Local News

  • NM Democratic chair to step down

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The chairman of New Mexico’s Democratic Party, who led the party during its recent historic loss of the New Mexico House, won’t seek a second term.

    Sam Bregman announced in a recent email that he was taking full responsibility for losses among Democrats.

    Republicans gained control of the New Mexico House for the first time in six decades and Gov. Susana Martinez was re-elected by a wide margin.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 17, 2014

    In 1964
    Friday,. Nov. 13 — State Game Warden Mike H. Martinez has issued a caution to all hunters to refer to their big game regulation map before going into the field. Martinez pointed out that the Pecos-Canadian portion of the northeast quarter of the state will not be open to either sex kills during the 14th and 15th of November, this weekend.

  • Looking ahead - News - Nov. 17, 2014

    Regional Landfill hearing scheduled
    A hearing is scheduled for the Northeastern New Mexico Regional Landfill solid waste permit renewal and modification. The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17 at the Wagon Mound Public Schools auditorium. Public comments will be taken starting at 6 p.m. For more information contact the NMED Solid Waste Bureau at 505-827-0197.

  • Weather - Nov. 17, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 33. Wind chill values as low as zero. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 10. Southeast wind around 5 mph, becoming north in the evening.

    Sunny, with a high near 44. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest in the morning. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 20.

    Sunny, with a high near 50. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 24.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:38 a.m. to 4:53 p.m.

  • A look at NM’s online insurance exchange

    The Associated Press

    New Mexicans looking for health insurance can enroll online through a government website serving as the state’s online marketplace for medical plans.

    Nearly 35,000 New Mexicans signed up for insurance plans offered by private insurers through the state’s health insurance exchange in the first enrollment period, which ended earlier this year.

    J. R. Damron, chairman of the exchange’s governing board, said he hopes the state will be able to enroll between 40,000 and 45,000 individuals in the next three months.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Nov. 17, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • State studies economic impact of hunting, fishing

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Game and Fish Department says the state’s hunters and anglers spend more than $613 million on their recreational activities.

    The department says they also contribute another $51 million to the state’s economy in labor, income and taxes.

    The dollar figures are highlighted in a study commissioned by the department to determine the amount of participation and subsequent economic impacts hunters and anglers have on the state and on individual counties.

  • Meet UWC’s first family

    Mukul Kumar doesn’t know exactly what it was about the United World College-USA that intrigued him enough to pack his bags and move halfway across the globe to attend school here.

    The Mumbai, India, native says he knew very little about it, though he did know two people who had attended.

    “It sounded like a story book, not like any place I could imagine,” Kumar recalls. He said he had done well in school and was looking for a new challenge.

  • Oil and gas ordinance adopted

    Cheers erupted inside the San Miguel County Commission chamber Wednesday after commissioners voted unanimously to adopt one of the strictest oil and gas drilling ordinances in the country.

    The vote came four years and 10 months after the Commission enacted its first moratorium on hydrocarbon exploration in the county. The county has been trying to come up with an ordinance to regulate the activity ever since.

    “I have no doubt this is the most significant piece of legislation I’ve been involved with in San Miguel County,”

  • City police get $873 annual raise

    The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a contract with the Las Vegas Police Officers Association that will result in a 42-cents-an-hour pay raise for officers.

    But representatives of the union and several members of the City Council agreed that the modest pay hike won’t be enough to keep experienced officers from leaving to other agencies for higher pay.