Local News

  • Cash-strapped NM missed $193M in insurance taxes

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico failed to collect at least $193 million in taxes on insurance premiums over the past five years, even as the state struggles this year to close a major budget shortfall, according to an independent review of collections.

  • Jail to give prescriptions to released inmates

    The Associated Press

    Doctors at a New Mexico jail are extending prescriptions for inmates dealing with mental illness before releasing them.

    KOAT-TV reports that about 2,000 people are booked into the Bernalillo County Jail each month and many of them have a mental illness.

    Jail doctors treat the inmates and often provide prescriptions. They typically give the inmate a prescription for a three-day supply of any necessary medicine when they are released from jail.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 23, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 12 and Sept. 18:
    Johnny Gallegos, 35,  driving on a suspended or revoked license, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Joe Baca, 40, bench warrant: failure to appear, criminal trespass, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Kevin Crespin, age unavailable,  bench warrant: failure to appear, no registration, no insurance, driving on a suspended or revoked license, Mora
    Isaac Leyba, 44,  driving on a suspended or revoked license, Mora

  • Gov wants vote on reinstating death penalty

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez stepped up pressure on lawmakers Tuesday to consider reinstating the death penalty by promising to add the issue to a legislative agenda for a pending special session that was aimed solely at fixing the state’s budget shortfall.

    The second-term Republican governor and former district attorney said that she wants the death penalty as an option for convicted killers of police, children and corrections officers.

  • Weather - Sept. 23, 2016


    HIGH 77° / LOW 42°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.
    6:50 a.m. to 6:55 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Sept. 23, 2016

    Monday, Sept. 19, 1966 — Enrollment at West Las Vegas High School shows a big increase this year. Friday there were 459 students enrolled. Last year’s enrollment was around 400. Breakdown by this year’s classes: Seniors: 111 juniors: 176; sophomores, 194; freshmen 154.

  • Trujillo hit with more charges

    By Martín Salazar and Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    Embattled former Mora schools superintendent Charles Trujillo is facing yet another criminal case, this one over a falsified university transcript and misrepresentations about having a master’s degree when he applied for a job at Luna Community College.

  • CEO: Alta Vista working to reopen OB unit

    Six months ago, Alta Vista Regional Hospital shut its obstetrics department due to staffing issues. Since then, many women have delivered their babies out of town, a local business is on the verge of shutting its doors, and a woman and her unborn son have lost their lives. And the staffing problem that has plagued Alta Vista remains, despite efforts to solve the issue.

    In a letter to state Attorney General Hector Balderas, Alta Vista Regional Hospital CEO Chris Wolf writes that the hospital has launched an “aggressive recruitment effort.”

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  • NM opioid fight not without campaign donations

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    In a state with one of the highest drug overdose rates in the nation, there has been no shortage of campaign donations in New Mexico by the prescription drug industry and allied advocacy groups.

    An investigation by The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity found drugmakers that produce opioid painkillers and their allies spent more than $880 million nationally on campaign contributions and lobbying over the past decade.