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Today's News

  • Early voting
  • Commission keeps Lopez as attorney

    The San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously last week to continue with Jesus Lopez as the county attorney.
    After going behind closed doors to discuss thee matter last Tuesday, commissioners returned to public session and voted.

    The contract is for up to four years, renewable annually, though the commission has the right to terminate it at will at any time. Lopez will be paid $97,500 a year, the same amount he has been paid for the last four years.

  • Legislature enters final stretch

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Legislature is running out of time in its 30-day session as the top issues remain unresolved, including a $6 billion budget to finance public schools and government services starting in July.

  • House plan would reduce scholarship

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The House approved a proposal Friday to shore up a lottery-financed scholarship program by trimming the financial aid awards for college students to less than the full cost of tuition.

    The program faces a shortfall because lottery revenue isn’t keeping pace with rising scholarship costs. If nothing is done during this legislative session, it will be left to the Higher Education Department to cut scholarship awards to keep the program solvent.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 17, 2014

    In 1964

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 17, 2014

    Watershed Alliance
    Hermits Peak Watershed Alliance will host Bill Zeedyk, who has designed and implemented restoration projects in various states. He will share techniques and ideas on maintaining and improving rural unpaved roads to reduce erosion and increase water-catchment and drainage. 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Leveo Sanchez Lecture Hall, G-35.

  • Weather - Feb. 17, 2014

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 61. Northeast wind 10-15 mph, becoming southwest 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 32. Southwest wind around 15 mph.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. West wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 31.

    Wednesday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 63. Breezy. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 32.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

  • Crews monitor WIPP for radiation

    The Associated Press

    CARLSBAD — Officials checking the presence of airborne radiation at an underground site in southeastern New Mexico where the U.S. government seals away low-grade nuclear waste say surface tests have detected no contamination.

    Samples were taken at several sites around the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant after an air monitor found radiation on the underground levels of the facility around 11:30 p.m. Friday, the U.S. Department of Energy said in a news release.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 17, 2014
  • Amtrak route worth saving

    It’s no secret that northeastern New Mexico’s economy is struggling. Many businesses throughout the region are fighting for their lives as area cities and villages shrink in population.

    It’s a trend playing out in rural areas across the nation as more people flock to big cities in search of jobs.

    Given the challenges this region is facing, we fail to understand Gov. Susanna Martinez’s lukewarm response to a plan that would keep Amtrak’s Southwest Chief running through the region.