Local News

  • Teacher disciplined for Santa remark

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    A New Mexico high school teacher has been disciplined after a parent says the man told his black son that Santa Claus is white.

    Officials at the school in Rio Rancho, about 15 miles north of Albuquerque, said Saturday that the teacher recently was disciplined for his comments to the student, but they declined to say how.

    The move came after students at Cleveland High School were told they could come to class dressed as Santa, an elf or a reindeer.

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  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 16, 2013

    Keep your child safe

    Child Safety Seat Fitting Station, 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Las Vegas Fire Station #1 at 604 Legion Drive. The fitting service is a public service available to everyone. For more information or to make an appointment, call 800-231-6145.

  • Weather - Dec. 16, 2013

    Sunny, with a high near 56. North wind around 5 mph, becoming calm. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the evening.

    Sunny, with a high near 58. Light and variable wind becoming south 5-10 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 58. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 33.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:04 a.m. to 4:49 p.m.

  • Animal cruelty charges filed

    An area couple, owners of a local animal grooming business, were arrested earlier this week on multiple counts of animal cruelty after authorities last month found horses, chickens, dogs and cats starving and living in filthy conditions.

    The animals were immediately removed from the  property in the area of San Miguel  after the New Mexico Livestock Board secured a court order from San Miguel County Magistrate Court.

  • In the Christmas spirit
  • Guilty verdict in baby’s death

    It wasn’t quite the outcome anyone was hoping for, but on Tuesday afternoon a San Miguel County jury convicted a man of causing the death of a baby while driving recklessly, but acquitted him of more serious charges of being drunk at the time of the crash.

    Ramon Hernandez — a Guatemala native who resides in Santa Fe — faces up to 10 years in prison. If the jury had determined that he was drunk at the time of the crash, he would be facing significantly more prison time.

  • Anyone have a tree for the city?

    With less than two weeks left before Christmas, city officials are scrambling to find a tree for the old Safeway parking lot on Douglas Avenue. The city put out a call to the community Wednesday for a large Christmas tree that can be put up there.

    Anyone who wants to donate the tree should call the city at 454-1401 and ask for the city manager’s office.

  • Gov wants to pay good teachers more

    The Associated Press

    Gov. Susana Martinez is proposing changes aimed at recruiting new teachers and rewarding teachers whose students are showing improvement.

    Martinez unveiled her plan Wednesday at Sweeney Elementary School in Santa Fe.

  • Trial on assisted suicide law begins

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Two doctors and a Santa Fe woman with advanced uterine cancer want physicians in New Mexico to be able to prescribe — without the fear of prosecution— the needed medications for terminally ill patients who want to end their lives on their own terms.

    Standing in their way is a decades-old New Mexico law that makes it a fourth-degree felony to assist someone in suicide.