Local News

  • HU gallery exhibit features New Mexico painters

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico painters are featured in the annual summer exhibit in the Highlands University Ray Drew Gallery through July 25.

    The paintings are from the Dr. Robert Bell and Dr. Stirling Puck Fine Art Collection at Highlands.

  • More changes at City Hall

    The City Council put the brakes on a request by City Manager Richard Trujillo to hire former city manager Jack Maes as the new housing director.

    During a special meeting on Wednesday, the Council voted unanimously to “disapprove” the Maes appointment. The decision followed a lengthy executive session in which the governing body discussed personnel matters.

    The governing body did not publicly provide an explanation for its decision. Maes served as Las Vegas City Manager about 15 years ago.

  • Luna board gives prez 2 more years

    Luna Community College’s Board of Trustees voted on Wednesday to give President Leroy “Huero” Sanchez a two-year contract extension despite a request by one board member that the vote be delayed to give the board a chance to look into an allegation that Sanchez improperly gave himself a raise.

  • Drive yields loads of attire

    Judy and Chris Gallegos wanted to give back to their community. Earlier this year, the well-known Las Vegas couple decided to call several friends to help them with a clothing drive.

    With the help of friends Isabel Benavidez, Ida Vigil, Ramona Sedillo, Marie Sedillo, Rebecca Valdez, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard DeHerrera, Peggy Lucero, Michelle Sandoval, Eva Mascarenas, Liz Velasquez, Ramona Piechnik, Viola Trujillo, Edwina Trujillo, Tim and Van Chung, and staff from Las Vegas joined the Gallegoses to fill two trucks with gently used clothing.

  • Balance of power at stake in Legislature

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    Candidates for the New Mexico Legislature and statewide office turned their attention Wednesday to fall general elections after Democrats and Republicans locked in nominees for the House of Representatives and Senate.

    The balance of power is at stake in both legislative chambers in November, amid a hotly contested race for secretary of state.

  • Jail Log - June 10, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 31 and June 7:
    Vincent Sandoval, 25, failure to comply with conditions of probation, bench warrant, SM District
    Marino Pino, 41, probation violation: hold for investigation
    Benito Griego, 59, back from 60-day evaluation
    Dorian Esquibel, 40, probation violation: admitted to using drugs
    Christopher Manzanares, 35, 10-day commitment
    Jeremy Lucero, 31, probation violation: failure to report

  • Weather - June 10, 2016


    HIGH 92° / LOW 54°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.

    5:45 a.m. to 8:16 p.m.


    HIGH 85° / LOW 54°
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming south in the morning.

    5:45 a.m. to 8:17 p.m.

  • Looking Back - June 10, 2016

    In 1966

    Friday, June 3, 1966 — Dancing is being taught in the West Las Vegas Schools, and because of the success of the first class, expansion plans are being made. Every Saturday, Mrs. Julia Sanchez meets her class of young West Las Vegas children and the afternoon flies by as the children learn tap, folk, ballet and recreational dancing. Currently enrolled in the class are over 50  youngsters, but plans are under way to expand the program, bringing in older children.

  • Victory: Varela, Martinez, Najar take Commission posts

    Two political newcomers walked away from Tuesday’s primary election with victories in their respective San Miguel County Commission races.

    In District 2, Janice Varela of Pecos defeated opponents Oliver Perea and Rosendo B. Sandoval. In District 4, Maria L. Martinez defeated former state representative Richard D. Vigil.

    Also claiming victory was former magistrate judge Chris A. Najar, who defeated former commissioner Kenneth C. Medina and Tobias Medina Jr. in the District 5 Commission race.

  • Clinton clinches nomination

    By Julie Pace and Lisa Lerer
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Claiming her place in history, Hillary Clinton declared victory Tuesday night in her bruising battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, becoming the first woman to lead a major American political party and casting herself as the beneficiary of generations who fought for equality.

    Clinton won Democratic primaries in New Mexico, New Jersey and South Dakota, three of the six states voting Tuesday.

    The California primary remained too close to call.