Local News

  • City worker has criminal past

    The city of Las Vegas employee charged with stabbing a co-worker outside City Hall last week already had an extensive criminal record when he was hired by the city’s wastewater department three months ago.

    Christopher Gallegos, 30, who lives on South Pacific, has been in prison, jail or on probation for much of the last seven years. His rap sheet includes everything from trafficking heroin to aggravated assault for firing a shotgun into a home occupied by a man and his 12-year-old son.

  • Safety issues force move of bandroom

    MORA — All band classes at the Mora Independent School District have been relocated due to safety concerns raised by the state Fire Marshal’s Office.

    The elementary-middle school gym houses the district’s band room and is the place where all of the district’s band classes are taught.

    The facility was padlocked last Friday.

    At issue are barrel bolt locks that are being used to secure the facility. The Fire Marshal’s Office has ordered that all barrel bolt locks be re-moved from the gym.   

  • Farewell

    Nearly 10 years after the Rev. John Brasher arrived in Las Vegas to become pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows, he is moving on.

    Brasher’s last day at Our Lady of Sorrows was Thursday. He has been appointed pastor of Holy Family-St. Joseph in the Roy-Mosquero area and of Santa Clara parish  in Wagon Mound.

  • Heart attack claims retired professor

    A New Mexico Highlands University professor who spent decades mentoring students before retiring and volunteering his time to community causes has died.

    Kim Allen Kirkpatrick died Jan. 12 at an Albuquerque hospital after suffering a heart attack. He was 74.

  • Looking Back - News - Jan. 20, 2012

    In 1935

    Monday, Jan. 21 — By late spring Las Vegas will have entertainment facilities comparable to communities of much larger size, according to a double announcement made this morning by Elwood Voorhees, manager of the Fox-Coronado. First, Mr. Voorhees announced the starting of work today on the new Plaza theatre in West Las Vegas. The new building will be on the same site on Bridge Street as the old Plaza (formerly the Mutual) which was destroyed by fire September 14.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 20, 2012

    City hosting workshops for candidates

    The city of Las Vegas will be having three informational workshop meetings to be held at City Hall, 1700 North Grand Avenue, with the first starting at 5:30 p.m. Monday.  All Candidates and the public are invited to attend.  The other two meetings are planned for 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 30 and 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 6.

  • Weather - Jan. 20, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.  Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 25. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 54. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Mostly cloudy and breezy at night, with a low around 27.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 23.

  • Luna raises tabled

    Despite expressing support for the administration’s latest proposal to implement a cost of living increase for all employees and to give its lowest paid employees an even bigger boost in pay, the Luna Community College Board of Trustees voted Wednesday night to table the matter.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 20, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Jan. 9 and Jan. 16:

  • Appeals aim to overturn redistricting map

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republicans tried unsuccessfully Wednesday to derail a legislative appeal of a court-ordered plan for drawing new district boundaries for the state House of Representatives.

    The outcome of the redistricting fight could influence policy decisions in New Mexico for the rest of the decade by determining whether Democrats or Republicans gain an advantage in future elections that determine the makeup of the 70-member House.