Local News

  • In Brief - News - June 15, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Governor signs feed bill
    Gov. Susana Martinez has signed a measure to fund state courts and the state Department of Health.
    The Republican governor’s office said Friday she signed the bill five days after lawmakers passed it during a special session.
    Under the proposal, lawmakers set aside $112,000 for special session costs, $300,000 for courts and $4 million for the Health Department.

  • Staffing troubles at Alta Vista

    Five patients seeking medical care from Alta Vista Regional Hospital over the Memorial Day weekend were transferred to other hospitals because Alta Vista wasn’t staffed to handle their needs. That has some community leaders worried about whether the hospital has sufficient staff to meet the region’s needs.

    Alta Vista has at times struggled to maintain coverage in such specialties as obstetrics and gynecology, surgery and pediatrics, forcing the hospital to implement diversion protocols.

  • ‘An epic comeback’ - Vatos rally to become National Champs

    Down nine points with 1:09 to play, the New Mexico Highlands rugby club appeared headed to a national runner-up finish against mighty New England College for the second time in as many years.

    That’s second place in the National Small College Rugby Organization’s “sevens” tournament at the greater Philadelphia area’s PPL Park, destination of choice for more than 200 schools across the country. Not too shabby, right?

    The Vatos had other ideas.

  • Luna prez search criticized

    Eight people have applied to be Luna Community College’s next president, but the process being used to find a replacement for outgoing President Pete Campos was criticized by two members of the school’s board of trustees.

  • Looking Back - June 12, 2015

    In 1965

    Monday, June 14 — The percentage of unemployed in San Miguel County in June last year was 10.8 percent, but among high school dropouts, it was 79 percent, said J. Bayes Williams, executive director of the Employment Security Commission. Of 1,661 applicants interviewed in San Miguel, 1,046 were currently seeking full-time work, including 734 men, 312 women.

  • Looking ahead - News - June 12, 2015

    Luna Car Show is Saturday

    The Eleventh Annual Luna Community College Car Show will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the LCC campus. Show includes low riders, classic cars and muscle cars. For more information, call 429-0425.

  • Weather - June 12, 2015

    Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. North wind 10-15 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before midnight. Cloudy at night, with a low around 50. East wind 5-10 mph, becoming south after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.


  • Jail Log - June 12, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 2 and June 8:
    Lorenzo Sanchez, 55, shoplifting
    Lorenzo Romero, 19, battery on household member, bench warrant, Taos
    Marino Pino, 40, left treatment program, bench warrant, SM District
    Lawrence Candelaria, 34, hold for court
    Robert Baca, 38, failure to pay, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Mark Martinez, 43, probation violation: positive for alcohol
    Chris Sisneros, 41, probation violation: picked up new charges

  • Feds say Southwest could see catastrophic fires

    By Dan Elliott
    The Associated Press

    DENVER — Despite a wet spring over much of the nation, the Obama administration warned Tuesday of potentially catastrophic wildfires this summer, especially in the Southwest and Northwest.

    “We’ve been very fortunate here in the central part of the country to have above-normal precipitation to allow us to postpone the fire season,” U.S. Forest Service chief Tom Tidwell said at a news conference in Denver.

  • AG sets goals for law enforcement board

    ESPANOLA — The state attorney general stopped an attempt to limit public comments during New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy board meetings and instead asked the board to review its training for officers and to make sure it remains transparent.

    Hector Balderas, who chairs the eight-member board that oversees the academy, said Tuesday the move was to reassure the public that law enforcement officers are prepared and the board should focus on that.