Today's News

  • Luna college plans mill referendum

    School finance issues highlighted the Luna Community College Board of Trustees regular meeting Wednesday night on campus.

    Specifically, board members debated whether the communities of Raton and Pecos are paying their fair share for Luna to provide educational services for students in those areas.

    The college plans a mill levy for its coverage area, which reaches from Raton and Springer in the north to Santa Rosa in the south and Pecos in the west. The mill levy, if approved by voters, would generate an unspecified amount of revenue for the school.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Tuesday, Oct. 24 — The brick and concrete work on the Elks’ new club house is several feet high and the stone masons are now at work setting the brown stone water table. If all goes well the ceremonies of setting the cornerstone will be held Sunday, October 29. Arrangements for this are now in the hands of a committee which will make its report to the Elks tonight. Some of the steel has arrived and the work will be pushed as rapidly as possible. Good weather will see the walls up and the roof on by Christmas.

  • Looking Ahead - Oct. 21, 2011

    Pumpkin festival is Saturday

    The city of Las Vegas is hosting a pumpkin festival from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at City Hall, 1700 N. Grand Avenue.  Activities include a costume contest, pumpkin painting, games, relay race, ponies, jumper, pumpkin sale and more. For more information, call the city of Las Vegas at 505-454-1401.

  • Weather - Oct. 21, 2011

    Sunny, with a high near 72. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming west. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 36. Northwest wind 5-10 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 68. North wind around 5 mph, becoming calm. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 36.

    Sunny, with a high near 69. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 40.

    Sunny, with a high near 74. Clear at night, with a low around 41.

  • FYI

    Las Vegas is in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • Auditor: Jerome Block might have been abetted

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Former state Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr., who recently resigned after pleading guilty to felony charges, may have had accomplices in a gas card scam, New Mexico State Auditor Hector Balderas said Wednesday.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that Balderas said a review of irregular gasoline purchases charged to the state by Block suggests others might have been involved in the con that brought him down.

  • Audit: Fair is operationally insolvent

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico State Fair is running in the red and doesn't have enough money to finance day-to-day operations, according to a legislative audit released Thursday.

    Auditors for the Legislative Finance Committee said the fair has been losing money for years as revenues and fair attendance dropped, but it has continued to operate because it's not paying some debts. This year's fair ended last month.

  • In Brief - News - Oct. 21, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Pair tied up in home invasion
    ALBUQUERQUE — Police are investigating an early-morning home invasion in Albuquerque.

    Authorities say a 25-year-old man and 21-year-old woman were asleep in their house about 12:10 a.m. Thursday when they heard someone kicking in their back door.

    The man armed himself with a handgun when up to five armed men dressed in dark clothes and wearing masks entered the home.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 21, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Oct. 11 and Oct. 18:
    Severo Vargas, 44, absconder
    Todd Hayes, 49, failure to register as a sex offender    
    Emilio Quintana, 30, custody hearing
    Johnny Roybal, 31, possession, delivery or manufacturing of drug paraphernalia, receiving stolen property
    George Padilla, 57, driving under the influence
    Janet Flores, 47, battery on a household member, criminal damage to property

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! THE PEOPLE SPOKE ... The U.S. Air Force plan to conduct low-attitude training flights over an area that includes San Miguel and Mora counties drew a full crowd Tuesday to Kennedy Hall on the Highlands University campus. About 150 people attended the public forum, dozens spoke against it and no one spoke in favor of the plan.