Local News

  • Woman mugged on Bridge Street

    An 86-year-old Las Vegas woman was mugged as she was walking through the breezeway off Bridge Street on Tuesday afternoon.

    Ursel Albers, a retired Highlands University accounting and business professor, had just picked up her daughter’s dry cleaning from a Bridge Street business and was walking back to her car through the breezeway when a young man on a bicycle tried to grab her purse.

  • Deceased man faced abuse charge

    Less than eight hours before he was found dead in his cell, Bryan Martinez was in District Court for a sentencing hearing.

    That hearing didn’t go well for him.

    Martinez, 29, had entered a guilty plea on Aug. 26 to a single count of child abuse, a third-degree felony. The victim in the case was Martinez’ 3-year-old stepson, who sustained a broken arm in May of 2015.

    Martinez was facing a sentence of anything from probation to three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

  • Changing of the Guard - Montoya new fire chief

    The Las Vegas Fire Department underwent a changing of the guard on Tuesday, when the City Council voted unanimously to confirm Billy Montoya as the department’s new chief.

    Montoya, 35,  replaces longtime Fire Chief Phillip Mares who retired after 35 years of service in the department, at least 13 of those years as the department’s leader.

    City Manager Richard Trujillo thanked Mares for his dedicated service to the department. He told the Council that after Mares retired, Sam Lujan was appointed interim chief.

  • Students collect food for protestors

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Students in the Native American Club at Highlands University stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock protest over the Dakota Access pipeline with a fundraiser of canned food and winter clothes for the protesters.

    Since August, members of the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota and other Native American tribes from across the country have gathered in an effort to stop the section of the oil pipeline that crosses the Standing Rock Reservation.

  • Jail Log - Nov. 18, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Nov. 9 and Nov. 14:
    Hannah Montoya, 19, bench warrant: failure to appear, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Jeffrey Clark, 27, possession with intent to distribute LSD, speeding, reckless driving, driving on a  suspended or revoked license, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Frank Martinez, 53, criminal damage to property, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Andrew Romero, 34, bench warrant: failure to pay fines, Mora/San Miguel Magistrate Court

  • Looking Back - Nov. 18, 2016

    Wednesday, Nov. 16, 1966 — Down from the mountains Monday afternoon came the 44-foot tree cut and delivered by members of the Las Vegas Jaycees. The Jaycees have challenged other service clubs to assist in lighting and paying costs of installing the Christmas decorations.

  • Weather - Nov. 18, 2016


    HIGH 47° / LOW 21°
    Sunny, with a high near 47. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    6:40 a.m. to 4:52 p.m.


    HIGH 55° / LOW 31°
    Sunny, with a high near 55. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
    6:41 a.m. to 4:51 p.m.


  • Police probing suicide at jail

    A man being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center was found dead in his cell late Monday night, the apparent victim of a suicide.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño identified the deceased inmate as Bryan Martinez, 29. Online court records indicate that Martinez was being held on a charge of abuse of a child.

    “There’s no indication this was anything other than a suicide,” Montaño said. He said the death remains under investigation.

    Montaño said the inmate hanged himself.

  • 3 West board members to seek re-election

    Three seats on the West Las Vegas School Board will be up for grabs in February. Voters in the West district will also be asked to approve a $9.5 million general obligation bond during the Feb. 7 election.

    Current board secretary Christine Ludi will seek her fourth term on the board, while chairman David Romero also plans to run again. Both positions are for four-year terms, starting on March 1.

  • Overhaul provides two new options

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico driver’s licenses are getting an overhaul to comply with tougher federal identification requirements and so the state can continue granting driving privileges to people who are in the country illegally.

    The state’s Motor Vehicle Division on Monday began issuing two kinds of identification for drivers and other residents.