Local News

  • Jenkins promoted to deputy chief

    Nearly two months after taking over as the city’s new police chief, Juan Montaño has a new second in command.
    Montaño announced Wednesday night that Commander Kenneth Jenkins will take over as deputy chief on Saturday. He replaces Eugene Garcia who is retiring today.
    Jenkins, who is currently a commander, has worked for the Las Vegas Police Department for 16 years.

  • Icy Interstate led to fatal crash

    A 72-year-old Rio Ranch man died Tuesday after crashing into a tree near Watrous.
    State police said Robert Padilla, who apparently wasn’t wearing his seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.
    The single-vehicle crash occurred on Interstate 25 at milepost 366, near Watrous. State police responded at about 9 a.m.
    According to a state police news release, Padilla was traveling northbound on I-25 in his 1993 Toyota pickup. The truck went off the road and stuck a tree.

  • A conversation with Stella Burciaga

    By Anthony Lopez

  • Jail Log Feb. 20, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 6 and Feb. 15:
    Paul Baca, 33, criminal damage to property, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Jason Atencio, 40, driving on suspended revoked license, speeding.
    Bernabe Mares, 47, aggravated DWI (sixth offense), driving on suspended/revoked license.
    Steven Quintana, 38, failure to pay child support.
    Macario Garcia-Lopez, 45, failure to pay fines, bench warrant, SM Magistrate

  • Alderete thanked for service on East board

    Las Vegas City Schools board member Felix Alderete attended his last official board meeting Tuesday evening.
    Alderete did not seek re-election to the position he held since 2011. Board member Luis Ortiz who lost his re-election bid to Robert Duran III, did not attend Tuesday evening’s meeting. A statement read by board member Gabe Lucero said Ortiz was visiting his ill grandmother who is battling cancer in Clovis.

  • Campos: Skandera now fully accountable

    There’s no denying that support from Sen. Pete Campos was key in Hanna Skandera’s confirmation earlier this week.
    Skandera was confirmed by a vote of 22-19 on Monday.

  • Lawmakers asked to support drug court

    SANTA FE — Derek Graham’s downward spiral was fueled by alcoholism. He had no relationship with his 9-year-old daughter or his wife. His job suffered — until he ended up in court.
    Graham was among a handful of drug court participants who urged lawmakers last week to keep funding for drug courts in New Mexico, a state that has consistently had among the highest rates of substance abuse-related deaths in the nation.

  • In Brief

    Bill would tighten vaccine rules
    SANTA FE — A proposal by a New Mexico lawmaker would tighten rules that currently allow parents to seek vaccine exemptions for their children over religious beliefs.
    The measure sponsored by Democratic Rep. Deborah Armstrong of Albuquerque would still allow for waivers to be approved for others reasons, including medical conditions.

  • ‘Three strikes’ bill would lead to life sentences

    SANTA FE — House Majority Leader Nate Gentry wants to clear the way for mandatory life sentences for offenders who are convicted of three violent crimes.
    His legislation joins a growing list of tough-on-crime proposals being floated by the Republican majority. With one day left to introduce legislation, the caucus already has pitched proposals to stiffen penalties or crack down on sexual exploitation of children, child abuse, food-stamp fraud, voyeurism, drunken driving, domestic violence and violent crime.

  • Senate confirms Skandera

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Senate on Monday confirmed Hanna Skandera as education secretary — four years after she took the job.

    Skandera has faced criticism from Democrats and teachers unions over policy and experience.