Local News

  • Highlands retools grad requirements

    New Mexico Highlands University regents signed off last week on a plan to reduce the number of upper division credit hours required to graduate from the current 51 to 45, and regents also approved a measure that will allow the university to waive the two-credit- hour physical education requirement for student athletes.

  • Ex-altar boy says priest raped him

    A former altar boy at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish has come forward, alleging that a priest molested and raped him for several years beginning in 1985.

    The San Miguel County man is among three new plaintiffs alleging sexual abuse at the hands of the now-deceased Rev. Michael O’Brien.

    The local plaintiff is identified only as John Doe 3. He is in his early 40s and is married and has children, according to a lawsuit filed in state District Court in Albuquerque last week.

  • No need to travel far - Morphy Lake fishing looks good

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    With the water level at Storrie Lake dropping with each passing day and no end in sight, Las Vegas area anglers might have to look elsewhere to find any decent fishing this season.

    They won’t have to go too far, as Morphy Lake is just up the road in the cool pines above Mora where there’s still a decent supply of water and the fishing has been great of late.

  • Jail Log - May 3, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 23 and April 30:
    Victor Ortiz, age unavailable, probation violation: positive for alcohol
    Manuel Lujan, age unavailable, failure to appear SM Mag. bench warrant
    Dolores Garcia, 20, absconding
    Mark Ginnel, age unavailable, failure to appear, Santa Fe bench warrant
    Jonathan Lovato, 45, hold for court
    Joseph Montoya, 51, aggravated DWI
    Rigoberto Payan, 26, criminal sexual contact of a minor, Federal BW: ICE Hold

  • Balderas running for attorney general

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — State Auditor Hector Balderas announced Tuesday he’s running for the Democratic nomination for attorney general next year.

    Balderas’ campaign sent out email announcements to political supporters, saying he would bring a “watchdog mentality” to the New Mexico attorney general’s office.

  • Looking Back - May 3, 2013

    In 1963

    Tuesday, May 7 — Robertson High School has 10 students who are selected for membership in Who’s Who Among Student Leaders in High Schools of America. They are Alfred Kemm, Robert Thatcher, Laurie Terr, Macky McMurray, Roberto Gonzales, Sammy Rodgers, June Wheaton, Susan Bunker, Billy Wertz, and Harold Robertson.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 3, 2013

    Cinco de Mayo celebration set for Saturday

    Casa de Cultura’s second annual Cinco de Mayo celebration will take place from noon to 5 p.m. this Saturday at Mural Park, Seventh and Douglas. There will be mariachis, Aztec dancers, youth musical talent, speakers, food, vendors, blues music and the Veterans Honor Guard. Free and open to the public

  • Weather - May 3, 2013

    Sunny, with a high near 59. Light southwest wind becoming south 5-10 mph in the morning. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming northeast after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. Northeast wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 32.


  • FYI - May 3, 2013

    New Mexico State Police are planning two DWI checkpoints in this area today and Saturday. The first will take place between 5 and 10 p.m. on Friday in San Miguel County. The second is planned for between 2 and 5 p.m. on Saturday in Mora County.

  • Recreation center to host Teen Dance tonight

    Teens from Las Vegas and the surrounding areas will have the opportunity to mingle and dance with their same-aged peers this evening.

    From 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center a Cinco de Mayo Teen Dance will be held as part of an effort to provide additional activities for the youth in the area.

    Lucas Sanchez, a youth coordinator at the center, said he hopes the dance will bring in students from the surrounding areas as well. He said the center invited teens from Wagon Mound, Springer, Mora, Pecos and Las Vegas to the dance.