Local News

  • In Brief - News - June 12, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Obamas headed to Carlsbad

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is taking the first family on a mini-vacation to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico and Yosemite National Park in California during Father’s Day weekend.

    The White House notes the trip is taking place as the National Park Service nears its 100th birthday. The administration is using the trip to highlight Obama’s efforts to preserve land through the creation of new national monuments.

  • Dems searching for unity

    By Ken Thomas and Kathleen Hennessey
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Nearing the end of a lengthy primary fight, Democrats are coalescing around Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid and looking to reunite the party through a carefully orchestrated plan aimed at nudging rival Bernie Sanders to make his exit.

  • HU gallery exhibit features New Mexico painters

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico painters are featured in the annual summer exhibit in the Highlands University Ray Drew Gallery through July 25.

    The paintings are from the Dr. Robert Bell and Dr. Stirling Puck Fine Art Collection at Highlands.

  • More changes at City Hall

    The City Council put the brakes on a request by City Manager Richard Trujillo to hire former city manager Jack Maes as the new housing director.

    During a special meeting on Wednesday, the Council voted unanimously to “disapprove” the Maes appointment. The decision followed a lengthy executive session in which the governing body discussed personnel matters.

    The governing body did not publicly provide an explanation for its decision. Maes served as Las Vegas City Manager about 15 years ago.

  • Luna board gives prez 2 more years

    Luna Community College’s Board of Trustees voted on Wednesday to give President Leroy “Huero” Sanchez a two-year contract extension despite a request by one board member that the vote be delayed to give the board a chance to look into an allegation that Sanchez improperly gave himself a raise.

  • Drive yields loads of attire

    Judy and Chris Gallegos wanted to give back to their community. Earlier this year, the well-known Las Vegas couple decided to call several friends to help them with a clothing drive.

    With the help of friends Isabel Benavidez, Ida Vigil, Ramona Sedillo, Marie Sedillo, Rebecca Valdez, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard DeHerrera, Peggy Lucero, Michelle Sandoval, Eva Mascarenas, Liz Velasquez, Ramona Piechnik, Viola Trujillo, Edwina Trujillo, Tim and Van Chung, and staff from Las Vegas joined the Gallegoses to fill two trucks with gently used clothing.

  • Balance of power at stake in Legislature

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    Candidates for the New Mexico Legislature and statewide office turned their attention Wednesday to fall general elections after Democrats and Republicans locked in nominees for the House of Representatives and Senate.

    The balance of power is at stake in both legislative chambers in November, amid a hotly contested race for secretary of state.

  • Jail Log - June 10, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 31 and June 7:
    Vincent Sandoval, 25, failure to comply with conditions of probation, bench warrant, SM District
    Marino Pino, 41, probation violation: hold for investigation
    Benito Griego, 59, back from 60-day evaluation
    Dorian Esquibel, 40, probation violation: admitted to using drugs
    Christopher Manzanares, 35, 10-day commitment
    Jeremy Lucero, 31, probation violation: failure to report

  • Weather - June 10, 2016


    HIGH 92° / LOW 54°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.

    5:45 a.m. to 8:16 p.m.


    HIGH 85° / LOW 54°
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming south in the morning.

    5:45 a.m. to 8:17 p.m.

  • Looking Back - June 10, 2016

    In 1966

    Friday, June 3, 1966 — Dancing is being taught in the West Las Vegas Schools, and because of the success of the first class, expansion plans are being made. Every Saturday, Mrs. Julia Sanchez meets her class of young West Las Vegas children and the afternoon flies by as the children learn tap, folk, ballet and recreational dancing. Currently enrolled in the class are over 50  youngsters, but plans are under way to expand the program, bringing in older children.