Local News

  • Lawmaker: Marijuana needs debate in NM

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The conversation about whether New Mexico should join other Western states in legalizing marijuana is cranking up as state lawmakers prepare for the 2015 legislative session.

    Rep. Bill McCamley, a Democrat from southern New Mexico, took his case for legalization to fellow lawmakers Tuesday during a meeting of the interim health and human services committee. McCamley dismissed the stoner humor of 1970s comics Cheech and Chong and said this should be a serious debate.

  • State to get preferential treatment on waiver

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — The U.S. Department of Education says it’ll give New Mexico preferential treatment when the state applies for an extended waiver from federal No Child Left Behind requirements.

    Officials say New Mexico will be allowed to apply early for an extension, be eligible to receive approval faster and get a longer waiver — four years instead of three years.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Nov. 28, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • Looking Back - Nov. 28, 2014

    In 1964

    Friday, Nov. 27 — One of the latest advancements in education was tried on the Highlands University campus using a conference on “Instruction in English,” Nov. 16, Known as Tele-Lecture, the advancement makes it possible for a nationally recognized authority to speak to conferences without making the long and expensive trip to attend in person. Dr. Margaret Early, professor of education at Syracuse University, spoke to the conference from her office in Syracuse, N.Y., through the medium of Tele-Lecture equipment.

  • Looking ahead - News - Nov. 28, 2014

    Christmas Fair at Sala de Madrid

    Annual Christmas Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28, Sat. Nov. 29 and Friday, Dec. 6 at Sala de Madrid on the Highlands campus. For more information, contact Inez Gallegos-Lujan at 505-652-6943.

  • Weather - Nov. 28, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 73. West wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 34.

    Sunny, with a high near 72. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 32.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 31.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:49 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.

  • 3 reasons shoppers will spend cautiously

    By Anne D’Innocenzio and Chris Rugaber
    AP Business Writers

    Falling gas prices. Soaring stock market. Unemployment at a six-year-low.

    All signs point to a successful holiday shopping season. Despite the economic tail winds, though, retailers are finding themselves having to work to get shoppers into stores.

    Why? Five years into the economic recovery, most Americans still are struggling.

  • ‘Oh, Christmas tree’
  • Chamber gets city contract

    Nearly a year after the city ceased funding the Las Vegas San Miguel Chamber of Commerce, the City Council has thrown the organization a new lifeline.

    Councilors voted unanimously last week to approve a seven- month, $35,000 contract for the struggling organization, but in order to receive that funding, the chamber will need to provide several deliverables, including working to recruit 100 new members.

  • HU student found dead in dorm

    A New Mexico Highlands University officer conducting a welfare check found a student dead inside her room at Kennedy Hall Monday evening.

    The university identified the deceased woman as Paige Martinez, a 52-year-old Media Arts student. State police, which has jurisdiction on university campuses, was called in to investigate. While the death was initially deemed suspicious, state police released a statement Tuesday saying that foul play is not suspected in the death.