Local News

  • 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.

  • State’s unemployment worst in nation

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico has the worst unemployment rate in the nation, according to figures released Monday by state and federal labor officials.

    January’s jobless rate of 6.7 percent remained unchanged from the previous month, but that’s still higher than the 6.5 percent recorded a year ago.

    Nationally, the rate increased slightly to 4.8 percent despite an uptick in hiring in January as employers added 238,000 jobs.

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  • Styling and profiling - LV native launches fashion line

    As an actor, model and reality TV star known around the globe, Antonio Sabato Jr. is a fitting choice to be the face of the Pirata Della Strada fashion line.

    But while Sabato may be the face of the business, the heart, soul and creative brain of Pirata Della Strada belong to John Shallenberger.

    Shallenberger was raised in Las Vegas, N.M., and is a graduate of West Las Vegas and New Mexico Highlands University. Today, he and wife Courtney are raising daughter Emi, 13, and son Kian, 11, in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

  • City may add user fees

    Looking to offset some of the costs associated with processing credit card and debit card transactions, the Las Vegas City Council is being asked to consider tacking on a convenience fee for various billings.

    That is among the items expected to be on the agenda for this Wednesday’s regular meeting at City Hall.

  • Martinez vetoes teacher leave bill

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed a bill Thursday that would have increased the number of sick days that public school teachers can take without impacting their job performance evaluations.

    The Republican governor said the bill threatened to reverse recent reductions in teacher absentee rates and to increase the use of substitutes in classrooms.

  • ‘Longmire’ begins shoot of final season

    It’s the last roundup for Walt Longmire and his popular television series.

    “Longmire” producers issued a casting call for extras last week, luring more than a hundred people to Travellers Café on the Old Town Plaza. The Netflix series will begin shooting its sixth and final season this month in and around Las Vegas and other locales across northern New Mexico.

  • In Brief - News - March 12, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Coyote killing targeted
    SANTA FE — The Legislature has taken a step toward outlawing coyote killing contests for prizes or entertainment, without placing restrictions on hunting or trapping the animals.

    The state Senate voted 26-15 Thursday on a bill that would make it illegal to organize, sponsor or participate in a coyote killing contest. The initiative now moves to the House, where lawmakers debated a similar bill in 2013 for two hours before voting it down.