Local News

  • Judges stop officiating weddings

    The Associated Press

    CARLSBAD — Judges in two southeastern New Mexico counties recently announced they will no longer officiate weddings after the state’s high court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal.

    The announcement means judges in Eddy and Chaves counties won’t officiate any civil marriage ceremonies, from straight or same-sex couples, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reports.

    In December, the New Mexico Supreme Court decided it was unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

  • Castañeda buyer wants Plaza too

    The man responsible for bringing La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Ariz., back to life has reached a deal to buy Las Vegas’ historic Castañeda Hotel, and he is also hoping to purchase the Plaza Hotel as a package deal.

    But don’t break out the champagne just yet.

  • ‘The Tempest’ at UWC - Shakespeare meets Lady Gaga

    By Jennifer Rowland
    United World College-USA

    A king. A wizard. Some nobleman. A monster. And Lady Gaga. That’s what audiences will experience On Feb. 21 and 22 during UWC-USA’s staging of The Tempest; Shakespeare’s 400-year old play about slavery, magic, and ultimately, love.
    The performance begins at 7 p.m. on both nights and will be held in the UWC-USA auditorium. The show is free, and the community is invited to attend. Parking will be near the Welcome Center.

  • Man charged with seventh DWI

    A Las Vegas man was charged with his seventh DWI after getting his sports utility vehicle stuck on a boulder near the Montezuma Skating Pond earlier this month.

    Adan Vigil, 65, of the 700 block of Dalbey Drive, was arrested and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on Feb. 8. Because it was a seventh drunk driving offense, it is considered a third-degree felony. State police also charged Vigil with misdemeanor counts of driving on a suspended or revoked license, having no proof of insurance, not having his vehicle registered and careless driving.

  • Archbishop Sheehan to resign

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Archbishop of Santa Fe Michael Sheehan announced Sunday he will resign later this year, citing church rules that will require him to submit his resignation on his 75th birthday.

    In a recorded message played to parishioners, Sheehan said he will write the letter on his birthday in July.

    “At that time I must submit my resignation letter to the Holy See,” he said. “It may take a while for my successor to be appointed.”

  • Senate budget adds money for gov’s proposals

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A Senate panel approved a $6.2 billion spending package on Sunday with more money for Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s educational initiatives in hopes of breaking a budget stalemate.

    The measure cleared the Finance Committee unanimously and goes to the Senate for consideration.

    The prospects remained uncertain whether the Senate, House and the governor would agree on a budget before Legislature adjourns on Thursday.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Feb. 19, 2014

    The Associated Press

    House OKs train funds

    A bill approved by the New Mexico House would use oil and gas revenue to pay the state’s share of costs to keep Amtrak’s Southwest Chief on its current route.
    The House’s vote Monday sends the bill to the Senate where its fate is uncertain.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the bill authorizes the issuance of bonds to raise up to $40 million between 2016 and 2025.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 19, 2014

    Glimpses of the Past
    “The History of the Economic Development of the Southwest,” 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20 at CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 19, 2014

    In 1964

  • Weather - Feb. 19, 2014

    Partly sunny, with a high near 65. Windy, with a west wind 5-15 mph, increasing to 20-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 25. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. Northwest wind around 15 mph, becoming west in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 22.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 20.