Local News

  • Police investigate battery case

    Las Vegas police say a man was airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque last Saturday after he sustained a major head injury during an altercation with two other men at a parking lot on south Grand Avenue.

    The injured man, Joseph Sena, was on life support and listed in critical condition as of Thursday, Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño said. The case remains under investigation with police trying to identify the suspects.

  • Looking Back - May 25, 2015

    In 1965
    Tuesday, May 25 — Joseph Rivera, Highlands University junior from Mora, is the winner of the 1965-66 Kennecott Copper Corporation’s $500 scholarship, one of 10 such scholarships granted to outstanding students in the state’s colleges and universities. Making the presentation was Bill Saffold, director of Public relations for the Chino Division of Kennecott. Rivera has served as president and vice president of the Student Senate, is an officer of Circle K and a member of the Forensic Club. He is majoring in English and minoring in Spanish.

  • Looking ahead - News - May 25, 2015

    LVCS hosting seminar for businesses
    The Las Vegas City Schools is hosting a seminar for any potential business wanting to do contract work through the CES program at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26 at the district’s board room located at 901 Douglas Ave.

  • Weather - May 25, 2015

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 68. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 44.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 46.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 73. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 45.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    5:50 a.m. to 8:06 p.m.

  • In Brief - News - May 25, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Missile destroyed
    LAS CRUCES— Living near a missile testing range comes with its share of unexplained oddities.
    For Las Cruces residents on Thursday, those included twisting, vertical contrails in the sky and a brief highway closure.
    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the strange contrails above the Organ Mountains were left by a missile that was destroyed when a test flight went wrong at White Sands Missile Range.

  • Public defender gets $400K loan

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    The New Mexico public defender’s office will be able to continue providing legal representation to hundreds of people across the state after the state Board of Finance approved a $400,000 loan for the office.

    The emergency money approved Thursday will allow contract lawyers to be paid to represent the poor and juveniles, and it will be doled out as reimbursements are sought. The office will be required to pay back the money over the next two fiscal years.

  • Ex-Mora teacher arrested

    A former Mora High School teacher was arrested this week for allegedly carrying on an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old student.

    Mandiann Casados, 25, of Mora, was charged in Mora County Magistrate Court last Friday with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a fourth-degree felony. She was arrested on Monday and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by the state police investigations bureau.

  • Restoring a landmark - Trolley Building contract awarded

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University Board of Regents voted Monday to award the construction contract for the historic Trolley Building project to Franken Construction of Las Vegas.

    The Trolley Building will be transformed into a state-of-the-art facility for the Media Arts Department. Construction for the 21,027-square-foot restoration and expansion project is expected to begin in June and be completed in June 2016.

  • Board terminates Chamber director

    The Board of Directors of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce & Industry terminated longtime executive director Lavinia Fenzi on Wednesday, capping a tumultuous week in which police were called to secure files and the organization temporarily suspended operations.

    The vote came during an emergency meeting in which board members and Fenzi accused one another of being responsible for the deteriorating relationship.

  • State personnel office slow in back-pay case

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico’s personnel office has issued checks to thousands of state workers who were owed back pay under a 2013 court ruling but about 1,000 cases still need to be sorted out.

    State officials cited the complicated nature of the remaining cases as the reason the process has taken longer than expected, but union officials said this week the state appears to be dragging its feet.