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Today's News

  • PNM faces heat from groups

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The parent company of New Mexico’s largest electric provider on Wednesday announced it has started to turn things around, reporting earnings of more than $176 million for 2011 and improvements in ongoing earnings per share of nearly 25 percent.

    PNM Resources’ earnings report comes as environmental groups accuse it of pursuing rate hikes, higher profits and executive pay at a time when ratepayers are struggling.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! PNM AND ITS PROFITS. A recent report shows that Public Service Company of New Mexico is enjoying some strong earnings these days, thanks in large part to the higher retail rates it’s charging its customers. Meanwhile, another report, by five nonprofit citizen groups, took a look at PNM’s revenues, profits and expenditures from 2008 to 2012 and found that the utility increased its compensation to executives while increasing its rates on its customers — during tough times to boot.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 2, 2012
  • Nuestra Historia - ‘It is very hard to teach Mexicans English well’

    Like a whirlwind, he arrived in Las Vegas in the fall of 1902. Ten days later he departed New Mexico, confident that its people were not fit to be part of the American nation.

    When he returned to Washington, he declared imperiously that statehood should be denied indefinitely, “until the mass of the people of New Mexico shall in their daily life have become identical in language and customs with the American people — when the immigration of English-speaking people does its modifying work with the Mexican element.”

  • Birthday Celebration
  • Bataan survivors dwindling

    By Tonjia Rolan
    Clovis News Journal

    CLOVIS, N.M. — The horrific memories have faded but not disappeared for Clovis’ Alvin Fails, one of a dwindling number of area Bataan death march survivors.

    Telling his story from an easy chair, in which he now spends most of his days, the 95-year-old Fails recalled clearly the starvation rations on which he barely survived for almost four years in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp called O’Donnell.

  • In Brief - News - March 2, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Report: Suspect assaulted uncle

    CHARDON, Ohio — A sheriff's report says an Ohio school shooting suspect and his brother assaulted their uncle in 2009 when the uncle stopped by their house.

    The Geauga County Sheriff's Office report from December 2009 says suspect T.J. Lane jumped on his uncle and tried to choke him while his brother grabbed their uncle's legs.

    The report says Lane was helping his brother because he assumed he was being hurt by their uncle.

  • How TV made Jones into hearthrob

    By John Rogers
    The Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES — Before there was MTV, before “American Idol” made overnight stars of people you never heard of, there was “The Monkees,” a band fronted by a diminutive singer named Davy Jones who was so boyishly good looking that teenage girls swooned the first time they ever saw him.

  • Helping Out
  • Applications being accepted for program

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Smithsonian Latino Center is accepting applications for the 2012 Young Ambassadors Program being held June 24 – Aug. 3. The deadline for all applications is 5 p.m. on  April 9. For information on the application process, visit www.latino.si.edu/education.