Local News

  • Mayoral candidates talk water

    With a recent study pegging the cost of fixing the city’s water system at about $120 million, it’s not surprising that water has become one of the central issues of the municipal election.

  • Highlands plans to refinance debt

    New Mexico Highlands University regents gave preliminary approval Wednesday for the administration to move forward with plans to refinance its dorm debt, a move that could save the school an estimated $60,000 a year.

    The university issued revenue bonds in 2008 to finance its new student dormitory, pledging revenues generated from the housing units to pay off the debt.

  • Looking Back - News - Feb. 3, 2012

    In 1935

    Monday, Feb. 4 — A trail of blood from a car parked in back of the Meadows hotel to a home on Commerce Street yesterday led to the arrest of Luis Gonzales, who admitted, according to Sheriff F.C. Delgado, attempting to rob the car, but in breaking the window he severed an artery at his wrist. When found by officials he was suffering from loss of blood and was taken to a hospital for treatment. Sheriff Delgado said that Gonzales also confessed to stealing articles of clothing from the Home Cafe several days ago.

  • Weather - Feb. 3, 2012

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 41. North wind around 10 mph. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 16. Northeast wind 5-10 mph.  

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. East wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 16.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 43. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 22.

  • Man charged with stealing hay

    State police have arrested a 22-year-old Colorado native on a fourth-degree larceny charge for allegedly stealing about $1,000 worth of hay that was stored at the Santa Fe Trail Event Center, and selling it.

    Will Smith, who according to court documents is a student at New Mexico Highlands University, was arrested last week. Smith, a member of the school’s rodeo team, admitted to the victim that he had taken her hay and that he was sorry, according to the arrest warrant affidavit filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court.

  • State water czar talks about challenges

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The past month has been a whirlwind for New Mexico’s new water czar. There have been meetings with lawmakers, mayors and federal officials and briefings with staff around the state.

    And at the end of every day, State Engineer Scott Verhines finds time for an hour or more of reading so he can catch up on pending lawsuits over how New Mexico’s water is managed, lessons learned by other drought-stricken states and the latest high-tech tools for measuring and monitoring the dwindling resource.

  • In Brief - News - Feb. 3, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Counties to get $11M from feds
    Nearly two dozen New Mexico counties will share more than $11 million in federal rural schools payments.

    The funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help pay for schools, roads, forest restoration projects and other programs in 22 counties.

    U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman says the payments are designed to help rural counties that rely economically on national forest lands.

  • Jail Log - Feb. 3, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Jan. 24 and Jan. 31:

  • Representing West
  • Students set to participate in MESA regional competition

    Several hundred high school and middle school students from the surrounding area were scheduled to compete in New Mexico MESA's Regional Design Competition today, Feb. 4.

    Students from Anton Chico, Mora, Pecos, Peñasco, Santa Rosa, Springer and Las Vegas were to compete in various categories that all relate to natural disasters.

    The categories include an on-site bridge challenge, prepared design with survival boats for middle school students, and high school students were asked to compete in prepared design for a self-powered transport vehicles.