Today's News

  • Bill lists $11.5M for area projects

    Lawmakers have approved a $274 million package to fund brick and mortar projects across the state, and if the bill survives Gov. Susana Martinez’s veto pen, schools, hospitals water systems and other government entities in San Miguel and Mora counties will receive more than $11.5 million for area projects.

    Among the big winners locally are the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute, Highlands University, the city of Las Vegas and Mora County. Each of those entities stands to receive more than $1 million in capital project funding.

  • Final Touches - Student Center opens Monday

    The first floor of the new Highlands University Student Center is set to open on Monday, after  months of delays.

    Max Baca, the university administrator who oversaw the project for Highlands, said the first floor of the massive building will open on Monday, the same day students return from spring break. The first floor includes the cafeteria and bookstore.

    The multi-million-dollar facility is about 15 months behind schedule and cost the university $4.8 million more than expected.

  • Commission rejects gun resolution

    An attempt by San Miguel County Commission Chairman Nicolas Leger to get his colleagues on the board to approve a resolution supporting stricter federal laws on assault weapons and more comprehensive background checks backfired.

    After a spirited discussion, the commission shot down Leger’s proposed resolution in a rare split vote. Leger and Marcellino Ortiz voted for the resolution, both citing mass shootings like the one in December in Newtown, Conn. Commissioners Ron Ortega, Arthur Padilla and Gilbert Sena voted against it.

  • Veto threat looms over state budget

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Democratic-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez are on a collision course over a proposed $5.9 billion state budget after lawmakers decided Wednesday to send her the spending blueprint despite a threatened veto.

    The Legislature ends on Saturday, and the clash over the budget creates the possibility that lawmakers could be forced to return to work later in a special session if the governor follows through on her veto threat.

  • Pope Francis - A humble image, but complex past

    By Brian Murphy and Michael Warren
    The Associated Press

    VATICAN CITY — On the streets in Buenos Aires, the stories about the cardinal who has become the first pope from the Americas often include a very ordinary backdrop: The city bus during rush hour.

    Tales are traded about chatting with Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio as he squeezed in with others for the commute to work. They sometimes talked about church affairs. Other times it could be about what he planned to cook for dinner in the simple downtown apartment he chose over an opulent church estate.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - March 15, 2013

    From The Associated Press

    Student-parents bill goes to gov

    ALBUQUERQUE — High school students who are becoming parents would be entitled to excused time off from classes under a bill approved by the New Mexico Legislature.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Senate’s 37-3 approval of the bill late Wednesday sends it to Gov. Susana Martinez. The House approved the bill previously.

  • Overhaul clears Legislature

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A proposal to shore up the long-term finances of a pension system for state and local government workers in New Mexico cleared the Legislature on Wednesday and heads to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

    The measure addresses one of the largest financial problems confronting state government.

    The governor plans to review the bill before deciding whether to sign or veto it, according to a spokesman.

  • Jail Log - March 15, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 5 and March 10:

    Rene Maestas, 30, two counts of abandonment or abuse of a child, two counts of no child restraint
    Ormando Pino, 34, criminal damage to property, probation violation
    Jessie Jaramillo, 24, three day commitment
    Eric Vigil, 23, hold for District Court
    Nico Barela, 23, hold for District Court
    Leroy Valdez, 55, probation violation
    Geraldine Martinez, 47, larceny, bench warrant

  • Looking Back - March 15, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 15, 2013

    Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally Dance

    Rough Rider Motorcyle Rally Dance, 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday at Plaza Hotel Ballroom. The dance will feature local band Fire and Rain. Tickets for the dance are $10 single and $15 couples.