Local News

  • Family files lawsuit

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The family of a little girl killed when her family’s van was hit by a vehicle driven by a Santa Fe surgeon suspected of driving drunk has filed a wrongful death suit against the doctor and her insurance company.

    Dr. Deborah Aaron was arrested by Santa Fe police after the Dec. 30 crash that killed 4-year-old Yuliana Aremi Reyes Vasquez. Aaron, 56, has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide, but the district attorney has not filed an indictment to move the case forward. She is free on a $100,000 bond.

  • Scottish sculptor visiting Highlands

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Internationally known Scottish sculptor Charles Engebretsen is working with fine art and science students on the New Mexico Highlands University campus from April 16 to April 28, with emphasis on his recent expedition with the Clipperton Project.

    The new and unique Clipperton Project is an international artistic and scientific collaboration aimed at increasing  public understanding of environmental concerns and other social issues. It is a nonprofit initiative.

  • A huge turnaround

    In December of 2006, shortly after Jim Fries had been named a finalist for the Highlands presidency, he was asked how long he planned to stay if picked for the job.

    “’Til I wear out,” he responded half jokingly.

    His response may have been made in jest, but given the seemingly never-ending turmoil at the university at that point in its history, his joke hinted at the long road ahead for the embattled university.

  • Ex-con treasurer gives $45K to wife’s race

    CORRECTION: An Albuquerque Journal article appearing in the April 20 Optic about former state Treasurer Robert Vigil’s $45,000 donation in old campaign funds to the candidacy of his wife, Viola, contained an inaccuracy. The Roberta Vigil who is the treasurer of Viola Vigil’s campaign is the daughter of Viola and Robert Vigil. She isn’t the Roberta Vigil who is married to state Rep. Richard Vigil, D. Ribera.

  • Robert Vigil responds

    Former state treasurer Robert Vigil acknowledged that the Albuquerque Journal column reporting that he had contributed money to his wife Viola's treasurer campaign was accurate, but he said the newspaper sensationalized the story.

    “I did contribute that money to her campaign, which, as the article says, is perfectly legal. As far as the article, of course it's sensationalization of things... That's just part of selling newspapers,” Vigil said Wednesday.

  • Breaking Ground

    Area ranchers needing to have their cattle slaughtered and processed for meat can either do it themselves or else transport their animals to slaughter houses in Raton or Fort Sumner and hope the processing plants aren’t too busy.

    Timoteo Martinez and his family are hoping to change all that, and they’re betting the ranch on its success. They broke ground this week on a slaughterhouse on the old sale barn property off the frontage road, and they’re hoping to have their business up and running by August.

  • Man, 70, arrested on drug charges

    The Region IV Narcotics Task Force arrested a 70-year old Las Vegas man on Tuesday on several drug charges.

    Mauricio Tapia, whose address in court documents is listed as the 200 block of Delgado Street, has been charged with trafficking crack cocaine, a first-degree felony, distribution of marijuana, a fourth-degree felony, and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of suboxone and two counts of possession of hydrocodone.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño issued a warning to anyone engaged in illegal drug activity.

  • Looking Back - April 20, 2012

    In 1912

    Monday, April 10 — The baseball season in Las Vegas will open on May 16 with the first of a series of four games between the Dawson aggregation and the Maroons. Such was the announcement made this morning by assistant manager J.B. Duncan Jr.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 20, 2012

    Wind and Jazz Ensemble performs tonight

     New Mexico Highlands University Music Department Wind and Jazz Ensemble will be performing at 7 p.m. tonight, April 20, in NMHU’s Sala de Madrid. They perform a wide variety of repertoire including classic concert standards and new music. Tickets for this event are $5 and free for students with ID.

  • Weather - April 20, 2012

    Isolated showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. North wind around 10 mph becoming southeast. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 40. South wind around 5 mph, becoming west.

    Sunny, with a high near 72. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 44.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 47.