Local News

  • In Brief

    The Associated Press

    Police chief back in court

    LAS CRUCES — A federal judge is to hear an appeal Thursday from the police chief of a New Mexico border town who is one of a dozen people accused of being part of a gun smuggling ring that prosecutors allege bought weapons to send to Mexico.

    The suspended Columbus police chief, 40-year-old Angelo Vega, has appealed an order to hold him pending trial.

    The U.S. Attorney's Office opposes his release, and filed a response Wednesday to his appeal.

  • Murder suspect arraigned

    Suzanne Aguilar called 911 at about 7:26 a.m. Friday and told the dispatcher that she had stabbed her husband.

    When police arrived at the home on the 1400 block of Salazar Street, they found Michael Martinez lying on a bed and could see that he had been stabbed. He wasn’t breathing, and his body was cold. Officers tried to revive him but were unsuccessful.

    Those are among the scant details contained in court documents filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court on Monday charging Aguilar, 45, with an open count of murder and tampering with evidence.

  • School on the Rise

    Two years ago, Paul D. Henry Elementary was designated as a school in need of improvement. Now it’s being recognized by the state for its success in student achievement.

    What a difference two years make.

    “Paul D. Henry is now one of only 15 schools in the state that was named a ‘School on the Rise’ by Gov. Susana Martinez,” Principal Aylene Romero-Griego said.

  • Looking Back

    In 1968

    Tuesday, Nov. 12 — The seventh annual Brown Extemporaneous Speaking Contest will be held Thursday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. in University Hall, according to Walter Brunet, faculty member of the Highlands Speech Department. Presented by the Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha speech fraternity and the Highlands University Forensic Club, the contest will have six finalists competing for one of four (cash) prizes (ranging form $15 for first to $5 to fourth) and trophies from Melvin R. Brown, sponsor of the contest.

  • Looking Ahead

    Running Dry trilogy to be shown Sunday

    NMHU’s Sustainability Club, Sustainable Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Community Water Board will host filmmaker Jim Thebaut and present a special screening of his Running Dry “call to action” film trilogy at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Leveo V. Sanchez Lecture Hall, adjacent to Donnelly Library. For more information, call 425-6008.

  • Weather

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. South wind 5-15 mph, becoming northwest. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 35. Northwest wind 10-15 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 73. Northwest wind around 10 mph, becoming southwest. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 37.

    Sunny, with a high near 69. Clear at night, with a low of 43.


  • FYI - News

    Archaeologist Maria Garcia is the new supervisor of Santa Fe National Forest. She succeeds Daniel Jiron in overseeing five ranger districts on 1.6 million acres on the northern New Mexico forest. She has worked in various jobs for the U.S. Forest Service. Garcia began working for the Forest Service in 1989 as an archaeologist on the Carson National Forest in New Mexico.

  • City responds to gas safety concerns

    The city of Las Vegas fired back last week against allegations by the New Mexico Pipeline Safety Bureau that it likely violated safety requirements in the operation of its natural gas system.

    The notice of probable violation stems from a Feb. 9 gas explosion and subsequent fire that destroyed the Church Street home belonging to John Singletary. Reports by the fire marshal’s office and the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission’s Pipeline Safety Bureau state that the explosion was caused by a leak in the city’s main natural gas line.

  • Allsup’s robbery lands man in jail

    A Las Vegas man arrested in September for robbing the Allsup’s on Seventh Street returned to the store early Monday morning and robbed it again, a court document states.

    Nicholas Leyba, 23, of the 700 block of Dalbey Drive, was arrested and booked into the San Miguel County jail on Monday. He is charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault and tampering with evidence, according to court documents filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court.

  • Water shortage could impact chile crop

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES — An expected dry growing season could hurt the chile crop in southern New Mexico.

    There's a shortage of river water in Doña Ana County and a lack of a good groundwater supply in the Hatch area. Growers also say they’re leaning toward planting cotton instead because of the water outlook. Cotton takes less water. Hatch vegetable farmer Jerry Franzoy says cotton looks especially favorable because it’s experiencing a market boom this year.