Local News

  • Vegas man charged with fifth DWI

    A 61-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested last month on a drunken driving charge, his fifth, after he allegedly struck a coworker with a vehicle.

    Roberto Benavidez, who lives on Hot Springs Boulevard, was arrested on the evening of Oct. 22. He is facing charges of driving while under the influence, a fourth degree felony, and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 4, 2011

    In 1911

    Friday, Nov. 3 — Through the efforts of D.W. Lee, Las Vegas manager of the Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph company, the people of this town will be supplied with detailed returns of the election on November 7. The bulletins will be sent to different points in the city by messenger boys and will be posted for the benefit of the the general public. These reports will contain the results of the elections of all the counties in the judicial district and of the vote on the state ticket in all parts of New Mexico.

  • Looking Ahead - Nov. 4, 2011

    Fall Flight Festival is Sunday

    Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge Fall Flight Festival 2011 is this Sunday. Self-guided Wildlife Drive open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.;  live raptor presentation and talk from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the refuge headquarters. Kids wildlife crafts at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Linda Kelly at 454-9452 or Jan Arrott at 454-6115.

  • Weather - Nov. 4, 2011

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 35. Southwest wind 15-20 mph.

    A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Windy, with a west wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Mostly clear and breezy at night, with a low around 26.

  • FYI - News - Nov. 4, 2011

    Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. this Sunday so don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday.

  • Gerald González dead at age 68

    Gerald González, a Las Vegas native who served in Vietnam, graduated from Harvard Law School and went on to serve in a variety of government roles, including chief of staff for then U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, died Tuesday. He was 68.

    González died of pancreatic cancer, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.

  • Jail Log - Nov. 4, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Oct. 25 and Nov. 1:
    Fernando Pino, 38, driving on suspended/revoked driver’s license
    Gary Coca, 39, aggravated assault, felony warrant
    Laura Archuleta, 23, positive UA
    Herman Powell, 54, criminal damage to property
    Martin Gutierrez, 47, positive UA
    Mary Jane Lujan, 40, fraudulent use of credit cards
    Raymond Vigil, 25, positive UA
    Lawrence Trujillo, 31, bench warrant

  • Group petitions EPA over air in 8 western states

    The Associated Press

    DENVER — An environmental group has petitioned the federal government to reduce air pollutants in eight western states.

    WildEarth Guardians says that by law, the Environmental Protection Agency has to designate areas as “nonattainment” areas if they violate certain air-quality standards and put them on the path to cleaning up.

  • Ex-trustee’s wife in NM gun case pleads not guilty

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES — The wife of a former Columbus village trustee indicted in connection with a smuggling ring that federal authorities say funneled hundreds of guns into Mexico pleaded not guilty Tuesday and was given a conditional release.

    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Gabrielle Gutierrez, 30, entered her plea before U.S. Magistrate Court Judge William P. Lynch to charges of conspiracy, two counts of making false statements in connection with the acquisition of firearms and two counts of smuggling goods from the U.S.

  • Deaths from painkiller overdose triple in decade

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — The number of overdose deaths from powerful painkillers more than tripled over a decade, the government reported Tuesday — a trend that a U.S. health official called an epidemic, but one that can be stopped.

    New Mexico had the highest overdose death rate (27 per 100,000) and Nebraska had the lowest (5.5). The national rate was 11.9.