Local News

  • Degree program 1st in state

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A new conservation management B.A. degree program at Highlands University is the first in New Mexico, opening career opportunities ranging from forest and resource planning to game wardens and park rangers.

  • Promoting Las Vegas

    A large chunk of change is coming to Las Vegas to promote and market the town, along with its events.

    On Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Susana Martinez announced $40,000 of cooperative marking funds has been awarded to Las Vegas for promotional use. The city of Las Vegas will receive $20,000 and MainStreet de Las Vegas will get the other $20,000. The governor made her announcement at the Plaza Park, along with state Tourism Department Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson and Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz.

  • Sellers mixed on staying at Plaza Park

    When you visit the Tri-County Farmers Market on either Wednesday or Saturday you would never know there are issues going on behind the scenes. The farmers appear happy and content selling their homegrown goods of sweet peas, green chile, cucumbers, herbs and other items.

    But behind the scenes is plenty of infighting, with some farmers preferring to stay at the original location in the parking lot at Sixth Street and University Avenue while others prefer to sell at Plaza Park on Saturdays.

  • King: Gov ‘does not have Latino heart’

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democratic gubernatorial challenger Gary King said Wednesday he’s not apologizing for comments at a recent fundraiser that Republican Gov. Susana Martinez “does not have a Latino heart.”

    King said in an interview that his remarks were intended to point out that the governor’s policies are contrary to values held by many Hispanic families in New Mexico.

  • 9/11 commemorated amid renewed threat

    By Rachelle Blinder and Jonathan Lemire
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — With the solemn toll of a bell and a moment of silence, the nation paused Thursday to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks at the hallowed site just hours after President Barack Obama promised to root out and destroy a new group of terrorists threatening the U.S.

  • U.S., Arab allies committed to fight

    By Lara Jakes and Adam Schreck
    The Associated Press

    JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Key Arab allies of the United States agreed Thursday to “do their share” to fight the Islamic State group, promising to take action to stop the flow of fighters and funding to the insurgents and possibly to join military action.

    NATO member Turkey refused to join its Arab neighbors in their public pledge, however, signaling the struggle the West faces in trying to get front-line nations to set aside political feuds and work together against a common enemy.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Sept. 12, 2014

    The Associated Press
    $12.5M to repair Amtrak route
    PUEBLO, Colo. — A $12.5 million federal grant will pay for urgent repairs on the route of Amtrak’s Southwest Chief in western Kansas and eastern Colorado, but funding for upgrades in southern Colorado and New Mexico remains uncertain.
    U.S. Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado announced Tuesday the Transportation Department approved the grant after Kansas and Colorado communities committed $9.3 million.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 12, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 3 and Sept. 8:
    Benjie Archuleta, 38, failure to comply with conditions of probation, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM District/SM Magistrate
    Isaac Maestas, 39, seven-day commitment
    Sarah Montaño, age unavailable, aggravated battery, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Peter Lovato, 37, probation violation: dirty UA (cocaine) three-day sanction
    Norman DeHerrera, 50, failure to pay, bench warrant SM Magistrate

  • Green chile harvest in full swing

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    LOS LUNAS — The sweet aroma of roasted peppers is wafting throughout New Mexico, signaling that fall is around the corner and the green chile harvest is in full swing.

    The annual ritual has everyone from Gov. Susana Martinez to farmers, chefs and hot pepper aficionados professing their love for all things green chile. They’re quick to argue that the quality of New Mexico’s signature crop is unmatched.

  • King refunding contributions

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democratic gubernatorial challenger Gary King said Tuesday he’ll return more than $30,000 in campaign contributions from companies affiliated with a wealthy financier who’s a convicted sex offender in Florida.

    The contributions came from companies with a Virgin Islands address that Jeffrey Epstein lists as a place of business or a residence in government documents, including a New York sex offender registry and New Mexico corporation records.