Local News

  • $6 billion state budget approved by Legislature

    By Barry Massey and Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Legislature crossed the finish line Thursday of a 30-day session that was filled with disputes between Democrats and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

    The House and Senate adjourned at noon Thursday.

  • Jail Log - Feb. 21, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 11 and Feb. 16.

    Richard Baca, 57, six-day commitment
    Anthony Tapia, 28, hold for court
    Aaron Benavidez, 24, drug court violation three-day commitment
    Tommy Abeyta, 50, bench warrant  SM District
    Ronnie Lujan, 29, probation violation: alcohol violation  
    Peter Lovato, 36, tampering with evidence, conspiracy to tamper with evidence, resisting,  evading or obstructing an officer,  bench warrant  SM Magistrate

  • Looking Back - Feb. 21, 2014

    In 1964

    Wednesday, Feb. 19 — John Lawson, who purchased the Castañeda Hotel in 1962, is remodeling it and converting the second floor into two-room furnished apartments. When the conversion is completed during the summer, there will be 21 apartments on the second floor of the hotel. At that time there will be no more overnight accommodations. At the present time there are 15 apartments ready or nearly ready for occupancy, many of them already rented, and some overnight rooms.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 21, 2014

    Shakespeare’s “Tempest”
    United World College-USA’s production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the school auditorium. The 400-year-old play is about slavery, magic and love. The show is free and open to the public. Parking will be near the Welcome Center on the campus in Montezuma.

  • Weather - Feb. 21, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 56. West wind 15-20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 25. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 58. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 27.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 24.

    Sunny, with a high near 61. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:41 a.m. to 5:49 p.m.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Feb. 21, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Sergeant pleads guilty in death
    LAS CRUCES — An Air Force sergeant in New Mexico has pleaded guilty to negligent child abuse in the death of his infant daughter.
    Prosecutors say 29-year-old Peter John Zayas entered his plea Wednesday in a federal court in Las Cruces.
    He’s been in federal custody since his April 2012 arrest.
    Zayas’ sentencing hearing hasn’t been set yet, but prosecutors say he could be facing up to 18 years in prison.

  • Piano works by Russian Masters concert today

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Department of Music presents pianist Ronald Grinage performing piano works by Russian masters at 7 p.m. today (Friday) in Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall at 905 University Ave.

    The show will include pieces from legendary 19th and 20th century Russian composers such as Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov.

    Tickets are $5 and students with valid IDs are free.

  • Nuclear waste site to be tested

    The Associated Press

    CARLSBAD — The U.S. Department of Energy has appointed a team to investigate the detection of radiation in and near a southeastern New Mexico facility that’s the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository in operation.

    The assessment of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant will be conducted by an accident investigation board consisting of department officials and representatives of health and safety agencies, the department said in a statement released late Wednesday.

  • Judges stop officiating weddings

    The Associated Press

    CARLSBAD — Judges in two southeastern New Mexico counties recently announced they will no longer officiate weddings after the state’s high court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal.

    The announcement means judges in Eddy and Chaves counties won’t officiate any civil marriage ceremonies, from straight or same-sex couples, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reports.

    In December, the New Mexico Supreme Court decided it was unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

  • Castañeda buyer wants Plaza too

    The man responsible for bringing La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Ariz., back to life has reached a deal to buy Las Vegas’ historic Castañeda Hotel, and he is also hoping to purchase the Plaza Hotel as a package deal.

    But don’t break out the champagne just yet.