Local News

  • Highlands hosts open house for prospective students

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A Day as a Cowboy open house at Highlands University April 22 will be a fun and informative day for high school seniors to experience college life.

    From touring the residence halls to a carnival fair and free lunch in Melody Park, prospective students and their parents can get a sample of what Highlands has to offer.

  • State sued over teacher leave

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A lawsuit has been filed alleging New Mexico has a policy of penalizing public school teachers in their evaluations if they take more than six days of sick time over the course of the school year, even if their contracts allow for more.

    The lawsuit was filed March 30 on behalf of Logan Municipal Schools teacher Angela Medrow and seeks class-action status, The Albuquerque Journal reported.

    It names the New Mexico Public Education Department and Department Secretary Hanna Skandera as defendants.

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  • Apodaca sentenced for fatal crash

    Tobe J. Apodaca, a 24-year-old Las Vegas man, will spend up to 10 years in prison for the DWI crash that killed his then-girlfriend, Monique Martinez, last June.

    In February, Apodaca had pleaded guilty to several charges ­— including vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated and reckless driving — stemming from the crash, which took place in the early morning hours of June 6, 2016.

  • Box cutter attack leads to arrest

    A Las Vegas man is facing charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly slashing a second man with a box cutter across the neck this past Friday evening.

    Raul Sanchez, 26, of the 700 block of Dora Celeste, is accused of using the weapon to cut the neck of Richard Estrada, rob him of a wallet, $60 in cash and assorted bank cards.

  • Universities unite, call for restoration

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A council of university presidents from around New Mexico is asking that Gov. Susana Martinez restore about $745 million in funding to the state’s public colleges and universities.

    The council made its plea in a column published Sunday in the Albuquerque Journal.

  • In Brief - News - April 19, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Court stays execution
    VARNER, Ark. — The U.S. Supreme Court spared the life of an Arkansas inmate minutes before his death warrant was set to expire Monday, scuttling efforts to resume the death penalty after nearly 12 years in the state with a plan to carry out four double executions before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires.

  • NMHU Jazz Ensemble in concert on Friday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University Department of Music presents the university’s Jazz Ensemble in concert at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Student Center Theater, 800 National Ave.

    Highlands University music professor Edward Harrington directs the Jazz Ensemble and plays bass and trombone for the ensemble. Music faculty member Kevin Zoernig is the pianist and concert co-director.

  • Weather - April 19, 2017


    HIGH 79° / LOW 41°
    Sunny, with a high near 79. West wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Wednesday night — mostly clear, with a low around 41.
    6:23 a.m. to 7:38 p.m.


  • Life after death

    Jennifer Valdez lived her life to help others and she continues to do so in death. Valdez, 29, died unexpectedly in early January as a result of a brain aneurysm, but her organs are allowing others to continue to live.

    Her decision to become an organ donor has allowed a 15-year-old boy to spend time with his family and friends as a result of Valdez’s left kidney.

    A 71-year-old mother of two continues to enjoy shopping, spending time in her garden, and go to the movies as she was the recipient of Valdez’s right kidney.