Local News

  • Male dancers not needed
  • Vegas housing authority awarded $410,000

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    Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District announced last week that cities across northern New Mexico are receiving federal funds through the Department of Housing and Urban Development to support public housing projects. Among the recipients is the city of Las Vegas Housing Authority, which will get $410,791.

  • Jury selection wraps up in murder case

     By Susan Montoya Bryan
    Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — After nearly three weeks of questioning dozens of potential jurors, prosecutors and defense attorneys on Thursday chose nine women and three men to hear the case of an Arizona inmate who escaped from prison and is accused of killing a retired couple who was traveling through New Mexico.
    John McCluskey is the last defendant to face federal carjacking and murder charges in the 2010 deaths of Gary and Linda Haas of Tecumseh, Okla.

  • Senators pushing for food funding

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — The number of New Mexican families worried about where their next meal will come from is growing as the economy sputters along and food banks try to cobble together what donations they can.
    But keeping shelves stocked may be more difficult this year as federal support for The Emergency Food Assistance Program is expected to be slashed by more than half.

  • Gonzales takes judge post

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — Ken Gonzales on Friday became New Mexico’s newest federal judge, ending a 14-year career as a federal prosecutor that included the creation of several programs aimed at fighting high rates of crime and violence in Indian Country.

  • Non-profits urged to apply for PNM grants

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    Up to $250,000 is available to qualifying nonprofits between now and Sept. 9 through PNM’s Reduce Your Use Grants. Nonprofit organizations who are also PNM customers can apply online for a Reduce Your Use Grant of up to $5,000 to bring life to their energy-saving projects.

  • Suit filed over fatal crash

    The mother of one of the girls killed in the April 6 rollover on Interstate 25 near Tecolote has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the alleged drunk driver and against the driver’s mother.

    And the parents of the second girl who died appear to be laying the groundwork for a lawsuit of their own.

  • Blessing of the Waters
  • Man jailed for pulling over real cops

    A man who was allegedly pretending to be a law enforcement officer picked the wrong vehicle to pull over in San Miguel County on Wednesday, and now he’s behind bars and facing a misdemeanor charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer.

    John Shelton, 26, of Logan, was being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center in lieu of a $2,000 cash bond.

    State police are asking anyone who may have been pulled over by Shelton to contact the state police Investigations Bureau in Las Vegas at 425-6771.

  • Moody’s reafirms city’s credit rating

    Four months after Moody’s Investor Service put the city of Las Vegas on notice that its credit rating might be downgraded because of high pension liabilities, the credit rating agency reversed course.

    Moody’s announced Monday that it is affirming the city’s A1 rating for improvement revenue bonds issued last year.

    “The city has a manageable but still above average pension burden, based on unfunded liabilities associated with its share of statewide multi-employer cost-sharing plan,” Moody’s said in its release.