Local News

  • Audit points to causes of rape kit backlog

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Millions of dollars are being poured into addressing New Mexico’s backlog of more than 5,000 untested evidence kits from rapes and other sexual assaults. But state auditors and victim advocates warned Tuesday that nothing will change unless new policies and training initiatives are adopted.

  • Balderas considers run for governor

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The scramble for New Mexico’s highest office is on as the state’s senior U.S. senator announced Wednesday he won’t be running for governor and the state’s top prosecutor acknowledged he’s giving careful consideration to a run for the job.

    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is midway through her second term and won’t be able to run for re-election in 2018 due to term limits, opening the door for candidates to start jockeying for the position.

  • In Brief - News - Dec. 9, 2016

    The Associated Press

  • Jail Log - Dec. 9, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Nov. 29 and Dec. 7:

    John Maldonado, 33, probation violation: absconding, Adult Probation Office
    Francisco Gallegos, 35, bench warrant: battery on a household member, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Miranda Martinez, 24, bench warrant: failure to appear, failure to pay fines, resisting, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Ruben Trujillo, 51, probation violation: seven-day sanction, Adult Probation Office

  • Weather - Dec. 9, 2016


    HIGH 50° / LOW 28°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. West wind around 10 mph. Friday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 28. West wind around 10 mph.
    6:59 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.


    HIGH 54° / LOW 30°
    Sunny, with a high near 54. West wind 15 to 20 mph. Saturday night — mostly clear, with a low around 30.
    7 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Dec. 9, 2016

    Thursday, Dec. 8, 1966 — Dan C. Montgomery, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Montgomery, talked with his parents recently from Pago Pago, American Samoa, over a shortwave radio and telephone hookup, during the past six months. Montgomery has been in Samoa where he has worked in an electronics laboratory. The conversation was made possible by radio contact between Samoa and Las Cruces, where the university’s short-wave station tied the communication into the telephone lines.

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  • Arrest made in July homicide

    Nearly five months after a Las Vegas man was found dead inside his South Pacific apartment, city police have charged the person they believe killed him.

    Daniel M. Sullivan, 26, of the 100 block of Independence, was arrested Monday on a charge of second-degree murder.

    An arrest warrant affidavit filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court on Friday alleges that the victim, 43-year-old Steven Marquez, had been doing drugs with Sullivan the night he was killed.

  • Economists slash revenue projections

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico expects to collect far less revenue this budget year and next than previously forecast as employment, wages and economic growth lag, a group of state economists said Monday.

    The economists from three executive agencies and the Legislature said the state will collect $109 million less during the current budget year than last year.

    The forecast indicates spending is likely to eat through all the state’s reserve funds and require another $69 million if changes are not made.

  • Boy Scouts to relocate museum

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — From merit badges and uniforms to an impressive collection of Norman Rockwell paintings and drawings, the Boy Scouts of America will be packing up more than a century of scouting history and taking it to the wilds of northern New Mexico.

    The organization announced Monday that it will move its national museum from its current home in Texas to the Philmont Scout Ranch, which has served as an adventure destination for generations of troops and their families.