Local News

  • Judge rules mental health audit will remain secret

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A judge has ruled that government agencies don’t have to disclose an audit of more than a dozen mental health providers under investigation for possible overbillings and fraud, because the audit contains law enforcement materials that are confidential.

  • Highway officials offer tips on driving on ice

    The Associated Press

    Drivers beware. With bitter cold temperatures settling in over a big chunk of the country, highway officials are warning people to stay off slick roads and, if they must go out, take extra care when getting behind the wheel.
    Sgt. Mike Watson, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, said drivers should be prepared before leaving their homes.
    Some of his tips:

  • Union chief accused before

    The head of one of the city’s unions who has been charged with battery over an October incident was accused in April of bullying another man and even threatening to have him thrown out of his public housing unit.

    Benito Lujan, 32, who works for the city’s housing department, wasn’t charged or disciplined over the April incident.

  • Student hit while going to school

    A 14-year-old Memorial Middle School student was struck by a white SUV on Tuesday morning at the intersection of Old National and Legion while going to school.

    According to the police accident report, the 41-year-old female driver of the SUV had just dropped off her daughter at the school and did not see the teenage boy crossing the crosswalk due to poor visibility caused by sun glare.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said EMS responded to the accident, but the juvenile’s injuries appeared to be minor.

  • Last of the Legends - Code Talker to discuss experience

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Cpl. Chester Nez, the last of the original 29 World War II Navajo Code Talkers, will speak at 2 p.m. Saturday at the historic Plaza Hotel.

    The presentation will be in the ballroom.

    Judith Avila, the author of Nez’ memoir, Code Talker, is also part of the presentation. The bestselling Code Talker is the only memoir by one of the original 29 Code Talkers. Nez is the only surviving member.

  • Obama seeks hike in minimum wage

    By Jim Kuhnhenn
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama prodded Congress to raise wages and secure the social safety net as he issued an overarching appeal Wednesday to correct economic inequalities that he said make it harder for a child to escape poverty.

    “That should offend all of us,” he declared. “We are a better country than this.”

  • Frigid Weather
  • Freezing temps, snow hit state

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A storm system swept through parts of New Mexico on Thursday, dumping up to 6 inches of snow across the state and causing dangerous driving conditions, school closures and delays.

    The moderate snowfall overnight struck Interstate 25 near Raton in northern New Mexico, resulting in a warning to motorists from the state Department of Transportation.

    Treacherous road conditions also resulted in the closure of I-25 southbound at Romeroville.

  • Albuquerque continues to seize vehicles despite ruling

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Albuquerque’s city attorney says the city can continue seizing vehicles of suspected drunken drivers because a New Mexico Supreme Court order applied to only one case.

    In its order last week, the Supreme Court refused to consider the city’s appeal of a lower court’s ruling that the city’s DWI vehicle-forfeiture ordinance is unconstitutional.

  • Guilty plea entered in bomb case

    The Guadalupe County Communicator

    An Albuquerque man will serve three years of probation after pleading guilty this week to charges related to a homemade bomb that destroyed a portable toilet at Conchas Lake and another device found unexploded in Santa Rosa’s Blue Hole.