Local News

  • 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.

  • Weather - March 16, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. West wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15- 20 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 38. Southwest wind 15-20 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Windy, with a southwest wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Partly cloudy and windy at night, with a low around 39.


  • FYI - News - March 16, 2012

    Alcohol-related deaths from traffic crashes in New Mexico rose slightly, according to The Associated Press. Preliminary Traffic Safety Bureau records indicate 146 people were killed in highway crashes involving alcohol in 2011. That’s up from 145 in 2010, but down from 152 in 2009. Police are stepping up enforcement against drunken driving through the weekend.