Local News

  • Weather - August 24, 2012

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. West wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.


  • Couple convicted of retaliation against IRS agents

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A federal jury has convicted an Albuquerque man of retaliating against two IRS workers involved in tax collections against him and his wife.

    Sixty-eight-year-old John Williamson faces up to 15 years in prison and fines up to $255,000 on felony charges of retaliation and interference with the agents’ official duties.

  • Jail Log - August 24, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 13 and Aug. 20:

    Heriberto Martinez, 35, 24 day commitment — third DWI
    Gilbert Chavez, 75, six day commitment — suspended/ revoked driver's license
    Jerry Gomez, 38, district court warrant
    Samantha Whittington, 30, magistrate court warrant
    Robert Ruiz, 36, burglary
    Jessie Matta, 30, assault on a household member, criminal damage to property, driving while intoxicated

  • Activists question proposal

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    LOS ALAMOS — Nuclear watchdogs are fighting a proposal to ship tons of plutonium to New Mexico, including the cores of nuclear warheads that would be dismantled at an aging and structurally questionable lab atop an earthquake fault zone.

    Opponents voiced their opposition at a series of public hearings that opened this week on the best way to dispose of the radioactive material as the federal government works to reduce the nation’s nuclear arsenal.

  • Romney presents economic message

    By Julie Pace and Matthew Daly
    The Associated Press

    HOBBS — Seeking to reset his economic message, Republican Mitt Romney pledged Thursday to create 3 million jobs and more than $1 trillion in revenue by ramping up offshore oil drilling and giving states more control over energy production on federal land.

    Romney, reviving a long-elusive goal pushed by presidents and presidential candidates for decades, said his plans would make the U.S., along with Canada and Mexico, energy independent by 2020.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - August 24, 2012

    The Associated Press

  • Voters to decide tax hike

    San Miguel County voters will decide whether to approve a one-fourth of 1 percent increase in the sales tax to pay for a centralized emergency communications center and for ambulance and behavioral health services.

    The San Miguel County Commission voted last week to place the measurer on the November general election ballot. The tax would cost consumers an additional 25 cents for $100 in purchases and generate $870,000 a year, according to the county’s latest estimate.

  • No first day of school for this West kid

    While most other Las Vegas students returned to school on Monday, 10-year-old Eric Buell spent the day at home.

    The fifth-grader is trying to get into Tony Serna Elementary, but fifth-grade classes throughout the West Las Vegas School District are at capacity, and Eric, whose family moved to the the west side a few months ago, is on a waiting list.

    His mother, Jennifer Buell, said she waited until last Thursday to register her son because she never anticipated having a problem. Last year Eric attended Las Vegas City Schools’ Legion Park Elementary.

  • Chile time - New chile rules in effect

    By Phaedra Haywood
    Santa Fe New Mexican

    Santa Fe — It can be hot, medium or mild. It can come from a family plot near Chimayó or a 100-acre farm in Hatch. But if the label or seller says its New Mexico chile, it better be grown in New Mexico.

    This is the first harvest season in which new state rules require vendors of chile and chile products to verify the origin of their produce.

  • Cops: Beware of vehicle break-ins

    Las Vegas City Schools Special Services Director Leslie Damon heard a loud noise while at work at the district’s administration building on Douglas Avenue on Friday. When she looked out the window she saw a man reach into her coworkers vehicle and take several items.

    School district employees called police, and within minutes Las Vegas police had Ronnie P. Duran, 33 of Albuquerque in custody.