Local News

  • Couples line up for marriage licenses

    By Juan Carlos Llorca and Russell Contreras
    Associated Press
    LAS CRUCES — Seven couples were waiting outside when the Doña Ana County courthouse opened Thursday and more from across New Mexico and Texas were expected to flock to the border town as the country clerk for a second day was granting marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

  • Union wants buildings tested

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — A public employees union urged Gov. Susan Martinez’s administration on Wednesday to test state buildings near downtown Santa Fe for possible environmental contamination to determine whether it’s a source of worker health problems.
    Communications Workers of America local president Donald Alire said workers in the Public Education Department and other agencies have complained of respiratory problems and other illnesses for several years.

  • ‘Look, we’re not running a zoo here’

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    The bear tracks stood out clearly in the soft dirt by the side of the road, right where they should have been, alongside a scrub oak blooming with acorns.

    “This is their time of milk and honey,” says Rick Winslow, a bear biologist with the state Department of Game and Fish. “And it’s looking pretty good right now.”

    New Mexico’s bears are getting ready to put on some serious weight before they hole up and hibernate through the winter.

  • Injunction called against West

    West Las Vegas High School students returned to school on Tuesday on a new 5x5 schedule despite an emergency injunction ruling by the state’s Public Employees Labor Relations Board. A 5x5 schedule is a combination of both traditional and block scheduling.

  • Back to school - Union Elementary reopens

    Students at Union Elementary got one extra day of summer break, courtesy of the school not being fully ready for their arrival Monday morning. The West Las Vegas school site underwent a yearlong renovation that includes expanded classrooms, new paint and a revamped entrance. The district perfected the alarm system, applied fresh paint and renovated the entrance area to the west side school site.

  • Commission refuses to abandon road

    San Miguel County commissioners voted unanimously last week to reject a request to abandon a portion of County Road C-53-D near Maes.

    And Commissioner Ron Ortega made it clear that he isn’t happy that the road in question is being blocked by a gate, asking county staff to address that issue.

  • Police make arrest in battery case

    A 74-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested last week on a warrant alleging that he wrecked into a woman’s vehicle four months ago and then hit her with his truck as she was photographing the truck’s license plate.

    Fernando J. Gallegos is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony, and with two misdemeanor counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving damage and failure to give immediate notice of an accident.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Aug. 21, 2013

    The Associated Press

    High court to hear pension case  

    LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Sept. 4 is scheduled to hear arguments on a suit in which retired school employees challenge the state’s reduction of cost-of-living adjustments to their pensions.
    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the case centers on a law approved by the Legislature and Gov. Susana Martinez earlier this year.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 21, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - Aug. 21, 2013

    Local Music from Angel Fire concert is Friday

    The annual Music from Angel Fire local concert will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Ilfeld Auditorium. Tickets are $20.