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Local News

  • Refuge Work
  • New court to launch next month

    A new court aimed at helping high-risk drunk driving offenders is being developed in San Miguel County and hopes to accept its first participants by the end of May.

    “All 56 magistrate judges in New Mexico, including myself, see alcohol ruining individual’s lives and families every day,” Magistrate Judge Philip Romero said.

  • Two plead in high-profile DWI cases

    Two high-profile drunk driving cases were resolved in recent months with both defendants entering pleas.

    Ramon Montoya pleaded guilty to DWI, first offense. He was fired from his job with the Mora County Sheriff’s Department after he was found passed out in an unmarked sheriff’s vehicle on Interstate 25 in October 2010.

  • High school juniors get test reprieve

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — High school juniors can breathe a sigh of relief about having to pass a new state test to graduate next year.

    Legislation signed into law last week by Gov. Susana Martinez will temporarily change some testing requirements and suspend several student assessments in the upcoming 2011-2012 school year. The moratorium is to help save money as schools and the state deal with budget problems.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Wednesday April 12 — Governor William J. Mills and Territorial Engineer C.D. Miller were pleased with the progress being made on the construction of the Mora road. On a trip of inspection they visited the scene of the work, near Sapello, yesterday afternoon. They were accompanied by a representative crowd of Las Vegas men. The trip was made in automobiles. It was found the convicts have completed three miles of road in the canyon and have reached the top of the big hill not far from Sapello.

  • Looking Ahead

    Comedian to perform Friday

    Stand-up comedian Gary Owen will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at New Mexico Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for general admission. Admission is free for Highlands University  students with ID. Faculty and staff tickets are $2. The Highlands Office of Campus Life is sponsoring the event.

  • Weather

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest 15-20 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 35. West wind 15-20 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. Windy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, increasing to 30-35 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Mostly clear and windy at night, with a low around 27.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 30.

  • FYI - News

    Area residents insured by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico should prepare for sticker shock. State Insurance Superintendent John Franchini has approved a double-digit rate increase for the insurance company last week. The rate increase will average 21 percent and affects an estimated 40,000 people, according to The Associated Press.

  • Water emergency declared

    The Las Vegas City Council unanimously declared a state of emergency due to extreme drought conditions on Friday, and city officials announced that  Stage IV water restrictions banning all outdoor watering are now in effect.

    According to the city's resolution, the Gallinas River — the city's main water source — “will most likely not have enough flow to support the city's needs this summer and in the future because of the present drought conditions.”

  • Kidnapping captivated Las Vegans

    The two Colt six-shooters are relics of a bygone era and of a sensational kidnapping case that “stirred the city  to its foundation” a century ago.

    The kidnapping of 2-year-old Waldo Rogers from his home near the Highlands University campus generated relentless media attention with coverage in the New York Times and daily updates in the Optic.