Local News

  • Special session: Budget approved; on to taxes

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE  — The New Mexico Legislature has sent a bill to the governor that would tap severance tax bonds to fill a budget shortfall for the coming fiscal year.

    The state House of Representatives voted unanimously Wednesday to suspend infrastructure projects and bolster the state general fund by $100 million in the coming fiscal year.

    Of those funds, $19 million are one-time transfers of money from dozens of state government accounts.

  • One family — four 2017 grads
  • In Brief - News - May 26, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Brits angry about leaks
    MANCHESTER, England (AP) — British police arrested two more people and searched a new site in Manchester suspected of links to the concert bombing that left 22 people dead, as British authorities complained bitterly Thursday about investigation leaks by U.S. officials.

  • UNM to cooperate with state audit

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — University of New Mexico acting President Chaouki Abdallah says the school will cooperate with state auditors as they review the spending of public money on a 2015 golf trip to Scotland that included university athletics officials and private donors.

    Abdallah said Wednesday that the university is looking forward to a timely process.

    The state auditor’s office says the review has been ongoing for at least three weeks.

  • Jail Log - May 26, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 17 and May 24:
    Adam Chavez, 37, back from forensic, San Miguel County District Court
    Leandra Pino, 29, hold for court, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Alfred Waldo Jr., 36, battery against a household member, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Andres Vigil, 26, dwelling burglary, larceny, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Julia Lucero, 23, DWI (first offense), reckless driving, San Miguel County Magistrate Court

  • Weather - May 26, 2017


    HIGH 82° / LOW 47°
    Sunny, with a high near 82. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.
    5:49 a.m. to 8:07 p.m.


    HIGH 79° / LOW 43°
    Sunny, with a high near 79. West wind 10 to 20 mph. Saturday night —partly cloudy, with a low around 43.
    5:48 a.m. to 8:08 p.m.


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  • Abe Montoya Rec Center re-opens Friday

    The renovated Abe Montoya Recreation Center will open just in time for summer. Friday, the city will host a grand opening of the facility, which has been closed since August 2016.

    “We’re excited to re-open the newly renovated Abe Montoya Recreation Center and hope that the community will be proud of their new facility,” city Recreation Director Pamela Marrujo said.

  • Lodgers tax topics raised

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Las Vegas City Council members didn’t have any lodgers tax items on their agenda at last Wednesday’s regular meeting, but a few items came up in the course of the evening about utilization of that tax fund.

  • New Mexico lawmaker: governor’s appointments can wait

    By  Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The president of the New Mexico Senate said Monday there will be no confirmation hearings for appointments by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez during a special legislative session.

    Senate President Mary Kay Papen of Las Cruces said the Democratic-led Legislature will be focused on restoring vetoed funding for state colleges and universities and will not vet executive appointments when lawmakers convene on Wednesday.