Local News

  • Weather - Sept. 18, 2016


    HIGH 80° / LOW 49°
    Sunny, with a high near 80. West wind 5 to 15 mph. Sunday night —mostly clear, with a low around 49.
    6:46 a.m. to 7:03 p.m.


    HIGH 82° / LOW 52°
    Sunny, with a high near 82. Monday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 52.
    6:47 a.m. to 7:01 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Sept. 18, 2016

    Tuesday, Sept.13, 1966 — Dr. Henry Rynders will assume the duties of medical director of the Meadows Home Thursday. He replaces Dr. Joseph Shapiro who has retired and is moving to California. Dr. Rynders, a native of the Netherlands, where he has been in active practice prior to World War II, came first to the United States on an invitation from Columbia University’s College of Physicians to become a professor of anatomy.

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  • Senior Lunch Menu — Sept. 18, 2016

    The lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers, with 2 percent milk served with all meals.

    Chicken fettuccine, carrots and peppers with margarine, garlic bread, and yogurt

    Open face turkey sandwich, mashed potatoes with gravy, peas, and peaches

    Posole, calabacitas, salad with dressing, flour tortilla, and cookie

    Chicken strips, white cream gravy, augrautin potatoes, biscuit, and strawberry upside-down cake

  • System Failure: Optic investigation finds 7 more with deficient education licenses

    By Martín Salazar and Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    Many New Mexico teachers spend decades in the classroom and never quite make it to Level 3, a coveted designation that means more money, greater stature and indicates that the individual successfully toiled away to become a master educator.

    Then there’s Thomas Trujillo.

  • Preserving NM’s heritage

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University media arts students helped preserve and promote New Mexico’s rich cultural heritage in 2016 by creating museum exhibits, websites, mobile apps, videos and more for cultural institutions across the state.

    The students are paid interns in the university’s one-of-a kind AmeriCorps Cultural Technology program, or ACT. Their projects were center stage at Highlands Sept. 9 for a tech showcase and AmeriCorps graduation ceremony.

  • Records: Mom solicited men to sexually assault daughter, 10

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The mother of a 10-year-old New Mexico girl who was found dead and dismembered told police she looked for men online and at work to sexually assault her daughter, according to search warrants in the case.

    The documents showed Michelle Martens told police that she had set up encounters with at least three men before the girl was drugged, raped and killed last month.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 16, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 7 and Sept. 17:
    Matthew Silva, 34, probation violation: admitted to using alcohol, Adult Probation Office
    Desiree Bapist, 26, abandonment or abuse of a child, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, concealing identity, speeding, Mora
    Antonio Olivarez, 30, probation violation: admitted to using cocaine and alcohol, Adult Probation Office
    Gloria Young, 36, criminal damage to property, San Miguel Magistrate Court

  • Activist denies posing threat to city officials

    The local woman who bought a gun and reportedly made threats to shoot a city official denies she posed a physical threat.

    “I vehemently deny ever being a physical threat to the city,” said Jae Dennis. “I am, however, a legal and publicity threat to them. Even a speck of critical thinking would be able to do the math.

  • High court clears way for amendments to take effect

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Two constitutional amendments approved by voters in recent years will finally take effect thanks to a ruling by the New Mexico Supreme Court.

    The justices ruled the ballot measures needed only a simple majority to be approved rather than 75 percent of the vote.

    At issue is an amendment allowing school elections to be held in conjunction with other nonpartisan elections and one that would remove language from the constitution that excludes “idiots” and “insane persons” from voting.