Local News

  • Professor tapped for USDA fellowship

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University professor Edward Martínez was tapped for a summer fellowship with the U.S. Department of Agriculture aimed at advancing excellence at Hispanic serving institutions and developing a well-prepared Hispanic workforce.

    Martínez was also selected to participate in the new Undergraduate Visualization and Modeling Network (UVMN) program funded by the National Science Foundation to advance watershed science through cutting-edge 3-D visualization and modeling.

  • Dodge is leaving Las Vegas

    With two job offers on the table and no prospect of a long-term contract with the city of Las Vegas, City Manager Timothy Dodge has decided to hit the road.

    The latest offer is from the city of Santa Rosa. The city council there voted 3-1 last Friday to offer Dodge a four-year, $99,000 a year contract to be administrator.

    The Santa Rosa pay is actually $11,000 lower than the $110,000 salary he receives here, but Dodge was enticed by the stability of a multi-year contract.

  • East axes elementary principals

    The changes at Las Vegas City Schools keep coming.

    On Monday, interim Superintendent Lydia Flores gave letters of termination to elementary school principals David Baca, Gerald Garcia and Vikki Gold. In a telephone interview on Wednesday, Flores said the terminations were done in an effort to balance the upcoming school year’s budget.

    “I am being required to balance the budget and we need to make deep cuts in administration,” Flores said.

    She added that administrators are at-will employees who are not eligible for tenure.

  • Stumping in Vegas - Gloves already off in gov race

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    Republican incumbent Susana Martinez and Democrat Gary King launched their general election campaigns for governor on Wednesday by leveling almost identical criticisms.

    Each candidate contends their opponent has accomplished little in office. That’s shaping up to become the dominant campaign theme in the months leading up to the November general election.

  • World College picks new president

    By Jennifer Rowland

    Mukul Kumar, a leader in international higher education, will leave his post at Hult International Business School in London to become UWC-USA’s fourth president as of Oct. 1.

    For Mukul, coming to the international boarding school located in Northern New Mexico is a  homecoming of sorts: He graduated from UWC-USA in 1989 after arriving in the U.S. for the first time at age 16 from his home in Mumbai, India.

  • Looking Back - June 6, 2014

    In 1964

    Wednesday, June 3 — Highlands University’s Leroy Fulgenzi will bring down the curtain on his fine collegiate tennis career this weekend when he represents the school at the NAIA tennis championships to Kansas City. Fulgenzi, a graduate of Las Vega Robertson High School, joined three other netters as representatives of NAIA District 7 in what has been billed as one of the top amateur tennis tournaments of the year.

  • Looking Ahead - News - June 6, 2014

    LCC hosting 10th annual car show

    Luna Community College will be having its 10th Annual Car Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the college. It is a free event for spectators. A $20 entry fee is required per vehicle. Entries will be received until the day of the event.

  • Weather - June 6, 2014

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Some storms could be severe, with large hail and damaging winds. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Northeast wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Some storms could be severe, with large hail and damaging winds. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. South wind 10-15 mph becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.


  • FBI search home of Rio Arriba sheriff

    The Associated Press

    ESPANOLA — The Federal Bureau of Investigation searched the home of Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella on Wednesday — just hours after he lost his bid for re-election.

  • Jail Log - June 6, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 26 and May 30:
    Jacob Gallegos 6/6/1989,  robbery, theft of a motor vehicle, bench warrant, State of Colorado
    Felix Romo, 43: cocaine, resisting evading or obstructing an officer
    Leonard Lucero, 40, hold for court has a detainer in curry county
    Christopher Benavidez, 25, probation violation: positive UA (cocaine)
    Joseph Martinez, 43, probation violation: positive UA (heroin, suboxone, cocaine)
    Peter Aragon, 42, seven-day commitment