Local News

  • Moderate Democrats win

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and her allies flexed their muscle in legislative races by reaching across party lines to help moderate Democrats survive challenges from liberals, but the governor’s favored GOP candidate lost in a Senate contest in eastern New Mexico.

  • Salazar ousts Vigil

    By Dave Kavanaugh and Mercy Lopez
    Las Vegas Optic

    Former Highlands professor Tomas Salazar ousted longtime Dist. 70 Rep. Richard Vigil on Tuesday, while Dist. 8 Sen. Pete Campos held off a challenge from fellow legislator Thomas Garcia.

    It was an intriguing primary election for area Democrats in particular, as many key seats were contested. And with no Republican opposition in November in most of the races, Tuesday’s results held particular importance.

    Neither Salazar nor Campos are facing Republican challengers.

  • East facing $1.2M deficit

    Las Vegas City Schools officials informed employees Tuesday that unless serious cuts to the budget are made, the district will likely end up with a $1.2 million deficit at the end of next fiscal year.

    Right now, Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez is looking at instituting mandatory furloughs for all employees during the upcoming school year. She said that at this point, she doesn’t know exactly how many days employees would be furloughed, which effectively means that workers would be forced to take days off without pay.

  • DUI driver gets 21 years for fatal crash

    Nearly eight years after five people were killed in a drunk driving crash in Mora County, the man behind the wheel is headed back to prison.

    Mario Trujillo was sentenced Tuesday to 21 years, though some of that time is to be served concurrently, meaning that the actual sentence imposed was 19 years. Under the plea agreement, Judge Eugenio Mathis could have sentenced Trujillo to anything from 12 to 25 years.

  • Crews battle fires in watershed

    Crews were called in on Tuesday to battle two wildfires, one that burned near the city’s Bradner reservoir that was about 95 percent contained as of Tuesday night and a second burning in the city’s watershed by El Porvenir that was presenting more of a challenge.

    As of late Tuesday, the fires were both small, and City Manager Timothy Dodge said there would likely be now big impact on water quality unless the Lane fire grows. Dodge said that as of late Tuesday, the Lane fire was about 10 acres and zero percent contained.

  • Salazar backers in festive mood

    Listening to Tuesday night election returns over KNMX radio, a crowd of Tomas Salazar supporters gathered at El Fidel Hotel sang along with a musical interlude provided by the Everly Brothers.

    But these folks were in an improvising mood. Instead of “Bye bye love, bye bye happiness,” they crooned “Bye bye Rick, Bye bye Rick Vigil.”

    By the time Salazar arrived from the San Miguel County Courthouse, the newly rechristened oldie had become a de facto victory anthem.

  • Looking Back - June 6, 2012

    In 1912

    Wednesday, June 5 — The Boy Scouts will go on a long hike. The outing is planned for Rio de la Casa. The Las Vegas troop of Boy Scouts will be gone July 3-20.

  • Looking Ahead - News - June 6, 2012

    Tinwork workshops scheduled for Saturday

  • Weather - June 6, 2012

     A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. South wind 5-15 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. South wind 10-15 mph.

     A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. South wind 5-15 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 53.


  • Election returns

    It's going to be Democrat Martin Heinrich vs. Republican Heather Wilson in a U.S. Senate race to replace New Mexico Sen. Jeff Bingaman. However, Democrat Hector Balderas took San Miguel County by more than 3-to-1, while Wilson handily defeated Greg Sowards 2-to-1 in the Republican primary.