Local News

  • Vegas woman wins $50,000 in lottery

    Las Vegas resident Debra Roybal couldn’t help but wake her parents on Tuesday night to share the news that she had won what she thought was a $5,000 prize playing the lottery.

    As she was watching the T.V. news, Roybal discovered that she had won a large prize playing the New Mexico Lottery’s “Casino Crossword” Scratcher. Thinking she had nine complete words to win $5,000, Roybal decided to wake up her parents and share the news.

    They trumped her story.

  • Three former Highlands players charged

    Three former Highlands University baseball players have been charged in connection with a drug raid on a house on the 1900 block of New Mexico Avenue.

    Greg Fowler, 22, was charged with possession of Ecstasy, a fourth-degree felony.  Nicolas Nuñez, 23, has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, and possession of marijuana, a petty misdemeanor. Justin Kaid, 23, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Fowler, Nuñez and Kaid are from California.

  • Looking Back

    In 1968

    Monday, Nov. 25 — The main office of the West Las Vegas School System was destroyed by fire over the weekend. The building razed at 1620 S. Gonzales St. had been deeded to the school by the Ilfeld family, for whom it once served as home. The cause of the fire, the second this year for the school system, is unknown.

  • Looking Ahead

    Ladies Auxiliary meeting on Wednesday

    The Ladies Auxiliary will be having its monthly meeting  at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the VFW Post 1547. Main agenda of meeting is to hold officer elections. All officer positions are open. If no officers are elected the Ladies Auxiliary is in jeopardy of being disbanded. For additional information, contact Loretta Garduño at 429-0902.

  • Weather

    Sunny, with a high near 64. West wind 10-15 mph, becoming south. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 35. Southwest wind 10-15 mph.
    Sunny, with a high near 70. Windy, with a southwest wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy and windy at night, with a low around 37.

    Mostly sunny and breezy, with a high near 68. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 36.

  • FYI - News

    New Mexico has a new hotline number to report child abuse and neglect, according to The Associated Press. Gov. Susana Martinez and Children, Youth, and Families Secretary Yolanda Deines announced the new statewide number — 1-855-333-SAFE last week. The department has had a hotline for 12 years, but officials say the new number is easier to remember.

  • Breaking News: Las Vegas declares emergency, tightens its water restrictions

    In an special meeting Friday, the Las Vegas City Council unanimously declared a state of emergency due to extreme drought conditions and implemented Stage IV water restrictions.

    According to the city's resolution, the Gallinas River — the city's main water source — “will most likely not have enough flow to support the city's needs this summer and in the future because of the present drought conditions.”

  • More water restrictions imposed

    With the city of Las Vegas having experienced one of the driest winters in decades, city officials this week imposed Stage III water restrictions, limiting outdoor watering to one hour a week, and an all-out ban on outdoor watering could come as early as next week.

    In fact, the mayor and council are convening an emergency meeting at 11 a.m. today (April 8) to consider declaring a water emergency due to drought conditions.

  • Alleged killer appeared mentally unstable

    The woman accused of bludgeoning her housemate to death this week may have been suffering from mental health problems.

    Tamara Smith, 52, has been booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on an open count of murder and one count of extreme cruelty to animals.

    “Ms. Smith displayed what appeared ... as mental health issues,” Sgt. Mack Allingham states in the probable cause statement filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court.

    The victim, Sherry Anne Clancy, 61, was found dead in her Sperry Drive home on Monday.

  • Highlands baseball players implicated in drug case

    By Martín Salazar and Dave Kavanaugh
    Las Vegas Optic

    Three New Mexico Highlands University baseball players have been kicked off the team and four others were suspended for nine games following a drug raid last week on a house on the 1900 block of New Mexico Avenue.