Local News

  • Juvenile sentence for teen killer

    The 16-year-old boy who stabbed a man to death last year has been found to be amenable to treatment and rehabilitation, which means he will be sentenced as a juvenile.

    Under the juvenile code, the maximum sentence that Fabian Maes can receive is confinement until age 21. He was ordered to undergo an evaluation prior to sentencing.

    Judge Gerald Baca ruled that Maes is amenable to treatment after a day-long hearing last Thursday.

  • Kidnapped girl found dead

    The Associated Press

    FARMINGTON — An 11-year-old girl who was kidnapped from the Navajo Nation in New Mexico, launching a massive search, was found dead Tuesday.

    Authorities had been searching by air and ground for Ashlynne Mike, a Navajo fifth-grader who was abducted by a man believed to be a stranger Monday afternoon, FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said.

    The girl’s body was found Tuesday morning in Shiprock, near a rock formation that the town is named for, said Jesse Delmar, the tribe’s public safety division director.

  • Mariachi group wins second

    Robertson High School’s Mariachi Cardenal is making waves in the music scene. In late April the group of more than 20 students earned second place in the annual Tucson International Mariachi Conference. While there the students learned from professional mariachi performers. Mariachi Cardenal was also the second-place recipient in what the director Martin Sena calls the “People’s Choice Award.”

    “We won second in the competition where people have to cast votes,” Sena said. The group’s second-place award also included $1,000.

  • Anti-child abuse campaign launched

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    A state agency tasked with protecting New Mexico children is launching a campaign Monday with a new website and meetings around the state aimed at getting more parents involved in fighting child abuse.

  • In Brief May 4, 2016

    The Associated Press

    New Springer Dam unveiled

    SPRINGER — Two small, old dams that had been deemed by water managers as most likely to fail have been replaced.

    Officials with the Office of the State Engineer and the town of Springer gathered Monday to celebrate the completion of the new Springer Dam with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

    State Engineer Tom Blaine says the new dam will help provide a safe and reliable water supply for Springer.

  • Cowboys sweep Wolves

    Las Vegas Optic

    Highlands baseball (14-31, 11-21) pulled off its first series sweep of Colorado State-Pueblo since 2013 with three wins in as many days over the weekend in Pueblo, Colo.

    After snow and rain led to cancellation of Friday’s scheduled opener, the Cowboys swept a Saturday doubleheader 5-3 and 2-0, then finished with Sunday’s 5-4 triumph.

    CSUP had taken three of four at Brandt Park in mid-March.

  • Couple charged in child’s death

    The parents of an infant boy who died more than a year ago are facing felony child abuse charges after an autopsy determined that the child had cocaine in his system.

  • Meet Super Cooper

    Super Cooper has been a nickname for incoming Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Kelt Cooper for more than three decades. He started to get called Super Cooper when he was a math teacher. Since then his name has stuck with him throughout his educational career, which has spanned several states. On May 9, he will take the helm as superintendent of Las Vegas City Schools.

  • Campos to deliver HU graduation address

    By Sean Weaver
    Highlands University

    New Mexico State Sen. Pete Campos will deliver the commencement address to this year’s Highlands University graduating class.

    The 2016 Commencement Ceremony will be at 2 p.m. on May 14 in the university’s John A. Wilson Complex.

  • Preparing for a nasty spring allergy season

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital

    Experts are advising that 2016 could be an exceptionally unpleasant spring allergy season and those who suffer from seasonal allergies need to be prepared. With the unusual up-and-down weather pattern across the country all winter, there is likely to be a “pollen super burst” as temperatures begin to climb.