RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Officials at a horse racing track in southern New Mexico say a severe storm has forced them to cancel races for the afternoon.
RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico man awaiting trial in the 2018 death of his 2-year-old son and more recently charged with perjury has surrendered to authorities.
RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man has pleaded guilty to assaulting a Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer following a traffic stop.
Federal prosecutors say 31-year-old Nathan Little punched a BIA officer in the face in November while being booked into the Lincoln County Detention Center in southern New Mexico. Authorities say a traffic stop had revealed he had outstanding warrants.
Little pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Ruidoso.
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith returns to New Mexico
RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Mike Smith became the 12th jockey in history and the only one from New Mexico to win the Triple Crown after flying across the finish line atop 3-year-old Justify in June to a roar of cheers at Belmont Park in New York.
Smith was born in Roswell but forged his love of horse racing while growing up in the farming community of Dexter.
RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a 33-year-old southern New Mexico man whose 2-year-old son was critically injured with a skull fracture was arrested as he returned to the United States after fleeing to Mexico.
The New Mexico State Police said Ricardo A. Soto was detained Saturday at the border in El Paso, Texas.
The State Police said Soto's son was hospitalized Friday after Soto reported the child was unresponsive and having seizure at their Ruidoso-area home.
2 killed in crash of small plane in Midland
MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — A racehorse trainer from Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico and his son were killed when the single-engine airplane they were flying crashed shortly after takeoff in Midland.
In a statement Friday, Ruidoso Downs identified the dead as trainer John M. Cooper and his 16-year-old son, Gavyn Cooper.
Drought hitting Ruidoso’s ski season hard
RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico mountain hamlet known of its ski resort is struggling amid little snow and drought this winter.
KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas reports Ski Apache on Sierra Blanca Mountain in Ruidoso, New Mexico has only recorded 24 inches (61 centimeters) of snow.
Pilot unhurt in crash landing in West Texas field in Abilene
ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Officials say a single-engine private plane has made a crash landing in a West Texas field shortly after takeoff on a flight to New Mexico.
The Texas Department of Public Safety says the pilot reported engine trouble after takeoff Monday from Abilene Regional Airport and was trying to land at nearby Dyess Air Force Base.
New Mexico ski resort plans forest restoration work
RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Federal forest officials are considering a proposal by a ski resort in southern New Mexico to remove trees killed by a 2012 wildfire to reduce fuels in the area and mitigate possible risks to visitors and staff.
The Smokey Bear Ranger District is seeking public comments on the proposal for restoration work at Ski Apache.
New Mexico Land Office leases Moon Mountain for recreation
RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — The State Land Office has negotiated a 25-year lease with the village of Ruidoso that will allow for hundreds of acres of trust land on Moon Mountain to be used for recreation.
The Land Office announced the deal this week, saying the property will be open to hikers, mountain bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts as the village plans to offer an expanded trail system and a community observatory for stargazing.
Mill fire leads to power outage for nearly 4,000 in Ruidoso
RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Electricity has been restored to nearly 4,000 customers in Ruidoso after an outage caused by a fire at a mill.
Authorities say the power was shut off Tuesday morning because of a gas leak that occurred at the Old Dowlin Mill.
KRQE-TV says the gas leak then caused an explosion and in order to put the fire out, PNM crews had to go over power lines.
State Police investigating fatal police shooting in Ruidoso
RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police are investigating a fatal police shooting in the popular tourist village of Ruidoso.
Ruidoso police say at least one officer opened fire after a vehicle rammed into a patrol car.
Officers were investigating a call about a burglary in progress around 6:30 a.m. Sunday.
Sale finalized for New Mexico’s Ruidoso Downs
RUIDOSO DOWNS, N.M. (AP) — The sale of a southern New Mexico racetrack and casino that plays host to one of the nation's most prestigious quarter-horse races has been finalized.
Officials at Ruidoso Downs announced the closure of the sale as state gaming regulators on Friday approved license applications for the new owners.
The football coaches of New Mexico have spoken, and their rankings make this plainly clear: District 2/5-4A (because 5-4A schools Bernalillo and Santa Fe Indian School are in it) is the best in Class 4A.
