Local News

  • In Brief - News - Dec. 21, 2012

    The Associated Press

    Skandera seeks $140M increase
    SANTA FE — New Mexico Secretary of Education-designate Hanna Skandera is urging lawmakers to support a funding increase of about $140 million for public schools in fiscal year 2014.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Public Education Department’s request includes $20 million to purchase about 250 new school buses.
    Skandera proposes investing $13.5 million in new money in early-childhood reading initiatives, such as hiring regional reading coaches.

  • Gov: Mentally ill shouldn’t have guns

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said the state should consider taking steps to prevent mentally ill people from getting guns.
    The governor tells The Albuquerque Journal in a statement that she will pursue a proposal during the legislative session next year that would require the state to provide information on people who have been found by a court to be mentally ill or have been committed to an institution.

  • School Board of the Year
  • BREAKING: Lucero and Ludi running unopposed

    Las Vegas City Schools board member Gabriel Lucero and West Las Vegas School board member Christine Ludi are running unopposed for their seats during the Feb. 5 election.

    The candidates running for Position 5 in the West Las Vegas School Board are incumbent David G. Romero and Jessica D. Torres.

    Las Vegas City Schools board election candidates are: Incumbent Ernesto Salazar and Sean Medrano for Position 1; Luis Ortiz, Alexis Mamaux and Carlos A. Perea are competing for the Position 5 seat.

  • Castañeda Hotel has a buyer

    The owner of the Castañeda Hotel has accepted an offer for the historic Railroad District property, although the deal could take six or so months to close, according to the Phoenix man who made the offer.

  • Spirit of the Season
  • Tiny DWI victim fuels push for tougher laws

    By T.S. Last
    Albuquerque Journal

    In New Mexico, the Baby Brianna bill toughened child abuse penalties, and Katie’s Law allowed DNA testing for anyone suspected of committing a felony.

    Could Dimitri’s Law be next?

    On Monday, Gov. Susana Martinez met with Aileen and Zach Smith, whose baby boy, Dimitri, died of injuries suffered in a car accident last June near Las Vegas, N.M., about a minute after being born by emergency Cesarean section at a Santa Fe hospital.

  • West still dealing with heating issues

    Heating problems continue to plague the West Las Vegas School district.

    During a recent Dons basketball match against the Española Valley Sundevils at Gillie Lopez gym, fans and players bundled up as the heating unit for the complex malfunctioned, leaving the facility without any heat during freezing temperatures.

    On Thursday, board member Christine Ludi didn’t hold back, criticizing district officials for failing to have a backup system to address these issues. Heating issues have wreaked havoc for the west side school district for years.

  • Arrest warrant issued for HU official

    Las Vegas police filed documents in San Miguel County Magistrate Court Monday charging New Mexico Highlands University Associate Athletic Director Gavino Archuleta with several crimes stemming from the Nov. 17 incident in which he allegedly grabbed another athletics department employee’s genitals.

    The criminal complaint charges Archuleta, 29, with criminal sexual contact and false imprisonment, both fourth-degree felonies and with three petty misdemeanor counts of battery.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 19, 2012

    In 1962