Local News

  • Jail Log - July 23, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 13 and July 19:
    Justin Martinez, 29, Violation of protection order, resisting and evading,  San Miguel Magistrate Court, Adult Probation.
    Jerry Martinez, 40, failure to comply with conditions of probation, probation violation: failure to report; failure to comply with conditions of parole, San Miguel District Court, Adult Probation / Parole.

  • U.S. to ban American travel to N. Korea

    WASHINGTON (AP) —  American citizens will be barred from traveling to North Korea next month following a prohibition on using U.S. passports to enter the country, the State Department said Friday.

    The restriction will take effect in late August, 30 days after it is published as a legal notice in the Federal Register sometime next week.

  • Spicer resigns as White House press secretary

    WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sean Spicer, President Donald Trump’s embattled spokesman during the first six months of his presidency, is resigning his position, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.

    Spicer’s decision appears to be linked to the appointment of a new White House communications director, New York financier Anthony Scaramucci. The people with knowledge of the decision spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the personnel matter publicly.

  • Weather - July 23, 2017


    HIGH 79°/ LOW 54°
    Showers and thunderstorms. Some storms could produce heavy rain. High near 79. North wind 10 mph becoming southeast in afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.
    6:02 a.m. to 8:12 p.m.


  • Chavez named financial aid director at Highlands

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Susan Chavez knows firsthand the power financial aid has to help achieve a higher education. Most of her 11 siblings completed degrees — thanks in part to financial support in New Mexico.

    Chavez, a Bloomfield native, is the new financial aid director for New Mexico Highlands University.

  • City council rejects its own refugee resolution

    After more than one hour of public input, the Las Vegas City Council took action on a so-called “sanctuary city” resolution during Wednesday’s regular monthly meeting.

    In its standing-room-only chamber at city hall, the council voted 3-1 to disapprove Resolution 17-27 — a non-binding declaration of support for resettlement of refugees, as part of a national effort to resettle the “most vulnerable” refugees.

  • Weather - July 21, 2017


    HIGH 88°/ LOW 56°
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
    6:01 a.m. to 8:13 p.m.


    HIGH 83° / LOW 55°
    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    6:02 a.m. to 8:12 p.m.

  • Getting in touch with nature
  • Green shoulders: NM 434 a mammoth project

    There are some awkward components to the widening New Mexico Highway 434.

    Between steep hills, sharp corners and a wide variety of ecosystems, plants and wildlife, the highway, especially between Guadalupita and the Black Lakes south of Angel Fire, require some difficult adjustments to improve roads — and some careful considerations.

    While a multi-year, multi-phase project along NM 434 is focused only on a small area in terms of location, it encompasses several worlds in the types of terrain and living beings in the area.

  • Trustees vote to appoint committee

    The search for a new president of Luna Community College is under way.

    On Tuesday, the college’s board of trustees unanimously voted to appoint a committee to review and screen the applicants. The board is expected to name committee members during an Aug. 8 meeting.

    The committee will include community members the college’s regional area, Santa Rosa, Mora, and Springer. Members will also be from regional school districts and staff and faculty from the college.

    College trustees expect to have the permanent president in place by February.