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Today's News

  • Alleged killer to stand trial

    A prosecution witness testified Wednesday that Joseph “Wicked” Montoya asked for help killing Angel Arroyo minutes before shooting the father of two in the head.

    It was the early morning hours of May 18, and a number of people were at a party at a second-floor apartment on 12th Street and San Francisco, across the street from the New Mexico Highlands University daycare center. Those at the party were drinking and taking hits of meth, according to testimony presented Wednesday during Montoya’s preliminary hearing in San Miguel County Magistrate Court.

  • Bear’s-eye view: Mother, cubs captured here

    It was a rare sighting. Two cubs and their mother brown bear made their way around Calle Contenta and the Peggy Lane area on Monday.

    New Mexico Game and Fish officers with the help of Las Vegas Police Department officers tranquilized the trio and moved them to a location outside of the city. The family climbed a large tree behind a home on Peggy Lane. In the morning, residents of Calle Contenta spotted them in their back yard and in a field near Chico Drive. The bears were in search of food in preparation of their upcoming hibernation.

  • Storrie group upset over water diversion

    Members of the Storrie Project Water Users Association are miffed over the decision of the State Engineer’s Office late last week to divert water to the acequias rather than allow all of it to go into Storrie Lake for storage.

    Rob Larrañaga, vice president of the group, said that at this point in the season sending water to the acequias is effectively wasting it because there have already been two nights of frost.  He said allowing all of it to go to Storrie Lake would be more beneficial because it would be stored for the next irrigation season.

  • State’s health exchange goes live

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico launched an online marketplace for health insurance that enrolled 170 business customers on Tuesday, but individuals struggled with problems trying to use a federal exchange, according to state officials and health care advocates.

    New Mexico took a “hybrid” approach to the online marketplace — implementing a state-run computer system to sign up small businesses but initially relying on a federal website to handle individuals.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 4, 2013

    In 1963

    Tuesday, Oct. 1 — Danny Montgomery, a senior, was elected president of the Harold Stephens chapter of the National Honor Society, Robertson High School, during a breakfast Sunday morning in the library at the school. Other officers include Jeannie Brumbelow, vice president; Elizabeth McConnon, secretary; and Jayne Howell, treasurer.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 4, 2013

    Enchilada Dinner is Thursday

    Buy your tickets for the annual Mustard Seed Benefit Enchilada Dinner sponsored by First Presbyterian Church. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday with dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. that day. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. Tickets are available from church members or at the door.

  • Weather - Oct. 4, 2013

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 61. Breezy, with a west wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28. West wind 15-20 mph, becoming northeast 10-15 mph after midnight.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 52. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Clear at night, with a low around 32.

    Sunday
    Sunny, with a high near 61. Clear at night, with a low around 43.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:58 a.m. to 6:40 p.m.

  • Storrie Lake reopens to boating

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico is reopening two state park lakes for boating after recent heavy rains and flooding.

    State Parks Director Tommy Mutz said boating can resume starting today at Storrie Lake State Park near Las Vegas and Brantley Lake State Park near Carlsbad.

    Storrie Lake had been closed since June 2011 because of low water from severe drought conditions.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 4, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 20 and Sept. 25:
    Pedro Griego, 31, Adult Probation Office, failure to report change of address/contact with co-defendant
    Navor Garcia, 65, larceny, criminal damage to property, tampering with evidence, interference with communications, bench warrant, SM Magistrate

  • Santa Fe book packed with info.

    If you think that “The Encyclopedia of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico is mostly about Santa Fe, think again.

    The entry on Las Vegas, for example, doesn’t just mention that it was founded more than 25 years before the other Las Vegas or that it is known for its Victorian architecture.  

    It delves into the fact that Las Vegas got its start in the 1820s as a stop on the Santa Fe Trail and that it prospered even more when the Santa Fe Railway came through in 1879.