Local News

  • Weather - Jan. 13, 2017


    HIGH 50° / LOW 34°
    Partly sunny, with a high near 50. South wind 5 to 15 mph. Friday night — a 40 percent chance of rain.
    7:10 a.m. to 5:09 p.m.


    HIGH 44° / LOW 35°
    Rain likely before 11 a.m., then showers likely after 11 a.m. Cloudy, with a high near 44. East wind 5 to 10 mph.
    7:10 a.m. to 5:10 p.m.


  • Arrest made in shooting

    A Cimarron man has been arrested in connection with a December shooting in Ribera.

    Benito L. Chavez Jr., 42, was arrested and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center last Wednesday. He has been charged with aggravated battery — use of a deadly weapon, or, in the alternative, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, both third-degree felonies.

  • Makerspace studio planned - Founder wants to make science fun

    While pursuing his master’s degree at Highlands University, Mariano Ulibarri developed a program to help young people by teaching them about technology while making it fun and exciting.

    He opened up his Parachute Factory organization and its Makerspace area in February 2013. Ulibarri held many events and camps at his previous location on Bridge Street. But due to costs, he put the factory on hold for a short while and accepted a job with his alma mater in October.

  • 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.