Local News

  • State studies economic impact of hunting, fishing

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Game and Fish Department says the state’s hunters and anglers spend more than $613 million on their recreational activities.

    The department says they also contribute another $51 million to the state’s economy in labor, income and taxes.

    The dollar figures are highlighted in a study commissioned by the department to determine the amount of participation and subsequent economic impacts hunters and anglers have on the state and on individual counties.

  • Meet UWC’s first family

    Mukul Kumar doesn’t know exactly what it was about the United World College-USA that intrigued him enough to pack his bags and move halfway across the globe to attend school here.

    The Mumbai, India, native says he knew very little about it, though he did know two people who had attended.

    “It sounded like a story book, not like any place I could imagine,” Kumar recalls. He said he had done well in school and was looking for a new challenge.

  • Oil and gas ordinance adopted

    Cheers erupted inside the San Miguel County Commission chamber Wednesday after commissioners voted unanimously to adopt one of the strictest oil and gas drilling ordinances in the country.

    The vote came four years and 10 months after the Commission enacted its first moratorium on hydrocarbon exploration in the county. The county has been trying to come up with an ordinance to regulate the activity ever since.

    “I have no doubt this is the most significant piece of legislation I’ve been involved with in San Miguel County,”

  • City police get $873 annual raise

    The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a contract with the Las Vegas Police Officers Association that will result in a 42-cents-an-hour pay raise for officers.

    But representatives of the union and several members of the City Council agreed that the modest pay hike won’t be enough to keep experienced officers from leaving to other agencies for higher pay.

  • 1 dead in Santa Fe County plane crash

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Authorities say one person is dead following a fiery single-engine plane crash south of Santa Fe.

    Lt. Mike Post of the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office says that the crash occurred Wednesday night just north of Clines Corners near U.S. 285, about 50 miles south of Santa Fe.

    He says one person was found dead in the wreckage, and investigators don’t think anyone else was on board.
    Post say the privately owned plane was heavily damaged by flames.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 14, 2014

    In 1964

    Wednesday, Nov. 11 — The first snow of the year fell in Las Vegas this morning. Although it was only in flurries, it yielded a trace of precipitation. Winter hit New Mexico today as temperatures dropped and snow began to fall in the mountains of the north and in the Gallup area.

  • Weather - Nov. 14, 2014

    Partly sunny, with a high near 55. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. A slight chance of rain showers before 11 p.m., then a slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 32. Southwest wind 10-20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers before 11a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. West wind 15-20 mph. A 40 percent chance of snow showers at night, mainly after 11 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.


  • Jail Log - Nov. 14, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 31 and Nov. 9:
     Fred Trujillo, 31, seven- day commitment
    Fabian Medina, 72, manufacturing or distribution a controlled substance to wit marijuana over 100 pounds, possession of drug paraphernalia, conspiracy, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Kamal David, 30, battery upon peace officer, disorderly conduct
    Zakary Canning, 19, assault on peace officer, criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct

  • A musical treat for the ears

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Bach Society Chorale and three Highlands University choirs take the stage at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ilfeld

    Auditorium for Bach Fest 2014, the biggest celebration of the classical composer’s work ever performed at the university.

    Tickets prices are $8 for general admission. The price is $6 for seniors, students and Highlands University faculty and staff. Highlands students with valid IDs are free.

    Ilfeld Auditorium is at 900 University Ave., Las Vegas.

  • Gas prices predicted to stay low

    By Jonathan Fahey
    AP Energy Writer

    NEW YORK — Those low gas prices on station signs aren’t going away soon, the government says.
    In a dramatic shift from previous forecasts, the Energy Department predicted Wednesday that the average price of gasoline in the U.S. will be below $2.94 a gallon in 2015. That a 44-cent drop from an outlook issued just a month ago.
    If the sharply lower estimate holds true, U.S. consumers will save $61 billion on gas compared with this year.