Today's News

  • President Minner it is

    And then there was one.

    After a three-week delay, New Mexico Highlands University regents voted unanimously on Monday to hire Sam Minner as the school’s next president, selecting him from a pool of six finalists.

    The university had not yet released a copy of Minner’s contract as of press time, but Regents Chairman Leveo Sanchez said the new president had been given a five year contract and that he would be paid the same salary as former President Jim Fries, which was about $232,000 a year.

  • Trustees tap Sanchez to run Luna

    Luna Community College’s Board of Trustees  voted Monday to hire a controversial former president to lead the institution for the next three months until a permanent replacement for Pete Campos is found.

    Campos’ contract as Luna’s president expired on Tuesday, and while some board members had favored keeping him on until his replacement was selected, the board majority opted instead to hire Leroy “Huero” Sanchez as interim president for up to 90 days.

  • A patriotic undertaking
  • Carnival planned for Fiestas

    The Fourth of July Fiestas will have an age-old twist this year ­— a carnival ­— courtesy of Bennett’s Amusements Inc. of Moriarty.

    The fiestas have been without a carnival for more than 10 years.Carnivals in the past have been a highlight of the celebration, particularly for youngsters..

    City Councilor Joey Herrera earlier had asked city staff to look into the possibility of bringing in a carnival for fiestas and, it has come to fruition for this year’s fiestas, which begin officially on Friday.

  • Philmont Boy Scout who died identified

    The Associated Press

    CIMARRON — Authorities on Monday released the name of a Boy Scout who died after being swept away by a flash flood during a camping trip with his troop in northern New Mexico.

    New Mexico State Police said 13-year-old Alden Brock of Sacramento, California, was one of eight Boy Scouts participating in a 12-day trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch when the flooding hit before dawn Saturday.

  • State reports ‘all-time high’ tourism numbers

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Pointing to New Mexico’s slick television and online promotional commercials, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday that close to 33 million people visited the state last year, making it a record-breaking year for tourism.

  • Looking Back - July 1, 2015

    In 1965
    Thursday, July 1 — The annual All Star baseball game of the North Rio Grande baseball league will be played here July 4 on the Highlands University field. Playing for the Las Vegas Merchants will be Ken Ludi, who has a poor day when he doesn’t get at least two hits in four at bats; Tom Villarreal, the shifty shortstop, who can also get wood on the ball; Ray Serna, pitcher, also a hitter; Frank Marquez, catcher; Johnny Crespin and Joe Gallegos. Leo Segura, whose sore leg prevents him from playing this weekend, will be manager for the team.

  • Looking ahead - News - July 1, 2015

    Fourth of July Fiestas begin Friday
    2015 Fourth of July Fiestas take place from Friday, July 3 to Sunday, July 5 at Plaza Park. The event begins with a Fiesta Mass and the coronation of the fiesta queen. For more information, call 1-800-832-5947 or visit lasvegasnewmexicofiestas.wordpress.com

  • Weather - July 1, 2015

    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain at night. Low around 57. North wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.


  • Banks, offices closings for Fourth of July holiday

    Below are some of the government agencies, banks and schools that will be closed in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.