Local News

  • Universities unite, call for restoration

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A council of university presidents from around New Mexico is asking that Gov. Susana Martinez restore about $745 million in funding to the state’s public colleges and universities.

    The council made its plea in a column published Sunday in the Albuquerque Journal.

  • In Brief - News - April 19, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Court stays execution
    VARNER, Ark. — The U.S. Supreme Court spared the life of an Arkansas inmate minutes before his death warrant was set to expire Monday, scuttling efforts to resume the death penalty after nearly 12 years in the state with a plan to carry out four double executions before its supply of a lethal injection drug expires.

  • NMHU Jazz Ensemble in concert on Friday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University Department of Music presents the university’s Jazz Ensemble in concert at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Student Center Theater, 800 National Ave.

    Highlands University music professor Edward Harrington directs the Jazz Ensemble and plays bass and trombone for the ensemble. Music faculty member Kevin Zoernig is the pianist and concert co-director.

  • Weather - April 19, 2017


    HIGH 79° / LOW 41°
    Sunny, with a high near 79. West wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Wednesday night — mostly clear, with a low around 41.
    6:23 a.m. to 7:38 p.m.


  • Life after death

    Jennifer Valdez lived her life to help others and she continues to do so in death. Valdez, 29, died unexpectedly in early January as a result of a brain aneurysm, but her organs are allowing others to continue to live.

    Her decision to become an organ donor has allowed a 15-year-old boy to spend time with his family and friends as a result of Valdez’s left kidney.

    A 71-year-old mother of two continues to enjoy shopping, spending time in her garden, and go to the movies as she was the recipient of Valdez’s right kidney.

  • N.M. among leaders in organ donors

    There is a nationwide crisis as roughly 118,000 men, women and children across the nation are on waiting lists of life-saving organ transplants.

    In New Mexico, more than 700 people on the waiting list including 65 New Mexicans waiting for kidneys.

    According to statistics, every 10 minutes another person is added to the national transplant waiting list.

    “There is a great need,” said MaryAnn Sorenson of New Mexico Donor Services.

  • Budget battle heads to court

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers authorized plans to sue Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to block vetoes that would defund state universities and colleges along with the legislative branch of government, amid an unrelenting standoff Thursday over how to shore up state finances.

    The Legislative Council of leading state lawmakers directed attorneys to quickly pursue litigation on several fronts, including challenges to any vetoes that affect core functions of state government.

  • Gallinas project restoring floodplains

    Bringing a segment of local floodplains back to health is vital to the Gallinas River and those who rely on it, said Lea Knutson of the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance.

    Knutson discussed the recent Gallinas Village River and Floodplain Restoration project as part of the Las Vegas City Council’s work session on Wednesday evening at city hall.

  • In Brief - News - April 16, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Pentagon: Bomb didn’t need OK
    WASHINGTON — Pentagon officials say the U.S. commander in Afghanistan who ordered use of the “mother of all bombs” didn’t need President Donald Trump’s approval.

    The officials say Gen. John Nicholson has standing authority to use the largest non-nuclear bomb ever dropped in combat. He had that authority before Trump took office.

    The officials weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter and requested anonymity.

  • Weather - April 16, 2017


    HIGH 71° / LOW 41°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Northeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Sunday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 41.
    6:26 a.m. to 7:35 p.m.


    HIGH 74° / LOW 42°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Monday night ­— mostly clear, with a low around 42.
    6:25 a.m. to 7:36 p.m.