Local News

  • Gonzales will continue as chair of state Dem party

    The Associated Press

    Javier Gonzales of Santa Fe has been re-elected chairman of New Mexico’s Democratic Party.
    Gonzales has served as chairman since 2009.

    The party’s state central committee selected Gonzales Saturday to continue for a two-year term. He defeated two challengers, Albuquerque lawyer Sam Bregman and Letitia Montoya of Santa Fe.

  • Rio Gallinas faces audit

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico education officials say 28 charter schools statewide will face an initial review of their enrollment numbers in the coming weeks.

    Rio Gallinas at West Las Vegas is among the charter schools facing a review, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

    State Secretary of Education-designate Hanna Skandera says special education and teacher training numbers grew sharply since last year.

    She wants to root out districts that she says are “gaming” the system by over-reporting those numbers.

  • Pope beatifies John Paul II

    By Nicole Winfield
    and Vanessa Gera
    Associated Press

    VATICAN CITY — Some 1.5 million pilgrims flooded Rome Sunday to watch Pope John Paul II move a step closer to sainthood in one of the largest Vatican Masses in history, an outpouring of adoration for a beloved and historic figure after years marred by church scandal.

  • Fire destroys couple’s home

    A Mora County couple narrowly escaped a fire that erupted as they were sleeping early Wednesday morning, destroying their home and injuring one of them.

    Deet Schumacher, who is in his late 60s, was initially taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital in Las Vegas before being transported to University of New Mexico Hospital’s burn unit in Albuquerque.

    He was treated for smoke inhalation and suffered burns to his legs but is in good condition, said Joel Peters, chief of the Ledoux Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Senior Profile - Ruben Salazar

    Try to imagine living for nearly a century. Ruben Salazar has. Born June 18, 1916, Salazar will be 95 years old soon.

    His parents, Manuel and Juanita (Medina) Salazar survived to ages 105 and 103, respectively, so Ruben might meet that or surpass it. He attributes their and his longevity to “living right — eating from their own garden.”

    Ruben hails from Maes, about 40 miles east of Las Vegas. He said that there are a lot of small communities in that area. Some, like La Encinosa, now consist of only one household.

  • Luna avoids employee pay cuts

    Students at Luna Community College will pay more for tuition next year, but faculty and staff at their school will escape the cut in take-home pay that other state employees are facing, the LCC Board of Trustees decided Wednesday.

    In order to balance the state budget, lawmakers increased the contributions state employees must make into the retirement fund next fiscal year. While most colleges, universities and other state agencies are passing that cost on to employees, Luna won’t.

  • Highlands regents approve budget

    New Mexico Highlands University Regents have approved a $42.1 million unrestricted operating budget that covers a number of increased expenses and spares the school’s rodeo and wrestling programs.

    The budget submitted to regents is balanced, and it includes a 2.2 percent overall reduction in state funding, Highlands President James Fries told regents Monday. He said part of that funding decrease includes retirement changes approved by state lawmakers earlier this year.

  • Book Signing
  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Saturday, April 29 — When Ben Bruhn arrived this morning at his livery stable, which is located on Twelfth Street between Douglas and National avenues, he discovered an attempt had been made last night to crack his safe. He also discovered that a man named Charles Williams, who had been employed by him at the stable, had disappeared together with a valuable horse, saddle and bridle... Three holes were bored in the safe door... Evidently the robbers had been frightened away before being able to complete their job.

  • Looking Ahead

    Relay for Life fundraiser this Sunday

    A spaghetti luncheon fundraiser benefit for Relay for Life, Las Vegas will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday at the West Las Vegas High School Cafeteria. A $5 per person donation is requested. For tickets or for more information, call 429-2297.