Today's News

  • Local boy in Kids’ Cook-Off

    During the summer, Luis Ortega can normally be seen working soil at the local La Milpa Community Garden alongside his beloved grandparents, but this year there was a change of plans for the Brooklyn resident in winter and Las Vegas resident in summer.

  • Federal firearms charge filed

    A San Miguel County man previously convicted of first-degree murder in Taos has been indicted on a firearms charge as part of a federal initiative that targets “the worst of the worst” offenders, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

    The federal indictment filed in July charges Earl Thomas Romo, 27, of Las Vegas, with unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition in San Miguel County on Aug. 19, 2013. Romo made his first appearance in federal court Wednesday morning.

  • Rabies confirmed in bat found here

    A 3-year-old child is receiving vaccinations after rabies was confirmed in a bat she came in contact with in San Miguel County, the state Health Department said.

    “Rabies is fatal in humans. If you have been exposed to a rabid animal, rabies can be prevented with a series of vaccinations,” Health Secretary Retta Ward said in a news release issued this week. “We want to remind everyone to avoid any animal that is on the ground. It could have rabies and pass it on to you.”

  • Looking Back - Aug. 15, 2014

    In 1964

    Thursday, Aug. 20, 1964 — Frank Herrera, Margarito Valdez and Leland Abreu, have been selected to coach the West Las Vegas Dons this season. Herrera is in his fourth season as a coach. The Dons have 26 boys on the squad and believe they will have the strongest team they have had in several years. They open their season against Los Lunas.

  • Looking ahead - News - Aug. 15, 2014

    Music City Music Festival kicks off today

    Sixteen groups will present a wide assortment of music Friday through Sunday. Free outdoor concerts will be at the Plaza Park from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Ticketed events will be at El Rialto Patio Friday and Saturday. Joser Maestas will emcee the three-day festival.

  • Weather - Aug. 15, 2014

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Northwest wind around 5 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 56. South wind around 5 mph, becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.


  • $1,700 donated to 4-H


  • In Brief - New Mexico - July 15, 2014

    The Associated Press

    King unveils education goals
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King proposes using one of New Mexico’s endowment funds to provide additional money for public schools and expand early childhood programs.
    King outlined his educational policies on Wednesday, which include supporting a proposed constitutional amendment to increase yearly allocations from the Land Grant Permanent Fund.
    He also wants to end “high-stakes” testing that students must pass to graduate from school.

  • Jail Log - Aug. 15, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 5 and Aug. 7:

    Jeremy Vasquez, 32, parole violation: possession of alcohol Adult Probation Office Parole
    Richard Madrid, 57, drug court violation: consumption of alcohol (Seven-day sanction)
    Geronimo Padilla, 57, disorderly conduct
    Vincent Sandoval, 23, probation violation: positive UA (cocaine and Suboxone)
    Matthew Montoya, 21, public nuisance
    Arthur Riegert, 55, mental health hold
    Brian Mondragon, 39, one-day commitment

  • Lawsuit: DEA informant killed man

    The Associated Press

    A man accused of gunning down another man in Albuquerque’s South Valley last year was an active U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration informer who was improperly supervised, a new lawsuit alleges.

    The family of Jason Estrada recently filed a $50 million lawsuit against the agency, the second suit in recent months alleging problems with the DEA’s handling of informants, the Albuquerque Journal reports.