Today's News

  • Ga. handcuff case renews debate

    By Jerry Clausing
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A New Mexico teacher asked a 13-year-old girl to stop talking with her friend and move to another seat. The girl refused. The teacher called the police.

    The case is among thousands across the country fueling a long-simmering debate over when educators should bring in the police to deal with disruptive students. A 6-year-old Georgia kindergartner became the latest test case last week when she was hauled off in steel handcuffs after throwing books and toys in a school tantrum.

  • 24-year-old named mayor

    By Juan Carlos Llorca
    The Associated Press

    SUNLAND PARK — City councilors in the troubled New Mexico border city of Sunland Park appointed a new mayor Wednesday night.

    The council voted 3-2, with one abstention to select 24-year-old Javier Perea for the job. He’ll be sworn in next week in the council’s next scheduled session.

    Former Mayor Pro Tem Daniel Salinas won the election in March but was barred from taking office under the terms of his release from jail.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - April 20, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Rancher finds woman’s body
    SILVER CITY — Officials in Grant County believe a woman who was briefly detained in February after she tried to burn her dead husband’s body has herself been found dead.

    A rancher checking fence lines found a body tentatively identified as 65-year-old Patricia Ann Overton in a sleeping bag last Thursday. The woman had been dead at least six weeks.

  • Lazaro Garcia celebrates 100th birthday

    This past Saturday,  a large crowd of family and friends gathered to help Lazaro Garcia celebrate his 100th birthday at the Mora school cafeteria. His relatives and friends came from all over New Mexico and seven different states to honor Garcia on this momentous occasion. Folks came from as far away as: Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Michigan, Nevada, Wisconsin and Wyoming
    Garcia was seated at the far end of the room in a comfortable chair where he stood to greet the many people who came to wish him a happy birthday.

  • Mora Community Calendar and Senior Lunch Menu - April 20, 2012

    Community Calendar

    3 p.m. — Mora Rangers baseball vs. Monte Del Sol, home
    8 a.m. — Mora Clean Up, Keep Mora Clean and Beautiful, sign in and pick up trash bags, water and other material at Southwest Capital Bank parking lot. Recycle collection bins at the staging area at the bank – aluminum cans and glass. Tires at transfer station - for private residents only, limit 15 tires

  • Palabras Pintorescas - The art of water and metal witching

    In the “one thing that leads to another” category in my crazy life, a very recent Tom McDonald column about witching for water brought back yet another memory from long ago.

    Mike Martinez was our game warden when we moved to this ranch in 1962.

  • Another Term

    Three months ago, Alfonso E. Ortiz Jr. offered up his services to the citizens of Las Vegas, saying that while he hadn’t planned to seek re-election he’d leave it up to the community to decide whether to keep him on as mayor.

    Voters took Ortiz up on his offer Tuesday, choosing him over political rival Tonita Gurule-Giron in the city’s first-ever municipal runoff election. Ortiz, 71, captured 54.3 percent of the vote to win his second term as mayor. Results are unofficial until they are canvassed.

  • Herrera elected to Ward 3 council post

    In the battle of the Josephs, Ward 3 voters opted for the Las Vegas native, granting him a four-year term on the City Council and giving him the break into politics that he has been chasing for years.

    Joseph “Joey” Herrera walked away with 53.9 percent of the vote to Joseph McCaffrey’s 46.1 percent in Tuesday’s runoff election. Results are unofficial until they are canvassed.

  • Quintana sex case delayed

    The trial for Jay Quintana, the former Robertson High School teacher accused of carrying on an affair with a student, has been delayed again.

    The trial had been scheduled to begin on May 14, but it has been pushed back to July because defense attorney Thomas Clark had a scheduling conflict. Clark is one of the attorneys representing Michael Astorga in the death penalty phase of his trial. Astorga was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2006 shooting death of Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputy James McGrane Jr.

  • Vegas man killed in rollover

    A 25-year-old Las Vegas man was killed Monday in a rollover on Interstate 25 near Rowe.

    State police say Nathan Martinez was speeding southbound on I-25 when he lost control of his 1994 Ford pickup. The vehicle rolled two to three times and came to rest in the median.

    Martinez was ejected from the vehicle and succumbed to his injuries at the scene, state police said.

    State police say contributing factors in the fatal crash were high speed and failure to use a seatbelt.