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Today's News

  • Officials eye use of Tasers at jail

    Some members of the County Commission expressed concern on Wednesday about using a type of stun gun at the county jail, but they decided to let two jail officials get training on how to use the weapons.

    As it stands, the jail uses pepper spray on inmates who get out of control. They have to call in city or state police when pepper spray doesn’t work, and those agencies use Tasers, weapons that deliver electric shocks to immobilize people.

  • COLUMN: Float again carried humor

    SANTA FE — Humor carried the day again for New Mexico in the 2009 Rose Parade. Our float, depicting Wile E. Coyote rocketing down Route 66 after New Mexico’s state bird was selected by judges for the Bob Hope Humor Award.

    It’s the second year in a row that a whimsical theme has won an award for New Mexico. Traditionalists were mortified last year when the state Tourism Department selected a topic promoting New Mexico’s Spaceport America, with an assist by three little green men from Roswell.

  • LETTER: A personal reaction to terrorism in Gaza

    I spent the first years of my life in northern England living below the flight path of Luftwaffe planes as they flew back and forth from Germany in an effort to “take out” the docks, canals, mills and mines of industrial Lancashire and to use fear to demoralize the population.  Air-raids, sirens, nights spent in shelters and in darkness, explosions and making my way to school passing bombed and burned-out buildings were the norm.

  • EDITORIAL: Compromise needed

    Our society needs to eliminate any unnecessary bureaucracy that keeps officers from doing their jobs. Unfortunately, a policy at the San Miguel County jail may be keeping cops off the streets.

    Both state and city police officials have criticized a jail policy that requires medical clearances for all DWI offenders. The jail’s warden insists the policy has been in place for years, while the police agencies contend it has been in effect for just a few weeks. Maybe the jail enacted the policy long ago, but it appears that jailers hadn’t been enforcing it until lately.

  • LETTER: Choice decoration along Interstate 25

    It’s been a pet peeve of mine for several years. On and off the air. Every time I drive into town to check the mail, go to the bank or run other errands, I hop on Interstate 25, exit 347 and off the middle exit. And every time I admire the choice decorations of wrecked cars, old trucks, gutted school buses, single wides with their roofs flapping in the breeze, 18-wheelers and mountains of wooden pallets along that stretch of I-25.

  • City to get county help

    With many of its top positions still vacant, the city says it will be receiving some help from county officials in the coming weeks, Mayor Tony Marquez says.

    At last week’s City Council meeting, Marquez said County Manager Les Montoya has offered to help the city by volunteering his expertise on such matters as the budget. He said the council and staff should feel free to contact members of the county administration.

  • Big Monday: No. 1 Huskies over Cards, 4A power Sundevils over Dons

    Robertson’s boys’ basketball team can take some solace in the knowledge they aren’t alone.

    A number of teams have entertained hopes of beating Hope Christian — and most have gotten mauled by the No. 1 Huskies. Including some pretty good teams — like Clovis, St. Pius, Española Valley, St. Michael’s and Valley.

    Hope won 77-29 on Monday night in Albuquerque, improving to 11-3 overall; the Cardinals fell to 4-10.

  • Workin' overtime: Cowboys own extra sessions vs. CSM, CCU

    Takin’ care of business and workin’ overtime.

    With a nod to ‘70s supergroup Bachman-Turner Overdrive, that’s what the Highlands Cowboys (10-3 overall, 4-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) spent the weekend doing in a two-night homestand against league foes Colorado School of Mines and Colorado Christian.

    NMHU beat CSM 93-85 on Friday night, then defeated CCU 63-58 on Saturday. Both games spilled into overtime, delighting the Wilson Complex crowds.

  • WLV wrestlers 10th in Liberal

    Highlighted by John Armijo’s close-shave runner-up finish, the West Las Vegas Dons placed 10th with a short squad in Saturday’s big Southwest Classic in Liberal, Kan.

    The Dons accumulated 57 team points, led by Armijo, who lost the 160-pound championship by one point.

  • Man gets 10 years for bar murder

    A man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing another man at a bar in 2007.

    Michael Esquibel, 28, of San Juan Pueblo, N.M., was originally charged with an open count of murder in the death of Manuel Ramirez Rodriguez, a Mexican citizen, on Oct. 7, 2007, at Artie’s Place, a bar at the Inn of Las Vegas.

    However, as part of a plea agreement, Esquibel pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to the district attorney’s office.