Today's News

  • Restoring a landmark - Trolley Building contract awarded

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University Board of Regents voted Monday to award the construction contract for the historic Trolley Building project to Franken Construction of Las Vegas.

    The Trolley Building will be transformed into a state-of-the-art facility for the Media Arts Department. Construction for the 21,027-square-foot restoration and expansion project is expected to begin in June and be completed in June 2016.

  • Board terminates Chamber director

    The Board of Directors of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce & Industry terminated longtime executive director Lavinia Fenzi on Wednesday, capping a tumultuous week in which police were called to secure files and the organization temporarily suspended operations.

    The vote came during an emergency meeting in which board members and Fenzi accused one another of being responsible for the deteriorating relationship.

  • State personnel office slow in back-pay case

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico’s personnel office has issued checks to thousands of state workers who were owed back pay under a 2013 court ruling but about 1,000 cases still need to be sorted out.

    State officials cited the complicated nature of the remaining cases as the reason the process has taken longer than expected, but union officials said this week the state appears to be dragging its feet.

  • Looking Back - May 22, 2015

    In 1965

    Monday, May 24 — Joe Singleton of Las Vegas was elected state vice president at the state convention of the New Mexico Junior Chamber of Commerce Saturday. Singleton, who is outgoing state director of the Las Vegas Jaycees, was elected to the vice presidency over Ralph Cruz of Los Alamos. Singleton is head football coach at Robertson High School. Attending the convention from Las Vegas were Singleton, John Detterick, Mark White, Mike Baca, Jimmy Mathews, Jim Vorenberg, Glenn Hovland and Al King.

  • Looking ahead - News - May 22, 2015

    Memorial Day ceremonies planned
    A Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 25 at Veterans Park on Mills Avenue, followed by a Flag Burning Ceremony at 1 p.m. at Elks Lodge at 2305 Collins Drive with refreshments. Gov. Susana Martinez is planning to be at both events.

  • Weather - May 22, 2015

    A chance of rain before noon, then isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 65. Breezy, with a south wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. A 20 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 40. Breezy, with a south wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

  • Jail Log - May 22, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center, May 11-14:
    David Leyba, 33, probation violation: positive for alcohol (seven-day sanction)
    Sage Gallegos, 23, drug court violation: positive for alcohol (seven-day sanction)
    Jeffrey Sanchez, 25, probation violation: failure to report, failure to obtain a travel permit
    Matthew Quimby, 52, six-day commitment
    Larry Vigal, 30, parole violation: absconding
    Michael Pacheco, 46, seven-day commitment

  • Vote on HU president delayed, again

    New Mexico Highlands University regents have once again postponed a vote on the institution’s new president.

    The board met behind closed doors on Monday to select a new president, but when board members emerged from executive session they announced that a vote wouldn’t be taken until after contract negotiations took place.

    Regent Chairman Leveo Sanchez and Regent Frank Marchi were given authority to negotiate with the regents’ top pick.

  • Area biker rally comes week after shooting

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    A motorcycle gang shootout in Texas that left nine people dead and 18 others wounded has put law enforcement agencies on alert for an annual motorcycle gathering in northern New Mexico.

    Authorities say they have heightened awareness for the Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally in Red River that is expected to attract 20,000 bikers, though spillover violence isn’t expected.

  • New strain of rabies found

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A new strain of rabies has been discovered in southern New Mexico, federal and state health officials confirmed Tuesday.

    While it doesn’t present any more of a public health threat than the known strains of the potentially fatal disease, the discovery is generating curiosity in scientific circles because it’s the first new strain to be found in the United States in several years.