Local News

  • Back home after long hospital stay

    Las Vegas’ own walking miracle is back home. Robertson High School senior Nat Boldin returned to his Baca Street home last week after spending 85 days recovering after a simple laser procedure went awry at Lovelace Hospital in early February. He celebrated his 18th birthday in the hospital while connected to a respirator and feeding tubes.

    Boldin is now looking forward to returning to school, attending prom and graduating with his high school class.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself: Just for now, adios, Las Vegas

    Before sunrise on Tuesday, we pulled out of our driveway. Trash containers lined Seventh Street like silent stocky soldiers. Curbs and front yards glistened with traces of snow. A “little silver slipper” of a moon peaked over the trees and seemed to shed a tear as we drove towards KFUN and headed north on I-25.

  • Emma and Noah still tops for baby names

    By Mary Clare Jalonick
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — On baby names, at least, divided Americans can generally agree: Emma and Noah are tops.
    And don’t name your child Isis.

    For the second year in a row, Emma and Noah top the annual list of top baby names, according to the Social Security Administration. That’s the third year on top for Noah and the second in a row for Emma, which was also No. 1 in 2008.

  • Off to national competition
  • ‘Cinco’ celebration set for Saturday

    Get your dancing shoes on for Saturday for Casa de Cultura’s annual Cinco de Mayo celebration.

    Miguel Angel, executive director of the non-profit Casa de Cultura, said the event gives the community an opportunity to come together to celebrate Chicano history. This year’s event starts at noon Saturday at Mural Park, located on the corner of Seventh Street and Douglas Avenue.

  • Vegas man arrested on sixth DUI

    A 51-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested for his sixth DUI on Tuesday after local police found him sleeping in a red van with his ignition on.

    Jerry Martin, who resides on the 600 block of East Jackson, has been charged with aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs — sixth offense, a fourth-degree felony, and with a misdemeanor count of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

    Las Vegas police booked Martin into the San Miguel County Detention Center, where he remained on Thursday.

  • Play will benefit HU Foundation

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Actress and playwright Lisandra Tena will perform her one-woman play “Guera” at 7 p.m. May 13 in Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Tena, an Albuquerque native and magna cum laude graduate of DePaul University Theatre School in Chicago, wrote Guera in 2012 as a story about the tenacity and triumph of the human spirit in the face of lost love, family dysfunction, drug addiction and violence.

  • Girl’s slaying shocks, angers small community

    By Felicia Fonseca and Mary Hudetz
    The Associated Press

    SHIPROCK — On the far side of a desert hilltop in the shadow of the Shiprock Pinnacle, a towering monolith sacred to the Navajo Nation, the stranger ignored the cries of an 11-year-old girl.

    Hours had passed since the man had talked the girl and her brother into his van while they were playing about a quarter-mile from their home after school.

  • Gathering of Nations event booted from from the Pit

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico says the Gathering of Nations will no longer be held at its basketball arena.

    UNM Executive Vice President David Harris sent a letter Wednesday to the event’s organizer about the school’s decision, which he says is financial and operational.

    This year’s 33rd Gathering of Nations wrapped up last Saturday at The Pit.

    More than 100,000 spectators, artists and Native American dancers converged on Albuquerque as part of North America’s largest powwow.

  • Audit to probe backlog of evidence kits

    By Morgan Lee
    Associated Press Writer

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s state auditor is looking into what practices led to the backlog of more than 5,400 untested evidence kits from sexual assaults and rapes at law enforcement agencies and evidence vaults across the state.

    State Auditor Tim Keller announced Thursday a special survey of eight police departments and sheriff offices aimed at identifying root causes of the backlog and providing better policies and written standards to prevent untested kits from piling up again.