Local News

  • BREAKING: Fire set to cover up murder

    UPDATED: Jose Montoya and Gary Esquibel, the two fugitives being sought in connection with the murder and arson that occurred on 12th Street early Saturday morning, were both captured in Albuquerque Sunday afternoon. Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said that LVPD investigative work led to the arrests.

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    The man whose body was discovered inside an apartment that burned early Saturday morning was shot in the head during a fight, and then the shooter and another man torched the apartment to cover up the crime.

  • Mora project in peril

    The director of a state agency given oversight authority on the Mora County Complex says he is “alarmed” by the Mora County Commission’s decision to hire Roger Gonzales as interim county manager, given his history with public funds.

    And Arthur W. Pepin says the Administrative Office of the Courts will continue its involvement with the project only if Gonzales isn’t involved in any way.

  • Highlands to get new digs in Santa Fe

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University representatives joined Santa Fe Higher Education Center officials for the April 23 groundbreaking for the HEC’s new building.

    Highlands University was the first public university in New Mexico to sign the higher education partnership agreement with the HEC in 2010. Highlands has operated a Santa Fe site since 1996 through a partnership with Santa Fe Community College.

  • Man stabbed on Church St.

    Las Vegas Optic

    A man was airlifted to a trauma center late Friday or early Saturday morning after he was stabbed on Church Street.

    Details on that incident were sketchy as of the Optic’s press time.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said a male was stabbed in the chest and was airlifted to a trauma center.

    Montaño said the man was in critical condition.

    “We have some possible suspects on that one,” he said.

    Names of the victim and the suspects weren’t immediately available.

  • Weather - May 20, 2013

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Breezy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 41. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph becoming north 10 to 15 mph after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. North wind 5-15 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 45.

    Sunny, with a high near 80. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 51.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 20, 2013

    The VA Health Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ths Tuesday at the VA Clinic located at 624 University Ave. For more information about the fair, please contact Linda Daninger at 265-1711 ext. 2625.

  • Looking Back - May 20, 2013

    In 1963
    Friday, May 24 — Rex Morrison was elected Right Eminent Grand Commander, Grand Commandery, Knights Templar of New Mexico at the 63rd annual conclave of the grand commandery which concluded sessions this week at the Glorieta Baptist Assembly. Raised a Master Mason in Chapman Lodge No. 2 A.F. and A.M., Dec. 21, 1939, the distinguished local Mason served as worshipful master two years, 1946-47 and served as district deputy grand master for two years, 1948-49.

  • NMHU students create exhibit for museum

    By Margaret McKinney

    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University media arts students created a hands-on multimedia exhibit, The Science of Cities, for the Santa Fe Children’s Museum. A grand opening of the exhibit was held earlier this month.

    The high-tech, high-touch exhibit is designed to engage children in fun interactive learning about how cities work, including a cultural focus on Santa Fe’s nine sister cities around the world.

  • Proud son
  • Mayor’s travel tops $9,500

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    In the last 10 months Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz has spent more than two months on the road logging about 4,000 miles while attending some 30 official functions at a cost of $9,500 to the city.

    “And it was worth every penny of it,” says City Manager Tim Dodge of his boss’ travels.

    A lobbyist would cost the city around $25,000 just for the legislative session and couldn’t possibly bring the level of expertise and devotion to the job that Ortiz does, Dodge says.