Today's News

  • School funding error leaves districts short

    The Associated Press

    A problem with a computer form’s alphabetical listing caused dozens of New Mexico school districts and charter schools to get too much state funding, while others didn’t get enough.

    The state Public Education Department’s error resulted in 25 districts and charters being shorted a total of roughly $830,000, while 26 others got more than $2.5 million too much, television station KRQE reported.

  • Transgender student skips graduation

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — A transgender student at an Albuquerque high school has skipped his graduation over a dispute about what color robe he had to wear.
    Officials at St. Pius X Catholic School insisted that because Damian Garcia was born as a girl, he must wear a white robe along with the other girls at Wednesday’s graduation ceremony.
    Garcia wanted to wear a black robe like other male students.
    He was named Brandi until legally changing his name last year.

  • Jail Log - May 24, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 14 and May 17:

    Paul Sanchez, 48, 7- day commitment
    Alfred Alcon, 33, hold for court
    Anthony Esquibel, 35, Robbery, aggravated battery
    Ruben Gallegos, 51, positive for alcohol
    David Duran, 39, person under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, failure to stop at stop

  • LULAC: ‘No Spanish’ games are disturbing pattern

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Two cases of Spanish being banned at New Mexico high school games were examples of a disturbing pattern that needs to be monitored and addressed, perhaps with lawsuits, a civil rights group said Monday.

    The League of United Latin American Citizens has heard of a least five cases of high school players being ordered this school year not to speak Spanish during games and matches, said Ralph Arellanes, LULAC’s state director.

  • Looking Back - May 24, 2013

    In 1963

    Monday, May 27 — Donna Keserich, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Keserich of Las Vegas, was named Highlands University “Woman of the Year” during the awards Assembly held Thursday. Miss Keserich, a junior at Highlands and a graduate of Robertson High School, also received other honors at the Awards Assembly. She was named “Actress of the Year” and with Mary Sue Gallegos, named “Best Delta Zeta Pledge. She is majoring in journalism and English.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 24, 2013

    Local high school graduations this weekend

    Robertson High School’s graduation takes place at 10 a.m. today (Friday) at Michael Marr Gymnasium.  West Las Vegas High School’s graduation is at 10 a.m. Saturday at Gillie Lopez Gymnasium.

  • Weather - May 24, 2013

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. South wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. South wind 15-20 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph after midnight.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. South wind 10-20 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 49.

  • In Brief - News - May 24, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Free admission for military

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s 15 state-run museums and historic sites will be free this summer for active duty members of the military and their families.
    The free admission will be offered from Memorial Day through Labor Day as part of the national Blue Star Museums program.

  • Obama defends drone strikes

    By Julie Pace and Lara Jakes
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday defended America’s controversial drone attacks as legal, effective and a necessary linchpin in an evolving U.S. counterterrorism policy. But he acknowledged the targeted strikes are no “cure-all” and said he is haunted by the civilians unintentionally killed.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 24, 2013

    Whether it was a senior prank that got out of hand or simply some other disgruntled individuals blowing off steam, the vandalism at Robertson High School over the weekend crossed the line. Trashing the school was disrespectful and unlawful, and it was a slap in the face to every person at the school who devotes his or her life to educating students. Those responsible must be caught and punished. And part of that punishment should include being forced to pay for the damage and the cleanup.