Local News

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Jan. 11, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Snowstorm hits Hobbs area

    HOBBS — The latest winter storm to pass through New Mexico has left behind plenty of snow in southeastern New Mexico.

    Weather spotters reported about 12 inches of snow on the ground in Hobbs by Monday evening. That’s the most snow the community has seen since Nov. 25, 1980, when 10 inches fell.

    Roads throughout the area were snow-packed and icy, and state transportation workers were warning travelers of white-out conditions.

  • Benavidez gets life for murder

    The Las Vegas man convicted in the 2009 slaying of another man was sentenced Friday to life in prison.

    Louis “Louie” Benavidez, 57, was convicted in December of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence in the case.

    District Judge Eugenio Mathis sentenced Benavidez on Friday to life in prison on the murder conviction and to an additional three years on the tampering charge.

    District Attorney Richard Flores said that under state law, Benavidez will not be eligible for parole until he serves a minimum of 30 years.

  • Celebrating the Centennial
  • Sidewalk project starts this week

    The city of Las Vegas has hired a contractor to replace the sidewalk on the north side of Douglas Avenue between Seventh and Eight Streets.

    Crespin’s Paving and Concrete was scheduled to begin the sidewalk work on Monday. According to the city, the project is expected to be completed by Jan. 25.

    In preparation for the project, the city had two silver aspen tress cut down, a move that generated criticism from some in the community.

    City Manager Timothy Dodge said the city received a number of complaints about the decision to cut them down.

  • N.M. to be more urban, Hispanic

    By Kate Nash
    Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s Hispanic population over the next 100 years will grow to be the majority ethnic group, regardless of federal immigration policy, a local researcher and pollster predicts.

    At the same time, the number of senior citizens in the state who depend on government services will increase, as budgets for programs to help them will shrink.

  • City election filing day is Tuesday

    Let election season begin.

    Tuesday is filing day for the March 6 municipal election, which means that anyone hoping to run for mayor or the two city council seats opening up — Ward 2 and Ward 3 — must file on that date in order to be on the ballot.

    Candidates must file in person at the City Clerk’s Office, 1700 N. Grand Ave., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Documents required are a declaration of candidacy and a certified copy of the candidate’s current affidavit of voter registration on file with the county clerk.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 9, 2012

    In 1935

    Saturday, Jan. 5 — Improvements for Camp Maximiliano Luna at Las Vegas estimated to cost approximately $80,000 have been tentatively approved by endorsements of the national guard bureau and headquarters in the Eighth Corps area and final authorization is expected from the war department within a short time ... Among the projects proposed are: Fence surrounding warehouse area; 175 concrete tent floors sixteen feet square; extensions to nine mess halls to increase size; storage shed and pumps for gas and oil...

  • Weather - Jan. 9, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. North wind around 5 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 19. North wind around 5 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 50. West wind 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 26.

    A slight chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Scattered snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

  • Correction - News - Jan. 9, 2012

    The jail log published in the Dec. 9, 2011, edition contained an error. Elizabeth Espinoza was booked into the county jail for failure to appear to drug court and not on a possession of a controlled substance charge as was listed. The incorrect charge was listed on the arresting officer’s booking report, according to the San Miguel County Detention Center.

  • Man gets 6 years for killing

    The man accused of fatally stabbing his older brother in the neck in 2010 has been sentenced to six years in prison after entering a plea in the case.

    Joseph “JoJo” Maestas, 44, had been scheduled to go on trial this week. But during a pre-trial hearing on Dec. 21, he pleaded no contest to a single count of voluntary manslaughter.

    Maestas was initially charged with an open count of murder. As part of the plea agreement, the charge was reduced to voluntary manslaughter, and a second charge — tampering with evidence — was dismissed.