Local News

  • Driver’s license overhaul prompts new complaints

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico officials ran into fresh criticism Tuesday about revisions to the state’s immigrant driver’s license law at a public hearing on the proposed regulations.

    The Department of Taxation and Revenue has said its plan to implement a law approved this year would put New Mexico in compliance with tougher federal identification requirements for driver’s licenses while extending driving privileges to immigrants in the country illegally.

  • First flu cases of season reported

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Health officials say the first influenza cases of the flu season in New Mexico have been confirmed by laboratory tests.

    State Department of Health officials say the first two cases involve a 64-year-old man from Bernalillo County and a 64-year-old woman from Valencia County.

    Their names weren’t announced Tuesday.

    Health officials are recommending a flu vaccine for every state resident six months of age and older.

  • Trump, Clinton and their debate claims

    Editor’s note: A look at the veracity of claims by political figures

    By Christopher S. Rugaber and Josh Boak
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump painted an inaccurately dark portrait of manufacturing in America while Hillary Clinton stretched credulity in boasting that her spending plans won’t add to the country’s debt. As well, both struggled in the presidential final debate to explain comments from their past.

    A look at some of the claims in the debate and how they compare with the facts:

  • Attack in Afghanistan kills two Americans

    The Associated Press

    FAIRVIEW, Ill. — A decorated U.S. soldier from Illinois and an Army civilian employee from Oklahoma who both had been deployed multiple times to support military operations in Afghanistan were killed in an attack this week in Kabul, the Defense Department said.

    Army Sgt. Douglas J. Riney, 26, of Fairview, Illinois, and Michael G. Sauro, 40, of McAlester, Oklahoma, died of wounds received when they encountered hostile enemy forces in Afghanistan’s capital, the military announced Thursday.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 23, 2016

    Monday, Oct. 17, 1966 — Charles I. Romero, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nash Romero, 905 Gallinas, has accepted the position of instructor in speech at San Fernando Valley State College in Northridge, Calif. Romero, who was active in speech at Highlands University, where he received his B.A. degree in speech, earned an M.A. degree from the University of Arizona. He plans to complete doctoral studies at the University of Iowa in 1967.

  • Weather - Oct. 23, 2016


    HIGH 76° / LOW 43°
    Sunny, with a high near 76. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.
    7:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.


    HIGH 74° / LOW 47°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Monday night — mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.
    7:16 a.m. to 6:14 p.m.


  • College Night takes place on Wednesday at Highlands

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Prospective college students can learn about career opportunities related to fields of study and more at College Night 2016 taking place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday in Las Vegas.

    Highlands University and Luna Community College are sponsoring the 17th Annual College Night. It will be in Highlands’ Student Union Building Ballroom, 800 National Ave. It is free and open to the public.

  • Fire system still a problem

    The West Las Vegas School District has already pumped out about $250,000 in an effort to rectify the long-standing problems with the fire alarm and fire suppression systems at its high school.

    Despite the steep expenditures for repairs and upgrades, the fire system issues continue to plague the school, which is currently on fire watch due to the inadequacy of the fire systems.

    And that isn’t sitting well with board chairman David Romero, who expressed disappointment in the district’s inability to resolve the problem.

  • Ready to dispose of old medications - Drug take-back on Saturday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University and the San Miguel County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition are asking the community to come together on Saturday to safely dispose of unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

    The Take Back/Family Fun Day is from 10 a.m.  to 2 p.m. at Highlands University’s Melody Park.

    Desiree Martínez, HU-CARES prevention coordinator at Highlands, is coordinating the event on behalf of the San Miguel County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.

  • Trump needed debate reset, instead, he riled GOP

    By Kathleen Hennessey
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump needed a game changer. Instead, he landed a jaw dropper.

    When the Republican nominee for president refused to say he would accept the results of the election, he rattled American democracy and openly flirted with the notion of a contested transition of power.