Today's News

  • Leger to remain as commission chair

    The San Miguel County Commission re-elected Nicolas Leger as its chairman and Ron Ortega as its vice chairman during its organizational meeting last week.

    Leger and Ortega have served in those posts for a year, and both thanked their colleagues for their continued faith in their leadership.

    Also at that meeting, held on Jan. 8, newly elected Commissioner Gilbert Sena took his seat on the commission, replacing David Salazar, who didn’t seek re-election because of term limits.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 16, 2013

    In 1963

    Tuesday, Jan. 15 — Effective with the next telephone directory due in March, all telephone numbers in Las Vegas will be changed to seven numerals, I.G. Eubanks, manager for Mountain States Telephone, announced. The gradual change of telephone numbers from two letters and five numerals to all numerals started about two years ago and many have been converted since then. “We did not know how fast this gradual change would proceed, so we could not predict when it would be possible for all customers to have the new telephone numbers,” Eubanks stated.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 16, 2013

    ‘Bless Me, Ultima’ showing at Ilfeld

    “Bless Me, Ultima” will be shown at Ilfeld Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. General admission tickets are $5. Students with valid ID’s and children pay $3. Call 454-3238 for advance tickets or additional information.

  • Weather - Jan. 16, 2013

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. North wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 16. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming west after midnight.

    Sunny, with a high near 45. Southwest wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 18.

    Sunny, with a high near 51. Clear at night, with a low around 24.

    Sunny, with a high near 45. Clear at night, with a low around 20.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:09 a.m. to 5:12 p.m.

  • In Brief - Local - Jan. 16, 2013

    Driver likely won’t be charged
    A state police spokesman says the driver of the truck that collided with a four-wheeler in Romeroville, killing a 5-year-old girl will likely not face charges over the accident.
    Lt. Robert McDonald said that the crash was still being investigated, but “the driver of the truck will probably not face charges.”
    Two girls were on the four-wheeler. Killed in the accident was Destiny Encinias, 5. Shania Baca, 11, was injured.

  • Library receives grant to help preserve collections

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Donnelly Library was awarded a $6,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to help preserve the library’s extensive historical records and fine arts collection.

    It is the first NEH grant in Donnelly Library’s history.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 16, 2013

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Land of Lost Things (El Pais de las Cosas Perdidas)” by Dina Bursztyn. Free and open to the public.
    • The Motor Vehicle Department in Las Vegas will be opening at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16.


  • End ‘silent’ filibustering

    New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall has been making some national news lately, and for a good cause. He’s helping lead an effort to change the rules regarding filibusters.

    Yes, it’s simply a procedural matter, but it has become a very big deal in the Senate.

  • Work of Art - Did Musburger go too far?

    Men need to be extra careful in how they regard women, even when the woman being described got where she was by being, well, attractive.

    Let me explain:

    The recent Bowl Championship game between the universities of Alabama and Notre Dame flopped. As it had been decades since the Fighting Irish had risen to No. 1, I thought — finally — this is their year. The trouble is, Notre Dame never showed up.

    Even the presence of stellar linebacker, Manti Te’o, a 6-2, 255-pound senior for the Irish, was virtually unnoticed. Let’s not forget that he was a Heisman Trophy finalist.

  • Another loss to another top club

    For the second night in a row, the New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team played at a Top 25 opponent.

    For the second night in a row, the Cowboys didn’t have enough to pull off the upset.
    Adams State (11-1, 9-0), the No. 18 club in NCAA Division II according to a National Association of Basketball Coaches poll, held on for a 92-77 win.

    Highlands slipped to 5-9 overall and 3-7 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.