Local News

  • Senate debates pension overhaul

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — Current and future public employee retirees would see smaller cost-of-living adjustments under a proposal before New Mexico lawmakers to rebuild the long-term finances of a pension plan for more than 55,000 state and municipal workers.
    The Senate was expected to debate the proposal Thursday to resolve one of the largest financial problems confronting the state.

  • NM GOP fails to force license debate

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — Allies of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez narrowly failed Wednesday in trying to revive legislation to stop New Mexico from issuing driver’s licenses to most illegal immigrants.
    A Martinez-backed license proposal has been bottled up in a House committee by majority Democrats, most likely dooming the bill as time runs out in the legislative session. Lawmakers will adjourn in 10 days and similar license legislation has stalled in the Senate.

  • Dr. Yoon purchases Sanchez Dental

    After a year of working as an associate dentist at Collins Dental, Christopher Yoon has purchased Dr. Frank Sanchez’s dental practice, Sanchez Dental/Highland Family Dental Office.

    “I considered several places to open my practice but decided that Las Vegas was the place I wanted to be,” said Yoon, a Korean American. “In the last year three dentists have closed their businesses in Las Vegas and either retired or left the community. I think the people of this area are in need of a dentist, and I hope to fill the void.”

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - March 8, 2013

    The Associated Press

    $2M Powerball ticket sold

    ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Lottery says it sold a Powerball ticket worth $2 million from Wednesday night’s drawing.
    The lottery says the winning ticket had two wagers matching the winning white ball numbers of 6, 10, 23, 41 and 45 but missed the red Powerball number of 1. That would have netted the ticketholder the $123 million jackpot.

  • Looking Back - March 8, 2013

    In 1963

    Tuesday, March 12 — San Miguel County Representative Arcenio Gonzales today said that his biggest disappointment in the 26th Legislature which just concluded its session was the lack of initiative on the part of the San Miguel County residents in doing something about the Gallinas River. Gonzales introduced House Bill 270, calling for an appropriation of $50,000 to clean up the Gallinas River and for flumes, but the bill received a “do not pass” recommendation from the House Appropriations and Finance Committee.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March. 8, 2013

    Casting call this Saturday

    An open background casting call will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday at the Best Western Plus Montezuma Inn & Suites, 2020 Grand Avenue. They’re looking for all ages, all types for the second season of Longmire and for a film called The Homesman, starring Tommy Lee Jones. Men with mustaches especially needed.

  • Weather - March 8, 2013

    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Windy, with a southwest wind 15-25 mph, increasing to 25-35 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. A chance of rain showers before 11p.m., then a chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 30. Windy, with a southwest wind 25-35 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.


  • FYI - News - March 8, 2013

    Daylight saving time begins this Sunday, so don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.

  • Man acquitted in murder case

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — A Santa Fe jury acquitted a man late Wednesday of murdering a preschool teacher who intervened to stop a fight with his girlfriend, but he could be retried on two lesser charges.

  • Reception for Fort Union Monument chief Tuesday

    The Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation is hosting a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday to formally welcome the new superintendent of Fort Union National Monument.

    Charles Strickfaden, a 28-year veteran of the National Park Service, took over as the park’s superintendent on Dec. 30. He succeeded Marie Sauter, who is now superintendent of White Sands National Monument.

    As superintendent of the 720-acre Fort Union National Monument, Strickfaden manages a staff of 13 and an annual operating budget of more than $1.2 million.