Local News

  • Mora settles pending suits

    Mora County officials are breathing a sigh of relief after settling two federal lawsuits involving the Mora County Community Water Rights and Local Self-Government Ordinance.

    The county announced the settlements in a news release late last week. The ordinance, which sought to ban all oil and gas drilling in Mora County, had already been stricken down by a federal judge in January. Judge James O. Browning invalidated the entire ordinance after concluding that it violated the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights and conflicted with state law.

  • Not your typical academic

    Unlike the other five finalists for president, William Taylor isn’t your typical academic.

    He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1974, and then joined the United States Peace Corps. During his nine-year stint with the organization, he served as a rural development volunteer in West Africa and Chile, trained new volunteers for rural development work and served as a professional recruiter for the Southwest United States.

  • Ionescu’s absurdist comedy - Three showings of ‘Rhinoceros’

    Although the story line is a bit absurd, the plot will open your mind to how lives are influenced. That’s the easiest way to describe the play “Rhinoceros.”

    The play has a several- decade history including stints in Broadway and has traveled the world with various theatres producing Eugène Ionesco’s absurdist comedy.

    Locally, the play will have three showings produced by the Las Vegas Community Theatre Collective.

  • Salt Lake City cleric named SF archbishop

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    Pope Francis has appointed Salt Lake City Bishop and immigration-reform advocate John Wester as the new archbishop for New Mexico’s largest Roman Catholic diocese.

    The Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced Monday that Wester, 64, will replace Archbishop Michael Sheehan in June. Wester was ordained a priest in 1976 for his native Archdiocese of San Francisco.

  • Democrats pick new party chair

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A Democratic activist and tribal administrator from Albuquerque is the new leader of New Mexico’s Democratic Party.

    Debra Haaland became the first Native American to lead a state party in New Mexico on Saturday following a Democratic State Central Committee meeting at a high school gym in Albuquerque.

    The 54-year-old, who ran for lieutenant governor last year, beat Santa Fe County party chairman Richard Ellenberg by a vote of 214 to 168.

    Haaland replaces Sam Bregman.

  • Looking Back - April 29, 2015

    In 1965
    Friday, April 30, 1965 — The successful operation of the Rough Riders Memorial and City Museum during the past four years is due in a large measure to the services contributed by 120 volunteer attendants, according to Dr. Lynn I. Perrigo, president of the City Museum board. Key personnel are Frank Norris, museum director; Margaret Long, assistant director; Felix Payant, museum curator and the following members of the museum Board: Dr. Lynn I. Perrigo, Mrs. Edward Q. Rice, John Haberl, Carl Schwede, Frank Olmstead, Cap Parkinson, John Harrison and Harry Houck.

  • Looking ahead - News - April 29, 2015

    Observance marks Vietnam War anniversary
         An observance of the end of the Vietnam War 40 years ago is being held by The Vietnam Veterans of America at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 in the theater of the Student Union Building on the Highlands campus. Free and open to the public.

  • Weather - April 29, 2015

    Sunny, with a high near 70. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 42. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 44.


  • HU regents hike tuition

    If you’re planning to enroll at New Mexico Highlands University as a new freshman in the fall, the university has a deal for you.

    Regents on Friday voted unanimously to offer members of the incoming freshman class an incentive to earn their undergraduate degree in four years. Students who do that will received a $1,000 bonus check from the university after graduating.

    The university’s new board of regents also signaled that the days of double-digit tuition increases at Highlands may be over.

  • Mora board rescinds contract offer

    In February, the Mora school board approved a one-year contract extension for Superintendent Dora Romero, but she may just find herself in the unemployment line anyway when her current contract expires in June.

    During a board meeting on Tuesday newly elected board members Dennis Romero and Tranquilino Hurtado voted to rescind the previous board’s contract extension. They were joined by board Chairman George A. Trujillo.