Local News

  • Tafoya hired as interim manager

    The San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to make longtime county employee Alex Tafoya interim county manager. And they directed Tafoya to launch a job search for a permanent county manager immediately.

    Tafoya will receive a salary of $80,905 while overseeing county operations.

    Rock Ulibarri, who was elected Commission chairman at Tuesday’s meeting, asked Tafoya to prepare a job description, posting and notifications for the Commission to approve.

  • Panel pushes more cuts

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A legislative panel that drafts the state budget recommended new cuts Wednesday to avoid a shortfall in the coming fiscal year.

    The Legislative Finance Committee called for a $26 million reduction in the $6 billion spending plan for the year beginning July 1.

    The state is facing a $123 million gap that must be closed by new tax revenues, additional reductions in agency spending — or both.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 13, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan 4 and Jan. 7:
    Valentine Aragon, 66, hold for court, San Miguel Magistrate Court/Adult Probation Office
    Benito Chavez, 42, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon or aggravated battery with great bodily harm, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Emmanuel Stockman, 28, probation violation: seven-day sanction, Adult Probation Office
    Steve Gallegos, 45, hold for transport to Department of Corrections, District Court

  • Weather - Jan. 13, 2017


    HIGH 50° / LOW 34°
    Partly sunny, with a high near 50. South wind 5 to 15 mph. Friday night — a 40 percent chance of rain.
    7:10 a.m. to 5:09 p.m.


    HIGH 44° / LOW 35°
    Rain likely before 11 a.m., then showers likely after 11 a.m. Cloudy, with a high near 44. East wind 5 to 10 mph.
    7:10 a.m. to 5:10 p.m.


  • Arrest made in shooting

    A Cimarron man has been arrested in connection with a December shooting in Ribera.

    Benito L. Chavez Jr., 42, was arrested and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center last Wednesday. He has been charged with aggravated battery — use of a deadly weapon, or, in the alternative, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, both third-degree felonies.

  • Makerspace studio planned - Founder wants to make science fun

    While pursuing his master’s degree at Highlands University, Mariano Ulibarri developed a program to help young people by teaching them about technology while making it fun and exciting.

    He opened up his Parachute Factory organization and its Makerspace area in February 2013. Ulibarri held many events and camps at his previous location on Bridge Street. But due to costs, he put the factory on hold for a short while and accepted a job with his alma mater in October.

  • Highlands selects new provost

    By Sean Weaver
    Highlands University

    Roxanne Gonzales knows firsthand how education can change a community.

    “My father grew up in the South Valley in Albuquerque and was the first in his neighborhood to graduate from college,” Gonzales said. “His legacy fueled in me a dedication to serving individuals who have a desire to gain an education.”

  • Alta Vista halts surgeries temporarily

    A coil in Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s heating and cooling unit broke over the weekend,  forcing the hospital to close down its surgical suite temporarily.

    The problem has resulted in the hospital’s postponing all planned elective surgeries for now, and anyone in need of emergency surgery who shows up at Alta Vista will be transferred to another facility until the surgical unit is reopened, the hospital announced in a news release Tuesday.

  • Lawmakers to mull death penalty again

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    Republican-backed efforts to reinstate the death penalty in New Mexico are being rekindled after a debate last year that roiled the Legislature and echoed through November elections.

    Rep. Monica Youngblood of Albuquerque has pre-filed a bill that would bring back lethal injection as a punishment option for convicted killers of police, children and corrections officers, with the Legislature set to convene next week.

  • FBI seeks help to ID culprit

    One year after an individual brandished a handgun and attempted to rob Community 1st Bank, the FBI is again asking the public for help in identifying the culprit.  

    The FBI issued a news release on Friday reminding the public that it is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the culprit.