Local News

  • City close to settlement

    The city of Las Vegas has reached a tentative settlement with the New Mexico Environment Department over allegations that safety violations led to the deaths of two of its employees last year.

    Under the terms of the agreement approved by both parties, the $80,100 fine initially proposed by the Occupational Health and Safety Bureau will be significantly reduced in exchange for the city agreeing to a number of actions to make its work environment safer. The safety bureau is a division of the Environment Department.

  • Delivery truck hits, kills woman

    A state employee who had just made a delivery to the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute’s main campus off Hot Springs Boulevard struck and killed a woman last month as he was backing up, according to state police.

    No citations have been issued, although state police were planning to turn over their report on the accident to the District Attorney’s Office for guidance on whether any citations or charges should be pursed.

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  • Man charged with trafficking drugs

    Las Vegas police executing a search warrant at a residence on Eighth Street Extension on Tuesday discovered large quantities of heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana, leading to the arrest of a 27-year-old man.

    Inside the home when police got there were three children — ages 5, 10 and 11 — and their mother.

    Jessie Lee Romero, whose address in court documents is listed as Eighth Street Extension, was being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center. Magistrate Chris Najar set his bond at $50,000 cash.

  • Raises approved for Luna workers

    Luna Community College’s board of trustees gave final approval Wednesday for a cost-of-living pay raise for most of its employees.

    The decision comes nearly three months after the school’s administration proposed the mid-year pay hikes.

    “This shows the commitment and confidence the Luna Community College Board of Trustees has placed in our employees and fiscal operations,” Luna President Pete Campos said in a news release.

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  • Weather - March 2, 2012

    A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. Northwest wind 15-20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 14. North wind 5-10 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 47. West wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 24.

    Sunny, with a high near 57. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 27.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - March 2, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Firefighting experts meet

    SANTA FE — Firefighting experts say there’s still a lot of forests and grassland across the Southwest that are ripe for a wildfire.

    Fire ecologists met this week in Santa Fe with firefighters and land managers from several Western states to share their knowledge on what was learned from last year’s historic fire season and talk about what’s to come.

  • Jail Log - March 2, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Feb. 21 and Feb. 27:

  • PNM faces heat from groups

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The parent company of New Mexico’s largest electric provider on Wednesday announced it has started to turn things around, reporting earnings of more than $176 million for 2011 and improvements in ongoing earnings per share of nearly 25 percent.

    PNM Resources’ earnings report comes as environmental groups accuse it of pursuing rate hikes, higher profits and executive pay at a time when ratepayers are struggling.