Local News

  • Area native hired for national post

    A Las Vegas native who still has ties to Las Vegas and Mora County has been selected to oversee the country’s National Wildlife Refuge System.

    As chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System, Cynthia Martinez will oversee more than 150 million acres, 563 wildlife refuges and 38 Wetland Management Districts for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Martinez is also responsible for management of more than 418 million acres of marine national monuments.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe announced Martinez’s appointment last week.

  • Bands receive gold awards - Local bands make music waves

    Music programs from both the West Las Vegas and Las Vegas City Schools are making waves.

    The West Las Vegas music program recently traveled to Orlando, Fla., where the group walked away with three awards from the World Strides Heritage Music Competition, with one student winning a prestigious award. Robertson High School’s Red Wave band competed at the 77th Annual Cañon City Music and Blossom Festival in Colorado. The band, under the direction of Martin Sena, received two awards.

  • HU student found dead in dorm room

    For the second time in six months, a Highlands University student has been found dead in his dorm room at Kennedy Hall.

    “There’s still no evidence of foul play,” Highlands President Jim Fries told regents on Monday. “It’s just one of those very unfortunate, sad situations.”

    State police, the agency investigating the death, isn’t saying much about the case.

  • In Brief - News - May 20, 2015

    The Associated Press

  • BLM plan to merge Ariz., NM offices opposed

    The Associated Press

    PHOENIX — Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar and other House members are urging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to suspend a proposed merger of the Arizona and New Mexico offices.

    Gosar joined congressmen from California and Utah plus a congresswoman from Wyoming in sending a letter Monday to BLM Director Neil Kornze.

  • Looking Back - May 20, 2015

    In 1965
    Friday, May 21 — Enrollees in the Neighborhood Youth Corps are currently at work erecting a seven-foot fence to enclose the new swimming pool in West Las Vegas. The materials are being furnished by the West Las Vegas Schools. Those who worked on the fence yesterday were Pat Chavez, Joe Montoya, Ray Collins and Tommy Lujan.

  • Looking ahead - News - May 20, 2015

    U.S. Flags to be placed on veterans’ graves
    U.S. Flags will be placed on veterans’ graves beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 23 starting at St. Anthony’s Cemetery followed by Mt. Calvary Cemetery and St. Joseph’s Cemetery. For more information, contact Karen Abeyta at karen.abeyta@state.nm.us.

  • Weather - May 20, 2015

    Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Southwest winds 10-15 mph, shifting to the south in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy at night with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the 40s. Southeast winds 10-20 mph, shifting to the east 10-15 mph after midnight.

    Showers and thunderstorms likely. Highs in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Southeast winds 10-15 mph. Showers and thunderstorms likely at night. Lows in the mid to upper 40s.


  • Judge cuts embezzler a break

    The former Rogers Mortuary employee who embezzled more than $200,000 from the business was sentenced to five years of probation last week.

    But Judge Gerald Baca agreed to grant Molly Martinez a conditional discharge, meaning that if she stays out of trouble and follows the restrictions placed on her during her probation, she will not have a criminal conviction on her record.

    “If you do violate, the court can place you in prison for nine years,” Baca warned Martinez, according to notes of the sentencing hearing, which was held last Wednesday.

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