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Today's News

  • Audit slams Mora schools

    The state auditor found on Tuesday that the Mora school district didn’t follow procedures in spending thousands of dollars in public funds on leather jackets, snacks and dinners for area state lawmakers and other top officials.

    The district improperly diverted $64,000 in funds to a discretionary account, according to a special audit by State Auditor Hector Balderas.

    His audit states that the district may have violated the state constitution, which bars public money from going toward private causes.

  • Dave's Drive-In: Mostly wrong 'Moves'

    In 1983, when “All the Right Moves” was hitting theaters, only a secondary role in “Taps” had separated a young Tom Cruise from obscurity.

    This formulaic football movie helped get Cruise on the road to superstardom, but it has rightly been relegated to the bargain bin of modern sports cinema.

  • Man gets time for biker's death

    A 19-year-old has been sentenced to four years in prison in connection with the death of a motorcycle rider.

    Nico Barela, 19, has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and failure to render aid, both three-degree felonies, according to the district attorney’s office.

    Upon completing his prison term, he will be on parole for two years.

  • SPECIAL REPORT: Audit slams Mora school district; official says district addressing problems

    The state auditor found on Tuesday that the Mora school district didn't follow procedures in spending thousands of dollars in public funds on leather jackets, snacks and dinners for area state lawmakers and other top officials.

     Click here to view the audit in PDF format.

    The state auditor found on Tuesday that the Mora school district didn't follow procedures in spending thousands of dollars in public funds on leather jackets, snacks and dinners for area state lawmakers and other top officials.

  • Work of Art: Poofreader's on vacation?

    In reading this week’s column, you might get the impression the poofreader is on vacation. That’s a common enough assumption but a rare occurrence. But look carefully. Your job is to figure out that we mean by these cryptic titles to books, movies, plays and TV programs.

    But be warned: Some of the puns and plays on words are atrocious; there’s bilinguality, far-fetchedness and even a few titles made to fit the local scene. Most titles involve changing a single letter; occasionally, you may need to make two changes or even divide a word.

  • City seeking input on water projects

    Mayor Tony Marquez announced today that at the Wednesday, October 21st Council Meeting, the Mayor/City Council will be ranking various water system infrastructure projects for a New Mexico Water Trust Board funding application, which is due November 2nd.  Public Comment is encouraged.

  • Editorial: Bad call, good intentions

    Last week, the San Miguel County Commission had to decide whether to abandon one mile of a county road in the Ribera area.

    The petitioners were a family that had owned the road for generations, but it ended up on the county road log in the early 1980s. They said that keeping the road open to the public has led to trespassers vandalizing, rockhounding and creating disturbances on their property. They said their father never meant for the road to be public.

  • Resident wants road to stay public

    The San Miguel County Commission took the first step last week toward the possible abandonment of a road in the eastern part of the county.

    That upset a resident who contended he needed C-53-B for access to his home.

    The commission voted to send a road-viewing committee to visit the area and make recommendations on how to handle a petition to vacate the road, which is in the Maes area.

  • Man acquitted; city loses case

    A state district judge on Monday found a City Hall critic not guilty of obstructing a police officer during an investigation last year.

    In so doing, Judge John Paternoster questioned the constitutionality of the city ordinance under which resident Lalo Sanchez was charged.

    After a bench trial, the judge rejected City Attorney Carlos Quiñones’ arguments that Sanchez interfered with a city police officer’s investigation into the safety of a renter on Sanchez’s property.

  • Singer-songwriter goes for the unusual

    Sage Harrington is living her dream as she performs her songs at venues around town.

    The singer-songwriter has a contagious laugh and a quirky sense of humor that she often uses when writing her brand of lyrics.

    In the sitcom, “Friends,” one of the unforgettable characters was Phoebe, played by Lisa Kudrow. Some of Phoebe’s song titles were “Smelly Cat,” “Crazy Underwear” and “Cremated Mother.”