Today's News

  • White Peak land swap reversed

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — State Land Commissioner Ray Powell reversed a land swap Tuesday that his predecessor made in northeastern New Mexico.

    The move by Powell returns the White Peak area in Colfax and Mora counties to the Land Office from a private citizen.

    It reverses the decision of former Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons and complies with a state Supreme Court mandate.

  • Looking Back

    In 1968

    Thursday, Nov. 14 — A utility board to increase efficiency of both municipalities of Las Vegas was proposed Wednesday night at the West Las Vegas Town Council meeting. A representative from the town gas company, Dick Davidson, stated that the joint operation between East and West Las Vegas would ... save approximately $14,000 yearly through salaries and operating expenses. An agreement concerning the proposal was presented to the council. Donald A. Martinez, lawyer, explained the agreement to the council.

  • Looking Ahead

    Seed exchange is Saturday

    Area residents are invited to share heirloom seeds and exchange knowledge about local agriculture Saturday at the Luna Community College cafeteria. Registration for the free event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and is required. Speakers will address the gathering from 10 a.m. to noon.

  • Weather

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Windy, with a southwest wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 40. Windy, with a south wind 25-30 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

  • FYI - News

    The state Game and Fish Department is reminding New Mexico anglers that it's time to renew their fishing licenses.

    New licenses were required as of April 1 and will remain valid through March 31, 2012, according to The Associated Press.

    New Mexico residents will pay $35 for an annual license, including a vendor's fee as well as habitat stamps.

  • Fire Season
  • Area residents step up to help Japanese people

    The devastation in Japan caused by last month’s earthquake and tsunami and the ongoing radiation threat have opened the eyes and hearts of people from around the world.

    Locally, Ellen Swain, pastor of United Methodist Church, decided to help those in need in Japan.

    On Saturday, she along with several of her church members and students from the United World College are hosting a Jamboree for Japan. Money raised from the event will go to the United Methodist Committee of Relief to help with food, shelter, medicine and clothing for the people of Japan.

  • Governor signs corporal punishment ban in schools

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Public schools can no longer spank or paddle students to discipline them under legislation signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Susana Martinez.

    New Mexico joins 30 other states and the District of Columbia in banning corporal punishment in schools, according to the Center for Effective Discipline, a Columbus, Ohio-based group against corporal punishment.

  • Immigration reform
  • Martinez signs expanded DNA testing of suspects

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Adults arrested for any felony in New Mexico must submit to DNA testing under a new state law taking effect in July.

    Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation on Wednesday to expand the DNA tests required under what’s known as “Katie’s Law.” It was named in memory of Kathryn Sepich, a New Mexico State University student murdered in 2003 and whose killer was identified with DNA evidence after he was convicted of another crime.