Local News

  • Looking Back

    In 1968

    Tuesday, Nov. 12 — The seventh annual Brown Extemporaneous Speaking Contest will be held Thursday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. in University Hall, according to Walter Brunet, faculty member of the Highlands Speech Department. Presented by the Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha speech fraternity and the Highlands University Forensic Club, the contest will have six finalists competing for one of four (cash) prizes (ranging form $15 for first to $5 to fourth) and trophies from Melvin R. Brown, sponsor of the contest.

  • Looking Ahead

    Running Dry trilogy to be shown Sunday

    NMHU’s Sustainability Club, Sustainable Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Community Water Board will host filmmaker Jim Thebaut and present a special screening of his Running Dry “call to action” film trilogy at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Leveo V. Sanchez Lecture Hall, adjacent to Donnelly Library. For more information, call 425-6008.

  • Weather

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. South wind 5-15 mph, becoming northwest. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 35. Northwest wind 10-15 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 73. Northwest wind around 10 mph, becoming southwest. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 37.

    Sunny, with a high near 69. Clear at night, with a low of 43.


  • FYI - News

    Archaeologist Maria Garcia is the new supervisor of Santa Fe National Forest. She succeeds Daniel Jiron in overseeing five ranger districts on 1.6 million acres on the northern New Mexico forest. She has worked in various jobs for the U.S. Forest Service. Garcia began working for the Forest Service in 1989 as an archaeologist on the Carson National Forest in New Mexico.

  • City responds to gas safety concerns

    The city of Las Vegas fired back last week against allegations by the New Mexico Pipeline Safety Bureau that it likely violated safety requirements in the operation of its natural gas system.

    The notice of probable violation stems from a Feb. 9 gas explosion and subsequent fire that destroyed the Church Street home belonging to John Singletary. Reports by the fire marshal’s office and the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission’s Pipeline Safety Bureau state that the explosion was caused by a leak in the city’s main natural gas line.

  • Allsup’s robbery lands man in jail

    A Las Vegas man arrested in September for robbing the Allsup’s on Seventh Street returned to the store early Monday morning and robbed it again, a court document states.

    Nicholas Leyba, 23, of the 700 block of Dalbey Drive, was arrested and booked into the San Miguel County jail on Monday. He is charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault and tampering with evidence, according to court documents filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court.

  • Water shortage could impact chile crop

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES — An expected dry growing season could hurt the chile crop in southern New Mexico.

    There's a shortage of river water in Doña Ana County and a lack of a good groundwater supply in the Hatch area. Growers also say they’re leaning toward planting cotton instead because of the water outlook. Cotton takes less water. Hatch vegetable farmer Jerry Franzoy says cotton looks especially favorable because it’s experiencing a market boom this year.

  • ‘We have a responsibility to act’

    By Ben Feller
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — Vigorously defending American attacks in Libya, President Barack Obama declared Monday night that the United States intervened to prevent a slaughter of civilians that would have stained the world’s conscience and “been a betrayal of who we are” as Americans. Yet he ruled out targeting Moammar Gadhafi, warning that trying to oust him militarily would be a mistake as costly as the war in Iraq.

  • Water rate hike on horizon

    Customers on the city of Las Vegas water system should prepare to pay five times what they currently pay for water, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz is warning.

    “The bottom line is people better expect a rate increase,” Ortiz said Thursday evening during a public meeting where city consultants outlined tens of millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements being considered for the city’s water system.

  • Fiesta de la Hispanidad

    Music, comedy and dance once again filled the stage during the 17th annual Fiesta de La Hispanidad Saturday evening at Ilfeld Auditorium. This year’s line up included students from Los Niños Elementary and popular accordionist Antonia Apodaca.