Today's News

  • EDITORIAL: Keep case in Las Vegas

    District Judge Abigail Aragon made a mistake when she decided to move the case involving the murder of a 6-year-old to Santa Rosa. This crime happened here; this is where justice should occur.

    David Levi Chavez, 21, has been charged with an open count of murder in this case. He allegedly shot Jasmine Garcia as she was sleeping in her bed late one night last summer.

  • COLUMN: Luna opening its doors

    At one time, the Luna Community College Board of Trustees spent most of its time behind closed doors. Such secrecy created much suspicion — and rightfully so.

    These days, the board doesn’t hold closed meetings. I can’t remember the last time it had one.

    That’s probably because of the new president, Pete Campos. I’m glad he convinced the board that nearly all of the college’s public business should be discussed in the open.

  • Mora sheriff, state police at odds

    When Mora County residents dial 911, they reach dispatchers from the state police. That’s the way it’s been for years.

    But Mora County Sheriff Roy Cordova contends that the state police have kept his deputies out of the loop when it comes to major crimes in his county.

    “If there is a homicide or something big, they hesitate to call my office. But if it’s small like someone calling about a neighbor’s dog in their yard, the state police will call us,” Cordova said. “I would like a courtesy call about what’s going on.”

  • LATEST UPDATE: Murder suspect captured

    Las Vegas police late Tuesday night apprehended a woman accused in the death of a local man.

    Bernadette Sanchez, 36, a former Watrous resident who was more recently homeless in Las Vegas, is charged in the stabbing to death Timoteo M. Jaramillo, 36, of Las Vegas late Friday afternoon, police said.

  • Students, faculty present studies

    It’s not all about lectures and tests at Highlands University — research plays a major role at the local school, officials say.

    The New Mexico Highlands University Research Day gave students and faculty an opportunity to highlight the scholarship and research going on during the school year in the fields of chemistry, biology, English, humanities and history. 

  • WEEKEND SPORTS UPDATE: Pre-district tennis, Meadow City Invite track, NMHU-Mesa baseball series

    Mesa State College, the top dog in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball standings, held off host New Mexico Highlands on Friday in a 10-7 win.

    The nine-inning game was the first in a three-day, four-game series that continues through Sunday at Brandt Park. The Cowboys, the No. 2 team in the RMAC going into the weekend, and Mavericks play a doubleheader beginning at noon Saturday, then have a nine-inning contest on Sunday.


  • Head Start to have classes on east side

    It’s official: Students on the east side will now have Head Start classrooms in their own district.

    Head Start Director Joseph Griego said that, for years, parents have been pleading for a common-sense approach because of the time children spend waiting for buses and having to transition to an unfamiliar school — unnecessary burdens that could be fixed with an agreement between the East and West school districts.

  • Green’s the theme for Synergy Fest

    Going green was the theme of the day at the sixth annual Synergy Fest at Memorial Middle School on Saturday.

    From a band stage running on solar energy to the recycling of materials, patrons of this year’s Synergy Fest gained knowledge in the various forms of sustainable and renewable energy. Lloyd Goding, head of the Las Vegas Chapter of the New Mexico Solar Energy Association, said the event was intended to provide area residents a chance to understand and utilize the various energy forms to in their homes.

  • Acequias, city talk of settling

    In 1958, Dwight Eisenhower was president, Elvis Presley was rocking the nation, and the Meadow City still consisted of two municipal governments.

    That very same year, the litigation between area acequias and the Las Vegas water system began.

    It continues to this day, but officials hope that will change soon.

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    UP thumb ... MAKE SURE IT’S SOUND. Last week, the Las Vegas City Council delayed a decision on a proposed ordinance that would make it easier for landlords to avoid being held responsible for their tenants’ unpaid utility bills. The council opted to put the matter on hold until the ordinance is determined to be legally sound.

    This issue has been lingering for years. Let’s make sure that the ordinance, which looks good on the surface, will resolve the issue once and for all.