Local News

  • Western wildfires strain resources

    By Keith Ridler
    The Associated Press

    BOISE, Idaho — This summer’s massive fires have strained resources across the West to the point that wildfire managers are being forced to let some fires burn unchecked, and that has renewed a long-standing debate about whether it is better to fight a fire — or to sometimes just let it burn out.

    Drought and heat have combined to make this one of the most active fire seasons in the Lower 48 in recent years.

  • Preseason test
  • Rec center work to proceed

    Determining that it’s no longer feasible to wait for outside funding to fix the Abelino Montoya Recreation Center, city officials announced Wednesday that they would seek a $2.5 million loan from the New Mexico Finance authority to get the ball rolling on Phase 1 of the project.

    The recreation center’s swimming pool area has been closed since powerful winds ripped off a portion of the roof over the pool in May of 2014.

    Consultants hired by the city to assess the damage estimated last November that the cost of the needed repairs would be $3.3 million.

  • Jail Log - August 21, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 11 and Aug. 17:
    Alfonso Garduño, 29, criminal trespass, possession, delivery, or manufacture of drug paraphernalia.
    Miguel Rubio, 42, possession, delivery, or manufacture of drug paraphernalia, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Joshua Duran, 25, sexual exploitation of a minor via telecommunication
    Mario Trujillo, 58, hold for court
    Olivia Montaño, 34, aggravated battery on a household member

  • Sweet Sounds - Cascabel headlines Music Fest

    The popular band Cascabel is returning to its hometown for this weekend’s Meadow City Music Festival. The band filled dance halls, playing at proms and weddings for many years before dissolving more than 30 years ago.

    On Friday evening, the group, which includes three of its founding members — Ben Sena, Leo Maes and Benito Encinias — will come together for a reunion show. They will perform starting at 10 p.m. on Friday at the Historic Serf Theatre.

    Steve Leger will join them. He was added to the band roughly a year after its birth.

  • Finance chief optimistic about state’s recovery

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Declining oil and gas prices will continue to cut into revenues in the next fiscal year but the state has enough money to follow through with education reforms and public safety mandates, New Mexico’s top finance official told lawmakers Wednesday.

    Tom Clifford, the head of the Department of Finance and Administration, updated members of the Legislative Finance Committee on the latest revenue outlook during a meeting in Taos.

  • Better academics LCC teacher’s aim

    A new class has started at Luna Community College designed to help high school students facing difficulties in the classroom.

    Last week, LCC employee Rock Ulibarri announced a new class he will be teaching at the local community college aimed at helping high school students improve their academics. The new youth leadership institute is aimed at high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. “This class will teach them leadership skills and community building,” Ulibarri said.

  • Councilor Howell to undergo heart surgery

    City Councilor Vince Howell announced Wednesday that he would be undergoing open heart surgery in Albuquerque next week.

    The surgery is scheduled for Wednesday.

    “I will be going into the New Mexico Heart Hospital for open heart surgery,” Howell said at Wednesday evening’s City Council meeting. “I should be recovering really well and be back to action hopefully in four to eight weeks.”

  • Looking Back - Aug. 21, 2015

    In 1965

    Tuesday, Aug. 24 —Development of a new subdivision known as University Heights, Unit 2, has begun here in Las Vegas. Ground was broken Friday and construction of the first group of homes starts immediately. Most of the first homes have been sold to Las Vegans that have waited since March for their homes to be started. R.P. Carmean, president of the Pat & Mike Construction Company, announced that homes from $12,350.00 and up would be built in the area surrounding Legion Park School as rapidly as the market and weather conditions allow.

  • Looking ahead - News - Aug. 21, 2015

    Watrous Day Celebration

    Watrous Day Celebration will take place on Saturday, Aug. 22 at Watrous Park in Watrous, just off I-25. A free barbecue takes place from noon to 1 p.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m. live music by Eminente. The Sixth Annual Watrous day Horseshoe Tournament registration starts at 1 p.m. with a $10 entry fee per person. For more information, call 426-6016 or 429-6669.