Local News

  • East gets new activity bus

    Students of the Las Vegas City Schools district will grab their backpacks and head back to school Monday. Welcoming them to this upcoming school year is a brand new activity bus, which was unveiled during a board meeting Thursday evening.

    Superintendent Kelt Cooper said the bus was recently brought to the district and has been a long time coming.

    Board Member Gloria Lovato Pacheco said the bus was purchased with capital outlay funds earmarked for the district.

  • Breaking ground
  • Gov seeks to reinstate death penalty

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday plans to attempt to reinstate the death penalty in response to recent events including the killing of a police officer.

    New Mexico repealed the death penalty in 2009 before Martinez took office by replacing provisions for lethal injection with a sentence of life in prison without parole.

    Martinez indicated she will back legislation for capital punishment during the upcoming state legislative session in January.

  • Judge appoints special master for food program

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    A federal judge has agreed to the appointment of a court-appointed “special master” to help ensure federally funded benefits are administered properly by the New Mexico Human Services Department, amid internal investigations by state and federal agencies into allegations that food aid applications were falsified.

  • In Brief - News - Aug. 21, 2016

    The Associated Press
    Judge orders release of settlement records
    SANTA FE — A New Mexico district court judge has ordered Corizon Health to release settlement agreements it made with inmates who have filed lawsuits against the company.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that on Tuesday the judge sided with two newspapers and an advocacy group that the for-profit provider of inmate medical services was not protected by confidentially agreements made with the prisoners who had sued.

  • Weather - Aug. 21, 2016


    HIGH 74° / LOW 52°
    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 74. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Sunday night — a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.
    6:25 a.m. to 7:42 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Aug. 21, 2016

    In 1966
    Tuesday, Aug. 16, 1966 — Carlos Ernesto Garcia of Las Vegas has become the first Cooperative student to earn a Doctor of Science Degree at New Mexico State University. Garcia is now employed in the Research and Development Division of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology at Socorro. He graduated from Las Vegas High School in 1953. His mother, Mrs. Rose A. Garcia, resides in Las Vegas. He is married to the former Anita Bencomo, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Bencomo of Las Cruces.

  • Prof. leads Pulitzer Prize reading group at NMHU

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    An upcoming reading group at Highlands University will explore five Pulitzer Prize works of fiction that focus on the American experience.

    The Pulitzer reading and discussion group begins Sept. 1 and will be led by Highlands University English professor and American literature scholar Brandon Kempner.

  • Jealously apparent motive in attack

    A court hearing will be held next week to determine whether there’s sufficient evidence to send a Las Vegas man to trial for allegedly running over another man and then fleeing on foot.

    Jacob Mejillas, 18, of the 2300 block of Anderson Drive, has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery-causing great bodily harm, both third-degree felonies, and with misdemeanor counts of reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident involving damage to a vehicle.

  • Get ready to laugh - Top comedian to perform here

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    One of the top stand-up comedians in the country will perform at Highlands University Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. at the John A. Wilson Complex, 1241 9th St. Doors open at 6 p.m.

    Gabriel Iglesias, also known as “Fluffy,” routinely sells out to audiences around the globe from Madison Square Garden in New York City to venues in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia, among other countries.