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Today's News

  • Pecos softball runs into formidable top seed at state

    RIO RANCHO —The No. 16 Pecos Lady Panther’s (3–18) season was ended in the first round of the Class 2A state tournament as they lost 15–0 to the No. 1 Eunice Lady Cardinals (22–5).

    “It’s tough knowing that I believed we had Eunice,” Pecos coach Eddie Bencomo said. “We had them 0–0 and that one inning killed us. One inning is all it takes, especially in a tournament like this.”

  • Go Fish: Friday, May 17

    This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Catches of the week

  • Commission approves agreement with Chamber

    PECOS — By a 4-0 vote Wednesday, the San Miguel County Commission single-handedly put the Las Vegas / San Miguel County Chamber of Commerce back in business.

    The Commission awarded a $30,000 appropriation to the Chamber, which only has two members on its Board of Directors who were on the board three years ago.

  • Council kills northside zoning change

    After a hearing that lasted more than three hours, the Las Vegas City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to block a contentious zoning change proposal for a parcel of land located between Seventh and Eighth streets.

    Wednesday’s meeting was already about 90 minutes old when a hearing began for the zoning change, and the overall meeting lasted nearly until midnight.

  • UNMH report claims intentional trauma by man toward daughter

    A Las Vegas man is charged with abuse of a child resulting in great bodily harm after a report from the University of New Mexico Hospital Department of Pediatrics stated the child sustained intentional trauma.

    According to the police affidavit, On Dec. 26, Taylor Neal Herrera said he was changing his daughter while she had her legs up and crossed. Herrera went to put the legs down and heard a pop.

    He then informed his girlfriend and they took the child to Alta Vista Regional Hospital. The Children, Youth and Family Department interviewed both parents.

  • Luna STEM, Humanities staff to volunteer at unique day camp

    A unique academic summer day camp received approval at Tuesday's monthly Luna Community College Board of Trustees meeting.

    Running from July 8 to Aug. 9, the camp will emphasize both science, technology, engineering and math lessons, along with reading skills for students entering the fifth through the ninth grades. The Trustees voted Tuesday to provide $5,000 to the camp, which will meet weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will include lunch, courtesy of West Las Vegas Schools.  

  • College commencements: ‘Don’t forget where you come from’

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Take advantage of opportunities to give back to your community and mentor others, Highlands alumna and successful businesswoman Felicia Ortiz told graduates at the Highlands University main campus commencement May 11.

    Ortiz is the president and CEO of PM Solutions Consulting, a project management firm she established in 2014 in Las Vegas, Nev. Ortiz also founded Foresee Consulting in 2011 and then led the fast-growing company for three years as chief operating officer.

  • Guides expect strong Rio Grande tourism season in northern N.M.

    The Associated Press

    RIO GRANDE DEL NORTE NATIONAL MONUMENT — Rafting and angler guides are predicting a good season for Rio Grande tourism in New Mexico thanks to strong runoff generated by a good snowmelt this year.

    A healthy snow patch this winter is feeding the Rio Grande with much-needed water after long dry spells stemming from drought, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports.

    This year, the National Weather Service in Albuquerque predicts runoff to be at least 148 percent of normal through June.

  • Planes, buses moving migrants from crowded border shelters

    By Cedar Attanasio and Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    EL PASO, Texas — U.S. authorities have begun using aircraft to move migrants to less-crowded areas for processing, while asylum-seeking families were being bused north to Colorado to alleviate the strain on overwhelmed shelters along the border in Texas and New Mexico.

    Several dozen migrants arrived by bus early Monday in Denver as part of the effort to help crowded shelters in El Paso and neighboring Las Cruces, where one facility reported running low on food.

  • New Mexico In Brief

    The Associated Press

    Chama driver accused of rape on bus

    CHAMA — A New Mexico school bus driver is accused of raping a 7-year-old student on the way home after school.

    Stephen George Meek made his initial appearance in court Monday and was ordered held on charges that include criminal sexual penetration, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and enticement of a child.

    It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney.