Local News

  • Art on the air - Radio station 24-7 sports

    When he was looking for a format for his newest radio station, the loudest voices Matt Martinez heard were from the bleachers.

    “We took a study to see what people would like,” Martinez said. “The younger generation likes hip-hop and a lot of the new music out there, but the business community wouldn’t support it. But one of the formats that was a natural was sports.”

  • Martinez, county come to terms

    San Miguel County made official its pick for a new manager on Tuesday, as the county commission approved a two-year contract with Vidal Martinez.

    Under terms negotiated, Martinez will be paid $85,000 a year to serve as county manager.

    Martinez is a longtime administrator at Luna Community College. He had served as vice president for instruction before a more recent stint as director of vocational programs.

  • Tax code overhaul on table

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers listened to an outcry from dozens of nonprofit organizations and industry groups as a Senate panel reviewed a proposal Wednesday to eliminate a wide array of tax exemptions, deductions and credits in an effort to stabilize state revenue streams and lower overall tax rates.

    Republican Rep. Jason Harper of Rio Ranch outlined provisions of the far-reaching tax reform plan designed to improve the business climate in New Mexico by sweeping away an array of tax breaks.

  • Clovis air crash kills 3

    The Associated Press

    CLOVIS, N.M. — The Air Force on Thursday released the identities of three service members killed Tuesday night in the crash of a reconnaissance and surveillance plane during a training flight in eastern New Mexico.

    Cannon Air Force Base officials say the 33-year-old pilot, Capt. Andrew Becker from Novi, Michigan, 29-year-old Capt. Kenneth Dalga from Goldsboro, North Carolina, and 26-year-old co-pilot, 1st Lt. Frederick Dellecker from Daytona Beach, Florida, were killed.

  • Jail Log - March 17, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 8 and 14:
    Brian Poisson, 38, bench warrant: failure to register as a sex offender, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Patrick DeHerrera, 32, aggravated DUI, failure to maintain traffic lanes, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Samuel Romero, 23, possession of controlled substances, oxycodone, dilaudid, alprazolam, suboxone, receiving stolen property, San Miguel County Magistrate Court

  • Weather - March 17, 2017


    HIGH 73° / LOW 39°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.
    7:08 a.m. to 7:10 p.m.


    HIGH 74° / LOW 43°
    Sunny, with a high near 74. South wind 10 to 20 mph. Saturday night — mostly clear, with a low around 43.
    7:07 a.m. to 7:11 p.m.


  • Legislature races clock to fix budget

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers were racing against the clock Monday in efforts to raise new money to sustain public school budgets and state agency services in response to a sustained slump in the state’s oil and natural gas sectors and a lackluster state economy.

  • Pit stop - Young broadcaster gets a shot at spotlight

    “Radio Row” on the sidelines of WisePies Arena — The Pit — has hosted some of the most revered broadcasters in the state’s history.

    Guys like Henry Tafoya, Jim Lawwill, and Mike Roberts, the late, great voice of the Lobos.

    Add 13-year-old Jerry Baca of Las Vegas to that list.

    Baca, an eighth grader at Memorial Middle School, accompanied veteran local broadcaster Dale Turner for a trial run during KFUN’s live coverage of the state high school basketball tournaments this past week in Albuquerque.

  • Murder suspect arraigned

    Daniel M. Sullivan, the man accused of killing Steven Marquez in July 2016, has been arraigned on a charge of second-degree murder.

    Sullivan’s court date was March 9 in district court. No trial date has been set as of press time.

    The judge of record is now Emilio Chavez, who was assigned the case on March 3 after three local judges — Matthew Sandoval, Abigail Aragon and Gerald Baca — recused themselves for cause. Chavez is a judge in the Eighth Judicial District, serving Colfax, Union and Taos counties.

  • West school board gets new look

    Two new faces grace the board room of West Las Vegas Schools. On Thursday evening, board members Ambrosio Castellano and Linda Montoya took their oath of office to officially join board members Marvin Martinez, Patrick Marquez and Christine Ludi.

    Castellano unseated incumbent Robert Witters during the February election while Montoya takes over the seat held by former board member David Romero.

    Castellaño, 24, returns to his alma mater in an effort to bring new ideas to the board and increase technology in the district.