Local News

  • Singing the Blues
  • Ortiz: Large class sizes violate law

    Parents from Los Niños Elementary School reiterated their desire to have another teacher at the school during a regular board meeting Thursday.

    In an earlier meeting this month, a similar group of parents expressed their frustration with the district’s handling of class sizes at the school site, particularly the third grade Spanish immersion program classroom at Los Niños Elementary.

  • U.S. DOT to help with flood repairs

    The Associated Press

    Storm-weary New Mexico is getting some help from the federal government on flood cleanup.

    The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday it will make immediately available $2 million in emergency relief funds to help the state cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges damaged by severe storms earlier this month.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Sept. 23, 2013

    The Associated Press

    King disagrees with governor

    Democratic Attorney General Gary King is taking issue with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s suggestion that voters should decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage in New Mexico.
    King, who’s running for governor against Martinez next year, said Friday the best approach is for the state Supreme Court to resolve whether gay marriage is legal in the state. He said it’s a civil right issue.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 23, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - Sept. 23, 2013

    “Look up” exhibition

    Ray Drew Gallery exhibition of artworks by Don Shaw, titled “Look Up,” will run until Friday, Sept.  27, on the first floor of Donnelly Library. An artist’s reception and talk by Shaw will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27. Contact Bob Read at 454-3338.

  • Weather - Sept. 23, 2013

    Sunny, with a high near 73. West wind 10-20 mph. Clear at night, with a low around 45. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming light and variable after midnight.

    Sunny, with a high near 75. Light and variable wind becoming south 15-20 mph in the morning. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 49.

    Sunny, with a high near 78. Breezy. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 51.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:50 a.m. to 6:56 p.m.

  • Damage in the millions - Western part of county hit hardest

    The remnants of last week’s flooding were visible throughout the city and county this week: a battered truck sandwiched between a rushing river and a fallen tree near County Road A19A, south of San Pablo; a massive cottonwood fallen behind the Animal Care Clinic, exposed culverts and washed out bridges throughout the county.

  • City’s worst flood was in 1904

    It was a Thursday night in September and it had been raining incessantly for four straight days.

    Sleeping residents along the banks of the Gallinas were awakened by the roaring of the waters. With the Gallinas overspilling its banks, a frantic evacuation ensued.

    So began the worst recorded flood in Las Vegas history on the night of Sept. 29, 1904.

    Although the damage sustained during last Friday’s flood were nowhere near as bad as in 1904 — 109 years ago — the similarities are noteworthy.

  • Commission tweaks draft drilling law

    The draft ordinance that will govern oil and gas extraction in San Miguel County when enacted is getting another rewrite.

    During a conference call with Los Angeles-based consultant Robert Freilich on Tuesday afternoon, San Miguel County Commissioners weighed in on the stiff ordinance being proposed.

    Despite the tweaks requested, Commission Chairman Nicolas Leger praised the 111-page draft ordinance, calling it comprehensive and saying that it addresses what they requested.

    "We’re well on our way,” he said.