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Today's News

  • City’s worst flood was in 1904

    It was a Thursday night in September and it had been raining incessantly for four straight days.

    Sleeping residents along the banks of the Gallinas were awakened by the roaring of the waters. With the Gallinas overspilling its banks, a frantic evacuation ensued.

    So began the worst recorded flood in Las Vegas history on the night of Sept. 29, 1904.

    Although the damage sustained during last Friday’s flood were nowhere near as bad as in 1904 — 109 years ago — the similarities are noteworthy.

  • Commission tweaks draft drilling law

    The draft ordinance that will govern oil and gas extraction in San Miguel County when enacted is getting another rewrite.

    During a conference call with Los Angeles-based consultant Robert Freilich on Tuesday afternoon, San Miguel County Commissioners weighed in on the stiff ordinance being proposed.

    Despite the tweaks requested, Commission Chairman Nicolas Leger praised the 111-page draft ordinance, calling it comprehensive and saying that it addresses what they requested.

    "We’re well on our way,” he said.

  • Luna sees decline in enrollment

    New freshmen enrollment is up at Luna Community College, but those gains weren’t enough to offset the loss of other students, according to figures released by the school this week.

    While new freshmen enrollment is up 8.4 percent this semester, the school’s total enrollment in both head count and credit hours is down.

    As of the 15th day of classes, there were 1,640 students attending Luna, according to a news release from the school.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 20, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - Sept. 20, 2013

    Health Fair is Saturday

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s Community-wide Health Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center Gymnasium. Free health screenings and information will be featured from area health care and insurance providers and others.

  • Weather - Sept. 20, 2013

    Friday
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 69. Northeast wind around 10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 48. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

  • FYI - Sept. 20, 2013

    San Miguel County Magistrate Court has set new hours for people to see a judge on citations. The new hours are Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Fridays, a judge will be available from  8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

  • Census: NM poverty rate has increased

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico has backpedaled since 2000 on a problem that’s long plagued the state — poverty.

    More New Mexicans lived in poverty last year than in 2000, according to a report released Thursday by the Census Bureau. Only Mississippi had a poverty rate higher than New Mexico in 2012.

    An economist with a social advocacy group mostly attributes the rise in poverty to the state’s economic slide since 2008.

  • Settlement close on jail suit

    The Associated Press
    LOS LUNAS — State correctional officials and nearly 500 former and current inmates have reached a settlement agreement that would pay out $750,000 to inmates allegedly forced to strip down and sit front to back for long periods.
    Court documents show that the agreement was reached after several months of negotiations and two mediations, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 20, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 6 and Sept. 16:
     
    Conrad Ortiz, 24, failure to pay  
    Steve Gallegos, 41, conditions of released revoked  
    Manuel Lujan,. 34, DWI. failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate/Sandoval County
    Noberto Maestas, 52, failure to pay, failure to appear, bench warrant SM Magistrate