Local News

  • 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.

  • Weather - March 24, 2017


    HIGH 53° / LOW 29°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. Breezy, with a north wind 15 to 25 mph.
    6:58 a.m. to 7:16 p.m.


    HIGH 68° / LOW 36°
    Sunny, with a high near 68. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Saturday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 36.
    6:57 a.m. to 7:17 p.m.


  • Session closes

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A political standoff over how to fund New Mexico state government and public schools during the coming fiscal year showed no sign of quick resolution on Monday.

  • Bills in limbo

    Targeting suspected and potential abuses in the boarding home industry, House Bill 85 — introduced during the state legislative session that concluded Saturday — is among those awaiting action by Gov. Susana Martinez as of press time.

    The bill, which made it through the Senate with a few amendments,  passed both chambers unanimously.

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