Local News

  • New Mexico’s LULAC to honor Reies Tijerina

    By Russell Contreras
    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Reies Lopez Tijerina, a controversial figure from the Chicano Movement, is scheduled to be honored by a Latino civil rights group that once scorned him.

    New Mexico’s League of United Latin American Citizens is slated Saturday to honor the 85-year-old Tijerina at a special ceremony during the group’s statewide convention in Roswell.

    Ralph Arellanes, New Mexico LULAC state director, said Tijerina is credited with bringing attention to Spanish land grants.

  • Looking Back - May 7, 2012

    In 1912

    Tuesday, May 7 — Her clothing a mass of flames, Mrs. Alcarita Montoya this morning rushed from her home on South Pacific on the west side, screaming at the top of her voice. Henry Monsimer, hearing her cries, hurried to her assistance. Securing a Navajo blanket, he wrapped the struggling woman in the ample folds and soon extinguished her burning clothing.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 7, 2012

    Gallinas Watershed Olympics, a family event, will be held from 12:30 to 5 p.m. this Saturday at the United World College USA campus in Montezuma. Kite making and flying, fly casting demonstrations, watershed models, live music, sports, games, music and more will be part of the day’s activities. For more information, call Monica at 575-387-6488 or Lea at 425-5514.

  • Weather - May 7, 2012

    Scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59. East wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Monday night, a 70 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms with a low around 39. East wind 10-20 mph.

    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. Northeast wind 10-15 mph becoming southeast. Tuesday night, a 30 percent chance of showers with a low around 41.

  • FYI - News - May 7, 2012

    High winds, warm temperatures and dry conditions have prompted San Miguel County to announce that open burning and fireworks are currently prohibited. Anyone violating the restrictions could be fined up the $500 and faces up to a year of imprisonment. Anyone with questions is asked to call the county fire department at 425-2855.

  • 3-year sentence in drug case

    A federal judge has sentenced a 26-year-old Las Vegas man to 37 months in  prison on drug trafficking charges.

    Brian Romero, who states in court documents that he resorted to selling drugs because he was desperate for money to support his son after losing his job, pleaded guilty to one count each of possessing with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine base. In exchange for his guilty plea, a charge of knowingly carrying and possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime was dismissed.

  • Mora school official on paid leave

    The Mora Independent School District administrator who had his business license yanked by the state Public Education Department in April has now been placed on leave by the district.

    Mora Superintendent Thomas Garcia said Gonzales was placed on leave last week so that the district can conduct its own investigation.

    Upon completion of the investigation, Garcia said, a determination will be made on whether Gonzales will be terminated or whether another form of discipline is warranted.

    Garcia stressed that Gonzales will be given his due-process rights.

  • Color and design

    A different type of art show has been set up and is ready for visitors.

    On Tuesday afternoon, students from Luna Community College’s quilting and sewing classes hung several of their quilts and other items in the Las Vegas Arts Council office at 140 Bridge St.

    “All the exhibitors are students from Luna Community College,” said instructor Lin Chibante. “We are thrilled the arts council let us display our items. We aren’t artists, we are just very good quilters that like to work a lot with colors and designs.”

  • BREAKING: Mora sheriff case handed to AG

    District Attorney Richard Flores has turned over the case involving the April 7 quarrel between Mora Sheriff Thomas Garza and then-deputy Lee Allingham to the Attorney General’s Office for a decision on whether to pursue battery on a peace officer charges against Garza.

    Flores said his working relationship with the Mora sheriff’s office, along with Allingham being the son of Las Vegas Police Commander Mack Allingham present too many conflicts for him to move forward with the case.

  • City ready to hire more than 150 youths for summer job program

    The city of Las Vegas is once again hiring youths for the summer, and because of the interest in the program and an overflow of applications, city officials are looking into expanding it.

    The city has identified money within the general fund from current unspent dollars that will be used for this one-time expenditure.

    The city will be employing more than 150 youths to participate in the nine-to-11 week summer program and is currently seeking additional funding to hire more  employees.