Local News

  • Highlands selects new provost

    By Sean Weaver
    Highlands University

    Roxanne Gonzales knows firsthand how education can change a community.

    “My father grew up in the South Valley in Albuquerque and was the first in his neighborhood to graduate from college,” Gonzales said. “His legacy fueled in me a dedication to serving individuals who have a desire to gain an education.”

  • Alta Vista halts surgeries temporarily

    A coil in Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s heating and cooling unit broke over the weekend,  forcing the hospital to close down its surgical suite temporarily.

    The problem has resulted in the hospital’s postponing all planned elective surgeries for now, and anyone in need of emergency surgery who shows up at Alta Vista will be transferred to another facility until the surgical unit is reopened, the hospital announced in a news release Tuesday.

  • Lawmakers to mull death penalty again

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    Republican-backed efforts to reinstate the death penalty in New Mexico are being rekindled after a debate last year that roiled the Legislature and echoed through November elections.

    Rep. Monica Youngblood of Albuquerque has pre-filed a bill that would bring back lethal injection as a punishment option for convicted killers of police, children and corrections officers, with the Legislature set to convene next week.

  • FBI seeks help to ID culprit

    One year after an individual brandished a handgun and attempted to rob Community 1st Bank, the FBI is again asking the public for help in identifying the culprit.  

    The FBI issued a news release on Friday reminding the public that it is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the culprit.

  • In Brief - News - Jan. 11, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Robbery suspect fatally shot

    Police say officers fatally shot a man suspected of armed robbery in northeast Albuquerque.

    They say officers were called to an armed robbery at a business before midnight Saturday.

    Undercover officers who were in the area caught up to the two suspects, a man and a woman.

    Police say the two suspects were in a vehicle and appeared to be armed.

    They say the male suspect was shot and taken to a hospital, where he later died.

  • Weather - Jan. 11, 2017


    HIGH 56° / LOW 31°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 25 mph.
    7:10 a.m. to 5:08 p.m.


    HIGH 51° / LOW 26°
    Partly sunny, with a high near 51. Thursday night — mostly cloudy, with a low around 26.
    7:10 a.m. to 5:09 p.m.


  • Man shot on Interstate 25

    A couple driving south on Interstate 25 near Wagon Mound late last month were shot at by another motorist, and the bullet struck one of the vehicle’s occupants.

    The suspect later fired more shots at the victims’ vehicle in an apparent attempt to carjack them.

    The quick-thinking couple drove through the median and sped northbound on I-25 in an attempt to evade the person shooting at them.

    The suspect, 22-year-old Juan Macias, was apprehended by state police a short time later. The SUV Macias was driving had been reported stolen in Colorado.

  • Making progress - Rec center on track for May 5 finish

    In May 2014, a portion of the roof at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center blew off due to fierce winds. But the roof issue was just part of the problem. The structural integrity of the massive facility was at risk as several other significant problems hid between the walls.

    Due to a malfunctioning dehumidification system, which regulates temperature and controls the moisture in the air, the building’s metal frame, including the joists, girders and inside steel studs had rust damage and corrosion.

  • Motive in murder unclear

    Acquaintances of Ruth Rivera, the 52-year-old woman accused of murdering her father-in-law by repeatedly stabbing him in the face and chest, are expressing disbelief and shock.

    And the arrest warrant affidavit filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court last week isn’t shedding much light on the alleged motive in the homicide.

    Arthur Rivera, 81, was found dead in the bathroom of his Ribera home on Dec. 28.

  • Weather - Jan. 8, 2017


    HIGH 51° / LOW 37°
    Sunny, with a high near 51. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Sunday night — mostly clear, with a low around 37.
    7:11 a.m. to 5:05 p.m.


    HIGH 56° / LOW 39°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Monday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 39. Breezy.
    7:11 a.m. to 5:06 p.m.