Local News

  • Soldier sentenced to death for shooting

    By Michael Graczyk and Nomaan Merchant
    The Associated Press
    FORT HOOD, Texas  — A military jury on Wednesday sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, handing the Army psychiatrist the ultimate punishment after a trial in which he seemed to be courting martyrdom by making almost no effort to defend himself.

  • Same-sex marriage - Local clerk to issue licenses

    San Miguel County Clerk Melanie Y. Rivera is joining the ranks of clerks in Doña Ana, Santa Fe and Bernalillo counties in issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

    She said she made the decision after consulting with County Attorney Jesus Lopez and the county clerk’s affiliate in New Mexico.  Rivera, a Democrat, said she had wanted to issue the license for a long time but waited because of the murky legal issues involved.

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  • Bean Days, Millfest this weekend

    As summer slowly comes to a close, there are two events that wrap up the season on a yearly basis,  the Cleveland Millfest and Wagon Mound Bean Days. Both events take place in Mora County and are expected to be wholesome family fun.

    The Millfest is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Cleveland Roller Mill located in Cleveland, just north of Mora along State Highway 518. More than 50 artists are expected to participate in the festival.

  • Highlands offering oil and gas degrees

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University is offering the first oil and gas management bachelor’s degree program in the state at its Farmington Center, beginning this semester.

    The university’s School of Business, Media and Technology is offering the new BBA degree as well as an MBA with a concentration in oil and gas management.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 28, 2013

    In 1963
    Tuesday, Aug. 27 — When school opens in West Las Vegas on Sept. 3, a new superintendent of schools will greet the students. Ray Leger, who was named superintendent by the board of education, took over the position on July 1 and went right to work on plans to upgrade the school. Leger has teaching and administrative experience in El Rito, Springer, Bernalillo and Grants. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Highlands University.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Aug. 28, 2013

    Story Time at Carnegie

    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Slither Slide, What’s Outside?” by Nora Hilb and Simon and Sheryl Shapiro. Story Time is free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Aug. 28, 2013

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. South wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 55. South wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.


  • FYI - Aug. 28, 2013

    The state police Bomb Team conducted an emergency detonation of deteriorating dynamite found at the Mora/San Miguel Electric Cooperative lot on Monday. The detonation occurred around 2 p.m. Monday at the lot located on Williams Drive.

    According to state police, the badly deteriorated dynamite was located during a routine ground cleaning and maintenance of the cooperative’s lot. The dynamite was found in a manhole located in the cooperative’s lot.

  • NM to get back $26M in royalties

    The Associated Press

    The U.S. Department of the Interior will return $26 million in mineral royalty payments to New Mexico.

    U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Lujan, Michelle Lujan Grisham and Steve Pearce announced the move Monday. They called for the state to be rightfully paid under the Mineral Leasing Act.

    In fiscal year 2013, federal government officials decided New Mexico’s share of royalties under the MLA would be subject to automatic, across-the-board spending cuts.