Local News

  • Weather - May 23, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 87. Windy, with a west wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 30-35 mph. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Clear at night, with a low around 49. Windy, with a west wind 30-35 mph, decreasing to 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 83. Windy, with a west wind 20-30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Mostly clear and windy at night, with a low around 50.


  • LCC offering programs

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College is offering two enhanced college credit summer programs for upcoming high school juniors and seniors along with 2012 graduating seniors.

    The first is a Student Academic Advancement Institute, which is available to high school students who will be classified as a junior or senior next school year.

  • WWII relatives wrestle with legacy

    By Tom Sharpe
    The New Mexican

    SANTA FE — A Russian television crew was in Santa Fe last week to interview two local residents for a documentary about the psychology of the relatives of Nazis.

    Bettina Goering and Shanti Elke Bannwart have lived in the area for more than 20 years, but avoided each other and publicity about their past until recently.

  • In Brief - News - May 23, 2012

    The Associated Press

    Parole hearing scheduled
    SANTA FE — A former Santa Fe attorney serving prison time for a fatal drunken-driving crash is scheduled for a parole hearing.

    In March, corrections officials said improper phone calls and emails to media, family and a lawyer would keep Carlos Fierro in prison at least until September.

    The outcome of Fierro’s hearing was expected Monday afternoon. Hearings before the parole board are closed to the public.

  • FFA members place in state

    By Maile Hoogerhuies
    Las Vegas FFA Reporter

    Las Vegas FFA members attended the State Judging Career Development Experience competition in April in Las Cruces. The 22 Las Vegas FFA members made up just a small portion of the 900 members from across the state to compete this year.

  • Judge tosses city lawsuit

    The long running dispute between the city of Las Vegas and Luna Community college over utility bills has finally been resolved, with a judge siding with Luna.

    The city filed suit against Luna last year seeking to recover $81,000 it said it was owed.

  • ‘Underdog’ Balderas touts his roots

    Some know him as the state auditor who has aggressively gone after waste, fraud and abuse, uncovering, among other things, a $3.3 million embezzlement scheme at one school district.

    To many others across the state Hector Balderas is the underdog who is trying to capture the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Jeff Bingaman.

    But to those in Wagon Mound and Mora and San Miguel counties he’s a native son who, despite  odds stacked against him, went out into the world and made his mark, becoming a prominent player on the state stage.

  • Blue Mass
  • Dist. 5 race: Leger and Medina

    The battle for the District 5 San Miguel County Commission seat comes down to two Democrats who both know the job well.

    Incumbent Nicolas Leger, 56, has held the post since 2009 and is asking voters to return him to a second term.

    Challenger Kenneth Medina, 50, held the post from 2001 to 2008 and was forced to sit out a term because of term limits.

    Because no Republican filed to run for the position, the winner of the June 5 primary is all but assured the seat. County commissioners in San Miguel County are paid $19,854 a year.

  • Las Vegas man faces charges

    A 22-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested earlier this month after he allegedly stole a $300 iPod from Radio Shack and ran from the scene on foot.

    Aaron Benavidez, who lives on the 1200 block of Seventh Street, was arrested May 12 after the clerk at the store recognized him from when he would go in to pay his cell phone bill. Benavidez is charged with robbery, a third-degree felony, tampering with evidence, a fourth-degree felony and battery, a petty misdemeanor.