Local News

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Friday, May 26 — Three convicts employed in the road construction camp recently established on Tecolote hill by Cleofes Romero, warden of the territorial penitentiary at Santa Fe, escaped some time Wednesday night. No trace of the men has been discovered although the officers are making a careful search for them. The men are accorded considerable liberty in the road camps, being regarded somewhat in the same position as trusties.

  • Looking Ahead

    Story Time at Carnegie on Wednesday

    The theme of this week’s Story Time at Carnegie Public Library is Memorial Day, the book is “Cat Secrets” by Jef Czekaj, and the craft is CD patriotic decoration. Story Time is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the children’s area of the library. All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Weather - May 25, 2011

    Sunny, with a high near 73. Northwest wind around 15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 40. North wind 5-10 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 82. Breezy, with a south wind 10-15 mph, becoming west 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Mostly clear and breezy at night, with a low around 45.

    Sunny, with a high near 82. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 46.

  • FYI

    Level III fire restrictions remain in place in San Miguel County. Under the restrictions, campfires, white gas stoves, open fires, controlled burning, charcoal grills and fireworks are prohibited. All Terrain vehicles without spark arresters and motorcycles and vehicles with catalytic converters are restricted to maintained roadways. Anyone found violating the restrictions could be fined up to $1,000.

  • State: Trench lacked shoring

    The state agency investigating Wednesday’s accident that left two city workers dead says required safety equipment wasn’t installed on the trench that collapsed, and the city will be issued a citation.

  • Happy Grads


  • Former mayor, sheriff dies

    George Arellanes, a former city of Las Vegas mayor and San Miguel County sheriff, known for being a hard worker and helping people in need, died Wednesday. He was 87.

    His son Arnell David Arellanes said he died of an apparent heart attack in his sleep.

    Arellanes was mayor of Las Vegas from 1972 to 1974.  The city’s municipal complex was named after him in 2005.

    “He was a Republican mayor,” his son said. “He was very open. It wasn’t so much about political party as it was about helping the people of Las Vegas.”

  • Recycling center closed Saturdays

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Recycling Center is now closed on Saturdays.

    “We simply don’t have the manpower to staff the recycling center on the weekends,” said Ira Harge, the university’s part-time recycling coordinator. “If we can get volunteers to help at the center on Saturdays we will gladly reopen that day.”

    The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • State police make DWI arrests

    State police have made several drunken driving arrests in recent weeks, including one man booked on a sixth DWI after wrecking his truck, another man charged with a fourth DWI after being stopped at a checkpoint and a third man who had a child with him when he was taken into custody.

  • Bribery probe figure donated $54K to Richardson

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A Las Cruces businessman entangled in an alleged pay-to-play scheme for judicial appointments has contributed more than $50,000 to former Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson and played a role in Richardson hiring a state investment officer who’s been implicated in a separate public corruption scandal.