Local News

  • Council OKs union contracts

    The City Council signed off last week on contracts with two city unions that will provide the members of those unions with pay raises of 35 cents an hour.

    That amounts to annual pay hikes of $728 for full-time city employees who are members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2851 and those belonging to the International Association of Firefighters Local 4625.

  • Pulling Together - CYFD, Eagles to help feed the needy

    Four years ago, members of the local Eagles organization saw a need to help others in the community. Since then they have partnered with the local Children, Youth and Families Department to provide 25 full meals to the department’s families. This year’s meal donation from the Eagles is a prime example of CYFD’s new initiative, Pull Together, an effort designed to help others in need.

    “The partnership of the Eagles and our CYFD office is a great example of Pull Together,” Henry Varela, spokesman for CYFD, said.

  • Arrest made in Bridge St. mugging

    Las Vegas police have arrested a suspect in the Tuesday mugging of an 86-year-old Las Vegas woman.

    Mario Montaño, who is 32 or 33, and resides on the 900 block of Union, was arrested on the Plaza on Friday, said Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño.

    Chief Montaño said a Las Vegas police sergeant was able to identify him from a video of the mugging.

    “He did admit to doing that,” the chief said. “He’s currently at the county detention facility.”

  • Choir to perform holiday favorites

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University Concert Choir presents a Christmas Favorites concert at 3 p.m. today (Sunday) at Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Some of the selections include traditional arrangements of Silver Bells, Sleigh Ride, Silent Night, and Oh Holy Night.

  • State budget officials say reserves come first

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Top budget officials for the state of New Mexico announced Wednesday that they intend to rebuild state reserves that have been depleted amid a sustained downturn in the oil and natural gas sectors.

    Finance and Administration Secretary Duffy Rodriguez told a legislative committee that her agency wants to restore state reserves to 5 percent of the state’s annual general fund appropriations by the end of the fiscal year in June.

  • Gov offers assurance on health coverage

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has offered assurances that people won’t be left without health insurance as President-elect Donald Trump and fellow Republicans seek to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 20, 2016

    The Associated Press
    Special master to oversee food aid
    SANTA FE — A federal judge has appointed a court appointed “special master” to help ensure federally funded benefits are administered properly by the New Mexico Human Services Department.

    A U.S. District Court judge appointed Thursday a veteran of the Texas Department of Human Services named Lawrence Parker who has overseen that state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

  • Weather - Nov. 20, 2016


    HIGH 66° / LOW 37°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
    6:42 a.m. to 4:51 p.m.


    HIGH 54° / LOW 36°
    A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54.
    6:43 a.m. to 4:50 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Nov. 20, 2016

    Wednesday, Nov. 16, 1966 — The  J.J. Newberry store, at the corner of Sixth Street and Douglas Avenue, is performing extensive alterations to almost double the existing floor space by enlarging the basement. An open house is scheduled for this weekend. Donald Killekowski, manager, estimated that the renovation will cost about $100,000.

  • Almost time for the light parade