Local News

  • Jail Log - July 3, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 19 and June 24:

    Jude Maes, 41, battery against a household member
    Edgar Uribe-Urnina, 25, probation violation: felon in possession of a firearm.
    Leo Romero, 18, trafficking a controlled substance to wit cocaine, conspiracy to traffic, distribution of controlled substance to wit marijuana
    Federico Saiz, 28, aggravated DWI (second offense), no insurance, no driver’s license.

  • Man volunteers 15K hours to refuge

    By Katy Ross
    Roswell Daily Record

    ROSWELL — Jim Montgomery has volunteered more than 15,000 hours over the past 30 years for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. In 1985, he began to do some volunteer work at the wildlife refuge but it wasn’t until 1989 that he really became involved.

  • In Brief - News - July 3, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Man acquitted of murder

    LAS CRUCES — A man charged with participating in a fatal home invasion of a professional mixed martial artist will be sentenced this month, but not for murder.
    The Las Cruces Sun news reports a jury found 24-year-old Leonard Calvillo not guilty of murder but convicted him on four other charges related to the 2014 New Year’s Day invasion.

  • President Minner it is

    And then there was one.

    After a three-week delay, New Mexico Highlands University regents voted unanimously on Monday to hire Sam Minner as the school’s next president, selecting him from a pool of six finalists.

    The university had not yet released a copy of Minner’s contract as of press time, but Regents Chairman Leveo Sanchez said the new president had been given a five year contract and that he would be paid the same salary as former President Jim Fries, which was about $232,000 a year.

  • Trustees tap Sanchez to run Luna

    Luna Community College’s Board of Trustees  voted Monday to hire a controversial former president to lead the institution for the next three months until a permanent replacement for Pete Campos is found.

    Campos’ contract as Luna’s president expired on Tuesday, and while some board members had favored keeping him on until his replacement was selected, the board majority opted instead to hire Leroy “Huero” Sanchez as interim president for up to 90 days.

  • A patriotic undertaking
  • Carnival planned for Fiestas

    The Fourth of July Fiestas will have an age-old twist this year ­— a carnival ­— courtesy of Bennett’s Amusements Inc. of Moriarty.

    The fiestas have been without a carnival for more than 10 years.Carnivals in the past have been a highlight of the celebration, particularly for youngsters..

    City Councilor Joey Herrera earlier had asked city staff to look into the possibility of bringing in a carnival for fiestas and, it has come to fruition for this year’s fiestas, which begin officially on Friday.

  • Philmont Boy Scout who died identified

    The Associated Press

    CIMARRON — Authorities on Monday released the name of a Boy Scout who died after being swept away by a flash flood during a camping trip with his troop in northern New Mexico.

    New Mexico State Police said 13-year-old Alden Brock of Sacramento, California, was one of eight Boy Scouts participating in a 12-day trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch when the flooding hit before dawn Saturday.

  • State reports ‘all-time high’ tourism numbers

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Pointing to New Mexico’s slick television and online promotional commercials, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday that close to 33 million people visited the state last year, making it a record-breaking year for tourism.

  • Looking Back - July 1, 2015

    In 1965
    Thursday, July 1 — The annual All Star baseball game of the North Rio Grande baseball league will be played here July 4 on the Highlands University field. Playing for the Las Vegas Merchants will be Ken Ludi, who has a poor day when he doesn’t get at least two hits in four at bats; Tom Villarreal, the shifty shortstop, who can also get wood on the ball; Ray Serna, pitcher, also a hitter; Frank Marquez, catcher; Johnny Crespin and Joe Gallegos. Leo Segura, whose sore leg prevents him from playing this weekend, will be manager for the team.