Local News

  • Schools closer to solutions

    Nearly five years ago, Union Elementary parents took the fight to save the school from being closed. On Tuesday, several parents took their stand again to save the school in its current state serving students in second to fifth grades as the district mulls the reorganization of its elementary schools.

    Union Elementary has continuously excelled with school grades for several years, including last year as the school received an A grade from the state Public Education Department.

  • Police: Speeder menaced couple

    A Las Vegas man is facing felony charges for his role in a reported road rage incident. Richard Varela, 27, of the 200 block of Alamo Street, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon  — a fourth-degree felony —  in connection with the incident, which allegedly occurred on the evening of March 16.

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  • ‘Free to Breathe’ event aims to save lives

    Las Vegas native Annette Leger may have lost her life to lung cancer in 2012, but her legacy lives on.

    Despite her being a non-smoker and otherwise healthy, the deadly disease ravaged her body. It was through this trying time that she wanted to help others.

    In 2012, while battling cancer Leger founded the Albuquerque Free to Breathe Lung Cancer Bike Ride and Yoga. Five months after organizing her first event, she died from cancer.

  • Weather - March 31, 2017


    HIGH 58° / LOW 30°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.
    6:48 a.m. to 7:22 p.m.


  • NMHU concert choir set to perform Beatles tribute

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University Concert Choir presents The Beatles Tribute concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday in Ilfeld Auditorium at 900 University Ave.

    Some of the 16 selections include Penny Lane, The Long and Winding Road, Can’t Buy Me Love, Yesterday, Blackbird and Michelle.

  • Convicted killer gets 20 years

    Ricky Quintana, who was found guilty of second-degree murder in the April 2003 death of Michael Grube, has been committed to 20 years at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute.

    Quintana, 49, received a sentence that is considered the basic one for a second-degree murder conviction with an enhancement of five additional years, said Richard Flores, Fourth Judicial District Attorney. Prosecutors requested the enhancement due to the brutal nature of the killing, and Judge Gerald Baca concurred.

  • Sanchez to get $25K

    Details of Luna Community College president Leroy Sanchez’s newly revised contract emerged late this past week.

    Sanchez will now serve through the end of 2017 —six months earlier than in his previously negotiated contract.

    Luna’s Board of Trustees this past week agreed to the new terms and to immediately begin a search for a new president of the two-year school.

  • State champs! WLV, Pecos among winners

    For the second time in three years, West Las Vegas is state champion in cheerleading.

    The squad won first place in the Class 1A-4A Co-ed Cheer category over the weekend at The Pit in Albuquerque.

    West finished the two-day State Spirit Championships with a score of 142.07, topping runner-up Hatch Valley (136.99) and third-place Bernalillo (134.62).

    After a narrow defeat in the 2016 competition spoiled West’s repeat bid, Saturday’s triumph made for a joyous bus ride home.

  • Health care bill shot down

    By Erica Werner
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans on Monday pointed fingers and assigned blame after their epic failure on health care and a weekend digesting the outcome.