Local News

  • N.M. among leaders in organ donors

    There is a nationwide crisis as roughly 118,000 men, women and children across the nation are on waiting lists of life-saving organ transplants.

    In New Mexico, more than 700 people on the waiting list including 65 New Mexicans waiting for kidneys.

    According to statistics, every 10 minutes another person is added to the national transplant waiting list.

    “There is a great need,” said MaryAnn Sorenson of New Mexico Donor Services.

  • Budget battle heads to court

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers authorized plans to sue Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to block vetoes that would defund state universities and colleges along with the legislative branch of government, amid an unrelenting standoff Thursday over how to shore up state finances.

    The Legislative Council of leading state lawmakers directed attorneys to quickly pursue litigation on several fronts, including challenges to any vetoes that affect core functions of state government.

  • Gallinas project restoring floodplains

    Bringing a segment of local floodplains back to health is vital to the Gallinas River and those who rely on it, said Lea Knutson of the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance.

    Knutson discussed the recent Gallinas Village River and Floodplain Restoration project as part of the Las Vegas City Council’s work session on Wednesday evening at city hall.

  • In Brief - News - April 16, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Pentagon: Bomb didn’t need OK
    WASHINGTON — Pentagon officials say the U.S. commander in Afghanistan who ordered use of the “mother of all bombs” didn’t need President Donald Trump’s approval.

    The officials say Gen. John Nicholson has standing authority to use the largest non-nuclear bomb ever dropped in combat. He had that authority before Trump took office.

    The officials weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter and requested anonymity.

  • Weather - April 16, 2017


    HIGH 71° / LOW 41°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Northeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Sunday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 41.
    6:26 a.m. to 7:35 p.m.


    HIGH 74° / LOW 42°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Monday night ­— mostly clear, with a low around 42.
    6:25 a.m. to 7:36 p.m.


  • Town and Gown photo exhibit on display at HU

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University presents the second Town and Gown Photography Show opened on April 11 in Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave. A special reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 21.

    The exhibit features the work of the university’s Media Arts and Technology Department students and faculty as well as the Meadow City Camera Club.

  • UWC African Chorus concert Tuesday
  • Luna target of multiple probes

    Finals may be a few weeks away for Luna Community College students, but school officials are undergoing huge tests as investigators look into alleged improprieties at the two-year college.

    For several months, college officials have faced special audits from the state Higher Education Department and the New Mexico State Auditor’s office. Now, the college is under investigation by the district attorney’s office and the state attorney general’s office as a result of audit findings.

  • Hospital’s services in crosshairs

    With concerns being raised over the services provided by Alta Vista Regional Hospital, some say it’s time to explore alternatives for health care.

    The San Miguel County Commission this past week gave the green light to Chairman Rock Ulibarri to begin exploring those options. While it is viewed as a preliminary step at most, the move does acknowledge a growing dissatisfaction among some in the community.

  • Thousands of eggs ready to go - Easter egg hunts scheduled

    Thousands of brightly colored eggs are ready for the fourth annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Mora/San Miguel Farm and Livestock Bureau. The annual hunt, which takes place at 1 p.m. on Saturday at county fairgrounds off Hot Springs Boulevard north of Las Vegas, will have roughly 8,000 eggs for eager kids.

    The hunt will have hundreds of “golden” eggs containing gift certificates for bikes and cash from area businesses.