Local News

  • Looking Back - Sept. 22, 2014

    In 1964

  • Looking ahead - News - Sept. 22, 2014

    Kiwanis Annual Spaghetti Day, lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and dinner served from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at Hillcrest Restaurant Flamingo Room. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children 10 and younger. All proceeds support Kiwanis’ local youth programs.

  • Weather - Sept. 22, 2014

    Showers and thunderstorms likely. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. South wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. South wind 10-15 mph.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Southwest wind around 10 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Sept. 22, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Health care law not popular

    A newspaper’s poll found that nearly half of New Mexico voters say the new federal health care law has been a failure.
    The poll by the Albuquerque Journal also found that a majority of voters said Gov. Susana Martinez was right to take advantage of law by expanding the number of people eligible for Medicaid.

  • $70K awarded to EDC

    The city of Las Vegas and San Miguel County have thrown a lifeline to the local Economic Development Corporation, each agreeing to provide $35,000 in funding to the nonprofit to keep its doors open and bolster economic development efforts in the community.

  • 57th birthday of the 57s - Fort Union celebrating ‘50s era

    The car business in 1957 was about the increase in horsepower and cubic inches. On Saturday, the Fort Union Drive-In will celebrate the 57th birthday of the classic beauties known for their deep eye-browed fenders and chrome with a car show.

    Rob Larrañaga, an owner of a red-and-white 1957 Ford Fairlane that he rebuilt himself, spearheaded  the local event.

  • Concern raised over city overtime

    Two months into the current fiscal year, the city of Las Vegas has already spent one-third of its overtime budget, and that has one city councilor voicing concerns.

    The Council had been asking about the overtime budget, and at Wednesday night’s City Council meeting, acting City Manager Elmer Martinez presented the governing body with an overtime report.

    “We wanted to ID the problem, if there was one, and if there was a problem, develop a strategy,” Martinez said. “That’s why we’re being open and transparent about this.”

  • Man sentenced to 5 years in drug case

    A Las Vegas man arrested earlier this year after agreeing to sell crack cocaine to an undercover Region IV narcotics agent has been sentenced to five years in prison.

    Jerry Martinez, 37, was sentenced by Judge Abigail Aragon last month.

    District Attoney Richard Flores announced the sentence in a news release issued Thursday.

    According to the release:

    The case stems from an undercover operation in February in which a police officer posed as a drug user and purchased crack cocaine.

  • Poverty rate rises in state

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico saw a spike in the number of people living in poverty last year and maintained the nation’s second-highest percentage, according to U.S. Census Bureau numbers released Thursday.

    Census figures indicate that 21.9 percent of New Mexico residents lived in poverty last year, roughly 22,000 more people than in 2012. That’s a jump from 20.8 percent.

    Nationally, the rate was 15.8 percent in 2013 compared to 15.9 percent the year before.

  • Court sets hearing in marijuana ballot case

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s highest court is giving speedy consideration to a lawsuit by Santa Fe County seeking to place a nonbinding question over marijuana on the November general election ballot.