Local News

  • New leader for Dems

    The San Miguel County Democratic Party opted for new leadership at its meeting Thursday night, choosing Martin Leger as new chairman.

    Leger takes over for Martin Suazo Jr., who’d served in that capacity for nearly two decades.

    Vice chairman Lisa Vigil retained her post, edging Noyola Archibeque.

    Leger appointed Greg Salazar as secretary and Rose Contreras Taylor as treasurer.

    Tasha Chalberg, Patricia Gallegos, Ignacio Lucero and Joseph McCaffrey were elected to represent San Miguel in the state central committee.

  • Books, books, and more books
  • Sanchez leaving Luna

    Leroy “Huero” Sanchez’s time as president of Luna Community College is coming to a close.

    The school’s board of trustees on Tuesday night agreed to a search for the next president, to begin immediately. The board also approved changes to the terms of Sanchez’s current contract. While those were not immediately disclosed, the changes include an earlier departure than originally scheduled.

  • Mariachi mania - Robertson hosts conference

    The sounds of trumpets, violins, and guitarrons will come together in harmony during the Eighth Annual Youth Mariachi Conference beginning Friday. The two-day conference, hosted by the City of Las Vegas and Las Vegas City Schools, will bring in more than 200 students together to learn techniques from professional group Mariachi Tradicional out of Albuquerque.

    “The students get inspired from studying under the instruction of members of Mariachi Tradicional,” said Las Vegas City Schools mariachi instructor Martin Sena.

  • For the kids

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The head of New Mexico’s child welfare agency is frustrated that a string of measures aimed at closing loopholes and toughening penalties for those convicted of child abuse and similar crimes failed to reach Gov. Susana Martinez’s desk.

    The 60-day legislative session wrapped up March 18, leaving on the table bills that had the support of Monique Jacobson, secretary of the Children, Youth and Families Department.

  • Man charged after wrong-way crash on I-25

    Michael Perez, 29, of the 700 block of Avenue J in Houston, Texas, faces multiple criminal charges in Las Vegas after a suspected wrong-way crash on an interstate highway.

    Perez stands accused of aggravated DWI — specifically driving more than double the legal limit — as well as assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and other charges.

  • Reenacting the 1862 Battle of Glorieta Pass

    The battle of 1862 at Glorieta Pass was pivotal during the Civil War as it allowed the Union to claim victory over the Confederacy. The victory meant that the Union secured New Mexico and blocked the west from being threatened by the Confederates. Some historians have dubbed the Battle of Glorieta Pass as the “Gettysburg of the West.” On Saturday, the Pecos National Historical Park will host its annual Civil War Encampment in an effort to remember this important battle and  its impacts on the Civil War.

  • Town hall Saturday

    Las Vegas-area residents are invited to join Congressman Ben Ray Lujan for a town hall meeting from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the NMHU Student Center Ballroom.

    Lujan is specifically interested in hearing from New Mexicans on how they are impacted by the Affordable Care Act, according to a news release: “This is part of an ongoing effort to listen to constituent concerns and ensure that quality and affordable health care remains within reach for all New Mexicans.”

  • Jail Log - March 24, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 15 and 22:
    Frank Loomis Jr., 50, bench warrant: failure to appear, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Brandon West, 28, bench warrant: fugitive out of Colorado, larceny, Colorado
    Jason Romero, 33, bench warrant: failure to appear, possession of marijuana, concealing identity, District Court, Las Vegas Municipal Court
    Janet Martinez, 50, driving on a suspended or revoked license, no insurance, San Miguel County Magistrate Court

  • Professor creates running wellness program for youth

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A Highlands University education professor created Running 505, a youth program that promotes health and emotional wellness through the joy of running.

    Melani Buchanan Farmer, who teaches in the School of Education at Highlands’ Rio Rancho Center, said the overall goal of Running 505 is promoting long-term wellness for youths in 5th through 8th grade.