Local News

  • BREAKING: Highlands announces finalists

    Two current Highlands University employees — one a high level administrator and the other a faculty member — are among six finalists vying to be the school’s next president.

    The names of the six finalists selected by the university’s Presidential Search Committee were released publicly on Thursday afternoon.

  • $562K in city debt forgiven

    Christmas has come early for the city of Las Vegas, which has had $562,849 in debt forgiven by the state Water Trust Board.

    The City Council made the debt reduction official on Wednesday night, voting unanimously to adopt two ordinances that reflect the new terms of the grant-loan agreements.

    “Thank you for the good news,” Mayor Alfonso Ortiz told the utilities department staff member who presented the two ordinances to the Council.

  • Creating artists - Studio offers training to novices

    Melody Perez is on a mission to share her love of art with others and to inspire others to pick up a paint brush.

    Perez, owner of Running Horses Studio, has opened up her studio located on the Plaza for art classes. This Friday starting at 6:30 p.m. Perez will offer a “Paint Out” class featuring a field of poppies.

    Perez said she believes everyone has a creative side to them and by attending a “Paint Out” class it will allow people to step away from the realities of the world while exploring their creative side.

  • Gov talks drought with water officials

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Without sustainable sources of clean drinking water, New Mexico won’t be able to attract companies or capitalize on economic development opportunities, Gov. Susana Martinez said Wednesday.

  • Salazar honored for homeless-issue work

    A statewide organization that works to end homelessness  honored state Rep. Tomás Salazar with its Elected Official of the Year Award last week.

    The Coalition to End Homelessness presented the award to Salazar at its annual conference in Albuquerque on April 9.

  • Jail Log - April 17, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 6 and April 10:
    Michael Moree, 55, two-day commitment
    Christopher Martinez, 24, probation violation: new charges
    Joshua Lucero, 24, aggravated DWI, driving on suspended revoked license, probation violation: new charges
    Jeroldine Montaño, 36, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM District
    Brian Jernifan, 34, possession of controlled substance (marijuana), possession of drug paraphernalia, open container, probation violation: new charges.

  • Looking Back - April 17, 2015

    In 1965

    Tuesday, April 13, 1965 — San Miguel County Commissioners adopted a 10 p.m. curfew rule patterned after that of the City of Las Vegas, during the Monday meeting at the Court House with Tony Montoya, chairman, presiding. Juvenile Officer Manuel A. Valdez, Sheriff Frank Delgado and District Attorney Donald A. Martinez appeared before the commissioners to explain the need for the curfew. The curfew applies to all people of the age of 17 years or under.

  • Looking ahead - News - April 17, 2015

    ‘Oh, The Places You’ll Go’ exhibit on display

    “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” photography exhibit featuring works by Joe and Martha McCaffrey will be on display until June 10 at Kennedy Hall Gallery on the Highlands campus. An artist’s reception will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 18.

  • Weather - April 17, 2015

    Partly sunny, with a high near 58. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 33. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph after midnight.

    A 10 percent chance of showers after 7 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 59. West wind 10-15 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers before 7 p.m. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34.


  • FYI - News - April 17, 2015

    Sales to the public, including passes, maps and firewood permits, will be suspended at all Santa Fe National Forest offices for one day only on Tuesday, April 21. The temporary suspension is due to required training for customer service staff.  Sales of permits, passes and maps will resume at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22.