Local News

  • Renowned violinist performing Wednesday

    Jack Glatzer, an internationally acclaimed violinist, will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, at Kennedy Hall on the New Mexico Highlands University campus.

    Admission is $15 for the general public. The performance is sponsored by the Las Vegas Arts Council and Kiwanis.

  • Volunteerism to be honored

    Local and regional officials are leading a salute to those who volunteer time and energy to their communities as part of Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service this Tuesday, April 4.

    Locally, the tribute will take place in a ceremony scheduled at 9 a.m. at the Father George Salazar Center adjacent to Immaculate Conception Church. Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron and other local and state representatives from the area are among those expected to attend.

  • Weather - April 2, 2017


    HIGH 59° / LOW 33°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the morning.
    Sunday night — mostly clear, with a low around 33.
    6:45 a.m. to 7:24 p.m.


    HIGH 65° / LOW 32°
    Sunny, with a high near 65. Monday night —partly cloudy, with a low around 32.
    6:44 a.m. to 7:24 p.m.


  • BREAKING: Villanueva man charged with murder

    A Villanueva man is charged with an open count of murder after a body was found Tuesday in the Pecos River.

    Richard Joseph Griego, 30, was arrested by New Mexico State Police in connection with the death of Jimmy Griego, whose relationship or other connection to the suspect was not immediately clear.

    A witness reportedly told police she saw a man throwing her cousin, identified as Jimmy Griego, off the Pecos River bridge on N.M. Highway 3 near Ribera this past Tuesday afternoon.

  • UWC receiving $10M grant

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    In honor of the 80th birthday (on March 20) of philanthropist Shelby Davis, his family has committed a challenge grant of $10 million to United World College-USA, the school announced this week.

  • Jail Log - March 31, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 22 and 29:
    Ray Brito, 43, bench warrant: failure to appear, Las Vegas Municipal Court
    Christopher Benavidez, 27, three-day sanction, San Miguel County Magistrate Court, Adult Probation Office
    Mark Suber, 61, bench warrant: failure to pay fines, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Kayla Esquibel, 21, bench warrant: failure to report, San Miguel County Magistrate Court, Adult Probation Office

  • 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.

  • Service with a smile
  • ‘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.