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  • Local geology focal point of conference

    By Margaret McKinney’
    Highlands University

    Highlands University geology students and faculty showcased their research on the rich geologic history of the Las Vegas area from the mountains of Hermit’s Peak to the canyon lands of Rio Mora at the 66th Annual New Mexico Geological Society Fall Field Conference Sept. 30 – Oct. 2.

  • Chamber officer asked to resign

    Just as the Las Vegas San Miguel Chamber of Commerce appeared to be getting back on its feet following a nasty separation with its former executive director in May, the organization is facing another controversy.

    Travis Regensberg, the  chairman of the Chamber’s board of directors, sent a letter last week asking vice chairman Mike Adams to resign.

  • Trujillo to run for House seat

    Las Vegas Optic

    The primary election is still eight months away, but a Rio Arriba County commissioner has already announced that he plans to run for the House seat now held by longtime state Rep. Nick Salazar.

    Barney Trujillo, a Democrat, issued a news release announcing his candidacy on Monday. The House District 40 seat he is seeking represents Rio Arriba, Colfax, Mora and San Miguel counties.

  • Officials mark Valles Caldera’s addition to Park Service

    The Associated Press

    VALLES CALDERA NATIONAL PRESERVE — A sprawling parcel of land in northern New Mexico that’s home to vast grasslands and one of North America’s few super volcanoes became part of the National Park Service on Saturday.
    U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, members of the state’s congressional delegation, tribal leaders and others gathered at Valles Caldera National Preserve for a celebration to mark the transition.

  • In Brief 10-14-15

    The Associated Press


    Tri-State to buy NM solar power

    DEMING — A wholesale provider that serves rural electric cooperatives in four states has signed a contract to buy power from a planned solar farm in southern New Mexico.

    Denver-based Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association says the contract calls for the Alta Luna Solar Project to provide it with 25 megawatts of electricity for 25 years.

  • Weather 10-14-15


    HIGH 81° / LOW 41°

    Sunny, with a high near 81. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    7:06 a.m. to 6:27 p.m.



    HIGH 79° / LOW 41°

    Sunny, with a high near 79. North wind around 5 mph becoming east in the afternoon.

    7:07 a.m. to 6:26 p.m.


  • A Sight To See
  • 100 days

    Sam Minner marked his hundredth day as Highlands University’s president this past Thursday.

    He is the university’s 19th president, if you exclude those who served on an interim basis.

    Minner, 62, was selected, by regents from a field of six finalists. He started his new job on July 1. Since then he has made it a point to have students and faculty over to his house for dinners, to join MainStreet de Las Vegas’ Board of Directors and to  speak to civic organizations like MainStreet and Kiwanis.

  • Nobel Peace Prize boosts struggling Tunisian democracy

    By Paul Schemm, Bouazza Ben Bouzza and Karl Ritter
    The Associated Press

    TUNIS, Tunisia — It was the fall of 2013 and Tunisia’s newfound democracy was in grave danger. The assassination of a left-wing politician had prompted the opposition to walk out of the constitutional assembly. The government was paralyzed, the constitution unfinished and the country on the brink of war.

  • 1 dead, 3 wounded in NAU shooting

    By Felicia Fonseca
    The Associated Press

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — An overnight confrontation between two groups of students escalated into gunfire Friday when a freshman at Northern Arizona University killed one person and wounded three others, authorities said.

    University police chief Gregory T. Fowler identified the shooter as 18-year-old Steven Jones and said he used a handgun in the shootings at about 1:20 a.m. Friday. Police were still interviewing Jones and he had not been booked into jail Friday morning.