Local News

  • $1.5M budget cut for NMHU

    New Mexico Highlands University’s finance vice president told regents last Friday that solvency measures enacted by state lawmakers and the governor will result in a roughly $1.5 million cut in Highlands’ state appropriation.

    For now, he said, he thinks the university will be able to absorb that cut without laying off staff. But he warned that any additional funding decreases would likely force the university to “hit staff.”

  • Early voting drawing to a close
  • $220K on line for Vegas libraries

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University’s Donnelly Library and all Las Vegas libraries will receive funding to expand collections if voters approve Library Bond B.

    Bond B is a statewide measure on the Nov. 8 ballot that is not a new tax, but instead would replace funding from bonds set to expire.

  • Independent voters behind registration uptick in NM

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE —  The number of registered voters in New Mexico has climbed to almost 1.3 million in anticipation next week’s general election, new figures from state election officials indicate.

    Figures released Monday by the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office show a 3 percent increase since the 2012 presidential election.

  • Moody’s lowers West’s credit outlook

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A credit ratings agency has reduced the credit outlook for 51 of New Mexico’s 89 school districts.

    Among the school districts that had their credit outlook downgraded was West Las Vegas.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Moody’s Investors Service also revised the outlook for New Mexico’s three research universities from stable to negative. The outlook change signals that downgrades are possible.

  • NMSU Extension hosting ag day in Las Vegas on Nov. 10

    By Jane Moorman
    New Mexico State University

    Are you fed up with gophers, prairie dogs and grasshoppers destroying your land and crops?

    Ways to control these pests will be presented at the 2016 Annual Ag Day workshop sponsored by New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service in San Miguel and Mora counties and the San Miguel Farm Bureau.

    Presentations will also be made on hay quality, cattle vaccinations and New Mexico Workers’ Compensation issues.

  • Suspect charged in officer’s murder

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The state attorney general filed a criminal complaint on Thursday charging the man suspected of shooting and killing an Albuquerque police officer with an open count of murder and other felony counts, more than a year after police say the man opened fire during a nighttime traffic stop.

  • Jail Log - Nov. 4, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 24 and Oct. 25:

    Joebary Vigal, 26, hold for District Court
    Matthew Gonzales, 27, three-day commitment, District Court
    Gene Romero, 45, 60-day commitment, District Court
    Antonio Larranaga, 33, probation violation: positive urinalysis for cocaine, Adult Probation Office
    Jonathan Aragon, 18, battery on a household member, interference with communications, criminal damage to property, San Miguel Magistrate Court

  • Tighter race, but still good signs for Clinton

    By Hope Yen
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton may not be accumulating the type of early-vote advantage her campaign wanted, but she continues to maintain an apparent edge over Donald Trump, with roughly one-fourth of all expected ballots cast in the 2016 election.

    The Democrat’s campaign once hoped to bank substantial votes from Democrats in North Carolina and Florida before Election Day. Both are must-win states for Trump.

  • Why health care eats more of your paycheck every year

    By Tom Murphy
    AP Health Writer

    Millions of Americans are finding out this month that the price of their health insurance is going up next year — as it did this year, last year, and most of the years before that.

    And it’s not just that the price is going up, it’s that it goes up faster than wages and inflation, eating away at our ability to pay for other things we want (beer, televisions, vacations) or need (rent, heat, food).