Local News

  • New county clerk appointed

    San Miguel County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint Geraldine E. Gutierrez as the new county clerk effective Jan. 1, accepting the recommendation of the outgoing clerk.

    County Clerk Melanie Rivera submitted her letter of resignation effective Dec. 31 after she was elected to a magistrate judgeship. Gutierrez will serve out the remaining two years of Rivera’s term, which expires on Dec. 31, 2016.

  • Fighting hunger - The hunger crisis in our county

    We have all seen it. The long lines at the local Salvation Army during commodity distribution day, people waiting outside the homeless shelter in the evenings, and the holiday- timed food drives.

    These are all signs of the hunger crisis in San Miguel County. Just imagine living a life in which you don’t know where your next meal will come from or whether it will come at all. For roughly 4,730 people or 16.2 percent of people in San Miguel County, hunger is their reality, according to the Food Depot.

  • Gov proposes paying new teachers more

    The Associated Press

    Gov. Susana Martinez on Wednesday announced an $11.5 million package of proposals that includes paying new teachers more and creating a mentorship program that her administration hopes will eventually lead to improvements in student achievement.

    New Mexico consistently ranks at or near the bottom when it comes to education, and Martinez said during a visit to Zuni Elementary School in Albuquerque that increasing pay for starting teachers by $2,000 will help make the state’s recruitment efforts more competitive.

  • CYFD seeks $10M to expand reforms

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    It will take an infusion of about $10 million if New Mexico wants to move ahead with and expand reforms to improve the way child abuse cases are investigated and tracked in New Mexico, child welfare officials told lawmakers Wednesday.

    The Children, Youth and Families Department made its case for the funding during a Legislative Finance Committee meeting.

  • Jail Log - Dec. 12, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 1 and Dec. 8:
    Carlos Gonzales, 32, 19- day commitment
    Patricia Sanchez, 31, probation violation: failure to report.
    Lukis Cruz, 33, criminal damage to property, disposing of stolen property, breaking and entering, possession of burglary tools, burglary of a dwelling - house.
    Brandon Martinez, 23, driving on suspended-revoked license.
    Jeffrey Sanchez, 25, drug court violation: 72-hour hold

  • Looking Back - Dec. 12, 2014

    In 1964

    Friday, Dec. 11 — Members of the Las Vegas City School District reported that there is a possibility of interscholastic athletic contests with West Las Vegas, since West Las Vegas is now a member of District 2A. They also directed Trammel Ford, principal of Robertson High School, to continue a survey to see if it is feasible to hold graduation at Perkins Stadium during the day. Present facilities, Superintendent Tom Clark said, are inadequate due to the increasing size of the graduating class.

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 12, 2014

    Clown Mass at St. Paul’s Peace Church

    A Clown Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s Peace Church. The Mass will feature Uncle Billy’s Pocket Circus. The service will consist of a one-man show that includes fire-eating, juggling, magic and mime.

  • Weather - Dec. 12, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. Northwest wind 5-10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 39. West wind around 10 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28.


  • In Brief - New Mexico - Dec. 12, 2014

    The Associated Press
    Man arrested, kids recovered

    ALBUQUERQUE — Federal authorities in New Mexico say they’ve arrested an Albuquerque man and safely recovered safely two children who were kidnapped in Oklahoma City in July.
    The U.S. Marshals Service says the arrest and the recoveries occurred Wednesday in Albuquerque.
    Deputy Marshal James Badway says Vincent Armijo was arrested on a kidnapping warrant issued in Oklahoma and awaits extradition to that state.

  • Storm knocks out power

    By Martha Mendoza and Sudhin Thanawala
    The Associated Press

    SAN FRANCISCO — A powerful storm churned through Northern California Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands and delaying commuters while soaking the region with much-needed rain.

    Waves slammed onto waterfronts, ferries were bound to their docks, many schools cancelled classes and the gusting winds had motorists tightly gripping their steering wheels on the Golden Gate Bridge, where managers created a buffer zone to prevent head-on collisions by swerving cars.