Local News

  • Justice Department criticizes Ferguson police practices

    By Eric Tucker
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Wednesday cleared a white former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old, but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional.

  • AP, governor settle open records lawsuit

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez has agreed to release monthly reports that detail the spending of security officers who travel with her, part of an agreement reached with The Associated Press in a public records case.

    Under the settlement, the governor’s attorneys agreed that the information in the procurement card reports relates to public business and falls under New Mexico’s Inspection of Public Records Act.

  • Jail Log - March 6, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 24 and March 4:

    Selena Herrera, 28, hold for court
    Carmen Salazar, 20, possession of controlled substance to with crack cocaine, failure to appear, bench warrant SM Magistrate/LV Municipal
    Jerome Garcia, 41, probation violation: absconding
    Manuel Montaño, 40, identity theft, bench warrant, State of Colorado
    Pablo Perez, 68, failure to pay fines, bench warrant, LV Municipal

  • In Brief - News - March 6, 2015

    The Associated Press
    Gov to students: return to class
    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says students protesting a new required exam have a right to march but they need to return to class.
    The Republican governor told KOAT-TV in Albuquerque on Wednesday that the new rigorous test is the best option for New Mexico students.
    She says so far the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam, or PARCC, is working.

  • SolarCity to bring program to NM

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    A California-based company chaired by entrepreneur Elon Musk said Wednesday it has set its sights on expanding the number of homes in New Mexico outfitted with solar panels — a move that could fuel a regulatory battle over tax credits and other incentives for the industry.

    SolarCity announced plans that include opening an operations center in Albuquerque and hiring at least 30 employees for sales and installation.

  • Senate OKs debit card purchase of lottery tickets

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — You might be able to buy a lottery ticket in New Mexico using your debit card in the future.

    The Senate voted 25-16 to pass a bill to move in that direction in an effort that supporters say will help boost lagging ticket sales and thus pump more lottery money toward college tuition scholarships.

    The legislation eliminates a requirement that 30 percent of gross lottery revenues be transferred to the scholarship fund.

  • BREAKING: Adams, Sisneros prevail in Luna board races

    Las Vegas Optic

    Michael Adams easily defeated incumbent Tony A. Valdez and Richard D. Jaramillo Tuesday to win a six-year term on the Luna Community College Board of Trustees.

    Adams walked away with 68 percent of the vote in the District 2 race, which encompasses much of West Las Vegas. Jaramillo came in second with about 21.7 percent of the vote with Valdez securing just 10.2 percent of the vote.

    Adams is a former Luna employee who at one time served as the college's information technology director.

  • Local students join protests

    Despite frigid temperatures, roughly 25 students from both Robertson High School and West Las Vegas High School hit the streets peacefully on Monday morning in protest of the state-mandated PARCC test. They were among hundreds of students throughout New Mexico to protest the new computer-based standardized test.

  • Accused embezzler reaches plea deal

    The former Rogers Mortuary employee accused of stealing more than $200,000 from the business has pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement as part of a plea agreement that will keep her out of prison.

    Molly Martinez, 63, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony in February. A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for April 13.

  • Iron Tribe to feature contemporary cast iron art

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Leading international and national contemporary iron artists are featured in an art exhibit at Highlands University that is part of Iron Tribe 2015, an iron art conference March 5 through 7, that is open to the public.

    The Iron Tribe exhibit is in the university’s Burris Hall Gallery, 903 National Ave. The closing reception is March 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. The international artists are from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Estonia, Japan and Canada. Stateside, artists range from New York to New Mexico to California.