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Today's News

  • Residents seek county help

    Area residents are no doubt grateful for the recent rainfalls, but those rains have made a muddy mess of dirt roads in the Glenwood Estates subdivision off NM 518 near the Drive-In.

    Like many of his neighbors, Rudy Romero is fed up and wants the county to step in and begin maintaining those roads. Many of those residents have signed a petition asking the county to adopt the private roads in the subdivision as county roads and to begin maintaining them. They are also asking the county to pave Harlan Drive, the main road through the subdivision.

  • Mythical creature acts out
  • Highlands foundation may buy land

    The New Mexico Highlands University Foundation is planning to buy 1.25 acres of prime land in Rio Rancho, and Highlands President Jim Fries is hoping that the land deal results in a windfall for student scholarships.

    Washington Federal and foundation officials have already agreed on an undisclosed purchase price, but the deal is still subject to a due diligence period and final approval from the entire foundation board. The foundation is a separate, non-profit organization that raises money for the university.

  • New District 4 engineer discusses job, dwindling resources

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    State Department of Transportation District 4 Engineer Jimmy Camp is used to the complaint: highway crews aren’t doing the amount of maintenance that they used to.

    He doesn’t disagree.

    “We’re just spread thinner,” said Camp, who took over as this area’s district engineer less than three months ago.  He replaces Paul Gray, who held the post for about eight years.

  • Deficit threatens ambulance service

    By Ruth Fort
    For the Optic

    MORA — The agency that provides ambulance service here is asking for Mora County’s help to reduce a $447,000 deficit, saying it can’t continue to operate with the continual losses.

    Mora Valley Community Health Services Director Jay Ruybalid  and the staff of the MVCHS went before county commissioners last week.

    Ruybalid told commissioners they could not continue operating with a continual loss. Agency officials said the deficit has built up over the last nine years.

  • Democratic Party chair Gonzales calls for PRC member Block to resign

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — State Democratic Party chairman Javier Gonzales called Friday for the resignation of Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. because of allegations of misuse of taxpayer money.

    The party leader’s comments came after the state Court of Appeals this week reinstated charges against Block for alleged misuse of campaign money from his 2008 race and the state auditor said he is looking into potential abuse of a state-issued gasoline card by Block.

  • Looking Back - August 8, 2011

    In 1911

    Friday, Aug. 4 — In an heroic effort to save Miss Engenio Delgado from injury when her horse ran away with her early yesterday evening, Lino Romero was thrown to the ground and so severely injured that he was compelled to remain in his bed today. Romero suffered injuries to his leg and shoulder. Miss Delgado escaped unhurt. The accident occurred in front of the office of W.E. Gortner on the extreme northeast corner of the Plaza...

  • Looking Ahead - News August 8, 2011

    County Commission meeting is Tuesday

    The San Miguel County Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 9, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the San Miguel County Commission chambers.

  • Weather - August 8, 2011

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming calm. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 55. North wind 5 mph.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming west. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.

    Wednesday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.  A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.

  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas is in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.