Local News

  • 3 seek re-election to county posts

    Two of the three San Miguel County commissioners whose terms expire at the end of the year plan to seek re-election while the third commissioner cannot run again because of term limits.

    Commissioners Nicolas Leger and Marcellino Ortiz, both Democrats, said they would seek a second term. Leger represents District 5 and Ortiz represents District 2. David Salazar, meanwhile, is nearing the end of his second term as the District 4 commissioner and cannot seek re-election.

  • Man rescued after 6 days in mountains

    A Tennessee man spent six days lost in the mountains of San Miguel and Guadalupe counties before finding an abandoned cabin, getting in and dialing 911 last Tuesday.

    An ambulance crew rescued Edward Flores near Trementina in eastern San Miguel County. He was transported to Alta Vista Regional Hospital, where he was treated for dehydration and minor injuries.

    “As I prayed, I asked, ‘Is this how I’m going to end my life?’” he said. “Then I heard (one of) my son’s voice.’”

  • Paying it Forward

    They could have spent their spring break kicking back, enjoying a weeklong break from the stress of college classes. Instead, 40 students from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities opted to spend the free time doing service projects and giving back to various communities around the country.

    On Tuesday, the group stopped in the Meadow City as part of its “Pay it Forward” tour. They spent their time here cleaning up debris and picking up unsightly trash along the city’s River Walk.

  • West board takes up team names

    A proposal to change the Lady Dons mascot to the “Donettes” received a cold reception from the West Las Vegas School board on Thursday evening, but the board did agree to change the mascots of the Middle School teams.

    One of the agenda items was a discussion on the naming of all in-town athletic teams as “Dons” and “Donettes.” Currently the West Las Vegas Middle School girls’ teams are known as the Lady Gents and the boys’ teams are known as the Gents.

  • NM Tourism ad seeks ‘light-skinned’ Hispanics

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s new tourism ad isn’t done yet, but it’s already creating quite a buzz.

  • Man acquitted in crash arrested

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A man who was acquitted of charges in a 2009 crash that killed four teenagers and seriously injured a fifth was arrested early Saturday and is facing a new drunken driving charge.

    Santa Fe County jail records show Scott Owens, 30, was booked before dawn after being arrested by a Santa Fe police officer on charges of aggravated DWI and speeding. He was later released on a $2,000 bond.

    Last April, jurors found Owens not guilty of charges related to the 2009 crash.

  • Looking Back - News - March 19, 2012

    In 1912

    Tuesday, March 12 — The report of superintendent Rufus Mead showed the schools of the East side to be in flourishing condition. The registration for the second and last semester of the school year was 713, which is next to the highest enrollment in the history of the school.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 19, 2012

    Story time at Carnegie

    Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. this Wednesday in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!” by Nancy Carlson. The theme for the month is “Woman’s Month - Books Written for Children by Women.” Free and open to the public.

  • Weather - March 19, 2012

    A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 42. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. Breezy, with a west wind 15- 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.


  • Obama: Kill oil tax breaks

    By Ken Thomas
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Pump prices on his mind, President Barack Obama says Congress should kill tax breaks for the oil and gas industry and help develop alternative sources of energy.