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  • Looking ahead - News - Aug. 15, 2014

    Music City Music Festival kicks off today

    Sixteen groups will present a wide assortment of music Friday through Sunday. Free outdoor concerts will be at the Plaza Park from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Ticketed events will be at El Rialto Patio Friday and Saturday. Joser Maestas will emcee the three-day festival.

  • Weather - Aug. 15, 2014

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Northwest wind around 5 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 56. South wind around 5 mph, becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.


  • $1,700 donated to 4-H


  • In Brief - New Mexico - July 15, 2014

    The Associated Press

    King unveils education goals
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King proposes using one of New Mexico’s endowment funds to provide additional money for public schools and expand early childhood programs.
    King outlined his educational policies on Wednesday, which include supporting a proposed constitutional amendment to increase yearly allocations from the Land Grant Permanent Fund.
    He also wants to end “high-stakes” testing that students must pass to graduate from school.

  • Jail Log - Aug. 15, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 5 and Aug. 7:

    Jeremy Vasquez, 32, parole violation: possession of alcohol Adult Probation Office Parole
    Richard Madrid, 57, drug court violation: consumption of alcohol (Seven-day sanction)
    Geronimo Padilla, 57, disorderly conduct
    Vincent Sandoval, 23, probation violation: positive UA (cocaine and Suboxone)
    Matthew Montoya, 21, public nuisance
    Arthur Riegert, 55, mental health hold
    Brian Mondragon, 39, one-day commitment

  • Lawsuit: DEA informant killed man

    The Associated Press

    A man accused of gunning down another man in Albuquerque’s South Valley last year was an active U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration informer who was improperly supervised, a new lawsuit alleges.

    The family of Jason Estrada recently filed a $50 million lawsuit against the agency, the second suit in recent months alleging problems with the DEA’s handling of informants, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

  • Century milestone
  • Noticias - Aug. 15, 2014

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  • Que Pasa - Aug. 15, 2014


  • Stars mourn Robin Williams

    By Mark Kennedy
    AP Drama Writer

    NEW YORK — The casts of “Aladdin” — both the 1992 film and the current Broadway hit — are honoring Robin Williams, who played the manic, fast-talking, unforgettable Genie.

    Scot Weinger, who played Aladdin in the animated film, said Wednesday that working with his hero was surreal and magical, adding the world has “lost a bright light.”