Today's News

  • Mora sued over ordinance

    Less than two weeks ago, Mora County Commission Chairman John Olivas stood before a crowd at Ilfeld Auditorium saying that there had been grumbling that his county would be sued if it moved forward with its plans to adopt a community rights ordinance banning oil and gas operations.

    “Six months later, we’re still waiting,” Olivas said, chalking the threats up to propaganda.
    Olivas no longer has to wait.

  • Amtrak seeking money from state

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Amtrak is asking New Mexico and two other states to chip in a total of $40 million over 10 years to preserve rail service to several communities, including Las Vegas.

    New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas communities face the potential loss of passenger rail service if Amtrak fails to reach a new agreement by 2016 for maintaining and upgrading portions of the Southwest Chief route through those states, the rail operator said Tuesday.

  • SM Commission extending drilling moratorium

    Realizing that it isn’t going to be able to meet its self imposed December deadline to adopt an oil and gas drilling ordinance, the San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to extend its drilling moratorium by six more months.

    An ordinance extending the moratorium will be officially adopted during the Commission’s Dec. 10 meeting, after a public hearing is held. But the commission approved a measure that extends the moratorium immediately on an emergency basis.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Nov. 15, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Whooping cough booster urged

    Health officials are urging parents to have their children re-immunized against whooping cough after an ongoing outbreak at an Albuquerque high school sickened 30 people.
    State officials will be at La Cueva High School Wednesday evening to meet with parents and provide boosters shots that prevent infection.

  • Jail Log - Nov. 15, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Nov. 6 and Nov. 12:
    Katalina Leyba, 24, probation violation: positive UA
    Zenida Trujillo, 29, possession with intent to traffic controlled substance heroin, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    Dale Benavidez, 35, distribution of methamphetamine, trafficking controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession delivery or manufacture of drug paraphernalia.
    Jerry Martinez, 44, mental health hold

  • Looking Back - Nov. 15, 2013

    In 1963

    Monday, Nov. 11 — Dr. Ralph D. McWilliams, head of the Highlands University Modern Foreign Languages Department, has been appointed to the post of foreign student adviser by University President Thomas C. Donnelly. The post was formed to serve the needs of the 37 students from the different countries that are enrolled on campus. This fall, the areas represented are Ghana, Canada, India, West Germany, England, Uruguay, Japan, China, Taiwan and Formosa.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Nov. 15, 2013

    Book sale set for Saturday

    Friends of Las Vegas Carnegie will host a used book sale Saturday, Nov 16, at the corner of Seventh and University from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Books will sell for $1 a bag.

  • Weather - Nov. 15, 2013

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Windy, with a southwest wind 10-20 mph, increasing to 20-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 39. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Windy, with a west wind 30 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 33. Windy.


  • FYI - Nov. 15, 2013

    A water line break left many on the West side without water Thursday morning, prompting the closing of several schools and the San Miguel County offices in the old courthouse building. Schools affected were Don Cecilio, Tony Serna and Union elementary schools. The line was expected to be repaired by 2 p.m. Thursday.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 15, 2013

    We applaud Luna Community College for opening a Veterans Resource Center. The center will help veterans and their family members cut through the red tape required for such things as obtaining educational benefits. Veterans will also get academic and career advisement, along with peer to peer mentoring at the center. Many service members have been returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and some will need help transitioning back to civilian life. We’re glad to see Luna being a leader in this effort.