Local News

  • Water rate hike proposed

    The City Council is being asked to increase water rates, a move aimed at securing $45.7 million in bond funding to finance some of the major water infrastructure projects that have been identified.

    City officials have been talking about hiking water rates for more than a year, particularly since consultants completed a preliminary engineering report that found that the city’s aging water system is in need of about $120 million in fixes over the next 40 years.

  • A new home - New Meadows facility opens

    Residents of the Meadows Nursing Home at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute will soon have a new place to call home.

    On Tuesday afternoon, Keith Gardner, chief of staff for Gov. Susana Martinez, Catherine D. Torres, M.D., cabinet secretary for the state’s Department of Health, Troy Jones, director of the local  Behavioral Health Institute along with several elected officials and dignitaries held a ribbon cutting ceremony for phase one of the new Meadows Home Skilled Nursing Facility, located on Hot Springs Boulevard.

  • County may seek increase in sales tax

    The San Miguel County Commission on Tuesday started the ball rolling to once again ask voters to approve a one-fourth of 1 percent increase in the sales tax charged in the county.

    The tax would cost consumers an additional 25 cents for $100 in purchases and generate an estimated $860,000 a year.

    Money generated would be available for a centralized emergency communications center, for ambulance services provided by the county and for behavioral health services.

  • City step closer to plugging huge leak

    The city of Las Vegas has worked out an agreement with the Mallette Trust that will allow it to access the property to conduct an emergency repair of the old Medite line that is leaking an estimated 80 gallons of water a minute.

    “They’ve signed the agreement, and we’re ready to go,” City Attorney Dave Romero said during Wednesday’s City Council meeting. Utilities Director Ken Garcia told the council that the Mallette family is getting a one-time cash payment of $5,000 in exchange for allowing the city access to fix the current leak.

  • Police: Agents still looking for missing girl

    It’s been about two weeks since Cindy L. Rivera was last seen by her family, but her wherabouts remain unknown.

    State police Lt. Robert McDonald said Thursday morning that there are no new developments in the case. Agents are still working the case, he said.

    She was last seen at her home on Peggy Lee Lane on June 30. Her mother, Josephine Garica, said that when she returned to the home the following morning, she found the garage door open and her 1-year-old grandson alone with her client.

  • Rio Rancho exec gets big severance

    The Associated Press

    RIO RANCHO — The retiring Rio Rancho city manager will receive severance pay equivalent to nearly a year’s salary after city council members voted in favor of his transition to retirement.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the majority of city council members voted to pay $144,000 to James Jimenez, who has held the city’s top administrative position since 2008.

  • Jail Log - July 13, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center July 3-10:
    Lawrence Gagnon, 52, driving under the influence
    Floyd Garcia, 49, Adult Probation Office warrant: curfew violation
    Abigail Aragon, 28, bringing contraband into juvenile detention facility, failure to appear, consuming alcohol
    Juan Gutierrez, 26, driving under the influence
    Paul Aragon, 44, bench warrant: failure to comply with court orders
    Mary Lou Montaño, 59, driving under the influence

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  • Highlands offering computer camp for youth next week

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University is collaborating with a science education program to host a free computer science camp for local youth on the university’s campus from 1 to 4 p.m. this coming Monday through Friday.

    The camp is presented by Project GUTS: Growing Up and Thinking Scientifically. The Santa Fe Institute is the primary sponsor.

    Students from sixth through 10th grade will learn how to create computerized games using StarLogo and NetLogo programming languages.

  • Interior secretary visits NM to discuss water

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Rethinking water supply and demand along one of the West’s most important river systems is among the recommendations being considered by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and other officials in a report released Wednesday on conservation efforts along the Middle Rio Grande.

    Salazar stopped in Albuquerque to host a town-hall meeting with dozens of state, federal and community leaders to discuss the 180-mile stretch of the river that cuts through central New Mexico.