Local News

  • AG to partner with water researchers

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES — State Attorney General Hector Balderas doesn’t want New Mexico communities to be pitted against one another as water resources dwindle and an interstate legal challenge over the Rio Grande looms.

    Balderas announced Thursday during a visit to Las Cruces that his office is partnering with the Water Resources Research Institute at New Mexico State University.

    The goal is to find more innovative ways to use water and to plan for future demand.

  • Looking Back - July 13, 2015

    In 1965
    Wednesday, July 14 — West Las Vegas Councilmen again last night delayed action on approval of a bypass of the Town of Las Vegas. Robert De La Rue of the State Highway Department presented a proposal for the interchange on the Interstate Highway at the south end of Las Vegas, but the proposal was rejected because  the council felt it was too far east of the Town. De La Rue said he would return to the next council meeting with a new interchange proposal.

  • Looking ahead - News - July 13, 2015

    Glimpses of the Past on Thursday
    Glimpses of the Past “The History of the St. Vrain Mill” will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 16 at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center at 116 Bridge St. For more information, contact Fort Union National Monument at 425-8025 or visit www.nps.gov/foun.

  • Weather - July 13, 2015

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Northwest wind around 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. Southwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming northeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.


  • Flood damages Ghost Ranch

    The Associated Press

    ABIQUIU — A northern New Mexico retreat that the famed artist Georgia O’Keeffe regarded as “the best place in the world” suffered extensive damage this week when heavy rains swept through arroyos.

    Hundreds of people were at the Ghost Ranch when the flood hit Tuesday evening, washing away pottery wheels, wooden weaving looms, a heavy cement mixer and a clay press. A handful of structures were destroyed, including the new Fiber Arts Studio.

  • Albuquerque to pay $5M to settle lawsuit

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The city has agreed to pay $5 million to the family of a homeless man who was fatally shot by Albuquerque officers last year in a case that has helped fuel major reforms within the police force.

    The settlement was announced Friday by an attorney representing the family of James Boyd, who was killed during a March 2014 standoff in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains where he had been illegally camping.

  • In Brief - News - July 13, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Lawmaker’s father settles suit
    SANTA FE — The father of a New Mexico lawmaker has settled two lawsuits in which he claims he was wrongfully arrested for drunk driving and assaulting an officer.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Luciano Trujillo, whose son is state Rep. Carl Trujillo, will receive $85,000 from Santa Fe County’s insurer.

  • West Head Start gets $8.2 M

    The West Las Vegas School District got a massive gift earlier this week. The district’s Head Start program was notified it will receive an $8.2 million grant to expand its existing program.

    “We are very happy,” local Head Start Director Joseph Griego said, “This will give us more stability and allow us to reach a larger audience.”

    According to a news release from U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, the funding will add more than 30 jobs and will allow the program to serve 172 more children.

  • Promoting New Mexico - Gov touts area attractions

    Gov. Susana Martinez is known to travel throughout the state as she promote initiatives and meets with constituents, but she’s not the only one traveling across New Mexico’s mountains, plains and deserts.

    On Wednesday morning, she was in Las Vegas at Plaza Park celebrating the record number of tourists who visited the Land of Enchantment last year.

    Her visit comes just days after the annual Fourth of July Fiestas, which drew throngs of people to Las Vegas.

  • Project to add 70 beds to Meadows home

    Noting the importance of providing the best possible care to New Mexico residents in need of long-term living facilities,  Gov. Susana Martinez touted the $16 million in state capital outlay funding that has been awarded for the final phase of the Meadows project.