Local News

  • APS superintendent resigns amid probe

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The embattled superintendent of New Mexico’s largest school district said Friday he has resigned.

    The move came after members of the Albuquerque Public Schools Board said they met earlier this week to discuss an investigation of a personnel issue involving Superintendent Winston Brooks. They declined to elaborate on the issue.

    In a joint statement Friday, Brooks and the board said both sides agreed the resignation was the best option for both parties.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 18, 2014

    In 1964
    Friday, August 21 — Various problems of conversion to natural gas and the magnitude of the undertaking were discussed at a special meeting of the City Council last night. The rate schedule for the natural gas utility was approved with a $1.75 monthly minimum charge. The first 1,000 cubic feet of gas will be $1.75 per MCF, the next 4.00 cubic feet 75 cents per MCF, and next 5,000 cubic feet 70 cents per MCF.

  • Looking ahead - News - Aug. 18, 2014

    ‘Make a Wish, Honey Bear’
    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Make a Wish, Honey Bear!” by Marcus Pfister. Free and open to the public

  • Weather - Aug. 18, 2014

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.


  • 2 businesses on auction list

    The tax man cometh.

    Gonzales Funerals & Cremations and El Rialto Restaurant have fallen years behind on their property taxes, prompting the state Taxation and Revenue Department to initiate the process of putting the two properties up for public auction on Sept. 3.

    The two businesses have been fixtures in Las Vegas for decades.

    Gonzales Funerals & Cremations, located on Hot Springs, has been delinquent on its property taxes for more than 10 years, racking up $55,000 in unpaid taxes, penalties and interest.

  • Local boy in Kids’ Cook-Off

    During the summer, Luis Ortega can normally be seen working soil at the local La Milpa Community Garden alongside his beloved grandparents, but this year there was a change of plans for the Brooklyn resident in winter and Las Vegas resident in summer.

  • Federal firearms charge filed

    A San Miguel County man previously convicted of first-degree murder in Taos has been indicted on a firearms charge as part of a federal initiative that targets “the worst of the worst” offenders, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

    The federal indictment filed in July charges Earl Thomas Romo, 27, of Las Vegas, with unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition in San Miguel County on Aug. 19, 2013. Romo made his first appearance in federal court Wednesday morning.

  • Rabies confirmed in bat found here

    A 3-year-old child is receiving vaccinations after rabies was confirmed in a bat she came in contact with in San Miguel County, the state Health Department said.

    “Rabies is fatal in humans. If you have been exposed to a rabid animal, rabies can be prevented with a series of vaccinations,” Health Secretary Retta Ward said in a news release issued this week. “We want to remind everyone to avoid any animal that is on the ground. It could have rabies and pass it on to you.”

  • Looking Back - Aug. 15, 2014

    In 1964

    Thursday, Aug. 20, 1964 — Frank Herrera, Margarito Valdez and Leland Abreu, have been selected to coach the West Las Vegas Dons this season. Herrera is in his fourth season as a coach. The Dons have 26 boys on the squad and believe they will have the strongest team they have had in several years. They open their season against Los Lunas.

  • Looking ahead - News - Aug. 15, 2014

    Music City Music Festival kicks off today

    Sixteen groups will present a wide assortment of music Friday through Sunday. Free outdoor concerts will be at the Plaza Park from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Ticketed events will be at El Rialto Patio Friday and Saturday. Joser Maestas will emcee the three-day festival.