Local News

  • Carjacking suspect in Sandoval County found, arrested in Las Vegas

    The Associated Press

    LAS VEGAS, N.M. — A suspect in a carjacking in Sandoval County was not seriously injured when a police officer fired his weapon after a pursuit.

    New Mexico State Police say an officer spotted a stolen vehicle around 1 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 25.

    The officer tried to stop the vehicle but the suspect, 52-year-old William Wilson, fled.

    Authorities say after the pursuit ended, the officer fired shots.

  • Six finalists remain for top WLV job

    West Las Vegas School Interim Superintendent Christopher Gutierrez is still in the running to keep the top job. Gutierrez is one of the six finalists for the position. Other finalists for the position are: Christopher Quinn, Greg Rockhold, Raymond Arsenault, Richard Rundhaug and Thomas Graves. The board has received 11 applicants for the position.
    Former Rio Gallinas School Director Gerald Garcia did not make the finalist cut. He abruptly resigned as director of the local charter school in July.

  • Divided America: Americans seen as arrogant, nice, tech-savvy, free

    Editor’s note: This story is part of Divided America, AP’s ongoing exploration of the economic, social and political divisions in American society.

     By Vijay Joshi
    The Associated Press

    BANGKOK — The rest of the world may think Americans eat a lot of burgers, have huge shopping malls and are ruled by an arrogant government.

  • Obama: Islamic State likely to continue to threaten U.S.

    By Lolita C. Baldor
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The Islamic State group will probably continue to be a threat to the U.S. even after it is ousted from key strongholds in Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama said Thursday, warning that lone-wolf believers will still be inspired to launch attacks that are harder to detect and prevent.

  • In Brief

    The Associated Press
    1st human case of West Nile Virus

    SANTA FE — State health officials are reporting the first human case of West Nile virus in New Mexico this year.

    The New Mexico Department of Health announced Thursday that a 40-year-old woman from Rio Arriba County has been diagnosed with West Nile.

    She was hospitalized with neuroinvasive disease, which is the more serious form of the illness.
    But health officials say the woman now is recovering at home.

    Mosquitoes transmit the West Nile virus.

  • Day of Reckoning

    By Mercy López
    and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    In the end, it came down to Charles Trujillo in the back seat of a state police vehicle  on a rainy evening in August.

  • BREAKING: Local DA is charging former PED Licensure Bureau chief

    By Mercy López and Martín Salazar

    Las Vegas Optic

    Authorities have arrested the man who was once in charge of the state Public Education Department’s Licensure Bureau, and he is now facing multiple counts of forgery and fraud for faking his credentials.

    Charles Trujillo was arrested Thursday evening in Albuquerque on an arrest warrant.

  • Mistrial in Hubble case

    Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño said Thursday that the criminal case against a Las Vegas couple accused of extreme animal cruelty to animals in connection with the death of a pit bull terrier last September will move forward despite a mistrial declared in the case on Wednesday.

    Alex Alirez, 43, and Panchita Maes-Alirez, 35, are each facing felony counts of extreme cruelty to animals and four misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals.

  • Heritage Week: Historic homes tour is Saturday

    Las Vegas has a long and unique history, which includes Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, the Santa Fe Trail and Harvey Houses.

    Not only is Las Vegas’ life story in books, but it is also seen through more than 60 major productions which have been filmed here, including Easy Rider, Wild Hogs, Wyatt Earp, All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, and the popular television series Longmire.

    For the next week, Las Vegas will celebrate its diverse and unique history through plenty of events as part of this year’s Heritage Week.

  • Most of state still in severe drought

    The Associated Press

    Despite the start of monsoon season, most of New Mexico is under severe drought, thanks to high temperatures last month and below average rainfall.

    Data released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor showed that 72 percent of New Mexico is experiencing severe drought conditions. Nearly 100 percent of the state is “abnormally dry” or worse.

    The drought conditions are returning a year after the state received a good amount of rainfall.