Local News

  • Highlands readies for battle

    New Mexico Highlands University regents have fired the opening shot in what could turn into a messy court battle with the contractor they blame for delays in the construction of the student center building.

    Regents fired general contractor Makwa Builders LLC. in February, and the Albuquerque-based company and the university are now fighting over how much Makwa is owed.

  • Breathtaking Skill - Acrobats to perform at Ilfeld

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents the Golden Dragon Acrobats at 3 p.m. Sunday in the university’s Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    For more than 30 years, the Golden Dragon Acrobats have dazzled audiences around the world with shows of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty. They are considered the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company.

  • Salvation Army store is closing

    The Salvation Army Thrift Store, which has been a local source for inexpensive clothing, furniture and other household goods for more than a decade, is closing its doors next week.

    The decision was made at the corporate office in California, and store employees were notified Wednesday. The store, located on Douglas Avenue,  is slated to close on Sept. 21

    Steve Arnold, Salvation Army’s northern New Mexico service extension field representative, said the store has been losing money for more than five years.

  • County criticized over proposed law

    San Miguel County’s  draft oil and gas ordinance wasn’t even an item on Tuesday’s County Commission meeting agenda, but the issue took center stage anyway as local activists showed up in force to voice their opposition to fracking and to criticize the proposed law.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Sept. 14, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    NM honored for organ donations
    New Mexico has been recognized for its organ donor registration rates.
    New Mexico Donor Services says the state has been awarded a silver medal by the Virginia-based nonprofit organization Donate Life America.
    The group’s latest report card shows New Mexico had a donor designation share of 60 percent in 2011 with an estimated 945,000 people on the state’s registry.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 14, 2012

    In 1962

    Friday, Sept. 14, 1962 — Items were recovered from the First Christian Church building, recently razed, at University and Eighth Street. They included a silk flag, a Bible, a brief history of the church, Booklet of proceedings of AF&AM Grand Lodge, dated October 1917, and a pamphlet containing the President’s War Message of April 2, 1917. Contents will be replaced in the present church cornerstone, at Seventh and Columbia.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Sept. 14, 2012

    Health Fair is Saturday

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital Community Health Fair will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center gymnasium. This is a free event and open to the public. There will be a blood drive, free health screenings, health care services information and more.

  • Weather - Sept. 14, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. North wind around 10 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 40. East wind 5-10 mph, becoming light and variable in the evening.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 5-10 mph in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 49.

    Sunny, with a high near 80. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 53.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:43 a.m. to 7:09 p.m.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 14, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 4 and Sept. 12:
    Erik Lucero, 52, bench warrant: failure to appear
    Todd Hayes, 49,  receiving stolen property
    Mark Martinez, 40,  five day commitment for driving on a suspended license
    Richard Romero, 35, seven day commitment for drug court violation
    Juan Martinez, 27,  larceny, accessory
    Charmaine Martinez, 26,  all other Larcenies
    Steve Gallegos, 40, bench warrant: Indecent exposure

  • Census: Poverty rate up in NM

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — More New Mexicans are living in poverty and nearly a fifth of the state’s population lacks health insurance, the Census Bureau reported Wednesday.

    The poverty rate in New Mexico was 20.2 percent in 2010-2011 compared with 18.8 percent in 2009-2010. The state’s median household income dropped during the same time.