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Today's News

  • Program gets accreditation

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    The Luna Community College Dental Assisting Program received national accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. It is the third Luna Community College Program to earn national accreditation or certification this summer.

  • Baldonado interns for state legislature

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University political science graduate Abenicio Baldonado is interning with the New Mexico Legislative Council Service. He is one of only two students chosen from six state universities for the competitive paid internship.

  • Highlands building wins gold

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University’s remodeled Felix Martinez building was certified as LEED Gold, a high-level measure of green building practices in areas like water conservation, energy efficiency, recycling construction debris, and using recycled materials for construction.

    LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The U.S. Green Building Council awards LEED certification to a building that qualifies based on data collected from a year of usage after it opens.

  • Mora County Notebook: Persistence pays off for Dakota Alcon

    Dakota Alcon has many ribbons and honors in marksmanship with a rifle shooting and bow archery contests because he would not give up.

  • $1M in road fixes on the way

    At least 24 streets in Las Vegas are poised to get a makeover totaling $1 million over the next month.  

    But rather than reconstructing the roads, the city has contracted with an out-of-state company to repave the streets with the material that’s already there.

  • Charge tossed as trial nears

    Attorneys representing the man accused of killing a local postal carrier in late 2009 scored a significant victory Monday when the judge presiding over the case tossed one of the charges in the case.

  • Highlands receiving $100K grant

    Only about 34 of the 158 first-time, full-time Hispanic freshmen who enrolled at New Mexico Highlands University in the fall of 2004 walked away with a bachelor’s degree six years later.

    According to the latest Performance Effectiveness report submitted to state lawmakers in November, Highlands’ graduation rate for Hispanic students stood at 21.5 percent, compared to its overall six-year graduation rate of 18.9 percent.

  • Bear ends up on roof of house, killed

    Hungry black bears descending into the area have made their way into trash bins, backyards, and they’ve even taken over the city’s river walk in recent weeks. But climbing up a ladder and hopping on a roof?

    That’s what happened at a home near the intersection of Ninth and Baca Monday morning after city police cornered the bear in a backyard. But there was no fairy tale ending for the resourceful young bear, which had to be put down by the state Game and Fish Department.

  • Memorial service set for English prof

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A public memorial service for Gina Briefs-Elgin, a longtime New Mexico Highlands University English faculty member, will be held Friday.

    The memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Governor to seek road money in special session

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez's administration plans to ask the Legislature to provide $41 million for road maintenance across the state to help offset costs the Transportation Department incurred paying its share for the Rail Runner commuter train system.

    The Republican governor wants lawmakers to provide the money in a capital improvement financing bill during a special legislative session, which is to start next week.