Local News

  • Promoting literacy - Fall in love with books

    Children can take a wild adventure this Saturday during the ninth annual Literacy Fair.

    The fair, organized by the local Literacy Council, provides area children with hundreds of books, all in an effort to help children fall in love with reading.

    The fair takes place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Sala de Madrid on the Highlands University campus. The location is new this year as the Abe Montoya Recreation Center is under renovation.

  • East schools chief gets contract extension

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Kelt Cooper has been awarded a one-year contract extension.

    Cooper, a native of Las Cruces, has served at the helm of the district since May and receives a salary of $110,000. His latest contract extension, given by a unanimous board vote, will take Cooper’s contract with the district until June 2019.

  • Budget solvency plan clears Legislature

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Legislature approved a $216 million budget solvency plan Wednesday that would fix a current-year deficit and help shore up reserves, as the state wrestles with plunging tax revenues.

    Newly approved bills target $46 million in local school district reserves to beef up the state general fund, along with transfers of $81 million from dozens of state accounts and select programs.

  • Lawmakers consider legalizing marijuana

    The Associated Press

    Democratic state lawmakers in New Mexico are redoubling efforts to legalize marijuana and tax sales for recreational use to shore up plunging state revenues and give the economy a boost.

    Sponsors of parallel bills in the Senate and House announced their proposal to regulate marijuana sales and apply a 15 percent state sales tax.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 27, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 13 and Jan. 24:
    Eugene Urioste, 56, 12-day commitment, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Demitrius Nickson, 18, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, battery, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Sarah Garduño, 30, failure to appear, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Keith Villanueva, 26, failure to comply, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Phillip Maestas, 43, abandonment of a child, San Miguel Magistrate Court

  • In Brief - News - Jan. 27, 2017

    The Associated Press

    ‘Right to die’ bill proposed
    SANTA FE — Two Democratic lawmakers are pushing a proposal that would allow terminally ill patients in New Mexico to end their lives with help from doctors.

    Reps. Bill McCamley and Deborah Armstrong have filed a bill that would prevent New Mexico doctors from facing prosecution for helping terminally ill patients end their lives.

    Five other states allow residents to end their lives legally with medication prescribed by a physician.

  • Bill to build wall will cost up to $15B

    By Erica Werner
    AP Congressional Correspondent

    PHILADELPHIA — Congress will move legislation this year providing up to $15 billion to build a wall along the Mexican boundary, Republican leaders said Thursday. But they would not say how they’d prevent the massive project from worsening federal deficits, and were meeting resistance from GOP lawmakers.

  • Judge considers ranchers’ discrimination case

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    A federal judge will decide if Hispanic ranchers can pursue their 2012 discrimination case against the U.S. Forest Service over claims that the federal government is trying to push them from land worked by their families for generations.

    The dispute centers on a decision made more than six years ago to limit grazing in parts of northern New Mexico.

  • Weather - Jan. 27, 2017


    HIGH 33° / LOW 10°
    Sunny, with a high near 33. Wind chill values as low as -6. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
    7:04 a.m. to 5:24 p.m.


    HIGH 41° / LOW 18°
    Sunny, with a high near 41. Saturday night —mostly clear, with a low around 18.
    7:05 a.m. to 5:23 p.m.


  • West to appeal 4-game penalty

    Fans hoping to see the highly anticipated East-West boys’ basketball game Friday night were turned away at the doors of Mike Marr Gym.

    Due to a ruling from the New Mexico Activities Association, not only that game but the Feb. 8 rematch and both West Las Vegas-St. Michael’s boys’ contests have been cancelled.