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  • County Commission tables committee proposal

    After a lengthy discussion Tuesday about what it should take to make an ordinance or a resolution presentable at a San Miguel County Commission meeting for a vote, the Commission fittingly agreed to table such a policy change proposal. 

  • Pearce: Don’t outsource valuable services

    In a packed room filled with about 60 supporters at Republican Party headquarters on Bridge Street on Sunday afternoon, Congressman Steve Pearce highlighted issues that impact northeastern New Mexico and offered his remedies as part of his campaign for governor of New Mexico.

    He pitched jobs for the youth, and adults and the need to address poverty.

  • The President's Choice

    By Margaret McKinney/Highlands University

  • Body of man found in Pecos River is missing Abq. hunter

    A deceased man, found floating in the Pecos River on Saturday, is the same man who had gone missing during a November hunting trip near Pecos.

  • Letter: County Commissioner described as 'the bitch' during meeting

    An insulting reference to a San Miguel County Commissioner led to not only an early end to an informal meeting to discuss funding — it also led to a back-and-forth of letters and counter-allegations. 

    In a November meeting regarding funding negotiations, involving County Manager Vidal Martinez and Las Vegas/San Miguel Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors President Joel Scheinberg.

  • Police: Woman sent 9-year-old daughter to steal purse

    A Las Vegas woman was recently jailed after Las Vegas Police say she involved her 9-year-old daughter in stealing another woman’s purse.

    Ashley R. Aragon, 31, was arrested April 5 after police were called to the Palms Ballroom on the Las Vegas Plaza and later located Aragon.

  • Artistic impact

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University
    Businesses in Las Vegas say New Mexico Highlands University’s Arts “@HU” initiative that brings big-name music and culture events onto campus is having a positive impact on the economic optimism in the community.

    Merchants on and near Bridge Street, which is walking distance from campus, have received some of the biggest boosts when Highlands brought in acts like multiplatinum country artist Josh Turner and top comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias.

  • San Miguel, Mora counties on USDA disaster list due to drought

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 12 counties in New Mexico as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought, including San Miguel and Mora.

    The list, released this week, also includes Catron, Lea, Rio Arriba, Guadalupe, McKinley, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Harding, San Juan and  Taos counties.

  • Albuquerque City Council votes to decriminalize marijuana

    By Mary Hudetz, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Albuquerque City Council took a step this week that could have statewide impact.

    The Council voted to decriminalize marijuana possession in small amounts this past week, after lengthy testimony from citizens mostly urging them to approve the change to the local criminal code.

  • AP: GOP andidate didn’t disclose state contracts

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Documents show a New Mexico GOP state lawmaker and congressional candidate failed to disclose her real estate company earned nearly $500,000 in state contracts.

    An analysis of campaign financial disclosure records by The Associated Press found Rep. Yvette Herrell’s company took in $440,000 by renting property to two state agencies since 2013.

    However, Herrell did not disclose that income on ethics disclosure statements but listed herself as the company’s owner.