Local News

  • Marine to the Core

    United States Marine Corps Sgt. Jason Pacheco doesn’t consider himself a hero.

    The Las Vegas native lost part of his right leg after stepping on an improvised explosive device or IED in Afghanistan after a firefight that lasted several hours.

    “I’m not a hero. Definitely not,” said a humble Pacheco, 23, in a telephone interview from his home in Oceanside, Calif., near Camp Pendleton. “All the heroes are no longer with their families or with us.”

  • Salazar picked for East board

    The anticipation has finally ended as the Las Vegas City Schools board voted to replace former member Ricky Serna with Las Vegas banker Ernesto Salazar.

    The vote came Tuesday night toward the end of a nearly three hour regular board meeting. Serna recommended Salazar to fill his vacant board seat last week. Serna’s resignation from the board was effective last Friday.

    The vote to appoint Salazar took place in front of a packed board room filled with family members and friends of interested candidates.

  • Cops: Man sold stolen car parts

    A Las Vegas man is facing criminal charges for allegedly taking part in a scheme to steal two transmissions and a transfer case from a neighbor and selling them to a scrap yard.

    Ronnie James Roybal, 26, of the 200 block of Chico Drive has been charged with forgery, a fourth-degree felony and receiving stolen property, a misdemeanor. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

  • Services for former mayor to be held Saturday

    Funeral services for former coach and Las Vegas Mayor Henry O. Sanchez will be held beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 619 Copper Ave. NE, in Albuquerque.

    Sanchez, 74, died of a heart attack Monday at Alta Vista Regional Hospital. 

    Sanchez was an Albuquerque native and legendary basketball coach known across the state.

    Friends are remembering Sanchez for his compassion.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 23, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Sept.13 and Sept. 20:

    Norman Fernandez, 23, failure to pay child support, escape from peace officer, failure to comply, absconding
    Todd Hayes, 48, adjudicatory hearing  
    Daniel Cordova, 50, criminal trespass
    Patrick Encinias, 51, battery on household member
    Karen Montoya, 33, mental health hold
    Aaron Lucero, 24, tampering w/evidence, burglary of vehicle, larceny, absconding, failure to appear

  • Court fight looms on redistricting

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democrats in the Legislature headed Thursday toward a veto showdown with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez over proposals for changing the boundaries of New Mexico’s districts for elective offices.

    If no redistricting plan is enacted, the fight likely will shift to the courts in the coming months and a judge could end up drawing new district boundaries.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 23, 2011

    In 1911

    Monday, Sept. 25 — Amid harmony and good feeling the Republican county convention was brought to a close late Saturday afternoon following the endorsement of Secundino Romero as the choice of San Miguel County Republicans for governor of the new state and the selection of thirty splendid delegates to the Republican state convention, which will be held in Las Vegas on Thursday of this week.

  • Looking Ahead - Sept. 23, 2011

    Wildlife Refuge concert is Sunday

    Concert for the Birds and Kids Fun Day at the Refuge from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Las Vegas Wildlife Refuge Headquarters east of Las Vegas. This is a free event and will feature Las Vegas City Schools’ Mariachi Cardenal Infantil under the direction of Gary Sena.

  • Weather - Sept. 23, 2011

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. North wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 46. Southeast wind around 5 mph, becoming calm.

    Sunny, with a high near 80. North wind around 5 mph, becoming southwest. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 47.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 46.


  • FYI - News

    About 17 of the city’s fire hydrants will be flow tested today, Sept. 23, as part of an Insurance Services Office inspection of fire protection in the community. The outcome of the inspection affects property insurance rates in the area, and city Fire Chief Phillip Mares said the hydrant testing needs to get done despite the Stage IV water restrictions.