Local News

  • In Brief - Local News - Dec. 7, 2012

    Vandal caught on camera
    Besides destroying lights that were hung on the bottom part of the Plaza Park gazebo late Monday or early Tuesday, the vandal made off with a Christmas tree and stockings.
    But it may just be city authorities who get the last laugh.
    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño confirmed Wednesday that the incident was captured on video, and his department is investigating.
    The theft and vandalism have disheartened city staffers who made it a point this year to put up more holiday decorations than in previous years.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 7, 2012

    In 1962

    Friday, Dec. 7 — An old landmark of Las Vegas, the Sundt brick plant, abandoned for several years, is being razed to provide space for a shopping center, restaurant, motel and perhaps a bus station. The plant’s last big run was made 15 years ago, but Sundt manufactured a large number of bricks in hopes of a contract for new buildings at the State Hospital. The land where the plant is located was watered by the original acequia madre, which also watered the Plaza.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Dec. 7, 2012

    Holiday tour is Saturday

    The Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation is holding its 11th annual holiday tour from 5 to 8 p.m. this Saturday. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the CCHP office, 116 Bridge St. Refreshments will be served at the office starting at 4:30 p.m.

  • Weather - Dec. 7, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. West wind 5-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 25. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. West wind 15-20 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 23.

    A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 5.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 44 and a low around 16.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:57 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.

  • $250K approved for furniture

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — A state board led by Gov. Susana Martinez agreed Wednesday to provide part of the money needed to furnish a new district courthouse in Santa Fe, but it’s possible the $60 million building will sit vacant for months before judges and other court workers can move in next year.

  • Senate approves NNSA study

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — The Senate has approved New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall’s proposed study of ways to reform oversight of the nation’s nuclear facilities.
    The measure by Udall, a Democrat, and Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., was added to the Senate’s defense authorization bill Tuesday.
    It would create an advisory panel to recommend ways to reform the National Nuclear Security Administration.
    In a joint statement, Udall and Kyl said they sponsored proposal “in light of major management issues, cost overruns and security breaches in recent years.”

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Dec. 7, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    State receives $25M grant
    SANTA FE — New Mexico will receive $25 million over four years to improve early childhood learning under a grant announced by the U.S. Department of Education.
    Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration said Thursday the state will use the federal money to ensure that children are ready to learn when they start kindergarten and to improve read skills of students from pre-kindergarten through the third grade.

  • Earthquake, drilling link prompts review

    The Associated Press
    DENVER — A new report says earthquakes in Colorado and elsewhere may have been caused by a drilling procedure to dispose of wastewater.
    In a report announced Wednesday, geophysicists say an increase in earthquakes on the Raton Basin in Colorado, northern New Mexico and elsewhere has been tied to disposal wells where oil and gas drilling wastewater is injected.
    Drilling companies use disposal wells to bury brine water and chemical waste that result from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

  • Pentagon begins planning for massive budget cuts

    By Donna Cassata
    and Lolita C. Baldor
    TheAssociated Press
    WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has begun planning for the roughly $500 billion in personnel and program cuts over a decade that will be needed if Congress and the White House fail to reach a deal that would avoid the double hit of tax hikes and automatic spending reductions dubbed the “fiscal cliff.”
    Department spokesman George Little said the cuts would be “devastating to our national defense.”

  • City struggles to repair leak

    A large leak in a water line at the city’s water treatment plant has left water department staff, its engineer and a contractor scrambling to try to figure out how to repair it.

    The leak at the plant, which is about a quarter mile from the Montezuma post office, was initially discovered last Tuesday. The city’s latest estimates are that the line had been losing about 110 gallons of water a minute — 30 gallons more a minute than the leak on the old Medite line that was finally repaired in September.