Local News

  • Looking Back - Jan. 21, 2013

    In 1963
    Friday, Jan. 18 — The medical staff of the New Mexico State Hospital was augmented by the arrival of Dr. Walter G. Moss, who reported for duty Jan. 16. Dr. Moss, who is 48 years of age, was previously employed at State Hospital South, Blackfoot, Idaho. The former superintendent of the New Mexico State Hospital, Dr. C.G. Stillinger, is presently superintendent at the Idaho institution and, Dr.; Moss said, recommended that he accept the position at Las Vegas.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 21, 2013

    Story Time at Carnegie is Wednesday
     Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on  Wednesdays in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Missing Mitten Mystery” by Steven Kellogg. The event is free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Jan. 21, 2013

    Sunny, with a high near 51. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28.

    Sunny, with a high near 60. Clear at night, with a low around 28.

    Sunny, with a high near 61. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 31.

    Sunny, with a high near 55. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 26.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:07 a.m. to 5:17 p.m.

  • EPA changed course after protest

    By Ramit Plushnickmasti
    The Associated Press

    WEATHERFORD, Texas  — When a man in a Fort Worth suburb reported his family’s drinking water had begun bubbling like champagne, the federal government sounded an alarm: A company may have tainted their wells while drilling for natural gas.

  • Clerk, chief get 2-year contracts

    The city’s governing body has awarded two-year contracts to its police chief and city clerk despite objections from one councilor who argued that the contracts violate state law and the city charter.

    The contracts for Police Chief Christian Montaño and City Clerk Casandra Fresquez run from Jan. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2014. Both received pay raises in their new contract.

  • Filing Day - Eleven file for Luna board posts

    Three incumbents on the Luna Community College Board of Trustees are seeking re-election while one of their colleagues has opted not to seek another term.

    In all, 11 people filed to run for the four seats up for grabs in the March 5 election.

    Noticeably absent from the list of candidates is Ambrose Castellano, who has serve on Luna’s Board of Trustees since about 2000.

    Vying for the District 1 seat are Thomas Jerry Maestas, the incumbent and current chairman of the board, and Kenneth C. Medina.

  • Campos loses out on key post

    Staff and Wire Report

    SANTA FE — In the end, it came down to avoiding a bruising leadership fight that might have created even more divisions in the state Senate and weakened the Democratic caucus.

    So in his classic style, Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, stepped aside on Tuesday and even nominated fellow Democrat Mary Kay Papen of Las Cruces as president pro tem of the Senate, telling his colleagues that he was doing so to ensure the Senate was united and focused on the issues confronting the Legislature.

  • West students happy with food

    The majority of West Las Vegas High School students are pleased with the meals being served by the district, according to a recent survey.

    In June, the district’s school board unanimously agreed to outsource its food service program to Summit Foods for a one year. Last week the board heard an update from food service director Jose Baca. In December, Summit Foods surveyed the high school students.

  • Obama’s gun measures face a tough road

    By Erica Werner
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s sweeping gun-control package faces an uncertain future on Capitol Hill, where majority House Republicans are rejecting his proposals while the president’s allies in the Democratic-controlled Senate are stopping well short of pledging immediate action.

    The fate of his plan could ultimately hinge on a handful of moderate Democratic senators.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 18, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 8 and Jan. 14:

    Bobby Archuleta, 44, District Court warrant, child support
    Jimmy Rylee, 27, failure to appear
    Santana Padilla, 34, Muncipal Court warrant, failure to appear, burglary, battery on a household member, criminal damage, battery, larceny, failure to pay fines
    Chusai Padilla, 30, Magistrate Court warrant, attempted breaking and entering
    Charlie Vigil, 55, driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs