Local News

  • State reps to face rivals in primary

    Most state lawmakers will run unopposed this year, but that’s not the case with two area state representatives.

    Tuesday was filing day for candidates for state and county offices.

    District 70 state Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, is facing two opponents in the June 3 Democratic primary, Luna Community College purchasing agent Naomi Montoya and building contractor Travis Regensberg. Both had already publicly revealed their intentions.

  • Council to hold organizational meeting

    The new four-member City Council will meet for the first time on Monday — a session in which the mayor said he hopes to set the city on a positive direction.

    Mayor Tony Marquez, who took office earlier this month, is setting an organizational meeting for 6 p.m. in the council’s chambers at City Hall.

    He is planning another meeting for 6 p.m. Wednesday in the San Miguel County Commission’s chambers in the old courthouse.

  • Group performing for less than year

    Marissa Baca and Kayla Gonzales front the group Mariachi Cardenal Juvenil with their singing abilities as other band members pound out the rhythm on their guitarrnes, trumpets and violins.

    Those listening to the music may be surprising that the middle school group has been playing for less than a year.

  • Hospital to keep fighting union

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital plans to continue its fight against a union seeking to organize its workers.

    In a memo to employees last week, Richard Grogan, the hospital’s CEO, informed employees that Alta Vista plans to seek a federal court review of a recent National Labor Relations Board ruling favorable to the union.

    His memo came two days after word arrived that the NLRB upheld a regional hearing officer’s ruling rejecting the hospital’s arguments against a union election held in June.

  • Woman says marijuana helps her

    Vicky Harvey of Chacon, who was arrested on drug charges last year, admits that she has grown marijuana and smokes it.

    The 53-year-old contends she is entitled to do so under the state’s law allowing the use of medical marijuana. She is suffering from breast cancer.

    In late August, the Mora County Sheriff’s Department received a tip from her landlord that she had been growing marijuana in her back yard. According to a criminal complaint, authorities found four potted marijuana plants there.

  • Candidate focuses on poverty

    Rudy Martn’s passion is evident. He wants to fight the poverty that plagues northern New Mexico — in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Martn, 56, is an attorney who lives in Dixon, where he was born and raised. He said he has dedicated his life to protecting people’s civil rights, and is now seeking the Democratic nomination for the 3rd Congressional District seat.

    He received less than a percent in the preprimary convention last weekend, but he is expected to press on and collect the signatures needed to get on the ballot.

  • Students complain about meal service

    Some Highlands University students are complaining about their meal program.

    Two of them addressed the Board of Regents last week, contending that the Cantina is not catering to students’ needs. Student body president Greg Rael brought up many of the same issues during an earlier meeting of the student affairs committee on March 7.

    Anthony Jaramillo said he paid $1,179 for the 10-meal plan, which comes out to $5.90 a meal. He said others on a different plan pay $7.37 a meal.

  • Regensberg to run

    Bengie Regensberg, a Mora County Democrat, has announced his candidacy for District 68 state representative. The district includes Mora, Colfax, Guadalupe, San Miguel and Taos counties.

    He previously held that position until he lost to Hector Balderas in 2004. The District 68 seat is now held by Democrat Thomas Garcia, who took the position after Balderas became state auditor.

    Regensberg said he offers many years of experience in public service.

  • Students get ready for Easter week

    Noah Lujan says his class at Sierra Vista Elementary is ”the luckiest class in the whole world.”

    The second-grader in Theresa Chavez’s class said they are always doing fun projects. The kids have spent the last several days up to their elbows in paper-mach paste making Easter Baskets.

    “The children are doing a hands-on art activity making their own Easter baskets. Mixing water and flower to make the paste the kids then dip different colors of paper into the mix and then put the paper around a balloon and let it dry,” Chavez said.

  • Highlands regents OK tuition hike

    As the New Mexico Highlands University Board of Regents prepared to take action on a tuition increase, members were reminded that Highlands still has the lowest tuition fees of any university in the state, even with the rate hike.