Local News

  • Women plead guilty to drug charges

    Two Las Vegas-area women recently pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in separate investigations, the district attorney’s office announced.

    The women are Samantha Quintana, 19, and Christina Urioste, 31.

    “We believe that given the quantity and variety of drugs that both Ms. Quintana and Ms. Urioste possessed, these cases warranted and warrant prison exposure,” said Richard Flores, Fourth Judicial District Attorney.

  • MVCHS to quit running senior centers

    The Mora Valley Community Health Services has announced it will no longer oversee administration of the Mora and Wagon Mound Senior Centers as of July 1.

    The organization stated in a news release issued late this past week that funding shortages are to blame for the decision.

    Specifically, recent reductions in grant funding and state budget reductions have impacted the organization, the release stated.

  • UN climate talks begin

    The Associated Press

    BONN, Germany — Despite uncertainties about whether the United States will remain committed to the Paris climate accord under President Donald Trump, envoys convened talks Monday in Germany on implementing the details of the deal to combat global warming.

    During ten days of talks in the western city of Bonn, officials will try to agree on how to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement to cut carbon emissions, a treaty that former U.S. President Barack Obama’s government played a leading role in forging.

  • In Brief - News - May 10, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Jury picked in deputy’s trial
    LAS CRUCES — A jury was selected Monday in the retrial of a former Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy charged with murder in the 2014 shooting death of a fellow deputy that authorities have said stemmed from an alcohol-fueled argument.

    Of the nearly 100 potential jurors summoned to state district court in Las Cruces, 15 were chosen including three alternates in a process that took nearly eight hours.

  • Weather - May 10, 2017


    HIGH 59° / LOW 39°
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could be severe. Partly sunny, with a high near 59. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
    6 a.m. to 7:55 p.m.


  • West admins will have to reapply

    While Las Vegas City Schools administration is looking at ways to reorganize its school sites, Superintendent Christopher Gutierrez is working to restructure his district’s administration.

    A job posting on the district’s website seeks applications for five principal positions, an assistant principal, a special education director and an associate superintendent position.

    “All certified administrators have to reapply for their positions,” Gutierrez said on Friday morning. “I am looking to reorganize the district.”

  • Trolley triumph - Transformation of historic building earns NMHU an architectural award

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University has received a New Mexico Architectural Heritage award for transforming a unique Las Vegas historical landmark into a state-of-the art facility for the university’s media arts and technology department.

    The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Historic Preservation Division tapped the Highlands Trolley Building for the honor.

  • Tillerson urges hard line vs. North Korea

    By Matthew Pennington
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday pressed Southeast Asian governments to ensure “leak-proof” enforcement of sanctions against North Korea and to prevent the pariah nation’s diplomats from conducting business that could benefit its weapons programs.

  • Trump keeps ‘em guessing

    By Nancy Benac
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Washington policymakers have a time-tested method for rolling out new ideas: float a trial balloon.

    Spread rumors of a policy change or selectively leak it to the press, then see how it plays and proceed only if it looks doable.

    President Donald Trump has flipped that script.

  • Pearce: Yes to overhaul

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s lone Republican congressional representative joined the GOP majority Thursday in voting for an overhaul of President Barack Obama’s health care law.

    Rep. Steve Pearce said he supported the bill to overhaul the Affordable Care Act because it will restore power to the states on health care issues.