Local News

  • UPDATE: Canal fixed, carrying water again

    Repairs to the canal that ruptured Friday morning have been completed, and the canal is once again carrying water to Storrie Lake.

    Crews worked night and day on the repairs since the rupture was discovered, although their work was at times hampered by additional rain. The canal was back on line Monday afternoon. With the canal repaired, the amount of water in the Gallinas River should decrease.

  • BREAKING: Gallinas Rescue operation called off

    Heavy rain once again pelted Las Vegas and San Miguel County Sunday afternoon, and that was followed by a report to authorities that three 11 or 12 year old boys may have been swept away by the Gallinas River.

    A woman at the Mills Avenue Bridge reported that she thought the three boys fell into the river because they were there one moment and gone the next.

    Word of the potential drownings spread like wildfire on Facebook and word of mouth, and people crowded around bridges trying to catch a glimpse of the unfolding drama.

  • Highlands enrollment down

    The number of students attending New Mexico Highlands University’s main campus has dropped significantly this fall.
    Highlands President Jim Fries told regents on Thursday that there are 145 fewer Highlands students in Las Vegas this fall, which amounts to a 6 percent drop. Much of that drop was a decline in the number of freshmen attending Highlands’ main campus.

  • City considering new veterans hiring policy

    The City Council will take up a resolution this Wednesday urging its administrators to implement a policy to ensure that qualified veterans who apply for any vacancies at the city are at least given an interview.

    The resolution received support from city councilors at last week’s work session and was placed on the consent agenda, which generally means that it is likely to be approved.

  • Weather - Sept. 16, 2013

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 72. East wind 5-10 mph, becoming south 10-15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. South wind 10-15 mph.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 55.


  • Governor posts past calendars on website

    By Barry Massey and Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez, under pressure from media groups to release more details about her work days and travel schedules, on Friday posted office calendars dating back to when she took office in January 2011.

  • NM clerk raises $30,000 for gay marriage fund

    The Associated Press
    LAS CRUCES — A southern New Mexico county clerk who is facing a challenge for his decision to issue same-sex marriage licenses has garnered close to $30,000 in donations, the clerk announced this week.
    The Las Cruces News-Sun reports  that Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins has pulled in 556 donations totaling nearly $28,400 from a website.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 16, 2013

    In 1963
    Tuesday, Sept. 10 — The San Miguel County Democratic Central Committee meeting Sunday gave a vote of confidence to County Chairman Apolonio Duran. Among the things Duran pointed to as benefits to the county was the $50,000 appropriation for ditches and dams on the Pecos River. He added that Gov. Jack Campbell and his administration are working to get $50,000 federal matching funds to double the size of the project.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Sept. 16, 2013

    Health Fair planned for Saturday

  • FYI - Sept. 16, 2013

    Two New Mexico boys allegedly kidnapped by their father more than a year ago have been rescued in Colorado, The Associated Press Reports.
    New Mexico Attorney General Gary King says his office had been working for months on the case with Rio Rancho police and federal agencies.
    He says the boys — ages 6 and 8 — were returned to Albuquerque early Friday by agents from the AG’s Office.
    Colorado authorities are credited with recovering the boys after a brief scuffle with their father.