Local News

  • Two locals honored for work in child welfare

    Two area residents were recently honored for their juvenile justice work.

    District Judge Matthew Sandoval was honored with the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Excellence Award for his performance as a children’s court judge.

    And Charles “Chuck” Searcy, a member of the CASA board of directors, was honored for excellence as a CASA volunteer.
    The awards were presented on Jan. 13 during the Children’s Law Institute in Albuquerque.

  • Looking for performers
  • Que Pasa - Jan. 29, 2017

    2 p.m.
    Knights of Columbus Annual Free Throw Contest for boys and girls between 9 and 14 will take place at the West Las Vegas High School gym. Registration begins at 2 p.m. followed by the contest at 3 p.m. Parents/guardians must bring in child’s birth certificate on the day of the competition. For more information, call Ben Maynes at 575-545-3378, Benny Garcia at 505-617-1857 or Raymond Lujan at 429-0532.

    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

  • Students of the month - Jan. 29, 2017
  • Triple-double Westbrook rounds out All-Star list

    The Associated Press
    Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are teammates again. Gordon Hayward, DeAndre Jordan and Kemba Walker are about to get a first opportunity on the All-Star stage.

    Meanwhile, Dwyane Wade’s run of 12 straight selections in the NBA’s midseason showcase is on the cusp of ending.

  • Cop: Murder suspect embezzled

    The woman charged with stabbing her elderly father-in-law to death last month is now accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from him prior to killing him.

    State police filed an amended criminal complaint in San Miguel County Magistrate Court on Monday, charging 52-year-old Ruth Rivera with embezzlement and two counts of forgery, all second-degree felonies. Those charges are in addition to an open count of murder and tampering with evidence previously filed against her.

  • Promoting literacy - Fall in love with books

    Children can take a wild adventure this Saturday during the ninth annual Literacy Fair.

    The fair, organized by the local Literacy Council, provides area children with hundreds of books, all in an effort to help children fall in love with reading.

    The fair takes place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Sala de Madrid on the Highlands University campus. The location is new this year as the Abe Montoya Recreation Center is under renovation.

  • East schools chief gets contract extension

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Kelt Cooper has been awarded a one-year contract extension.

    Cooper, a native of Las Cruces, has served at the helm of the district since May and receives a salary of $110,000. His latest contract extension, given by a unanimous board vote, will take Cooper’s contract with the district until June 2019.

  • Budget solvency plan clears Legislature

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Legislature approved a $216 million budget solvency plan Wednesday that would fix a current-year deficit and help shore up reserves, as the state wrestles with plunging tax revenues.

    Newly approved bills target $46 million in local school district reserves to beef up the state general fund, along with transfers of $81 million from dozens of state accounts and select programs.

  • Lawmakers consider legalizing marijuana

    The Associated Press

    Democratic state lawmakers in New Mexico are redoubling efforts to legalize marijuana and tax sales for recreational use to shore up plunging state revenues and give the economy a boost.

    Sponsors of parallel bills in the Senate and House announced their proposal to regulate marijuana sales and apply a 15 percent state sales tax.