Local News

  • Raton fire cuts gas supply

    The fire that has burned about 26,000 acres near Raton damaged a block gas valve, forcing Las Vegas’ natural gas supplier to shut down the pipeline that services the city Wednesday afternoon.

    But the repairs were completed that same night, and as of late Thursday morning Zia Natural Gas was working to get all the air out of the line so that it could repressurize it, Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said. The line was slated to be reopened by the end of the day on Thursday.

  • McNellis gets 1-year interim deal

    Sheryl McNellis-Martinez will remain in her post as interim superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools district through June 2012.

    She will be paid $100,000 a year for serving in that position under the terms of the contract approved by the school board Tuesday evening.

    McNellis-Martinez, who previously served as the district’s special services director, was named interim superintendent in December. The school district has not had a permanent top official since the abrupt resignation of former superintendent Rick Romero late last year.

  • Prayers for Rain

    The cloudless sky and near-90 degree temperature near noon on Tuesday did not keep the more than 30 senior citizens from launching their yearly tradition to pray for a special intention. They paraded statues of their favorite saints, prayed and sang for rain.

  • City water line process ‘stinks’

    A proposal to begin the first phase of extending a city water line to Airport Road ran into trouble again Wednesday night with one city councilor saying the process used “stinks” and another charging that the extension being proposed would benefit people illegally tapped into the city water system.

    Indeed Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron also pointed out that the mayor’s nephew lives in the subdivision in question and that his daughter had once owned property there.

  • I-25 reopens between New Mexico, Colorado

    The Associated Press

    Some residents near the New Mexico-Colorado border were able to return home Wednesday and a national park on the opposite end of the state reopened just before dusk after crews worked feverishly throughout the day to get a jump on two growing wildfires ahead of worsening weather.

    Interstate 25 has reopened between New Mexico and Colorado after being closed for four days. because of the wilfire near Raton.

  • Flag Day presentation
  • Child protective services criticized

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The state agency charged with investigating child abuse allegations is top-heaving, and caseworkers are carrying "dangerously high" caseloads.

    That's the conclusion of an audit presented to lawmakers on Wednesday.

    The audit from the State Legislative Finance Committee recommends that the Protective Services Division of the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department shift some supervisors into front-line caseworker positions.

  • Looking Ahead - News June 17, 2011

    Outdoor Recreation Show is Saturday

    Sunrise Kiwanis of Las Vegas is hosting its first Outdoor Recreation Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center on Grand Avenue.

  • Weather - June 17, 2011

    Sunny, with a high near 89. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph,, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 54. West wind 10-20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 89. Breezy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy and windy at night, with a low around 57.


  • FYI - News

     Health officials are warning residents that smoke from wildfires is resulting in poor air quality conditions, according to The Associated Press. Smoke from the Wallow fire burning in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico is  expected to drift to the northeast over the next two days. People with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion in the areas affected by the smoke.