Local News

  • Going Green - In El Paso, drastic weather paves way for green investments

    By Betsy Blaney and Emily Schmall
    The Associated Press

    EL PASO, Texas — In the parched Chihuahua Desert, El Paso has pioneered a strategy of resource management that could set the standard for West Texas and arid regions worldwide.

    The city’s publicly traded utility is divesting from coal in favor of solar energy and plans to build solar farms at neighboring Fort Bliss to help the U.S. Army base consume only as much energy as it creates.

  • Garcia: City won’t run dry

    As we head into the summer months, Las Vegas is down to just one reservoir, but the city’s top water official says there’s no need to worry.

    “The question that gets asked over and over is ‘do we have enough storage and supply available for a drought with Bradner offline?’ The answer is yes,” Utilities Director Ken Garcia told the governing body during Wednesday’s City Council work session. “We have enough water supply to deal with a drought even with Bradner offline.”

  • Collins River Ranch - The autistic call this place home

    Situated between large pine trees in the vast forest just north of Mora lies a ranch that several call home. The Collins River Ranch is a tranquil place on its sprawling 300 acres. But deep within the ranch lie several buildings used for autistic residents who call this place home. People would normally not know this ranch even existed unless they  took a dirt road to explore the mountains around Mora. But for several, this ranch is home and brings them the quiet place they need when dealing with autism.

  • County attorney pick criticized

    San Miguel County’s decision to hire an out-of-town law firm to replace its county attorney is drawing sharp criticism from several community members.

    Prior to Tuesday’s Commission vote to hire the Albuquerque-based Stetson Law Office, P.C., at least six members of the public urged commissioners to hire a local attorney.

    “We say shop locally. We should shop locally for our own lawyer...,” said Las Vegas resident Molly Smollett. She told commissioners that we have good people in our community and should shop for talent here.

  • Figures show state economy stabilizing

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    State financial analysts say an expected boost in personal and corporate taxes is helping to offset weak oil and natural gas prices, providing for a more stable revenue outlook for New Mexico.

    The latest estimates show that revenue for the current fiscal year is expected to increase by $136 million to $6.25 billion as compared with a February forecast.

  • Suit: Pedophile priest sent to NM

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A Roman Catholic priest who was repeatedly sent for counseling decades ago over claims he raped boys and stole parish money was kept in ministry then sent to New Mexico where he molested a boy, according to a lawsuit.

  • Jail Log - May 15, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 6 and May 10:
    Brittany Jaramillo, 23, governor’s warrant: assault family/household member; impede breath circulation
    Andres Gallegos, 27,  failure to appear; probation violation: positive UA (meth), bench warrant, LV Municipal/APO
    Albert Lucero, 48, aggravated DWI (3rd offense), failure to register vehicle, no passing zone
    David Sanchez, 35, probation violation: positive UA

  • State regulators reject PNM request for rate hike

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico regulators on Wednesday rejected a proposal by the state’s largest electric utility to raise rates and charge more for new solar customers to connect to the grid.

    The Public Regulation Commission voted unanimously during a meeting in Santa Fe. The vote followed a hearing examiner’s recommendation in April that the utility’s application for a 12 percent rate hike be denied over concerns that it was incomplete.

  • Looking Back - May 15, 2015

    In 1965

    Friday, May 14 — A five-day plan to stop smoking will be presented Sunday through Thursday at the Baptist Student Center. The plan was developed over the past two and a half years by the medical and ministerial departments of the Seventh-Day Adventist denomination. The sessions will be conducted locally by Dr. Dan Palmer, superintendent of the New Mexico State Hospital here.

  • Looking ahead - News - May 15, 2015

    Regents to select president on Monday

    Highlands University regents will meet at 10 a.m. Monday in Kennedy Hall to take action on the selection of a new president.