With apologies to District 4-4A — with Albuquerque Hope Christian, Moriarty, Portales and Ruidoso in its fold — 2/5-4A can stake this claim as easily as 1-2-3.
BULLHEAD CITY — Two former River Valley High School Dust Devils football players proved that anything can happen as long as talent is combined with hard work and perserverence.
Jacob Sammut and Brady Viles signed their letters of intent in Ruidoso, N.M., Tuesday night to attend classes this upcoming semester at the University of Texas at El Paso and to play football for the Miners this season.
RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a pilot and his son are dead after their twin-engine plane crashed shortly after taking off from an airport in southern New Mexico.
State Police spokesman Carl Christiansen says the crash occurred shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday at the airport in Ruidoso, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) northeast of El Paso, Texas.
A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration says the Beechcraft King Air was en route to Abilene, Texas.
PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — The president of Eastern New Mexico University's Ruidoso campus is retiring after more than seven years leading the college.
University officials announced Friday that Clayton Alred will step down once a replacement is named.
Alred has been an educator for 40 years and said in a statement that family obligations were a primary reason for his decision to step down. He called his nearly eight years leading the Ruidoso campus "the best job I've ever held."
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Ruidoso Downs owner says he plans to sell
RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — The owner of Ruidoso Downs Race Track and the Billy the Kid Casino has announced he is selling to a group of five businessmen.
Ruidoso Downs Race Track said Tuesday that owner R.D. Hubbard has signed a letter of intent to sell to a group made up for businessmen from Texas and California.
Stan Sigman, Gary McKinney, Narciso Flores, Johnny Trotter and John Andreini are part of the purchasing group heavily vested in the breeding and racing.
West Texas drug ring leader gets 35 years, must pay $37M
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors say the leader of a West Texas-based drug trafficking ring must serve 35 years in federal prison and pay nearly $37 million to the government.
Adan Reyes was sentenced Thursday afternoon in El Paso. The 38-year-old Reyes last July pleaded guilty to a 10-count indictment on charges including conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and money laundering.
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man and woman wanted on multiple outstanding arrest warrants have been taken into custody in Ruidoso.
Clovis police say 35-year-old Kim Moore and 25-year-old Dominic Carver were arrested Wednesday and are awaiting extradition from Lincoln County.
Ruidoso police responded to a cabin Monday on a domestic violence call.
CARRIZOZO, N.M. (AP) — A 25-year-old man arrested in the ax killing of a Ruidoso-area ranch worker has been charged with first-degree murder in the near-beheading.
Court records say Andrew Poteet Magill's case was transferred Monday from magistrate court to District Court in Carrizozo after he was indicted in the killing of Mary Ann Moorhouse at the ranch where she worked about 10 miles (16 kilometers) east of the city of Ruidoso Downs.
A man accused of shooting and wounding a southern New Mexico sheriff's deputy during a struggle at a hospital was charged Monday in the ax killing of a woman whose head was nearly severed.
An arrest warrant and criminal complaint filed in Lincoln County Magistrate Court charged Andrew Poteet Magill, 25, with murder in the killing late Saturday of Mary Ann Moorhouse at a ranch about 10 miles east of the city of Ruidoso Downs.
RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of a New Mexico sheriff's deputy (all times local):
A man accused of shooting and wounding a southern New Mexico sheriff's deputy during a struggle at a hospital is charged in the ax killing of a woman whose head was nearly severed.
A criminal complaint filed Monday charges 25-year-old Andrew Poteet Magill in the killing Saturday night of Mary Ann Moorhouse at a ranch about 10 miles east of the city of Ruidoso Downs.
If first impressions were the defining characteristic of Ron Geyer’s ability to teach the game of basketball, there wouldn’t be a spot set aside for him in the state’s hall of honor and there wouldn’t be any reason to roll out of bed Tuesday morning lamenting the goodbye of one of the best New Mexico has ever seen.
PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — Eastern New Mexico University says five finalists from universities in Kentucky, Louisiana, Iowa, Michigan and Tennessee are in the running to be become its next president.
