Local News

  • New Mexico museum to unveil rare fossil find

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Paleontologists with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science on Thursday planned to unveil the first baby Pentaceratops skull ever discovered.

    Scientists already have cut open a giant plaster jacket that protected the skull as it was airlifted out of the desert badlands of northwestern New Mexico and trucked to the museum.

  • Jail Log - Nov. 6, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 26 and Nov. 3:

  • Study: Abandoning Rail Runner too costly

    The Associated Press

     It seems New Mexico is stuck with the Rail Runner Express, as a state Department of Transportation study has found getting rid of the service would be a financial mistake.

    The study, unveiled Wednesday, found selling the commuter train isn’t feasible and switching to a bus service between Belen and Santa Fe would not save much money, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

  • HU concert choir performs Cherubini Requiem Sunday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Highlands University Concert Choir will perform Luigi Cherubini’s Requiem at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8 at Ilfeld Auditorium

  • MainStreet gets $50K grant

    Las Vegas Optic

    MainStreet de Las Vegas has been awarded a $50,000 planning grant to help renovate and reinvigorate the Railroad District.

    The New Mexico Economic Development Department announced the award Monday. Also chosen in the second round of New Mexico MainStreet’s Great Blocks on MainStreet Design Initiative program was  Tucumcari’s MainStreet organization.

  • Lawmaker eyes Utah driver’s license model for state

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    A Republican lawmaker, who has previously sought to repeal New Mexico’s immigrant driver’s license law, said he will propose a bill next session modeled after one in Utah that allows foreign nationals to have “driving privilege cards.”
    New Mexico Rep. Paul Pacheco said he will sponsor legislation that would grant state driving privilege cards for immigrants — even those suspected of living in the country illegally.

  • Mora board blasts former schools chief

    The Mora Independent School District’s Board of Education is distancing itself from its former superintendent.

    After accepting Charles Trujillo’s resignation on Friday, board Chairman George Trujillo, Charles Trujillo’s uncle, issued a statement  on behalf of the board, blasting his nephew’s actions.

    “Today, the Board of Education for the Mora Independent School District accepted the resignation of Charles E. Trujillo as superintendent of schools effective on October 29, 2015,” the statement reads.

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  • Career fair today for Highlands students, alumni

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Forty employers will be at Highlands University today (Wednesday) looking to hire the university’s students and alumni.
    The free Career and Internship Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.