Today's News

  • What the Fed wants to see before raising rates

    By Jossh Boak
    AP Economics Writer
    WASHINGTON — So what will it take for the Federal Reserve to finally raise interest rates?
    The U.S. economy is now in its seventh straight year of expansion. It’s growing at a steady if unexciting 2.2 percent annual rate. Unemployment has sunk from a 10 percent peak to a reassuring 5.1 percent. Auto and home sales have accelerated.
    Yet on Thursday, Fed officials declined to lift rates from record lows.

  • Contributions of Hispanics to be celebrated

    By Ben Nuckols
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — The first pope from the Americas will canonize a Spanish friar who brought the Catholic faith to California in front of the largest Catholic church in North America.
    There will be plenty of symbolism in Pope Francis’ visit to Washington next week, and the city’s archbishop said Thursday that while the pope will be speaking as a pastor, not a politician, he could address an issue that bitterly divides the nation’s leaders: immigration.

  • AP fact check: Off-base claims about vaccines, abortion

    By Calvin Woodward
    and David Crary
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — The latest Republican presidential debate laid bare unsupported claims about vaccines and abortion practices as well as inconsistencies and misrepresentations about foreign policy:

  • Feds to pay $940 million to settle claims over tribal contracts

    The Associated Press
    The Obama administration has agreed to pay hundreds of Native American tribes nearly $1 billion to settle a decades-old claim that the government failed to adequately compensate tribes while they managed education, law enforcement and other federal services.

  • Kudos to Highlands

    Gov. Susana Martinez was at Highlands University last week to highlight the innovative things the university is doing to try to boost its low graduation rate.
    The attention is well deserved.
    In an effort to get students to complete their degrees more quickly, Highlands is offering a $1,000 check to each member of the freshman class who completes a bachelor’s degree within four years. Regents also promised members of the freshman class that their tuition will not go up by more than six percent per year for the first four years that they are enrolled.

  • We had us a time, didn’t we?

    We’re proud of how the Cowboys’ Reunion Centennial events came out — the fabulous and dignified all-horse parade, the historical exhibit at the Ray Drew Gallery, the spectacular ranch rodeo, the panel of legendary ranchers and cowboys that closed out the Celebration.
    All were events where memories were recalled, to be sure, but all were events where memories were made, as well.

  • Living a world of broken promises

    Broken promises. They happen. They are unfortunate. They are a reality. They change lives. For some, they are too much of a way of life.
    Broken promises. There are industries that exist or even thrive because of these. Many professionals make a living off of broken promises. They are occupations that deal with people’s broken state of mind: psychologists, counselors, pastors, lawyers and the list goes on...

  • Ethics tipping point in New Mexico

    Last week the New York Times, the Miami Herald, the Washington Post and the Kansas City Star all carried stories about New Mexico’s latest public corruption scandal — the charges against its chief ethics officer, Secretary of State Dianna Duran. Broadcasters, too, have been busy on the national front. And Duran’s hearing in court this week and the start of House impeachment proceedings will produce even more stories.

  • Community Calendar

    5:30 p.m.
    Mora  High School volleyball teams will face off with the Lady Cardinals of Robertson High School. Both the junior varsity and varsity will be competing. Games take place at Robertson High School.

    4 p.m.
    Mora Middle School volleyball team will face off with Memorial Middle School for this home game.

    5:30 p.m.
    Mora High School volleyball teams will take on Santa Fe Prep. Both the junior varsity and varsity will be competing. Games take place at Robertson High School.

  • Living room featured in magazine

    Surprise of surprises! I have a real, live orchid, blooming in my living room. It has lived here for over a year, and I was about to give up on it when the beautiful white blooms opened up. There may be hope for my green (?) thumb yet....
    And what a treat it is to learn that my long-time friend, Elmo Baca, will open a movie theatre on Bridge Street here. He hopes to have the Indigo Theatre open by Thanksgiving, no less.