Local News

  • State infant mortality rate on the rise

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico health officials are worried about an increase in the state’s infant mortality rate.

    The state Department of Health announced this week that the death rate among infants one year or younger increased from 5.2 infant deaths per one thousand live births in 2011 to 6.9 in 2012. This marks the first time since 1994 that the state rate has exceeded the national rate, which was 6.0 infant deaths per 1,000 births in 2011.

  • In Brief - Dec. 2, 2013

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A federal magistrate has issued a temporary stay in a court case seeking to blocking Texas investors from ousting cabin owners from a northern New Mexico property long used as a conference center.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the magistrate issued the stay during proceedings in a lawsuit filed by one of the cabin owners, Little Rock, Ark., business consultant Kirk Tompkins’ suit.

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 2, 2013

    Code Talker to be in Vegas Saturday
    Chester Nez, the last of the original 29 Navajo code talkers, will be in Las Vegas at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Plaza Hotel Ballroom. He will answer questions about his experiences in World War II and his role in developing the code that was instrumental in defeating the Japanese in the South Pacific. Judith Avila, co-author of his memoir, will also give a presentation.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 2, 2013

    In 1963
    Monday, Dec. 2 — Two Las Vegas families have received word that their sons, now serving in the United States Navy, were members of the honor guard at the White House during the time between President Kennedy’s assassination and funeral. They are Seaman Apprentice Manuel Sandoval, son of Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Sandoval, 720 South Pacific, and Lee Norman Gonzales, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Gonzales, 158 Independence. Both men are attending the U.S. Naval School of Music in Washington, D.C. Both are 1963 graduates of West Las Vegas High School.

  • Weather - Dec. 2, 2013

    Sunny, with a high near 57. West wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 33. Southwest wind 15-20 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Windy, with a west wind 25-30 mph, increasing to 30-35 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Partly cloudy, with a low around 29. Windy.

    Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47. A 30 percent chance of snow showers at night. Cloudy, with a low around 22.


  • Ice forces plane landing

    Several cadets and officers from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs found themselves in a bind Saturday morning.

    The nine of them were flying to Tucson when they had to make an emergency landing in Las Vegas due to ice build-up on the aircraft.

    Capt. Sarah Towler and Capt. Cody Brown were able to land the aircraft, “Ice Maiden,” on the snow-covered runway right before noon on Saturday. Along with them were seven members of Rings of Blue, the Academy’s performing parachuting team.

  • Senior profile - Cristino B. and Mary Lou Griego

    To say that Cris and Mary Lou (Nelson) Griego are dedicated to A cause is an understatement. It was a cause that began their relationship 44 years ago and they, singly and as a couple, have continued to dedicate themselves to various causes ­— societal, educational and personal, as in family.

    The couple chimed in to say, “What we’ve done, we’ve done out of love. Kids have been our life, from the day we had our first to the hundreds we inherited as educators.”

  • Balderas troubled over altered audit

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — State Auditor Hector Balderas is questioning why a state agency provided his office with a behavioral health audit report that was altered to remove a conclusion that auditors found no “credible allegations of fraud” in a review of case files for more than a dozen providers under investigation for potential misconduct.
    Balderas obtained a subpoena last week from a district judge in Santa Fe to try to shed more light on the revisions made by the Human Services Department.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 29, 2013

    In 1963

    Wednesday, Nov. 27 — Inasmuch as a number of patrons of Carnegie Public Library are delinquent in returning borrowed books, it has become necessary to go beyond the usual postal card and letter reminders asking that books be returned. The City attorney has been consulted to the effect that the materials are city property and City police may aid in repossessing books and periodicals long overdue. Charges may be filed in district court and fines or jail terms may be imposed.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Nov. 29, 2013

    Speaker to discuss Guantanamo tonight

    Amnesty International group 463 will host Veterans for Peace activist Elliott Adams,  at 7 p.m. Nov 29 in the lobby of the El Fidel Hotel.  He will discuss “Guantanamo;  a necessary evil or a national disgrace.” All are welcome to this free exchange of ideas on an important national issue..