Local News

  • ‘Three strikes’ bill would lead to life sentences

    SANTA FE — House Majority Leader Nate Gentry wants to clear the way for mandatory life sentences for offenders who are convicted of three violent crimes.
    His legislation joins a growing list of tough-on-crime proposals being floated by the Republican majority. With one day left to introduce legislation, the caucus already has pitched proposals to stiffen penalties or crack down on sexual exploitation of children, child abuse, food-stamp fraud, voyeurism, drunken driving, domestic violence and violent crime.

  • Senate confirms Skandera

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Senate on Monday confirmed Hanna Skandera as education secretary — four years after she took the job.

    Skandera has faced criticism from Democrats and teachers unions over policy and experience.

  • New York bound - Makerspace kids to show work

    Brooklyn Aragon and Roberta “Berta” Montoya will soon depart for New York City as part of a whirlwind trip to show off their work in  makerspace with the local Parachute Factory.

    Aragon and Montoya, both 16 and sophomores at West Las Vegas High School, worked last year on a three-week program in wearable technology. Mariano Ulibarri of the Parachute Factory shared their creations at various conferences across the country, including Seattle, San Francisco, Dallas and Boston.

  • T-4 Ranch renews request to leave county

    The county’s third largest landowner has renewed its request to be annexed out of San Miguel County and this time two other ranches want to follow suit.

  • Praise, but no extension for Parson

    The West Las Vegas School Board heaped praises on Superintendent Gene Parson Monday night but opted not to extend his contract, leaving that decision for the new board.

    The decision not to extend his contract came after a marathon executive session. Monday evening’s meeting was the last official board meeting of outgoing board members Gary Gold and Henry Abeyta.

    Newly elected board members Patrick Marquez and Anthony “Leroy” Benavidez attended the meeting, but left before the meeting ended at about 10:20 p.m.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 18, 2015

    In 1965
    Thursday, Feb. 11 — The Order of De Molay Installation was held Sunday afternoon with the following taking part: David Goodman, Bobby Whorton, Bradley Payas, Phil Wells, Rickey Akin, Larry Connell, Chris Farnsworth, Mickey Hawley, Tommy Hilton, Fred Erb, Jerry Wells, Chris Smith, Todd Werley, Charles Hilton and Richard Conklin.

  • Looking ahead - News - Feb. 18, 2015

    HU concert set for Friday
    “Flores and Friends” featuring Yasmin Flores, Linda King and Andre Garcia-Nuthmann will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20 at Kennedy Lounge on the Highlands campus. Admission is $10 and it is a fundraiser for the purchase of instrumental music.

  • Weather - Feb. 18, 2015

    Sunny, with a high near 50. North wind 10-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Clear at night, with a low around 27. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming west after midnight.

    Sunny, with a high near 64. West wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 33.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. A 10 percent chance of rain at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 36.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:44 a.m. to 5:46 p.m.

  • County, attorney parting ways

    After more than two decades as the San Miguel County attorney, Jesus Lopez is leaving the position.

    “We parted ways,” Lopez confirmed last week. “I’ve been wanting to leave for awhile, after 23 consecutive years.”
    Lopez said he plans to concentrate on his private practice and do more trial work.

    “I will stay on with the county for awhile until they find other counsel,” Lopez said.

  • Exploring geology - Volcano expert to deliver talks

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    An international expert in volcanology from France will shed light on local extinct volcanoes during a series of public talks at Highlands University beginning Tuesday.

    New Mexico has the most extinct volcanoes on the North American continent and Benjamin van Wyk de Vries, a geology professor at Blaise Pascal University in Clermont-Ferrand, France, will decipher local landmarks during his time at Highlands as a Visiting Ballen Scholar.