Today's News

  • Letter: Acquaint yourself with charter draft

    Early voting has started at the city office and election day is March  2.

    On behalf of the Home Rule Charter Commission, I would like to remind  all voters that you will have the opportunity to vote “for” or “against” the new charter at the upcoming municipal election.

    For your convenience, copies of the proposed charter are available at  the city office and at various locations in town. Please acquaint yourselves with the draft before casting your vote.

  • NMHU wrestler vaults to No. 1

    After knocking off two different wrestlers ranked No. 1 in the nation this season, Seth Wright is finally getting his turn at the top.

    Wright, New Mexico Highlands University’s 125-pounder, this past week ascended to the No. 1 ranking within his weight class in NCAA Division II, NMHU’s sports information office reported.

    Wright is a two-time RMAC Wrestler of the Week this season.

  • DWI arrests, crashes dropping

    Statistics show that DWI arrests and crashes in San Miguel County have dropped dramatically since 2004.

    According to numbers from the University of New Mexico, 459 DWI arrests were recorded in the county in 2004, a number that dropped nearly 30 percent to 323 in 2008.

    The greatest drop in the county was for repeat offenders, decreasing from 261 in 2004 to 172 in 2008, a difference of 34 percent.

    The total number of crashes also fell during that period — from 791 to 310. Alcohol-involved crashes also took a plunge from 74 to 28, a nearly 60 percent drop.

  • District hoops races gain clarity

    Pojoaque Valley took a step closer to another district title in girls’ basketball over the weekend, and the Santa Fe Indian School boys show no signs of slowing in their pursuit of a championship.

    Meanwhile, for the Meadow City’s prep hoopsters, it’s been a mixed bag of fortunes the past few days.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Man killed, police say; brother arrested

    Las Vegas police are investigating the death of a Las Vegas man.

    Michael L.  Maestas, 55, was found dead outside of his home at 922 Railroad Ave. early Monday morning.

    Police Chief Gary Gold said his department has arrested Maestas' brother, Joseph "JoJo" Maestas, in connection with the death.

    Gold said he expected officers to file charges against Joseph Maestas as early as this morning.

    Joseph Maestas is in the county jail.

  • Editorial: Funding is the big issue

    There are a number of men who have already have announced their intentions to run for San Miguel County sheriff. They’ll likely make the funding for the Sheriff’s Department a major issue in the campaign.

    Sheriff Benjie Vigil, who plans to run for a second term, contends he has hit a brick wall with the county when it comes to getting more money for his department.

  • Robertson seeks efficient heating system

    The main boiler at Robertson High School was replaced soon after Las City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero called the situation dangerous.

    Now contractors are designing additional improvements to the school’s heating system.   

    The design for the heating system at Robertson High School is about 50 percent complete, officials say. Last year, cracks were found in the old boiler at the school, which Romero considered dangerous.

  • As It Is: Griego attracting notice

    I’ll start out by giving state Sen. Phil Griego, D-San Jose, some credit. The rest of our local legislative delegation operates rather quietly in Santa Fe. You don’t hear from them often, even though most of them are the more senior members of the Legislature.

    Griego, however, does get his name in the papers. So he apparently is in the thick of the legislative battles. That’s good.

    In recent days, Griego’s name appeared in stories in relation to a couple of good-government issues.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... A PURPLE PLATE. We imagine there will be many people jockeying for the lower numbers if Highlands University succeeds in getting its own auto license plates. This kind of plate, available to the general public for an extra charge, is along the lines of the kind seen around town boasting the UNM Lobos. Our proposed plate is prettier. Designed by Highlands public information director Sean Weaver, it features a swath of purple across the top, with “HU” in large letters and “New Mexico Highlands” at the base.

  • Bank buys historic building

    Community First Bank Las Vegas has acquired the Crockett Building -- better known as the historic Murphey's Drug Store.

    The building at 600 Douglas Ave. is one block north from the bank’s main office.

    The bank’s initial plans are to relocate its teller and new accounts representatives, loan department and senior management to the Crockett Building. The operations and IT functions will remain at the current main office in the interim.