Local News

  • Fiesta marks its 18th year on Friday

    The 18th Annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad is set to hit the stage on Friday.

    The annual cultural extravaganza of area performers begins at 6:30 p.m., with the doors to Ilfeld Auditorium opening at 6 p.m.

    “It is not a competition of one performer trying to beat out another, like in popular reality shows, but rather, a showing of each person’s individual talent,” said Sara Harris, the show’s organizer.

  • Gov. vetoes erasure legislation

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed a measure to allow the removal from public view of records of a person who is arrested but not convicted of a crime.

    Martinez, a former prosecutor, rejected the bill on Friday, saying the proposal would place a “significant impediment on the public’s and media’s right to know about information relating to convictions, arrests and other criminal proceedings.”

  • Looking Back - News - March 5, 2012

    In 1912

    Friday, March 1 — In front of the Bennett House with Miss Nellie Bennett looking out of one of the parlor windows at the highway, the horse and the cutter being driven by a stranger struck a lamp and was lifted up until the cutter was upset. The driver was pitched out into the snow but hung to the lines and stopped the horse after being dragged a couple of rods. Miss Nellie neither screamed nor fainted away. She saw the man get up, right the cutter and drive away.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 5, 2012

    Senior Olympics meeting is Thursday

    A Senior Olympics meeting will be held at 1 p.m. this Thursday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. For more information, call Denise McElroy at 454-1379.

  • Weather - March 5, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 63. West wind 10-20 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 33. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 15-20 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 31.

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. A 30 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.


  • City close to settlement

    The city of Las Vegas has reached a tentative settlement with the New Mexico Environment Department over allegations that safety violations led to the deaths of two of its employees last year.

    Under the terms of the agreement approved by both parties, the $80,100 fine initially proposed by the Occupational Health and Safety Bureau will be significantly reduced in exchange for the city agreeing to a number of actions to make its work environment safer. The safety bureau is a division of the Environment Department.

  • Delivery truck hits, kills woman

    A state employee who had just made a delivery to the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute’s main campus off Hot Springs Boulevard struck and killed a woman last month as he was backing up, according to state police.

    No citations have been issued, although state police were planning to turn over their report on the accident to the District Attorney’s Office for guidance on whether any citations or charges should be pursed.

  • College Night
  • Man charged with trafficking drugs

    Las Vegas police executing a search warrant at a residence on Eighth Street Extension on Tuesday discovered large quantities of heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana, leading to the arrest of a 27-year-old man.

    Inside the home when police got there were three children — ages 5, 10 and 11 — and their mother.

    Jessie Lee Romero, whose address in court documents is listed as Eighth Street Extension, was being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center. Magistrate Chris Najar set his bond at $50,000 cash.

  • Raises approved for Luna workers

    Luna Community College’s board of trustees gave final approval Wednesday for a cost-of-living pay raise for most of its employees.

    The decision comes nearly three months after the school’s administration proposed the mid-year pay hikes.

    “This shows the commitment and confidence the Luna Community College Board of Trustees has placed in our employees and fiscal operations,” Luna President Pete Campos said in a news release.