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Today's News

  • Nearby fire 40% contained

    The Tecolote Fire south of Gallinas Canyon on the Pecos district has burned 777 but now is 40 percent contained.

    No evacuations have been ordered for residents in Gallinas Canyon and El Porvenir. No buildings have been affected.

    The fire is about 2.5 miles south of Gallinas Canyon; it is not near Tecolote.

    More than 500 firefighters from several Western state have helped with putting out the fire. The blaze is happening in the Santa Fe National Forest.

  • Letter: Services available via state provider

    We want to make sure you know that mental health services are available in your community.

    The New Mexico Department of Health’s Behavioral Health Institute Community Based Services Division (CBS) is a licensed community mental health provider that has a long history of providing quality community-based mental health services in northern New Mexico. We have operated mental health clinics in San Miguel and Mora counties for 20 years and in Guadalupe County for 15 years.

  • For utility, it's Mora vs. Pecos

    The electric utility serving much of rural Mora and San Miguel counties is seeing a tug-of-war between members from Mora and Pecos.

    During this Saturday’s annual meeting, members of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative will vote on a number of proposals that could affect the amount of influence that Mora and Pecos have over the cooperative.

    Eighteen proposed bylaw changes are on the ballot for the more than 10,000 members of the cooperative. Voting sites will be in Mora, Pecos and Las Vegas.

  • Armed man arrested

    An armed man involved in a domestic dispute barricaded himself in his house for much of early Saturday morning, finally giving up shortly after dawn, city police said. No one was hurt.

    Jesus Montoya, 43, 410 Socorro St., was charged with a number of counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against police officers and others, officials said.

    Between New Mexico Avenue and South Pacific Street, a narrow Socorro Street was filled with about 20 to 30 police cars from 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • Little League

    The following are recent scores and upcoming baseball, softball and tee-ball games for La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League.

    LVLL games take place at Keyes Park off Mills Avenue.

    Recent scores:

    Saturday, June 19

    La Plaza majors (tournament final): A’s 7, Yankees 2

    La Plaza minors (tournament final): Cubs 6, Marlins 5

    La Plaza softball (tournament final): A’s 19, Marlins 11

    Upcoming games:

    Monday, June 21

  • Adult softball

    The following are recent scores and upcoming games from the City of Las Vegas adult softball league.

    Games take place at the city’s Rodriguez Softball Complex.

    Men’s division

    Scores:

    WEDNESday, June 16

    Dream Team 17, The Best 10; Hackers 30, Buzzards 2; DB’s Milkmen 16, Blaze 1

    Upcoming games:

    MONday, June 21

    Hackers vs. DB’s Milkmen, 6:15 p.m.; Vegas Boyz vs. The Best, 7:30 p.m.; Buzzards vs. Blaze, 8:45 p.m.

    WEDNESday, June 23

  • Editorial: Our advice for co-op

    On Saturday, members of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative will vote on a number of issues.

    One of the major ones would make it easier to change the site of the headquarters, which has long been in Mora. The current threshold is that two-thirds of members need to support such a change, but a proposal on Saturday would decrease that to a plurality — in other words, the largest number of votes.

  • Girl, stepfather put together lowrider bike

    A father-daughter project has turned into a real passion for a local family in recent years.

    Ashley Wheeler and her stepfather, Estevan Ortega, began working on a lowrider bicycle a year ago and are now being noticed at major competitions.

    “I was very excited that I won first place in the Impalas Car Show in Santa Fe in May. I love my bike and couldn’t ask for anything more, and I am grateful to my stepfather for helping me be successful,” Wheeler said.

  • As It Is: Is my driving better? I hope so

    Sitting in a classroom isn’t the ideal way to spend a beautiful summer day.

    But because of a speeding ticket, Municipal Court mandated that I attend the defensive driving course taught by Cruz Flores on a recent Saturday.

    The alternative was paying a steep fine and letting the violation go on my driving record, thus increasing my insurance rates.

  • Bad communication is called culprit

    The Mora County Commission canceled a meeting at the last minute on Thursday. One commissioner called it the result of a “lack of communication.”

    About 25 people showed up for the meeting, including state Rep. Thomas Garcia, D-Ocate, and Pablo Sedillo, a representative of U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M.

    Also driving to the meeting was the county attorney, who drove from Santa Fe, presumably at the county’s cost. Other county employees were present.