Local News

  • Fire system still a problem

    The West Las Vegas School District has already pumped out about $250,000 in an effort to rectify the long-standing problems with the fire alarm and fire suppression systems at its high school.

    Despite the steep expenditures for repairs and upgrades, the fire system issues continue to plague the school, which is currently on fire watch due to the inadequacy of the fire systems.

    And that isn’t sitting well with board chairman David Romero, who expressed disappointment in the district’s inability to resolve the problem.

  • Ready to dispose of old medications - Drug take-back on Saturday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University and the San Miguel County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition are asking the community to come together on Saturday to safely dispose of unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

    The Take Back/Family Fun Day is from 10 a.m.  to 2 p.m. at Highlands University’s Melody Park.

    Desiree Martínez, HU-CARES prevention coordinator at Highlands, is coordinating the event on behalf of the San Miguel County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.

  • Trump needed debate reset, instead, he riled GOP

    By Kathleen Hennessey
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump needed a game changer. Instead, he landed a jaw dropper.

    When the Republican nominee for president refused to say he would accept the results of the election, he rattled American democracy and openly flirted with the notion of a contested transition of power.

  • Amnesty Day: Time for some fall cleaning

    If you’ve been thinking about cleaning out your garage or hauling away the branches piled up in your yard, Saturday is the day to do it.

    The city of Las Vegas solid waste transfer station is holding its quarterly Amnesty Day on Saturday. On that day, city residents can dispose of most household items free of charge.

    The transfer station, located at 35 Aragon Road, near the northernmost Interstate exit, will be open from 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Saturday.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 21, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 11 and Oct. 19:

    Joseph Herrera, 49, hold for District Court
    Jeremy Allen, 24, bench warrant: possession of drug paraphernalia, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Michelle Espinoza, age unavailable, DWI, distribution / trafficking of a controlled substance — cocaine, failure to stop at a stop sign, San Miguel Magistrate Court

  • Weather - Oct. 21, 2016


    HIGH 74° / LOW 43°
    Sunny, with a high near 74. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.  
    7:13 a.m. to 6:17 p.m.


    HIGH 77° / LOW 46°
    Sunny, with a high near 77. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.
    7:14 a.m. to 6:16 p.m.


    HIGH 78° / LOW 45°
    Sunny, with a high near 78.
    7:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 21, 2016

    Monday, Oct. 17, 1966 —  Charles I. Romero, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nash Romero, 905 Gallinas, has accepted the position of instructor in speech at San Fernando Valley State College in Northridge, Calif. Romero, who was active in speech at Highlands University, where he received his B.A. degree in speech, earned an M.A. degree at the University of Arizona. He plans to complete doctoral studies at the University of Iowa in 1967.

  • Group seeks to oust mayor

    A local group led by Manuel “Manny” Martinez has started an effort to recall Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron.

    The group has 60 days to gather enough signatures from people who voted in the city election to force a recall election. City Clerk Cassandra Fresquez approved Martinez’s petition on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

    The petition needs to be signed by a number equal to at least 25 percent of those who voted in the March regular city election in order for the recall to move forward, according to the city charter.

  • Keeping a tradition alive - Piñon seekers find plenty

    By Tripp Stelnicki
    Santa Fe New Mexican

    PECOS, N.M. — Mark Quintana gestures into the shady thicket of pine trees. His sons are in there somewhere, he says, along with a few of his cousins. Theirs is a familiar fall scene in northern New Mexico: Trucks parked on the roadside, tin cups and small buckets scattered beneath pine-needle boughs thick with brown cones. They’ve come for piñon, reported the Santa Fe New Mexican.

  • City agrees to reimburse AWC

    In early October, City Manager Richard Trujillo promised a large group of people that the city would indeed pay the money owed the local Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeastern New Mexico.

    Trujillo’s statement was said publicly during an informal meeting on Oct. 5 with roughly 60 individuals attending.