Local News

  • Governor to speak at GOP convention

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has been tapped to speak at the Republican National Convention, a political honor that gives the first-term governor a national stage while putting to rest months-long rumors that she was on Mitt Romney’s short list of potential running mates.

  • Looking Back - August 8, 2012

    In 1962

    Wednesday Aug. 8 — The “genero chico” period of Spanish drama will be represented on the Highlands University campus when “Calderon,” by Carlos Arniches and Celso Lucio will take to the Little Theater stage. Calderon will be portrayed by Eli Herrera. The play will be directed by Romeo Hinajosa. There will be no admission charge.

  • Looking Ahead - News - August 8, 2012

    Fort Union candlelight tours this Saturday

    Fort Union National Monument National Park Service annual candlelight tours will be held this Saturday. Tours are free and will run 35 to 40 minutes, starting at 7:45 p.m., 8:15 p.m., 8:40 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:20 p.m., 9:40 p.m. and 10 p.m. Photography is allowed only during the 7:45 p.m. tour. Reservations are required. Call 425-8025.

  • Weather - August 8, 2012

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. North wind 5-10 mph.


  • Makwa demands retraction

    An attorney representing the construction company that had been overseeing the building of the New Mexico Highlands University student center until regents fired it is demanding that a regent retract statements he made about the company.

    Ross Crown, the attorney representing Makwa Builders LLC, sent a letter to Highlands attorneys late last month containing the demands and putting the university on notice that Makwa may pursue legal remedies if its demands aren’t met.

  • Preparing for a crisis - County stages mock disaster

    By Brett J. Phelps
    Las Vegas Optic

    On Interstate 25 north of Las Vegas a semi-truck carrying hazardous household chemicals crashes into a school bus full of teenagers returning from a summer basketball camp.

  • Highlands loses popular program

    A popular New Mexico Highlands University program that exposed thousands of low income students to college has lost its federal funding and been terminated.

    The four-year grant ended on Dec. 30, 2011, meaning that it didn’t offer programs to students this calendar year.

  • $600M generated for schools, hospitals

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Land Office says it has earned more than $650 million from state trust lands in the most recent fiscal year.

    The New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas is the beneficiary of nearly $3 million, while New Mexico Highlands University will get $263,000.

  • Loughner would get life in shooting

    By Paul Davenport
    and Pete Yost
    The Associated Press

    PHOENIX — A possible plea deal in the deadly Tucson shootings that wounded then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords would send Jared Lee Loughner to prison for the rest of his life, according to a person familiar with the case.

  • Candidates see what they want in jobs report

    By Ben Feller
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Sputtering along, the economy is offering some hope but no illuminating help to voters who are mired in a weak jobs recovery and flooded with familiar promises from President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney. A new employment snapshot seemed too mixed and middling to jolt a consistently close race.