Local News

  • Looking Back - Dec. 25, 2016

    Friday, Dec. 30, 1966 — The West Las Vegas Dons. Winners of the 1966 Stu Clark Tournament, had their trophy presented to them by Gov. David Cargo. The Dons won the eight-team tournament by defeating Taos Central Catholic School, 63-50. The team consists of Adam Griego, Harlan Allison, Christy Patron, Carlos Montoya, Joe Lopez, Sal Esquibel, Alfred Griego, Frank Montenegro, Eddie Ortega, Sixto Chavez, Steve Longchase and Benny Gallegos, who led all scorers with 35.

  • East incumbents running unopposed

    Las Vegas City Schools board members Leroy Lujan and Gabe Lucero are running unopposed to retain their seats during the upcoming school board election in February.

    But the same can’t be said for West Las Vegas School Board members Christine Ludi and Robert Witters, as both are facing opposition to retain their seats. West board chairman David Romero announced late last week that he wouldn’t be seeking re-election. A former board member’s wife is seeking Romero’s vacant seat.

    Both school board elections take place on Feb. 7.

  • A new tradition - Museum showcases nonprofit

    The local Rough Rider Museum is full of memorabilia documenting Las Vegas’ long history. This month, the museum is also home to a very special Christmas tree.

    Among the historic items is a tree decorated by the Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeastern New Mexico, a local non-profit. Earlier this year, museum director Cabrini Martinez reached out to local non-profit organizations to invite them to decorate a tree to be on display at the local museum, located on Grand Avenue.  

  • Manager gets contract extension

    City Manager Richard Trujillo and three other top city administrators were given one-year contract extensions on Wednesday, though in Trujillo’s case the Council vote was not unanimous.

    Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron presented the new contracts to the Council during Wednesday’s regular meeting. Also receiving contract extensions were City Attorney Chico Gallegos, City Police Chief Juan Montaño and City Clerk Casandra Fresquez.

  • State approves reopening nuclear dump

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico regulators have approved restarting normal operations at the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository, a major step for U.S. officials aiming to reopen the facility nearly three years after a radiation leak shut it down indefinitely.

  • Jail Log - Dec. 23, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 15 and Dec. 19:
    Lorenzo Sanchez, 57, aggravated assault, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Amanda Sena, 25, burglary, District Court
    Joseph Lopez, 33, battery on a household member, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Horacio Encinias, 44, DWI-third offense, driving while licensed revoked, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Krystle Alarcon, 32, hold for court, District Court

  • Weather - Dec. 23, 2016


    HIGH 47° / LOW 27°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 47. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Friday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 27. West wind around 10 mph.
    7:08 a.m. to 4:53 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Dec. 23, 2016

    Wednesday, Dec.28, 1966 — The first snow of the season gave residents travel troubles but left the area a winter wonderland primed for recreation. Some people measured seven inches in Las Vegas. The snow slickened highways and stalled motorists, but it was a boon to the state’s skiers. Eagle Nest, in northern New Mexico, and the Gallinas area apparently were hardest hit, both receiving an unofficial 14 inches. In this area, it was the first measurable snow of the year, except for areas high in the mountains.

  • City police re-accredited

    The New Mexico Law Enforcement Professional Standards Council has re-accredited the Las Vegas Police Department, signaling that the local police force continues to follow best law enforcement practices.  

    “To be re-accredited is a major accomplishment for our department,” Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño said Tuesday. “It benefits not only the city of Las Vegas as an organization but also the citizens because we will be operating off of best practices.”

  • And a big ho-ho-ho: Cyclists brighten yuletide

    Members of the Los Hermanos Motorcycle Club provided more than 700 toys to children for the 37th year on Saturday.

    It is part of the bikers’ Toys for Tots drive. The organization raised about $6,000 to purchase the toys.

    Sponsors for the event included the Eagles, Elks, Southwest Capital Bank, Rincones Presbyterian Credit Union, Plaza Hotel, Daylight Donuts and Popular Dry Goods.