Local News

  • In Brief - News - March 19, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Task force praised for work
    LAS CRUCES — A special border task force and increased federal support are being credited for helping reduce illegal migrant traffic along the U.S.-Mexico border in New Mexico.

    Ranchers on New Mexico’s border praised the Southwestern Border Security Task Force this week for the dramatic drop in border arrests in just six years, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.

  • Regulators scrap emissions rules

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico regulators pulled the plug Friday on the state’s effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions among coal-fired power plants, refineries and other large polluters.

    The Environmental Improvement Board adopted a repeal petition filed last year by utilities and industry groups that were concerned about rising costs and New Mexico’s economic viability.

  • Guilty plea in fatal DWI case

    The man who authorities say was drunk when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges related to the deaths of his five passengers.

    Mario Trujillo, 55, faces a sentence ranging from 12 to 25 years under the terms of the plea agreement, though he will get credit for the time he has already spent behind bars. The sentencing hearing has been tentatively set for June 5.

    District Attorney Richard Flores said his office will ask Judge Eugenio Mathis to impose the maximum sentence under the agreement.

  • Mora magistrate disciplined

    SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court has disciplined Mora Magistrate John Sanchez for violating the code of judicial conduct in the handling of a family member’s criminal case in 2009.

    Sanchez was formally reprimanded, placed on supervised probation for 12 months, ordered to take an online course, and required to submit to a 12-month mentorship.

  • Chasing a Dream

    Lynette Diaz lives thousands of miles away from the place she once called home.

    Diaz, a 1987 graduate of West Las Vegas High School, lives in Christchurch, New Zealand. There Diaz, along with her two teenage sons have a good life that includes Diaz’s evolving music career. Her passion for music was not so evident while she was here in the Meadow City.

    She said she became interested in music by “accident.”

  • Oil & gas task force benched, for now

    San Miguel County has suspended the work of its Oil and Gas Task Force, saying that the moratorium on drilling is about to expire and the group is nowhere close to finishing its work.

  • Homicide suspect caught

    Rudolph Muniz, the Mora County man charged with vehicular homicide and other crimes in connection with a Feb. 3 drunken driving crash in Las Vegas, is behind bars at the San Miguel County Detention Center.

    Muniz, 52, who was hospitalized after the crash and who left before police could apprehend him, was caught in the Albuquerque area this past Saturday. He was transported to the San Miguel County jail on Wednesday.

    Muniz is facing vehicular homicide, two counts of causing great bodily injury by vehicle and one count of driving under the influence.

  • Jail Log - March 16, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between March 6 and March 10:
    Levi Varela, 25, failure to appear
    Matthew Gutierrez, 26, failure to appear, possession of a controlled substance
    Jason Smith, 19, positive UA
    Armando Garcia, 51, public nuisance
    Dwight Padilla, 22, driving under the influence
    Oscar Sena, 23, aggravated battery on a household member, Adult Probation Office warrant, escape from custody of a peace officer

  • Looking Back - March 16, 2012

    In 1912

    Tuesday, March 12 — For the purpose of inspecting the state rifle range and camping grounds, three miles northwest of Las Vegas, with the view of selecting a site for general mobilization and joint maneuver grounds, Brigadier General Ramsey D. Potts, commander of the central division of the United States Army . . . was in Las Vegas yesterday.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 16, 2012

    University Celebrity competition is Saturday

    The University Celebrity High School Competition will start at 7 p.m. this Saturday at Ilfeld Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for general admission and students pay $5. Call 454-3238 for ticket information.