Local News

  • Phil Griego gets 18-month prison term for fraud

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — Former state Sen. Phil Griego of San José will spend 18 months behind bars for fraud, bribery and other convictions stemming from allegations that he misused his position to profit from a real estate deal.

    District Court Judge Brett Loveless sentenced Griego on Friday to a 12-year-prison term, but waived all but 18 months of it.

  • First-year principal sets goals

    As a first-year principal in the West Las Vegas Schools, Rosemarie Salinas has assigned goals for herself, teachers and staff, and students with a hopeful outcome of pushing her schools from a D grade to a C or higher.

    Salinas presides over the Pre-K, Tony Serna Jr. and Luis E. Armijo Elementary Schools, and presented her goals to the West Las Vegas School Board during its regular monthly meeting held on Tuesday night.

  • Items selected for Council approval

    Five items were discussed at Wednesday’s Las Vegas City Council work session and all five were approved to be added to the consent agenda for the Wednesday, Feb. 21 regular monthly council meeting.

    The consent agenda will include awarding a bid for the Bradner fill line project to Hays Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

    The project includes construction of the Bradner Reservoir fill pipeline section of the first phase of the raw water conveyance pipeline.

  • Legislature caps session by leaving governor several bills to sign

    By Andrew Oxford, Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — Vote early and vote less often.
    At least, that is the hope behind a bill that was headed to the governor’s desk on Thursday to consolidate various local elections in New Mexico.

    Under a compromise hashed out between the Senate and House of Representatives during the last couple hours of this year’s 30-day legislative session, election day for most cities, towns and villages — including Santa Fe — would not change from the usual date in March.

  • Tax incentive for hiring foster youth heads to governor

    By Cynthia Miller, Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE —  Micaela Baca arrived at the state Capitol early Wednesday with her 10-month-old son, Azariah, and a group of other young people hoping to witness a vote in the House of Representatives that would be the final hurdle for a measure they had been pushing throughout the legislative session.

  • Slate of domestic violence measures on governor’s desk

    By Cynthia Miller, Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — If Gov. Susana Martinez signs a Senate bill into law, New Mexico will become the 46th state to specifically define strangulation as a serious violent crime.

    State Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-Albuquerque, who sponsored Senate Bill 61, called the Legislature’s unanimous support of the measure “a monumental achievement.”

  • Legislature approves nearly $180M in funds for capital projects

    By Steve Terrell, Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — There have been years in which there was much more money for brick-and-mortar projects in the state.

    But thanks to a rebound in gas and oil revenues, New Mexico has far more severance tax funds this year than last. And that means a lot more money for roads, senior centers, sewage plants and government buildings around the state, including a new state vital records bureau building in Santa Fe, as well as an expansion of the municipal airport’s parking facility.

  • Legislature In Brief, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

    The Santa Fe New Mexican

    Invoking Teddy: Rep. Bill McCamley, one of the Roundhouse’s more verbose lawmakers, gave a long, emotional farewell speech Thursday.

    Actually, McCamley recited former President Teddy Roosevelt’s speech from 1910 about being in the arena.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, Feb. 18, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 10 and Feb. 13, 2018:
    Phillip Conway Trujillo, Adult Probation Warrant; Possession, Delivery Or Manufacture Of Drug Paraphernalia, Las Vegas Municipal Court.
    Fidel Garcia, Driving On Suspended / Revoked License, San Miguel Magistrrate / Sandoval County.
    Jason A. Jaramillo, Felony Warrant, San Miguel District Court.
    Misty Martinez, Bench Warrant, Bernalillo Metro Court.

  • NMHU has welcome center, visit specialist

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University recently launched a new Welcome Center and other campus visit services geared toward prospective student’s individual academic interests.
    Crystal Burch is the new campus visit specialist at Highlands.

    Burch has worked in higher education for nearly seven years. Previously, she served as Highlands’ admissions specialist in the Office of Student Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions.