Local News

  • DHS weighed using National Guard for immigration roundups

    By Garance Burke
    The Associated Press

    The Trump administration considered a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press.

    Staffers in the Department of Homeland Security said the proposal had been discussed as recently as last Friday.

  • NM Dems rally around tax plan to fix budget gap

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democratic legislators announced a push for new sources of income for New Mexico state government on Thursday through taxes on nonprofit hospitals, internet sales, trucking permits and vehicle registrations, in an effort to avoid further cuts to government services and spending.

    Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives said the package of tax measures could raise an additional $214 million during the fiscal year beginning in July to plug a budget gap and rebuild depleted reserves.

  • Archbishop: Trump immigration draft ‘immoral’

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico’s Catholic bishops say a Trump administration proposal to use National Guard troops to round up immigrants would be a “declaration of some form of war.”

    Allen Sanchez, executive director of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, said Friday the Roman Catholic Church in the nation’s most Hispanic state would strongly oppose any effort to use National Guard troops to find and deport immigrants.

  • Union calls on APS to avoid cuts

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The teachers union is calling on the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education to avoid pay cuts, furloughs or increased class size and to instead rely on cash reserves to cover budget reductions.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that members of a caucus within the Albuquerque Teachers Federation protested outside district headquarters Wednesday, calling on the district to find a way to cover a $12.5 million budget cut that won’t negatively affect teachers.

  • Senior Lunch Menu — Feb. 19, 2017

    Senior Lunch Menu

    The breakfast and lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers, with 2 percent milk served with all meals.
    Menu for Feb. 20 to Feb. 24.

    Closed for Presidents Day

    Breakfast: Cereal, English muffin and peanut butter
    Lunch: Sloppy Joe, tossed salad with dressing, green beans, and baked apple crisp

    Breakfast: Bacon burrito with egg and cheese
    Lunch: Carne adovada, beans, seasoned spinach, flour tortilla, and diced peaches

  • West unveils school reorg plan

    Financial issues on the state level are hitting school districts across New Mexico.

    With the state yanking money back from districts, West Las Vegas school officials are scrambling to figure out a plan to ensure the money is spent effectively. Late last week, West Superintendent Christopher Gutierrez advised the board of his plans of reorganizing the district’s elementary school sites.

  • Accolades for Trolley Building - Local contractor receives award

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Franken Construction earned a New Mexico Best Buildings 2017 Award for transforming a unique historic Las Vegas, New Mexico, landmark into a state-of-the-art facility for Highlands University’s Media Arts and Technology Department.

    The Associated General Contractors of New Mexico made the award to Franken Construction of Las Vegas for its work on the university’s Trolley Building.

  • Missing teen worries family

    The family of an 18-year-old who went missing on Tuesday is asking for the public’s help in finding him.

    Alejandro Alex Alirez, 18, was last seen outside Alumbra, near the west side post office, at about 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

    Christine Pacheco, Alirez’ grandmother, said her entire family is worried because Alirez has not been acting like himself.
    She said her grandson was on life support for several days at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque a few weeks ago. She said he hasn’t been acting like himself since then.

  • Revenue forecast shows no relief

    By Morgan Lee
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A dire forecast for state government revenues in the coming fiscal year remains unchanged after a review by a group of state economists that sets parameters for government spending, a top budget negotiator in the House of Representatives said Wednesday.

  • Effort tabled to revamp game and fish agency

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A Senate committee has tabled a proposal to significantly shift the mission of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

    The legislation sponsored by Democrat Sen. Jeff Steinborn of Las Cruces would give the department the authority to manage all wildlife as a public resource rather than managing game animals and fish for recreation and food as currently provided under law.

    The measure also would give the gubernatorial appointees of the Game Commission authority over all wildlife rather than just game species.