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Today's News

  • Obama’s gun measures face a tough road

    By Erica Werner
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s sweeping gun-control package faces an uncertain future on Capitol Hill, where majority House Republicans are rejecting his proposals while the president’s allies in the Democratic-controlled Senate are stopping well short of pledging immediate action.

    The fate of his plan could ultimately hinge on a handful of moderate Democratic senators.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 18, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 8 and Jan. 14:

    Bobby Archuleta, 44, District Court warrant, child support
    Jimmy Rylee, 27, failure to appear
    Santana Padilla, 34, Muncipal Court warrant, failure to appear, burglary, battery on a household member, criminal damage, battery, larceny, failure to pay fines
    Chusai Padilla, 30, Magistrate Court warrant, attempted breaking and entering
    Charlie Vigil, 55, driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs

  • Gov uses speech to push economic plan

    By Barry Massey and Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — As the New Mexico Legislature returned to work Tuesday, Gov. Susana Martinez used her State of the State address to press lawmakers to focus on boosting New Mexico’s struggling economy.

    Martinez spoke to a joint session of the House and Senate after legislators convened for a 60-day session, taking the opportunity to say that diversifying New Mexico’s economy was needed to protect the state from a federal government that she called “dysfunctional.”

  • In Brief - Local News - Jan. 18, 2013

    School safety focus of radio show
    With the recent school shootings at Newtown, Conn., where 20 young children were killed, we have to ask, how prepared are our schools and city police to protect our students against such a tragic attack on our schools?
    These and other topics will be discussed over KFUN and KLVF on talk show “Over The Back Fence” starting at 8 a. m. on Tuesday.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 18, 2013

    In 1963

    Wednesday, Jan. 16 — Taxicab rates have been set for the Las Vegas area by resolutions adopted by City Council Monday night and Town Council last night. City and Town ordinances require that the rates be established by council resolution. The rates in Zone 1, which includes most of the city and town, but not beyond Mills Avenue, are 50 cents for one passenger, 75 cents for two passengers and $1 for three to four passengers.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 18, 2013

    ‘Bless Me, Ultima’ showing at Ilfeld

    “Bless Me, Ultima” will be shown at Ilfeld Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. today (Jan. 18) and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. General admission tickets are $5. Students with valid ID’s and children pay $3. Call 454-3238 for advance tickets or additional information. 

  • Weather - Jan. 18, 2013

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 49. West wind around 10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 21. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north in the evening.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 55. North wind around 10 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 22.

    Sunday
    Sunny, with a high near 52. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 16.

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 47.

  • NM poverty figures bleak

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A New Mexico children’s advocacy group on Tuesday presented the latest troubling statistics on child poverty, teen birth rates and math and reading proficiency during the first day of the legislative session, hoping to spur action by lawmakers.
    Officials with New Mexico Voices for Children and others gathered at the state Capitol to release the annual New Mexico Kids Count report.

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  • Fort Union waives entrance fees on Monday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Fort Union National Monument will be joining national park sites around the country in celebrating the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with a fee free day. Entrance fees will be waived for all visitors to Fort Union National Monument on Monday. Visitors arriving in the park will be allowed to enter free of charge.

    “Winter can be a wonderful time to visit Fort Union,” says park Superintendent Charlie Strickfaden. Fee free days are a great opportunity to discover a new season in your favorite national park.”