Local News

  • Pressure mounts on public defenders amid state’s current funding crisis

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A district attorney in southern New Mexico is petitioning the state Supreme Court to order public defense attorneys back to work on behalf of criminal defendants who cannot afford legal representation.

    District Attorney Dianna Luce on Wednesday confirmed her request for the Supreme Court to intervene, citing more than 200 instances in which the Law Offices of the Public Defender has sought to withdraw its attorneys in magistrate and district court cases in Lea County.

  • Jail Log - Dec. 2, 2016

    The following            individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Nov. 22 and Nov. 28:

    Michael Pacheco, 47, bench warrant: failure to appear, District Court
    Daryl Jaramillo, 24, bench warrant: failure to comply with conditions, concealing identity, possession of drug  paraphernalia, driving on a revoked license, San Miguel Magistrate Court/District Court

  • Money for bulletproof vests
  • New Mexico certifies election results

    The Associated Press

    The New Mexico State Canvassing Board certified election results Tuesday that return control of the state Legislature to Democrats, award a statewide victory to Hillary Clinton and provide Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson with his strongest showing in any state.

  • In Brief - News - Dec. 2, 2016

    Toulouse Oliver to be sworn in
    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s incoming secretary of state will take office early to replace a temporary appointee to the state’s top oversight post for elections and campaign finances.
    The Secretary of State’s Office announced Wednesday that Maggie Toulouse Oliver will take the oath of office on Dec. 9 rather than wait until the start of the new year.

  • Weather - Dec. 2, 2016


    HIGH 36° / LOW 20°
    A 30 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 36. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
    6:53 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.


    HIGH 41° / LOW 20°
    A 30 percent chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 41. North wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    6:54 a.m. to 4:47 p.m.


  • Spreading the holiday spirit
  • Mom jailed for driving drunk

    A Las Cruces woman spent the Thanksgiving holiday locked up at the San Miguel County Detention Center for allegedly driving while intoxicated with her two children, an 8-year-old and a 4-year-old.

  • ‘Christmas time in the city’

    The holiday season is here, and Las Vegas is ready for it. On Friday the annual Holiday Home Tour will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. This year’s tour will feature nine locations, including the Holly House at 1011 Eighth St., Immaculate Conception Church, Louie Trujillo’s 921 South Pacific home, Alvin and Charlene Jiron’s home at 323 South Pacific, Judee Williams’ home at 919 Sixth St. and the Plaza Hotel.

    Saturday the much-anticipated Electric Light Parade will begin at sundown starting at Fifth Street and Friedman Avenue.

  • PNM to seek another rate hike

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico’s largest electric provider will be asking state regulators to consider another rate increase for customers in December.

    Public Service Co. of New Mexico has sent letters to a half-million customers, saying it needs to recoup the millions of dollars that are being spent on improvements to the grid and on pollution controls at a pair of coal-fired power plants in northwestern New Mexico.