    The take-home pay of state workers and educators will drop because of a cost-cutting plan to save the state $50 million in the new budget year, which started on July 1.

  • Car theft suspect arrested in county

    A 35-year-old Las Cruces man was arrested in San Miguel County recently for allegedly taking his girlfriend’s vehicle after they had an argument, according to court documents.

    Paul Faires Cleman, who lives on Flatland Road in Las Cruces, was charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, according to online court records.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Thursday, July 6, 1911 — July will not be a dull month here this year. In less than two weeks nearly 1,000 soldiers, members of the First Regiment, New Mexico National Guard, will be camped on the rifle range northwest if the city. There will be much marching, drilling and maneuvering, including sham battles, which will prove of interest to the townspeople... Dinners will be given for the officers and receptions will occur. The encampment will begin July 18 and will continue until July 30.

  • Looking Ahead - News July 6, 2011

    Art exhibit at Travelers Café

    Skies of New Mexico Water Color by Mary A. Oviatt will be on display at Travelers Café on the Plaza throughout July. A reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. 

  • Weather - July 6, 2011

    Wednesday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming southeast. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. North wind 5-15 mph.

    Thursday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.

  • FYI - News

    Level III fire restrictions remain in place in San Miguel County. Under the restrictions, campfires, white gas stoves, open fires, controlled burning, charcoal grills and fireworks are prohibited. All Terrain vehicles without spark arresters and motorcycles and vehicles with catalytic converters are restricted to maintained roadways. Anyone found violating the restrictions could be fined up to $1,000.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Los Alamos fire at 127,000 acres

    LOS ALAMOS — Fire managers were watching the development of thunderstorms over the Los Alamos fire area Tuesday.

    Santa Fe National Forest officials say winds out of the east and southeast will likely push the fire generally to the northwest up slopes and drainages, and that will likely cause another day of active fire behavior.

    Since the fire started June 26, it has burned 127,821 acres or 199 square miles and is so far 27 percent contained.

  • Rail Runner will run at big loss

    The Associated Press

    Finances for the state’s Rail Runner Express are facing big shortfalls in both the short and long term.

    The railroad’s governing board eliminated weekend service as it worked to close a projected $1.2 million shortfall in the budget year that began Friday.

    But board member Larry Abraham, the mayor of Los Ranchos, told the Albuquerque Journal that the deficit is just the tip of the iceberg.

  • Missoula coming to town

    Summer in Las Vegas would not be complete without the Missoula Children’s Theatre.

    This year they will be bringing their touring production of The Princess and the Pea.

    Local children from the first through 12th grades may audition for the play. The group is scheduled for July 11 through 16.

    Auditions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, July 11 at Ilfeld Auditorium. If cast, children will be allowed a short lunch break (on their own), and rehearsals will begin at 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.

  • Romero tapped for award

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Ane Romero, a New Mexico Highlands University graduate and 2005 Miss New Mexico, recently was tapped for an Excellence in Federal Government Leadership Award for her work on suicide prevention and other mental health issues.

    The National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health made the award to Romero, a legislative aid for U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano.