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  • Weather - May 11, 2011

    Wednesday
    Isolated showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 60. Windy, with a west wind 25-30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 36. Windy, with a west wind 25-30 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 71. West wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 40.

    Friday

  • FYI - News

    The smokey haze that blanketed the Las Vegas area Monday evening had many worried that a fire was burning nearby. Not so, says County Emergency Manager Dennis English. He says the strong winds brought smoke from wildfires burning in other parts of New Mexico and in Arizona. English said he received several calls about the smoke. 

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Wildfires prompt evacuations

    MAYHILL, N.M.  — Dry conditions and wind were helping fan wildfires around New Mexico as one blaze burned two buildings and prompted evacuations in the village of Mayhill while another in the rugged Gila Wilderness caused officials to urge residents of about 35 homes to leave the area, authorities said Monday.

  • Drought descends on states

    LUBBOCK, Texas — With much of the nation focused on a spring marked by historic floods and deadly tornadoes, Texas and parts of several surrounding states are suffering through a drought nearly as punishing as some of the world's driest deserts.

    Some parts of the Lone Star State have not seen any significant precipitation since August. Bayous, cattle ponds and farm fields are drying up, and residents are living under constant threat of wildfires, which have already burned across thousands of square miles.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 11, 2011
  • Air as a ‘public trust’

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. That could well be the battle cry for a group of litigants who are targeting states with a legal effort to force government intervention on climate change.

    Last week, The Associated Press reported on an effort being mounted to get earth’s atmosphere declared a “public trust” and therefore deserving of special protections. It’s an approach that helped clean up polluted rivers and coastlines in times past, and its proponents think it might just work in this case, too.

  • Work of Art: Not exactly a barrel of fun

    Video games have spoiled it for many of us. We have grown so inured to realistic things coming toward us that I fear too often we don’t know how to react when danger is imminent.

    Let me explain: Many years ago, we brought some friends home from a dance at Immaculate Conception School. Because my dad was the first one on his block to own a genuine adjustable camera (an Argus C-3), he wanted to take a group photo of us.

  • State softball brackets set

    Four area teams got the news they’d been waiting for on Sunday afternoon with the announcement of the state softball tournament selections and brackets. The tournaments for all classifications begin on Thursday.

    Robertson received the No. 7 spot in the Class 3A tournament and plays former district rival Santa Fe Indian School at noon Thursday on the campus of Cleveland High in Rio Rancho. The Lady Cardinals finished the regular season 14-12 overall and were District 2-3A runners-up under first-year head coach Adrian Jaramillo.

  • Miranda winning

    After Miranda Garcia walked off the court at Jerry Cline Complex in May 2010, having just placed third in the Class 3A girls’ singles tennis tournament, she didn’t spend much time celebrating.

    Instead, she began thinking about next year.

    It would be a year of longer hours on the practice courts, a year of tougher workouts, a year of more focused preparation, a year of hard work and sweat equity — all leading to a much sweeter final outcome.

  • ‘Twists and turns’ lead to team title

    The first state team championship in Robertson girls’ tennis history.

    A state singles’ title for Miranda Garcia.

    A state runner-up finish for Emilio Gomez.

    A third-place medal for Juliana Guerin.

    Two girls’ doubles teams and one boys’ doubles team plus one boys' singles player all making it to the state quarterfinals.