Today's News

  • 15 counties declared drought disasters

    The Associated Press

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 15 counties in New Mexico as natural disaster areas, making them eligible for federal assistance to deal with drought, high winds and wildfires.

    The counties under the declaration are Chaves, Catron, Curry, DeBaca, Doña Ana, Eddy, Grant, Hidalgo, Lea, Luna, Otero, Quay, Roosevelt, Sierra, and Socorro. The counties of Cibola, Guadalupe, Harding, Lincoln, San Miguel, Torrance, Union and Valencia are also eligible for assistance due to their proximity to the other counties.

  • Couple facing abuse charges

    Employees at the Santa Fe Red Lobster Restaurant feared the worst on Monday when they saw a Las Vegas couple they suspected of being intoxicated leaving with a baby in a red Mustang.

    While at the restaurant, the couple had a hard time keeping their eyes open, their server told police. She offered to call them a cab, but they refused.

  • Massive Ariz. fire nears resort town

    The Associated Press

    SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. — Fire crews working feverishly Wednesday night managed to protect most of a mountain resort town threatened by a massive wildfire in eastern Arizona.

    Federal officials released an updated size of the blaze based on better mapping. The fire has scorched 525 square miles, mostly in ponderosa pine forest, down from 607 square miles reported Wednesday. It remained the second-largest fire in Arizona’s history.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

  • Looking Ahead

    Local poet’s book signing is Sunday

     Local poet Bob Johnston will read from and sign his book “At the Rim” — a book of poems — at 2 p.m. on  Sunday, June 12, at Tome on the Range.

  • Weather - June 10, 2011

    Sunny, with a high near 81. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming south. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. South wind 15-20 mph, becoming east 5-10 mph.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. North wind 10-20 mph, becoming south. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 50.


  • FYI - News

    New Mexico health and environment officials are warning New Mexico residents to avoid smoke from the Arizona wildfires, according to The Associated Press. Department of Health Secretary Catherine Torres advises people — particularly those with respiratory or heart conditions — to stay inside as much as possible if they can smell smoke. She also advises against the use of swamp coolers.

  • Audit: department overbilled

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico’s prison system agency was overcharged by contractors and made nearly $4 million in questionable payments during former Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration, according to a state audit that found potential corruption in the handling of contracts.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Veterinarians: keep pets inside

    SANTA FE, N.M.  — The New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association recommends that people keep their pets inside and close windows and doors as much as possible to limit exposure to smoke from wildfires.

    The group issued a statement Wednesday about potential health problems for animals because of smoke from a large wildfire in eastern Arizona.

  • Que Pasa - June 10, 2011

    • Luna Community College is offering enhanced college credit summer programs for high school students and 2011 graduating seniors. For information, call 454-5377 or 1-800-588-7232 ext. 175. Registration is on-going through June 10.