Local News

  • Gov: State ‘falling short’ on higher education

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico is “falling short” on graduating college students on time, and universities should consider a number of reforms to battle the state’s high poverty rate, Gov. Susana Martinez said Wednesday.

    Speaking at her Summit on Higher Education at the University of New Mexico, the Republican governor said universities need to increase counseling efforts and reduce undergraduate degree programs to 120 hours.

  • PED to pay $14K in attorney fees

    The Associated Press

    A state district judge has ruled the state Public Education Department must pay more than $14,000 in legal fees because it never responded to a public records request regarding teacher evaluations.

    The judge’s ruling Wednesday granted most of the expenses claimed by the National Education Association’s attorneys. It also followed a July ruling that fined the department $500 for violating the open records law.

  • Weather - Sept. 11, 2015


    HIGH 74° / LOW 51°
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 74. North wind 10 to 15 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
    6:40 a.m. to 7:14 p.m.


    HIGH 79° / LOW 52°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.
    6:41 a.m. to 7:13 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Sept. 11

    In 1965
    Monday, Sept. 13, 1965 — The number of patients in the New Mexico State Hospital at Las Vegas has dropped to 861 from a high of 1.032 patients in 1963. Until 1963, the number of patients steadily increased each year at a constant rate. This reduction tin population was made possible principally through improvements in the treatment of all patients. There has been no major single discharge arrangement made for any patients, Dr. Dan Palmer, superintendent, explained.

  • LVPD acquires military vehicles

    The gigantic military vehicles parked outside the Las Vegas Police Department’s building are hard to miss.

    Indeed, their presence has already sparked some criticism on social media, with a few Facebook posters questioning why an agency like the Las Vegas Police Department would ever need the imposing vehicles that could have been plucked directly out of a war zone.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño said that contrary to some of the criticism, militarization of the Las Vegas Police Department isn’t the goal.

  • PAINTING THE TOWN PURPLE - HU homecoming is Sept. 18-27

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University’s homecoming is just around the corner, with a full slate of traditional and new festivities planned for Sept. 18 – 27 aimed at attracting more alumni, students and residents of the Las Vegas Community.

    The theme for homecoming this year is Paint the Town Purple – Spirits of the Past, Visions of the Future.

  • Drilling boom has led to more harmful waste spills

    By John Flesher
    AP Environmental Writer

    CROSSROADS, N.M.  — Carl Johnson and son Justin, who have complained for years about spills of oilfield wastewater where they raise cattle in the high plains of New Mexico, stroll across a 1 1/2-acre patch of sandy soil — lifeless, save for a scattering of stunted weeds.

  • Cleveland Millfest
  • Bean Day
  • Weather - Sept. 9, 2015


    HIGH 71° / LOW 51°
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
    6:39 a.m. to 7:17 p.m.


    HIGH 81° / LOW 49°
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. South wind around 5 mph.
    6:40 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.