Today's News

  • WLV dance team raising funds

    The West Las Vegas High School dance team has been invited to compete in the Dance Team Union Nationals this February in Orlando, Florida, and is requesting the assistance of the community.

    The team is seeking any type of donations and is willing to offer community service in exchange to businesses and individuals who donate.

    A GoFundMe account has been set up online under “Donnettes trip to DTU Nationals.”

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Jan. 15, 2017

    No local varsity events scheduled

    • Mora boys (C) and girls (C) vs. West Las Vegas, 5 p.m., Montoya Gym
    • Robertson JV at Moriarty, 3:30 p.m., Moriarty

    • NMHU women and men at Colorado School of Mines, 6 p.m., Golden, Colo.
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) at St. Michael’s, noon, Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas boys (B,C) vs. Rio Rancho, 5 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

  • Trujillo to stand trial

    A San Miguel County Magistrate Judge ruled on Tuesday that sufficient evidence exists to bind over to District Court for trial one of three criminal cases against disgraced former Mora schools superintendent Charles Trujillo.

    “After careful review of all the testimony today, I find probable cause to believe a crime has been committed,” Magistrate Judge Christian Montaño said following the hours-long hearing. Preliminary hearings in the other two cases are scheduled for next week.

  • Trying Times - Alumbra may close its doors

    For centuries, midwives have delivered newborns in the area. But that tradition may soon die.

    On Wednesday morning, Connie Trujillo, owner of Alumbra Women’s Health, tearfully announced that her business may be shutting its doors for good. The announcement comes 10 months after Alta Vista Regional Hospital abruptly closed its OB unit due to difficulty recruiting doctors. The closure caused Alumbra to lose more than half its revenue.

  • Tafoya hired as interim manager

    The San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to make longtime county employee Alex Tafoya interim county manager. And they directed Tafoya to launch a job search for a permanent county manager immediately.

    Tafoya will receive a salary of $80,905 while overseeing county operations.

    Rock Ulibarri, who was elected Commission chairman at Tuesday’s meeting, asked Tafoya to prepare a job description, posting and notifications for the Commission to approve.

  • Panel pushes more cuts

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A legislative panel that drafts the state budget recommended new cuts Wednesday to avoid a shortfall in the coming fiscal year.

    The Legislative Finance Committee called for a $26 million reduction in the $6 billion spending plan for the year beginning July 1.

    The state is facing a $123 million gap that must be closed by new tax revenues, additional reductions in agency spending — or both.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 13, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan 4 and Jan. 7:
    Valentine Aragon, 66, hold for court, San Miguel Magistrate Court/Adult Probation Office
    Benito Chavez, 42, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon or aggravated battery with great bodily harm, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Emmanuel Stockman, 28, probation violation: seven-day sanction, Adult Probation Office
    Steve Gallegos, 45, hold for transport to Department of Corrections, District Court

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 13, 2017

    5 a.m. and 5 p.m.
    San Miguel County offices will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday. Offices will re-open on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

  • Weather - Jan. 13, 2017


    HIGH 50° / LOW 34°
    Partly sunny, with a high near 50. South wind 5 to 15 mph. Friday night — a 40 percent chance of rain.
    7:10 a.m. to 5:09 p.m.


    HIGH 44° / LOW 35°
    Rain likely before 11 a.m., then showers likely after 11 a.m. Cloudy, with a high near 44. East wind 5 to 10 mph.
    7:10 a.m. to 5:10 p.m.


  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 13, 2017

    A Highlands University social faculty member now has a new title. The University has announced the appointment of Christina Duran as the new dean of the Facundo Valdez School of Social Work. Duran is no stranger to the area, having served as the school’s interim associate dean since July 2014. She brings impressive credentials to her new position. She earned her Ph.D. degree in American Studies and has a Master’s degree in Social Work from UCLA. We look forward to her assuming duties as dean for the growing department.