Local News

  • In Brief - New Mexico - July 15, 2014

    The Associated Press

    King unveils education goals
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King proposes using one of New Mexico’s endowment funds to provide additional money for public schools and expand early childhood programs.
    King outlined his educational policies on Wednesday, which include supporting a proposed constitutional amendment to increase yearly allocations from the Land Grant Permanent Fund.
    He also wants to end “high-stakes” testing that students must pass to graduate from school.

  • Jail Log - Aug. 15, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 5 and Aug. 7:

    Jeremy Vasquez, 32, parole violation: possession of alcohol Adult Probation Office Parole
    Richard Madrid, 57, drug court violation: consumption of alcohol (Seven-day sanction)
    Geronimo Padilla, 57, disorderly conduct
    Vincent Sandoval, 23, probation violation: positive UA (cocaine and Suboxone)
    Matthew Montoya, 21, public nuisance
    Arthur Riegert, 55, mental health hold
    Brian Mondragon, 39, one-day commitment

  • Lawsuit: DEA informant killed man

    The Associated Press

    A man accused of gunning down another man in Albuquerque’s South Valley last year was an active U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration informer who was improperly supervised, a new lawsuit alleges.

    The family of Jason Estrada recently filed a $50 million lawsuit against the agency, the second suit in recent months alleging problems with the DEA’s handling of informants, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

  • Stars mourn Robin Williams

    By Mark Kennedy
    AP Drama Writer

    NEW YORK — The casts of “Aladdin” — both the 1992 film and the current Broadway hit — are honoring Robin Williams, who played the manic, fast-talking, unforgettable Genie.

    Scot Weinger, who played Aladdin in the animated film, said Wednesday that working with his hero was surreal and magical, adding the world has “lost a bright light.”

  • DA: Fatal shooting justified

    The state police officers who shot and killed Arcenio Lujan just outside city limits on May 8 have been cleared of any wrongdoing, District Attorney Richard Flores announced Monday.

    Lujan, who earlier that day had been fired from his city of Las Vegas job, was killed after he pointed a rifle at officers. The officers who fired on Lujan were subsequently identified as Anthony Robinson, who has been with state police for one year, and Jonathan Wright, who has been with the agency for three years.

  • Works of 50 artists featured - Large exhibition opens Sunday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    An exhibition of more than 50 established and up-and-coming New Mexico artists will be on display from Sunday to Oct. 15 at New Mexico Highlands University.

    An opening reception will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

  • Campaign sticker puts city in spotlight

    The photograph snapped near Plaza Park last month tells the story: A white city of Las Vegas parks department truck with a Susana Martinez for governor bumper sticker.

    City officials concede the bumper sticker should never have been on the city-owned vehicle in the first place. It’s unclear who placed the sticker there.

  • Bomb scare forces evacuation of hotels

    Authorities evacuated two hotels and shut down a half-mile stretch of North Grand Avenue on Monday after a man staying at one of the hotels told them he had placed a bomb in one of the rooms, San Miguel County Sheriff Benjie Vigil said.

    The evacuations of Best Western and Days Inn as well as the closure of Grand lasted a short while.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 13, 2014

    In 1964
    Thursday, Aug. 13 — Town Police Chief Melecio Perea wishes to inform all people in Las Vegas that the making of U-turns on Bridge St. between the bridge and the Plaza are illegal. Another thing that Chief Perea would like to stress is the fact that the Town and City dumps are the proper places to dump garbage, not in Town or City or anywhere else. Anyone caught doing so will also be prosecuted to the fullest extent, Perea said.

  • Looking ahead - News - Aug. 13, 2014

    People’s Faire set for Aug. 23

    The 36th Annual People’s Fair will take place on Saturday, Aug. 23, at Carnegie Library Park. Vendor applications are currently available at 140 Bridge St. or online at lasvegasartscouncil.org. Deadline is Aug. 16.