Today's News

  • Tempers flare over drilling

    It’s no secret that the prospect of oil and gas drilling in San Miguel County is a contentious issue, but those tensions boiled over at Tuesday’s County Commission meeting with some members of the audience demanding a community rights ordinance and outgoing Commissioner Ron Ortega yelling back that what they want just isn’t possible.

  • Farmers Market at Plaza Park
  • Commission adopts ban on fireworks

    Heeding the advice of several fire chiefs and members of the public, the San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt a proclamation imposing fireworks restrictions throughout the unincorporated areas of the county and an outright ban on the use of any fireworks within wild land areas.

    The action comes at the behest of Gov. Susana Martinez, who last month sent letters to county and city officials throughout the state asking that they consider imposing the bans and restrictions because of their potential to spark a major fire.

  • Looking Back - June 13, 2014

    In 1964

    Thursday, June 11 — Activities for the 1964 Cowboys Reunion Rodeo and Rough Riders Reunion got under way this morning with a coffee honoring the Rough Riders and rodeo queen contestants and will continue at a fast pace through Sunday afternoon. Rough riders expected to attend this year’s reunion are Frank C. Brito of Las Cruces; Charles O. Hopping of Long Beach, Calif; Jesse D. Langdon of Long Island, N.Y.; and Arthur L. Tuttle of Salinas, Calif.

  • Looking ahead - News - June 13, 2014

    Father’s Day Lunch

    The lunch will begin at noon, on Sunday, June 15 at the Elks Lodge on Collins Drive. Fathers eat free, and others are $5. For more information, call 718-9345.

  • Weather - June 13, 2014

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

  • East, West discuss consolidation

    Board members of the West Las Vegas School District and Las Vegas City Schools held a joint special meeting in Albuquerque this past Saturday to explore ways the two districts can work toward consolidating the districts.

    The meeting was held at the Hotel Albuquerque of Old Town. The board members were already in Albuquerque for a statewide, two-day school law conference.

    Consolidation of the East and West school districts has been talked about for years.

  • Court overturns judicial pay veto

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s highest court overturned a veto by Gov. Susana Martinez on Wednesday and ordered a 5 percent pay raise for judges across the state.

    The state Supreme Court made the ruling after hearing arguments from lawyers in a dispute focusing on the governor’s power to veto spending items approved by the Legislature and the authority of lawmakers to establish the salaries of judges.

  • Jail Log - June 13, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 1 and June 6:

    Marcos Carrillo, 38, aggravated battery  
    Joseph Ortiz, 38, battery on household member, resisting evading, obstructing an officer, probation violation; new charges
    Manuelito Arguello, 33, driving on suspended revoked license, probation violation
    Ivan Vasquez, 38, seven-day commitment
    Jose Gallegos, 52, 30-day commitment
    Ben Gallegos, 36, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate  

  • In Brief - New Mexico - June 13, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Teacher ranking program begins

    LAS CRUCES — New Mexico will start rating teacher preparation programs under a plan announced by Gov. Susana Martinez and leaders of colleges and universities with programs that train educators.
    Martinez said Tuesday the first rankings should be released later this year. Schools of education will be scored based on several factors, including whether their teacher graduates helped increase student achievement.