Local News

  • River Racers - Annual duck race is Saturday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Rubber ducks will be swimming the waters of the Gallinas River in Las Vegas June 9 for the second annual New Mexico Highlands University’s Going Quakers fundraiser for student scholarships.

    Meet at 11 a.m. on the banks of the Gallinas just south of the bridge on Bridge Street to cheer for your little ducky in the race. This year, the specially ordered cowgirl and cowboy ducks sport cowboy hats, bandannas and lassos.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - June 8, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Ruth Mares installed in post

    Ruth Mares, co-owner of Territorial Title of Las Vegas, Inc. was recently installed as the president of the New Mexico Land Title Association at its annual convention held in Raton.  

    The New Mexico Land Title Association is an 85 year old organization made up of title and abstracting professionals, including independent title insurance agents and abstractors and title insurance underwriters and direct operations.

  • Alleged license fraud ring busted

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico authorities on Wednesday detailed what they called a “recipe for fraud” as they announced the bust of a sophisticated ring that specialized in helping illegal immigrants obtain fraudulent driver’s licenses.

    The recipe included reams of fraudulent documents — from rental agreements to bank statements, vehicle titles and insurance paperwork — that were used as proof of residency to obtain licenses in at least 54 cases, authorities said.

  • Devils stave off elimination, force Game 5

    The Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES — When Adam Henrique decided to face playoff elimination by shaving his beard into a bristly mustache, the New Jersey Devils realized their remarkable rookie isn’t exactly buckling under the pressure of the Stanley Cup finals.

    Martin Brodeur probably has pads older than his teammate, and the NHL’s winningest goalie was acutely aware of the stakes riding on his every save in Game 4.

  • Moderate Democrats win

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and her allies flexed their muscle in legislative races by reaching across party lines to help moderate Democrats survive challenges from liberals, but the governor’s favored GOP candidate lost in a Senate contest in eastern New Mexico.

  • Salazar ousts Vigil

    By Dave Kavanaugh and Mercy Lopez
    Las Vegas Optic

    Former Highlands professor Tomas Salazar ousted longtime Dist. 70 Rep. Richard Vigil on Tuesday, while Dist. 8 Sen. Pete Campos held off a challenge from fellow legislator Thomas Garcia.

    It was an intriguing primary election for area Democrats in particular, as many key seats were contested. And with no Republican opposition in November in most of the races, Tuesday’s results held particular importance.

    Neither Salazar nor Campos are facing Republican challengers.

  • East facing $1.2M deficit

    Las Vegas City Schools officials informed employees Tuesday that unless serious cuts to the budget are made, the district will likely end up with a $1.2 million deficit at the end of next fiscal year.

    Right now, Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez is looking at instituting mandatory furloughs for all employees during the upcoming school year. She said that at this point, she doesn’t know exactly how many days employees would be furloughed, which effectively means that workers would be forced to take days off without pay.

  • DUI driver gets 21 years for fatal crash

    Nearly eight years after five people were killed in a drunk driving crash in Mora County, the man behind the wheel is headed back to prison.

    Mario Trujillo was sentenced Tuesday to 21 years, though some of that time is to be served concurrently, meaning that the actual sentence imposed was 19 years. Under the plea agreement, Judge Eugenio Mathis could have sentenced Trujillo to anything from 12 to 25 years.

  • Crews battle fires in watershed

    Crews were called in on Tuesday to battle two wildfires, one that burned near the city’s Bradner reservoir that was about 95 percent contained as of Tuesday night and a second burning in the city’s watershed by El Porvenir that was presenting more of a challenge.

    As of late Tuesday, the fires were both small, and City Manager Timothy Dodge said there would likely be now big impact on water quality unless the Lane fire grows. Dodge said that as of late Tuesday, the Lane fire was about 10 acres and zero percent contained.

  • Salazar backers in festive mood

    Listening to Tuesday night election returns over KNMX radio, a crowd of Tomas Salazar supporters gathered at El Fidel Hotel sang along with a musical interlude provided by the Everly Brothers.

    But these folks were in an improvising mood. Instead of “Bye bye love, bye bye happiness,” they crooned “Bye bye Rick, Bye bye Rick Vigil.”

    By the time Salazar arrived from the San Miguel County Courthouse, the newly rechristened oldie had become a de facto victory anthem.