Local News

  • Jacobson ready for CYFD post

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s former tourism chief said she is ready Monday to delve into much less picturesque areas as the newly designated head of the state’s child welfare agency.

    Monique Jacobson said she is prepared for what is one of the toughest cabinet jobs.

  • Fire damages Pecos Street home

    Las Vegas Optic

    A home on the 1200 block of Pecos Street was damaged Friday night when a space heater sparked a fire in a bedroom, Las Vegas Fire Chief Philip Mares said.

    Firefighters were dispatched to the home at about 10:30 p.m. They were initially told that people were trapped inside, but when they got there, they searched and found no one inside.

    Mares said a neighbor reported that the individuals inside the home got out and fled from the burning house.

    Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze, and no one was injured, Mares said.

  • In Brief - News - Jan. 7, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Changes for jobless program

    ALBUQUERQUE — Some New Mexico employers are feeling the pinch of an overhaul of New Mexico’s unemployment insurance program that has taken effect with the new year.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that a change in the program’s funding was approved by the Legislature in 2013 but with implementation delayed until 2015.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 7

    In 1965
    Wednesday, Jan. 6 — All-State selections for the annual New Mexico schoolboy North-South football game in Albuquerque were announced Tuesday by Joe Willis, president of the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. The two 25-man squads, composed of the state’s top seniors, will clash in the 22nd annual North-South game Aug. 7. The South holds a 13-5-3 advantage in the series.

  • Looking ahead - News - Jan. 7, 2015

    Retirement reception for The Rev. Campbell
    A retirement reception for Rev. Randy Campbell, minister at First United Presbyterian Church in Las Vegas, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10 in the Presbyterian Church fellowship hall. In addition to members and friends of the church, the event is open to Rev. Campbell’s friends from across the community.

  • Weather - Jan. 7, 2015

    A 20 percent chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a temperature falling to around 24 by 5 p.m. Northeast wind 10-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. A 10 percent chance of snow at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 20. South wind around 5 mph, becoming west after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming northeast in the afternoon. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 23.


  • FYI - News - Jan. 7, 2015

    San Miguel County Magistrate Court has announced that citations will be heard only from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. The new hours began Jan. 5.

  • New police chief takes office

    The man selected as the Las Vegas Police Department’s new chief was officially sworn in Thursday afternoon during a ceremony attended by family, friends and plenty of men in blue.

    The change-of-guard ceremony marked a beginning and end for both new Chief Juan Montaño and former chief Christian Montaño, who officially retired as chief at the end of 2014.

  • Kicking off 2015!

    Hundreds turned out for the annual and popular Polar Bear Plunge on Thursday afternoon at Storrie Lake State Park. More than a hundred brave souls jumped into the ice-cold water to bring in the new year.

    The annual event was originally organized by local jewelry maker Tito Chavez and continues to grow yearly with many new faces each year.

  • Martinez starts 2nd term as gov

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Striking a bipartisan tone and promising to push for education reform, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez took the oath of office for a second time Thursday during a public inauguration celebration on New Year’s Day.