Local News

  • Block jailed for probation violation

    The Associated Press

    Former state utility regulator Jerome Block Jr. is back in jail.
    Records show Block was arrested Friday and booked into the Santa Fe County jail on a probation violation.

    State police say a urine test confirmed he had alcohol in his system when he reported to his probation officer.

  • Acreage for chile production likely falling

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES — Experts suspect that green and red chile acreage in New Mexico may have shrunk again this year in the Hatch and Mesilla Valley regions.

    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that farmers in Dona Ana County are thinking twice about committing to growing because they are having a rocky time competing with prices from foreign producers, who face fewer regulations and have a large supply of cheap labor to work the time-intensive crop.

  • In Brief

    The Associated Press

    2 new wolf packs in NM
    Federal wildlife managers have designated two more Mexican gray wolf packs in New Mexico, bringing the number of packs in the American Southwest to 14.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been trying to return the predators to their historic range in New Mexico and Arizona for more than a dozen years, but the program has been troubled by issues such as politics, illegal shootings and courtroom battles.

  • Sunrise ... Sunset - July 16, 2012

    5:58 a.m. to 8:16 p.m.

  • Weather - July 16, 2012

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. West wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. West wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.


  • Looking back - July 16, 2012

    In 1962

  • Water rate hike proposed

    The City Council is being asked to increase water rates, a move aimed at securing $45.7 million in bond funding to finance some of the major water infrastructure projects that have been identified.

    City officials have been talking about hiking water rates for more than a year, particularly since consultants completed a preliminary engineering report that found that the city’s aging water system is in need of about $120 million in fixes over the next 40 years.

  • A new home - New Meadows facility opens

    Residents of the Meadows Nursing Home at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute will soon have a new place to call home.

    On Tuesday afternoon, Keith Gardner, chief of staff for Gov. Susana Martinez, Catherine D. Torres, M.D., cabinet secretary for the state’s Department of Health, Troy Jones, director of the local  Behavioral Health Institute along with several elected officials and dignitaries held a ribbon cutting ceremony for phase one of the new Meadows Home Skilled Nursing Facility, located on Hot Springs Boulevard.

  • County may seek increase in sales tax

    The San Miguel County Commission on Tuesday started the ball rolling to once again ask voters to approve a one-fourth of 1 percent increase in the sales tax charged in the county.

    The tax would cost consumers an additional 25 cents for $100 in purchases and generate an estimated $860,000 a year.

    Money generated would be available for a centralized emergency communications center, for ambulance services provided by the county and for behavioral health services.

  • City step closer to plugging huge leak

    The city of Las Vegas has worked out an agreement with the Mallette Trust that will allow it to access the property to conduct an emergency repair of the old Medite line that is leaking an estimated 80 gallons of water a minute.

    “They’ve signed the agreement, and we’re ready to go,” City Attorney Dave Romero said during Wednesday’s City Council meeting. Utilities Director Ken Garcia told the council that the Mallette family is getting a one-time cash payment of $5,000 in exchange for allowing the city access to fix the current leak.