Local News

  • Talks bog down agreement

    By Dee Riechmann
    and Rahim Faiez
    The Associated Press

    KABUL, Afghanistan — Negotiations over a long-term U.S. military presence in Afghanistan have bogged down over issues of detainees, night raids and quarrels within the Afghan president’s inner circle, throwing the whole deal into question.

    The arrangement would formalize a U.S. role after NATO’s planned pullout in 2014. The deadlock reflects growing hostility on the part of the Afghan leadership and increasing exasperation in Washington.

  • 2 more allege abuse at daycare

    The man arrested in December on child sex abuse charges involving a family member now stands accused of molesting two of the children who attended the child care center he used to own.

  • City election drawing to a close

    Candidates and their supporters spent the final days before Tuesday’s city election going door to door and making their case to voters.

    Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Early voting wrapped up on Friday, with 460 voters casting their ballots.

    The mayoral post and two City Council seats are up for grabs, though only one of those races is likely to be decided Tuesday.

    Under the new city charter, if no one ends up with 50 percent plus one of the votes cast, the top two vote getters will end up in a runoff.

  • Vehicular homicide suspect flees

    Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding the Mora man charged with vehicular homicide and other crimes in connection with a Feb. 3 alcohol-related crash in Las Vegas, and they’re warning that anyone helping him could face criminal charges themselves.

    An arrest warrant has been issued for 51-year-old Rudolph “Rudy” Muniz. Muniz wasn’t taken into custody after the crash because he, too, was injured and was hospitalized at Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

  • Fiesta marks its 18th year on Friday

    The 18th Annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad is set to hit the stage on Friday.

    The annual cultural extravaganza of area performers begins at 6:30 p.m., with the doors to Ilfeld Auditorium opening at 6 p.m.

    “It is not a competition of one performer trying to beat out another, like in popular reality shows, but rather, a showing of each person’s individual talent,” said Sara Harris, the show’s organizer.

  • Gov. vetoes erasure legislation

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed a measure to allow the removal from public view of records of a person who is arrested but not convicted of a crime.

    Martinez, a former prosecutor, rejected the bill on Friday, saying the proposal would place a “significant impediment on the public’s and media’s right to know about information relating to convictions, arrests and other criminal proceedings.”

  • Looking Back - News - March 5, 2012

    In 1912

    Friday, March 1 — In front of the Bennett House with Miss Nellie Bennett looking out of one of the parlor windows at the highway, the horse and the cutter being driven by a stranger struck a lamp and was lifted up until the cutter was upset. The driver was pitched out into the snow but hung to the lines and stopped the horse after being dragged a couple of rods. Miss Nellie neither screamed nor fainted away. She saw the man get up, right the cutter and drive away.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 5, 2012

    Senior Olympics meeting is Thursday

    A Senior Olympics meeting will be held at 1 p.m. this Thursday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. For more information, call Denise McElroy at 454-1379.

  • Weather - March 5, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 63. West wind 10-20 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 33. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 15-20 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 31.

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. A 30 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.


  • City close to settlement

    The city of Las Vegas has reached a tentative settlement with the New Mexico Environment Department over allegations that safety violations led to the deaths of two of its employees last year.

    Under the terms of the agreement approved by both parties, the $80,100 fine initially proposed by the Occupational Health and Safety Bureau will be significantly reduced in exchange for the city agreeing to a number of actions to make its work environment safer. The safety bureau is a division of the Environment Department.