Local News

  • HU recycling coordinator earns statewide recognition

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The recycling coordinator at Highlands University earned top honors as the New Mexico Recycling Employee/Operator of the Year in 2016.

    The New Mexico Recycling Coalition named Carmen Lopez for the award, which recognizes individuals and entities for their outstanding work to promote recycling, composting and solid waste best practices.

  • Weather - Dec. 30, 2016


    HIGH 55° / LOW 32°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
    Friday night— partly cloudy, with a low around 32.
    7:10 a.m. to 4:57 p.m.


    HIGH 43° / LOW 26°
    A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. South wind 10 to 15 mph.
    7:10 a.m. to 4:58 p.m.


  • Obama retaliates against Russia

    By Tami Abdollah and Josh Lederman
    The Associated Press

    HONOLULU — In a sweeping response to election hacking, President Barack Obama on Thursday sanctioned Russian intelligence services and their top officials, kicked out 35 Russian officials and shuttered two Russian-owned compounds in the U.S. It was the strongest action the Obama administration has taken to date to retaliate for a cyberattack.

  • Campaign finance reform on agenda

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Senate majority leader and longtime open government advocate Peter Wirth says the time might be right for an overhaul of the state’s campaign finance laws.

    The Santa Fe Democrat has been pushing for years to require more reporting of campaign spending and fundraising and to address the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling, which removed caps on how much corporations, unions and interest groups can spend as long as they don’t coordinate with candidates.

  • In Brief - News - Dec. 30, 2016

    The Associated Press
    Minimum wage hike likely
    SANTA FE — The new Democratic majority in the New Mexico Legislature is likely to take up a statewide minimum wage increase next year and send the proposal to Republican Gov. Susanna Martinez, who vetoed the last pay raise that reached her desk.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that two bills have already been filed by Democrats for the 2017 Legislature to raise the wage.

  • Jail Log - Dec. 30, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 19 and Dec. 28:

    Samantha Urrutia, 28, disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession, delivery, or manufacture of drug paraphernalia, resisting, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Melvin Pacheco, 50, bench warrant: failure to appear, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Johnny Tafoya, 23, bench warrant: battery on a household member, San Miguel Magistrate Court

  • Mora project dealt another blow

    Editor's note: This story was edited to correct an error in the second paragraph.

    Just seven weeks after Mora County voters rejected a nearly $1.8 million general obligation bond that would have provided construction money  for the Mora County Complex, the project has suffered another serious blow.

  • Advocates for Children
  • No charges yet in drive-by

    Investigators with the Las Vegas Police Department are waiting on ballistics tests before moving forward on charges in the drive-by shooting that occurred on the 1100 block of Tecolote Street last week, Chief Juan Montaño said.

    But a search warrant affidavit filed in state District Court in Las Vegas identifies two suspects and sheds light on the incident.

    The affidavit identifies the victim in the case as Juan Coffman.

  • Police to crack down on drunken drivers

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico State Police and other law enforcement agencies plan to crack down on drunken drivers in January as the state warns of the consequences of driving while intoxicated through a new series of television ads.

    Gov. Susana Martinez unveiled the three new ads during a news conference in Albuquerque on Tuesday.