The finalists will visit ENMU campuses in Portales (poor-TAHL'-ays), Roswell and Ruidoso (roo-ee-DOHS'-oh) in early April and the regents will select the new president in mid-April.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Approximately 300 people turned out for the first town hall held this year by U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, the sole Republican in New Mexico's congressional delegation.
The Albuquerque Journal (https://goo.gl/T1RwyG ) reports that the two-hour event Saturday in the southern New Mexico mountain town of Ruidoso was rowdy but nonviolent except for one punch thrown by one man at another who took a photo of the other man.
RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's only Republican in its congressional delegation has finally scheduled an in-person town hall meeting amid angry scenes nationally.
Congressman Steve Pearce announced Wednesday that he will hold a town hall on Saturday in the small mountain hamlet of Ruidoso — a village of 8,000 people.
The Hobbs Republican recently held a telephone town hall with more than 10,000 participants.
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Mary Jo Oxford thought she was being responsible with her health insurance. She had a job, paid her monthly premiums and made sure she knew what was covered and what was not.
But when the Ruidoso resident suffered a heart attack, and an air-ambulance company transported her to Lubbock, she ended up with a bill for almost $60,000.
Snow, rain, icy conditions on many roads around New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Snow, rain and icy conditions have caused havoc on some roads and highways around New Mexico.
A winter storm warning remains in effect until Monday afternoon for numerous mountainous areas, including the Sandias near Albuquerque and ranges near Ruidoso, Taos, Raton and Gallup.
Forecasters say precipitation amounts of 1 to 2 inches are likely, producing minor to moderate rises of water in arroyos and small streams and the Pecos River in eastern New Mexico.
Ski Apache to delay opening due to lack of snow
RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — A ski resort in southern New Mexico won't be able to open on Thanksgiving due to warm temperatures and minimal precipitation.
KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas reports (https://goo.gl/M7n4ZV) Ski Apache announced the lack of snow is forcing the Alto, New Mexico resort to delay opening until mid-December.
Ski Apache spokesman Justin Huffmon says the resort tried to make snow, but it hasn't been enough so far.
Robertson tops Ruidoso, 34-22, advances to semifinals against Hatch
LAS VEGAS, N.M. — The mood in the postgame locker room was pretty much what you’d expect after a win in the state playoffs.
Hip-hop music pounded away on a stereo in the corner and players shed crud-caked uniforms while celebrating the idea of extending their season one more week.
Prep football: Moriarty’s forfeitures alter postseason landscape
Well, well, well. The prep football playoff picture just got a little more interesting for a couple of area teams in Class 5A.
News came down Tuesday afternoon that the New Mexico Activities Association has found Moriarty guilty of using an ineligible player in nearly half of its games, a move that forces the Pintos to forfeit four games.
Ruidoso residents up in arms over horse roundup by state
RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Residents in Ruidoso are outraged after they say the state rounded up a dozen horses without any notice.
KOAT-TV in Albuquerque reports (http://bit.ly/2bKCce9) that the state's Livestock Board have had them since Friday after someone registered a complaint.
Ruidoso's tourism director, Gina Kelley, says the horses are a staple of the area and have moved freely near the village for years.
Authorities investigating fatal police shooting of Texas man
RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico State Police is investigating a fatal shooting of a Texas man by Ruidoso police.
They say Ruidoso police were called out to a home about 11:30 p.m. Thursday about an armed male suspect involved in a domestic violence dispute.
Officers say they removed 15 people from the residence.
Occupants told police that 29-year-old David Klassen was intoxicated and had become violent and allegedly threatened some residents with a rifle.
Lost teens spend rainy night on New Mexico mountain
RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an afternoon outing gone wrong for four Albuquerque teens turned into a long rainy night on a southern New Mexico mountain.
The Ruidoso News reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/2aB8E6i ) that the boys' family dropped them off Friday afternoon at the Crest Trailhead, which leads up the same mountain as the Ski Apache resort area. When they didn't return at sunset, the boys' family called for...