Local News

  • Millfest 2012 - 2 area festivals highlight weekend

    Mora County will be booming this weekend with two annual events, Wagon Mound Bean Day and the Cleveland Rollermill Festival.

    Both festivities are open to the public and provide free events including the Bean Day barbecue.

    Bean Day started in 1909 when Higinio Gonzales, along with his crew, cooked beans in wash boilers for what was known as the Mora County Farmers Harvest Jubilee. It’s been drawing people to the village ever since.

  • West Nile Virus found locally

    State officials are urging the public to take steps to avoid mosquito bites after five cases of West Nile Virus were confirmed in New Mexico earlier this month.

    One of those cases was in San Miguel County. State Veterinarian Paul Ettestad said the San Miguel County case was a 67-year-old man who was a blood donor. When his blood was tested it came back positive for West Nile fever. The San Miguel County man had the less severe form, with symptoms of fever and headache. Ettestad said he has since recovered.

  • NM Medicaid to cover methadone

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE  — New Mexico is expanding its Medicaid program to cover the costs of using methadone to treat people addicted to heroin and painkillers such as oxycodone and morphine.

    A Human Services Department official says the change in policy should help in fighting a drug addiction epidemic. New Mexico has the nation's highest death rate from drug overdoses.

    The Drug Policy Alliance said Monday that New Mexico joins about 30 other states in reimbursing outpatient methadone treatment.

  • Looking Back - August 29, 2012

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  • Looking Ahead - News - August 29, 2012

    Dove hunting to begin at refuge

    The Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge will be open for dove hunting during the month of September. About 740 acres of the refuge will be open to the hunting of mourning doves. Required permits cost $5 and are available at the refuge visitor center from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays. A state hunting license is also required.

  • Weather - August 29, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 83. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 51. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. South wind 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 54.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 55.

  • $1.2M phone system forgotten

    The West Las Vegas School District in 2009 spent $1.2 million for a new telephone system and to have it installed, but it never received what it paid for.

    And school district officials didn’t even realize it until recently. It actually took a consultant to figure out that the system the district paid for was never installed.

  • The gift of music - New program aids East musicians

    Las Vegas City Schools has launched a program aimed at helping students experience the world of music.

    The SMILE program — which stands for student musical instrument loan exchange — was initiated this year to provide students with musical instruments to use during their school years.

  • Aragon elected chief judge

    Six years after becoming a district judge Abigail Aragon is taking over as chief judge of the 4th Judicial District.

    Aragon begins her three-year term today, outgoing Chief Judge Matthew Sandoval announced last week. Sandoval said he, Aragon and Judge Eugenio Mathis had previously reached a consensus that the chief judge post would be rotated.

    “I personally think she’s going to be a good chief judge,” Sandoval said.

  • Graduation at risk for many students

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — More than 40 percent of New Mexico’s high school seniors still need to pass the state’s exit exam if they are to earn their diplomas without jumping through additional hoops.

    About 10,000 students statewide failed the test when they took it as juniors, a number The Albuquerque Journal reports amounts to a 43 percent failure rate. They’ll have a second chance to take the assessment exam in October.