Local News

  • Property tax cap upheld

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday upheld a state law capping residential property tax valuation increases until a home changes ownership.
    Critics of the law contend it causes “tax lightning” for new homeowners when the valuation of a house is reassessed for market value. The property taxes for new homeowners can end up much higher than their neighbors who’ve lived in a house for many years.

  • Obama: I’ll act on my own on immigration

    By Erica Werner
    and Jim Kuhnhenn
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Conceding defeat on a top domestic priority, President Barack Obama blamed a Republican “year of obstruction” for the demise of sweeping immigration legislation on Monday and said he would take new steps without Congress to fix as much of the system as he can on his own.
    “The only thing I can’t do is stand by and do nothing,” the president said. But he gave few hints about what steps he might take by executive action.

  • Court: Religious rights trump birth control rule

    By Mark Sherman
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

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  • Registration taking place for Junior Ranger Camps

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    Fort Union National Monument will host three all-day Junior Ranger Camps from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9, Thursday, July 10, and Friday, July 11. The camps will introduce participants to the cultures and happenings on the Great Plains in the 1870s Fort Union with hands-on games, activities, and ranger-led programs.

  • Regulators target local bank

    Concerns about problem loans at Community 1st Bank have prompted state and federal regulators to force the Las Vegas institution to make a series of changes, including removing Ray Litherland as its CEO and mandating tighter controls in how it lends money.  

    A search is currently under way for a new chief executive officer. Litherland, who has been the bank’s CEO for about 25 years, will continue in that role until his replacement is found, and he and his family, who own more than 50 percent of the bank’s stock, will remain involved in Community 1st.

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  • Watershed projects funded

    The state has awarded nearly $1.2 million to thin 950 acres in the Gallinas Watershed in an effort to improve the health of Las Vegas’ primary water source and reduce the risk of a catastrophic wildfire breaking out there.

    Gov. Susana Martinez announced the funding Friday. In all, she said $6.2 million in capital outlay money is being awarded statewide for watershed restoration on public lands.

  • 2 years later, still no answers

    Two years after Cindy Rivera went missing from a home on the 400 block of Peggy Lane, her family is still searching for answers.

    “Every day that passes is sadder and sadder for our family,” her aunt, Deddie Rivera said. “It’s hard to live happy when Cindy is still missing.”

    Deddie Rivera said her family is haunted by the unanswered questions. Is Cindy dead or alive? Where is she? What happened to her?

    “There are no new leads and no arrest, but the investigation still continues,” Deddie Rivera said.

  • Looking Back - June 30, 2014

    In 1964
    Wednesday, July 1 — Leveo Sanchez, 34, former Las Vegan, has been appointed deputy director of Peace Corps operations for Latin America, it was announced recently by Director Sargent Shriver. He replaces Warren G. Fuller, who was recently appointed Peace Corps Representative in Brazil. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Sanchez got his B.A. in economics and business administration from Highlands University. Later he earned his M.A. in foreign affairs and Latin American studies from George Washington University.