Local News

  • Two killed in apparent DWI crash

    Two people died early Sunday morning in a rollover just outside of Mora, and state police suspect that alcohol was a factor.

    The deceased have been identified as Diego Martinez, 20, of Mora, and Devin Candelaria, 20, of Georgetown, Texas.

    The rollover occurred on NM 518, Mile Post 28, outside of Mora.

    State police say Martinez was driving the vehicle south on NM 518. The vehicle drifted to the right, continued for a short distance and then rolled over.

  • NM tax holiday starts Friday

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s annual tax holiday is approaching and will provide shoppers with savings on purchases of school supplies, computers and some clothing and shoes.

    Starting Friday through the weekend, there will be no gross receipts tax on certain products purchased at participating retailers.

    The tax rate varies across the state, but exceeds 8 percent in some communities.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - July 30, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • Retiree health care agency proposes solvency plan

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Taxpayers and public employees would pay an extra $45 million annually under a proposal to improve the finances of a program providing subsidized health care for retired state and local government workers.

    The Retiree Health Care Authority executive director Mark Tyndall said Monday the Legislature will be asked to phase in the increases in payroll contributions over three years starting in mid-2016. Lawmakers convene in January.

  • Looking Back - July 30, 2014

    In 1964

  • Looking ahead - News - July 30, 2014

    Over the Edge, Part 7
    “Over the Edge,” an original comedy about Las Vegas, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday, at Sala de Madrid, on the Highlands University campus. General admission: $10; Seniors: $8; students with I.D.: $5.

  • Weather - July 28

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Cloudy, with a low around 54. East wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

  • Applicants sought for East post

    Las Vegas City Schools board member Ernesto Salazar’s seat on the board will be vacant starting Friday, and on that day, applications for the position will become available.

    Earlier this month, Salazar announced that he was resigning from the board, citing job relocation and health issues plaguing his father. He did not recommend anyone to fill his seat.

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  • Auditor: No federal review of alleged fraud

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A federal Medicaid agency isn’t planning to review a decision by Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration last year to freeze payments to mental health providers because of alleged fraud, mismanagement and overbillings, State Auditor Hector Balderas said Thursday.

    In a letter to a legislative panel, Balderas said the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services informed him in March it decided not to review state findings of “credible allegations of fraud” against more than a dozen providers.