Local News

  • ‘Disney Magic’ show next week

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Performing Arts Club and the HU Singers present “Disney Magic” May 6 and 7 at 7 p.m., and May 8 at 3 p.m., in the university’s  Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    The two-hour choral production features a medley of songs from Beauty and the Beast, Hercules, Aladdin, and The Little Mermaid. Highlands’ students will take center stage for the roles, and also play active roles behind the scenes.

  • Settlement reached in water case

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Los Alamos National Laboratory and a coalition of community groups reached a settlement Wednesday in a legal battle over storm water runoff from the northern New Mexico lab.
    The deal stems from a 2008 complaint that alleged the lab violated its federal clean water permit and allowed storm water with contaminants from sites around the lab to run off in levels that exceeded standards. The lab disputed the claims.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Lack of parts slows investigation

    ALBUQUERQUE — The investigation into what caused a twin-engine plane carrying cocaine to crash into a lake in northern New Mexico is marked more by what authorities haven't found and won't say than by what is known.

    A preliminary report says the crash at Heron Lake was an accident and that the airplane was destroyed.

  • Audit: Residents overcharged

    City of Las Vegas customers were overbilled a total of $355,564 on their garbage bills from January 2009 through June 30, 2010, a recently released independent audit for the city reveals.

    The city never refunded its customers’ accounts for the overcharges, and there are no plans to do so now, City Manager Timothy Dodge said.

    Dodge called the situation a procedural glitch and said that if the city were to provide refunds it would have to get the money from current customers.

  • Church to become community center

    The Old Town Mission Church will soon become a community center,  thanks to the First United Presbyterian Church and United World College-USA.

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz, World College President Lisa Darling, Pastor Randy Campbell and others will have an official signing ceremony to recognize the collaboration between UWC and the church on May 3. The ceremony will start at 4 p.m. at the renovated church on the corner of Socorro and Chavez streets on the city’s west side.

  • Arrest made in home invasion

    A 24-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested Monday on a second-degree aggravated burglary charge after he allegedly forced himself into a residence, pointed a firearm at several people and demanded money.

    Antonio Olivarez was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center. His bond was set at $10,000 cash by Magistrate Philip Romero.

  • Area native seeks Senate seat

    Wagon Mound native Hector Balderas announced that he is running for the United States Senate on Tuesday.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Friday, April 28 —One R.H. Hanna ... delivered a wild harangue before the committee on territories at today’s hearing on the New Mexico constitution, in which he demanded that amendments be made to the ... law for the proposed new state. Hanna claimed he was a republican, but stated he didn’t support the republican organization in the territory. Why, he did not say. Ralph C. Ely made a strong plea in favor of the constitution, after Hanna had finished...

  • Looking Ahead

    Health insurance exchange forum Thursday

    Statewide public forums on affordable health insurance kick off at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the city council chamber here. The meeting, sponsored by the state Office of Health Care Reform, is to get input on a health insurance exchange, which will provide one-stop shopping to help people compare, select and enroll in healthcare plans.

  • Weather

    Sunny, with a high near 61. West wind 5-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 29. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. West wind 10-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 43.

    Mostly sunny and windy, with a high near 79. Partly cloudy and windy at night, with a low around 37.