Today's News

  • Weather - May 2, 2011

    A chance of snow showers before noon, then a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. East wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Mostly clear, with a low around 24 at night. East wind around 5 mph, becoming west.

    Sunny, with a high near 65. West wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 34.


  • FYI - News

    Film crews will be shooting a television pilot called “Longmire” on the Plaza this week. The shooting will require a closure of Plaza between N. Gonzales and Hot Springs between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday. The filming will also require intermittent traffic control on Bridge Street with hold times of five to 10 minutes. Parking on the Plaza will be impacted through Wednesday.

  • State DOT ending track deal

    Gov. Susana Martinez wants a $2.35 million refund after the state Department of Transportation notified BNSF Railway Co. that New Mexico is terminating an agreement to buy 182 miles of track the state doesn’t need.

    The Albuquerque Journal reported in a copyright story that former Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration paid nearly $5 million in 2008 for the track from Lamy, near Santa Fe, to the Colorado border.

  • Santa Fe man charged with third DWI

    A 46-year-old Santa Fe man was arrested last month in San Miguel County on his third DWI charge.

    Michael Gonzales, who, according to court documents, lives on Dayflower in Santa Fe,  was also charged with driving with a revoked license, failure to give immediate notice of accident, careless driving, not having insurance and driving with an open container in the vehicle.

    He was arrested on April 17.

  • Gonzales will continue as chair of state Dem party

    The Associated Press

    Javier Gonzales of Santa Fe has been re-elected chairman of New Mexico’s Democratic Party.
    Gonzales has served as chairman since 2009.

    The party’s state central committee selected Gonzales Saturday to continue for a two-year term. He defeated two challengers, Albuquerque lawyer Sam Bregman and Letitia Montoya of Santa Fe.

  • Rio Gallinas faces audit

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico education officials say 28 charter schools statewide will face an initial review of their enrollment numbers in the coming weeks.

    Rio Gallinas at West Las Vegas is among the charter schools facing a review, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

    State Secretary of Education-designate Hanna Skandera says special education and teacher training numbers grew sharply since last year.

    She wants to root out districts that she says are “gaming” the system by over-reporting those numbers.

  • Residents get the shaft

    Let’s see if we can get ahead of the outrage over the latest news that the city of Las Vegas overcharged its residents more than a third of a million dollars in garbage fees. Yes, the outrage is justified, since the city’s customers got the shaft for the city’s mistake, and it’s really too late to correct it (unless we want to see the city pass the mistake on to current customers in order to pay previous customers). But beyond the outrage, there’s a need for some accountability here.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 2, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Who cares about apathy?

    The “Las Vegas United” piece I wrote a couple of weeks ago resulted in some positive feedback from readers. It seems a lot of people agree that this town needs to set aside its differences for the common good, and for that I’m thankful.

    However, it seems there’s another prevailing sentiment that didn’t occur to me until a couple of people pointed it out to me. This town, they told me, has too many people who just don’t care.

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