Today's News

  • State graduation rates unchanged

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico education officials say the state’s graduation rate was unchanged at 70 percent last year.

    The New Mexico Public Education Department says the 2013 rate maintains the seven percentage point increase achieved by the Class of 2012.

    The department also notes that since 2011, graduation rates have significantly improved for the state’s Hispanic, Native American, African American, Economically Disadvantaged, and disabled students. Some groups had gains as large as 13 percentage points.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 3, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, Feb. 3 — Winter was evident in Las Vegas this morning with drifts of snow piled up around bushes, as wind had swept part of the sidewalks downtown. The high yesterday was 38 and the low last night 15. At 11 a.m. today the temperature was 18. The four inches of snow at the Las Vegas Airport yielded .05 inch of precipitation.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 3, 2014

    Free tax preparation
    Free 2013 tax return preparation is offered for low- and middle-income persons and seniors by the AARP Tax-Aide Program. The service is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, from Feb. 3 through April 14 at the new student center at Highlands University. Walk-ins are welcome. Please bring all necessary documents.

  • Weather - Feb. 3, 2014

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. South wind 10-15 mph. Scattered snow showers at night. Cloudy, with a low around 16. South wind 5-15 mph, becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

    A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 35. Northwest wind around 10 mph. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 8.


  • NM expecting fewer for health exchange

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s state-run health insurance exchange has sharply reduced its enrollment expectations for this year by about half.

    Mike Nuñez, interim CEO of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, says problems with the federal healthcare.gov website slowed the state’s efforts to promote enrollment.

    The state had expected up to 83,000 people to register this year, according to a study cited in an application for a grant under the Affordable Care Act.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Feb. 3, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Mom with kids is DWI suspect

    MESQUITE, N.M. — Authorities say a Dona Ana County woman was driving under the influence of alcohol with her two children in the backseat.
    Dona Ana County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 23-year-old Blanca Borrego, of Mesquite, just before 2 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Anthony Drive and Landers Road for a traffic violation.
    Deputies found Borrego’s 5-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter improperly restrained in the car.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 3, 2014

    • Free 2013 tax return preparation is offered for low- and middle-income persons and seniors by the AARP Tax-Aide Program. You do not have to be a senior or a member of AARP to receive the help. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, beginning on Feb. 3 and through April 14, at the (New) Highlands Student Union, third floor, National and Eighth. Call 505-652-4106 for an appointment. Walk-ins also welcome. Bring all your documents.

  • An important decision

    We have published a few letters to the editor from individuals urging the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education to keep Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez because bringing someone new in at this point would be disruptive.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 3, 2014
  • Just a Thought - You choose your influences

    By Rick Kraft

    Who in this world influences your life? We all are influenced by others. We don’t live our lives in a vacuum. We are not each born on a remote island with no one around. We don’t live our lives with an abundance of food, clothing, and shelter automatically provided without our ever having to lift a finger.