Local News

  • Mora High nominated for award

    The New Mexico Public Education Department has nominated Mora High School and two elementaries for consideration as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

    The national Blue Ribbon Schools Program is aimed at bringing positive attention to schools where students achieve at very high levels or schools that are narrowing the achievement gap.

    “Each nominee demonstrates a strong commitment to student achievement while helping children overcome significant challenges,” PED states in news release.

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    Literacy fair is Saturday

    The Fourth Annual Literacy Fair will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. this Saturday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. This year’s theme is “Reach for the Stars: Read, Read, Read.” The event is free, and all ages are welcome.

  • Weather - Jan. 25, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. North wind 5-10 mph becoming southwest. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 26. Northwest wind 5-10 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 50. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 27.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 20.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.

  • Recordings back pay-to-play allegations

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    Transcripts of secretly recorded meetings about state investments during Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration show the governor was calling the shots on decisions that steered millions of dollars to a political supporter’s son, an attorney for a whistleblower alleged Monday.

  • Las Vegas Night at Legislature Thursday

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    Las Vegas Night at the Legislature is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Eldorado Hotel and Spa in downtown Santa Fe.

    The event is hosted by the City of Las Vegas, San Miguel County Commission, LVSM Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation and New Mexico Highlands University.

  • Police recover stolen items

    A San Francisco Giants toaster oven placed inside a black plastic bag and tossed behind a fence on Chavez Street helped Las Vegas police crack a burglary case and recover many of the items stolen from

    Highlands University students while they were away on winter break.

    Now three men are facing criminal charges.

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  • Council gives city attorney new contract

    The city’s governing body has granted City Attorney Dave Romero a one-year contract to continue serving at the city’s chief legal counsel.
    The 3-1 vote came Thursday night after a discussion that touched on everything from the need for the city to maintain continuity to the question of whether it’s appropriate to bind the next governing body’s hands.

  • State gives OK to reopen Mora gym

    One week after safety concerns forced the closure of the Mora elementary-middle school gym, district officials were preparing to let students back in.

    Superintendent Thomas Garcia said the district was able to fix the deficiencies found by the state Fire Marshal’s Office and that it received official notification on Thursday that it could reopen the gym.

    Garcia said he expected that students and staff would be allowed back into the gym on Friday, but on Friday band students were still practicing in the lobby of the high school gym.