Local News

  • 24-year-old named mayor

    By Juan Carlos Llorca
    The Associated Press

    SUNLAND PARK — City councilors in the troubled New Mexico border city of Sunland Park appointed a new mayor Wednesday night.

    The council voted 3-2, with one abstention to select 24-year-old Javier Perea for the job. He’ll be sworn in next week in the council’s next scheduled session.

    Former Mayor Pro Tem Daniel Salinas won the election in March but was barred from taking office under the terms of his release from jail.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - April 20, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Rancher finds woman’s body
    SILVER CITY — Officials in Grant County believe a woman who was briefly detained in February after she tried to burn her dead husband’s body has herself been found dead.

    A rancher checking fence lines found a body tentatively identified as 65-year-old Patricia Ann Overton in a sleeping bag last Thursday. The woman had been dead at least six weeks.

  • Another Term

    Three months ago, Alfonso E. Ortiz Jr. offered up his services to the citizens of Las Vegas, saying that while he hadn’t planned to seek re-election he’d leave it up to the community to decide whether to keep him on as mayor.

    Voters took Ortiz up on his offer Tuesday, choosing him over political rival Tonita Gurule-Giron in the city’s first-ever municipal runoff election. Ortiz, 71, captured 54.3 percent of the vote to win his second term as mayor. Results are unofficial until they are canvassed.

  • Herrera elected to Ward 3 council post

    In the battle of the Josephs, Ward 3 voters opted for the Las Vegas native, granting him a four-year term on the City Council and giving him the break into politics that he has been chasing for years.

    Joseph “Joey” Herrera walked away with 53.9 percent of the vote to Joseph McCaffrey’s 46.1 percent in Tuesday’s runoff election. Results are unofficial until they are canvassed.

  • Quintana sex case delayed

    The trial for Jay Quintana, the former Robertson High School teacher accused of carrying on an affair with a student, has been delayed again.

    The trial had been scheduled to begin on May 14, but it has been pushed back to July because defense attorney Thomas Clark had a scheduling conflict. Clark is one of the attorneys representing Michael Astorga in the death penalty phase of his trial. Astorga was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2006 shooting death of Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputy James McGrane Jr.

  • Vegas man killed in rollover

    A 25-year-old Las Vegas man was killed Monday in a rollover on Interstate 25 near Rowe.

    State police say Nathan Martinez was speeding southbound on I-25 when he lost control of his 1994 Ford pickup. The vehicle rolled two to three times and came to rest in the median.

    Martinez was ejected from the vehicle and succumbed to his injuries at the scene, state police said.

    State police say contributing factors in the fatal crash were high speed and failure to use a seatbelt.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 18, 2012

    ‘Alice in Wonderland’ performance is Friday

    “Alice in Wonderland” by American Family Theatre (children’s broadway musical), will be performed at 7:30 p.m. this Friday at Ilfeld Auditorium on the New Mexico Highlands University campus. Tickets: General admission: $8, local students with valid I.D.’s: $6, NMHU students w/valid I.D.’s and children (10 years and under): $5. For advance tickets, call 454-3238 or visit KEDP radio station, studio 103.

  • Weather - April 18, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 74. Windy, with a west wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 44. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10 -15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. West wind around 15 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.


  • Ortiz, Herrera win

    Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz won a second term Tuesday in the city's first-ever runoff election, defeating challenger and Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron with 53.3 percent of the vote.

    Ortiz beat Gurule-Giron 1,413 to 1,189 six weeks after the municipal election in which neither candidate secured a majority. In that election, Ortiz won 1,038 or 40.9 percent of the vote, while Gurule-Giron received 834 or 32.8 percent of the vote in an eight-candidate field.

  • Media arts students rework gym for gala

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Students from the New Mexico Highlands University Media Arts Department will present a high-tech multimedia extravaganza for the April 21 President’s Gala: Dollars for Scholars.

    The gala is a scholarship fundraiser that will also celebrate Highlands University President Jim Fries’ five-year anniversary.

    Students in Media Arts Professor Kerry Loewen’s Surround Sound and Installation class worked in teams to create the projects for the gala.