Local News

  • BREAKING: Villanueva man charged with murder

    A Villanueva man is charged with an open count of murder after a body was found Tuesday in the Pecos River.

    Richard Joseph Griego, 30, was arrested by New Mexico State Police in connection with the death of Jimmy Griego, whose relationship or other connection to the suspect was not immediately clear.

    A witness reportedly told police she saw a man throwing her cousin, identified as Jimmy Griego, off the Pecos River bridge on N.M. Highway 3 near Ribera this past Tuesday afternoon.

  • UWC receiving $10M grant

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    In honor of the 80th birthday (on March 20) of philanthropist Shelby Davis, his family has committed a challenge grant of $10 million to United World College-USA, the school announced this week.

  • Jail Log - March 31, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 22 and 29:
    Ray Brito, 43, bench warrant: failure to appear, Las Vegas Municipal Court
    Christopher Benavidez, 27, three-day sanction, San Miguel County Magistrate Court, Adult Probation Office
    Mark Suber, 61, bench warrant: failure to pay fines, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Kayla Esquibel, 21, bench warrant: failure to report, San Miguel County Magistrate Court, Adult Probation Office

  • Schools closer to solutions

    Nearly five years ago, Union Elementary parents took the fight to save the school from being closed. On Tuesday, several parents took their stand again to save the school in its current state serving students in second to fifth grades as the district mulls the reorganization of its elementary schools.

    Union Elementary has continuously excelled with school grades for several years, including last year as the school received an A grade from the state Public Education Department.

  • Police: Speeder menaced couple

    A Las Vegas man is facing felony charges for his role in a reported road rage incident. Richard Varela, 27, of the 200 block of Alamo Street, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon  — a fourth-degree felony —  in connection with the incident, which allegedly occurred on the evening of March 16.

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  • ‘Free to Breathe’ event aims to save lives

    Las Vegas native Annette Leger may have lost her life to lung cancer in 2012, but her legacy lives on.

    Despite her being a non-smoker and otherwise healthy, the deadly disease ravaged her body. It was through this trying time that she wanted to help others.

    In 2012, while battling cancer Leger founded the Albuquerque Free to Breathe Lung Cancer Bike Ride and Yoga. Five months after organizing her first event, she died from cancer.

  • Weather - March 31, 2017


    HIGH 58° / LOW 30°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.
    6:48 a.m. to 7:22 p.m.


  • NMHU concert choir set to perform Beatles tribute

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University Concert Choir presents The Beatles Tribute concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday in Ilfeld Auditorium at 900 University Ave.

    Some of the 16 selections include Penny Lane, The Long and Winding Road, Can’t Buy Me Love, Yesterday, Blackbird and Michelle.

  • Convicted killer gets 20 years

    Ricky Quintana, who was found guilty of second-degree murder in the April 2003 death of Michael Grube, has been committed to 20 years at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute.

    Quintana, 49, received a sentence that is considered the basic one for a second-degree murder conviction with an enhancement of five additional years, said Richard Flores, Fourth Judicial District Attorney. Prosecutors requested the enhancement due to the brutal nature of the killing, and Judge Gerald Baca concurred.