Local News

  • Astronomers spot Earth-like planet

    By Alicia Chang
    AP Science Writer

    LOS ANGELES — Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that’s similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it’s not too hot and not too cold for life.

    The find, announced Thursday, excited planet hunters who have been scouring the Milky Way galaxy for years for potentially habitable places outside our solar system.

  • East misused bond money

    By Mercy López and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic  

    Las Vegas City Schools has been plagued by financial problems for years, yet somehow it has always managed to land on its feet at the end of each fiscal year.

    It turns out that the district has been keeping afloat by dipping into bond funds to cover operational expenses, a practice that the state Public Education Department says is illegal.

  • Auditor issued multiple opinions on East’s 2012 audit

    Despite the serious finding that Las Vegas City Schools has been borrowing from its debt service fund to cover operating expenses, the independent auditor reviewing the district’s books gave it a clean audit opinion on its financial statements.

    The audit, conducted by Albuquerque-based Griego Professional Services, LLC, was released earlier this month. It covers the fiscal year July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012.

  • College loses ‘extraordinary public servant’

    If you’ve had any dealings with Luna Community College, chances are you knew Maria Paiz.

    Paiz was the executive administrative assistant to LCC President Pete Campos. But the people she worked with at Luna will tell you she was so much more than that.

  • Novel experience for kids - DNA lesson for Sapello students

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Students from Mike Mateo Sena Elementary in Sapello learned about their own DNA April 15 under New Mexico Highlands University biology professor Carol Linder’s tutelage.

    Linder, a cell and reproductive biology scientist, gave the fourth and fifth graders a tour of her Reproductive Biology Laboratory before teaching them a DNA lesson, including isolating their own DNA from swabbing cheek cells.

  • New facility unveiled for BHI

    Mary Martinez had a very special day earlier this week. The now 92-year-old celebrated her birthday with a grand affair: She participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completion of Phase 2 of the Meadows Nursing Home facility at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute.

    Earlier that day, the former Harvey Girl’s workplace Castañeda Hotel’s new owners had a community celebration in honor of their purchase and future renovation of the former Harvey House.

  • Recordings surface in governor race

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democrats called Wednesday for Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to apologize after a liberal publication released recordings in which she and aides used profanity and offensive names to describe political opponents.

  • Town hall yields water recommendations

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Hundreds of New Mexico officials, business leaders and others finished hashing out recommendations Wednesday for improving the way the drought-stricken state uses its water and plans for the future.

    They’re calling for more sharing agreements to stretch meager water supplies through dry times and changes in the law to better balance the water needs of people with endangered species.

  • Jail Log - April 18, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 4 and April 14:
    Dion Maes, 46, FTA BHH bench warrant SM Magistrate
    Peter Griego, 39, adult probation office warrant: failure to report
    Michael Romero, 20, adult probation office warrant  
    Stella Martinez , 31, adult probation office violation
    Jason Lopez, 40, BHM/aggravated BHM/interference with communications/intimidation of a witness bench warrant SM Magistrate

  • Highlands media arts grads to showcase work

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A record number of 15 New Mexico Highlands University graduating media arts BFA students will present their work in a show, with the opening reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22 at the media arts building on the NMHU campus at 901 University Ave.

    The exhibition is from Tuesday, April 22 to Friday, April 25 in both wings of the Media Arts Building.

    Media arts professor Miriam Langer’s advanced media projectclass planned the BFA show.