Local News

  • Keeping a tradition alive - Piñon seekers find plenty

    By Tripp Stelnicki
    Santa Fe New Mexican

    PECOS, N.M. — Mark Quintana gestures into the shady thicket of pine trees. His sons are in there somewhere, he says, along with a few of his cousins. Theirs is a familiar fall scene in northern New Mexico: Trucks parked on the roadside, tin cups and small buckets scattered beneath pine-needle boughs thick with brown cones. They’ve come for piñon, reported the Santa Fe New Mexican.

  • City agrees to reimburse AWC

    In early October, City Manager Richard Trujillo promised a large group of people that the city would indeed pay the money owed the local Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeastern New Mexico.

    Trujillo’s statement was said publicly during an informal meeting on Oct. 5 with roughly 60 individuals attending.

  • In Brief - News - Oct. 19, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Appeals judge set to retire
    A New Mexico Court of Appeals judge is retiring, creating a vacancy on the 10-judge intermediate court.

    Court officials say Judge Michael D. Bustamante will retire Oct. 31. He was appointed to the court in 1994.

    Applications for the vacancy will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Nov. 17, and the Appellate Court Judicial Nominating Commission will meet Dec. 1 to interview applicants.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 19, 2016

    Wednesday, Oct. 12, 1966 —     Merchants on the southside, 700-block of Douglas Avenue are authorized today to narrow the sidewalk, by action of the city council. Merchants on the south side of the block, Public Service Company, Dick’s Liquor Store, Serf Theater, the Spic and Span, Western Drugs and Wacker’s requested narrowing the sidewalk to accommodate diagonal parking. The city approved the request with a stipulation that the merchants cover the expenses. The city’s only expense would be in relocating two light poles on the block.

  • Donation to veterans
  • Candidates clash over voting rights in New Mexico debate

    By Morgan Lee

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Two candidates vying to become New Mexico's top elections and campaign finance regulator used a debate on Sunday morning to present sharply different visions of how to run the New Mexico Secretary of State's Office.

  • A train lover’s delight

    By Cindra Kline
    For the Optic

    The trains will be a chuggin’ next weekend at The Plaza Hotel!

    As part of the New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors’ fifth annual Fred Harvey celebration, Las Vegas will be the site of the largest “O” gauge train set-up in the state, surpassing the size of the annual Christmas train display long enjoyed at Santa Fe’s First National Bank. The track length will be longer and elevated at the Plaza Hotel for a dramatic, 360-degree viewing opportunity.

  • Millions at stake for Luna, Highlands in election

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The local economy will benefit and historic Rodgers Hall on the Highlands University campus will be renovated if voters approve Higher Education Bond C, NMHU officials say.

    “During the past decade, general obligation higher education bonds have brought about $13 million to the Las Vegas economy,” said Highlands University President Sam Minner. “If approved this year, Bond C will bring $6.5 million locally, including $4.5 million for Highlands and $2 million for Luna Community College.”

  • Accidental shootings claim kid every other day

    Editor’s note: Part of an ongoing collaboration between The Associated Press and the USA TODAY Network to examine issues related to gun violence in America.

    By Ryan J. Foley, Larry Fenn and Nick Penzenstadler
    The Associated Press

    Hours earlier, he was a happy 4-year-old who loved Ironman and the Hulk and all the Avengers. Now, as Bryson Mees-Hernandez approached death in a Houston hospital room, his brain swelling through the bullet hole in his face, his mother assured the boy it was OK to die.

  • ‘Stupid idea’ leads to charges

    A Las Vegas man has found himself facing three felony charges from what he calls a “stupid idea.”

    Markose Pacheco of the 500 block of Valley was arrested on Oct. 12 after admitting to police that he shot a .22 caliber handgun into the air while driving on Grand Avenue. He is now charged with three fourth degree felonies stemming from the incident, including shooting at or from a motor vehicle, tampering with evidence, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.