Today's News

  • Roads a major issue in District 4 race

    The race for the District 4 San Miguel County Commission seat comes down to two political newcomers.

    Gilbert Sena, a retired educator and lifelong rancher is battling Joel Baca, a former county employee who went on to work in construction. Sena and Baca are both Democrats. Because no Republican filed to run, the winner of the June 5 primary is all but assured the seat.

    David Salazar, who currently holds the position, couldn’t seek re-election because of term limits. County commissioners in San Miguel County are paid $19,854 a year.

  • School of Education regains accreditation

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University School of Education has regained its speciality accreditation nearly four years after losing it.

    The accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, or NCATE, is for seven years, the maximum time allowable.  

    The U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognize NCATE  as a professional accrediting body for teacher preparation.

  • Gov. makes statewide drought declaration

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    There's no question it's dry in New Mexico. Many argue that's an understatement, including Gov. Susana Martinez.

    The governor on Tuesday issued a drought declaration covering all of New Mexico, confirming what farmers, ranchers and municipal water utility managers already know.

  • City selling effluent again

    With Stage IV water restrictions still in effect, the city of Las Vegas has once again received permission from the state Environment Department to sell effluent to area residents to water their lawns and other vegetation.

    City Utilities Director Ken Garcia said a number of restrictions have been imposed by the state, and as a result, the city is requiring anyone who wants to use effluent to sign an agreement promising to abide by the restrictions.

  • Jail Log - May 18, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 9 and May 16:

  • Stuntman injured on movie set

    The Associated Press

    RIO PUERCO, N.M.  — Authorities say a stuntman has been injured during filming of “The Lone Ranger” at a movie set in northwestern New Mexico.

    Bernalillo County Sheriff’s officials said details weren’t immediately available Wednesday afternoon. The name of the stuntman wasn’t released.

    They say a small locomotive was involved, but it was only capable of travelling 5 mph. Authorities say a medical helicopter was launched as a precautionary measure to the movie set.

  • Looking Back - News - May 18, 2012

    In 1912

    Wednesday, May 18 — There are 50 Boys’ and Girls’  Industrial Clubs with over 750 members in New Mexico. Sixteen counties now have flourishing organizations of young folks engaged in splendid work. Curry County has the most, 16 clubs with 236 members; San Miguel County has two clubs and 23 members. The purpose of the industrial clubs is to extend agricultural education and improve farming over New Mexico.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 18, 2012

    McGarrity book signing this Sunday

    Michael McGarrity, author of the Kevin Kerney crime novels, will be at Tome on the Range, 158 Bridge St., at 3 p.m. this Sunday to sign his new book, Hard Country: A Novel of the Old West. The book is the first in a trilogy, chronicling the tragedies and triumphs of the fictional Kerney’s ancestors from 1875 through World War I as they settled New Mexico.

  • Weather - May 18, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Breezy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 47. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 78. West wind 10-15 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 44.

  • Night Sky Special Event

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