Local News

  • Man jailed for threatening warden

    Don’t mess with the warden, or you might just find yourself as a guest in his establishment.

    That’s the position one Las Vegas man found himself in after he confronted San Miguel County Detention Center Warden Patrick Snedeker outside the Seventh Street Dairy Queen last month, threatened him and punched the warden’s county-owned vehicle, according to a police affidavit.

  • HU Biology prof publishes book on giant anacondas

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A Highlands University biology professor’s book is the first comprehensive study in the wild of anacondas, the largest snake in the world.

    Jesús Rivas published Natural History of the Green Anaconda: With Emphasis on its Reproductive Biology in 2016. His study area is in the Venezuelan Llanos — a vast plain that floods during the wet season from May through October.

  • New laws taking effect in NM

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New laws going into effect July 1 in New Mexico run the gamut from new sentencing requirements for drunken drivers to stepped-up financial disclosures for lobbyists.

    The state also is entering a new budget year that calls for reduced general fund spending as revenue lags amid low energy prices.

  • Prison company pays $4.6M to settle suits

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The nation’s largest for-profit provider of inmate medical services has reached a nearly $4.6 million settlement with New Mexico prisoners.

    Corizon Correctional Health settled claims filed by 59 inmates at two New Mexico facilities. Most of the payouts appear to be related to a former Corizon doctor who was accused in lawsuits of sexually abusing dozens of inmates at those prisons.

  • In Brief - News - July 1, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Fourth hantavirus death in NM

    State health officials say a 20-year-old woman from Torrance County in central New Mexico has died of hantavirus.
    The Health Department said Thursday it marks the state’s sixth case of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome this year. Four of the cases have been fatal.

    The patient’s name wasn’t released.

  • Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military

    By Lolita C. Baldor
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, the Pentagon announced Thursday, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces.

  • Jail Log - July 1, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 22 and June 27:
    Ferninand Valencia, 51, aggravated DWI (fourth Offense), open container
    Peter Griego, 41, larceny
    Michael Trujillo, 38, receiving stolen property, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
    Gary Romero, 43, battery household member
    Clifford Montaño, 43, battery on a household member
    Sergio Valdez, 25, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate

  • Fiestas royalty crowned

    In one of the most anticipated events of the year, Melina Mercedes Baca, 17, was crowned queen of the Fiestas de Las Vegas, Friday.

    Her coronation was at a Fiestas Mass at Immaculate Conception Church. Her court includes Princesa Victoria Valdez, and Damas Amber Lynn Gonzales, Sonia Castillo and Gabriella Andrea Tafoya.

    New this year is senior citizen royalty, in which Manuel Chavez and Alice Moberg were selected.

  • Court leans left in term unsettled by Scalia’s death

    By Mark Sherman
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Justice Antonin Scalia’s sudden death transformed the Supreme Court’s term, shifted power to its liberal wing and started a transition that will be greatly affected by who wins the presidency.

  • NM tests limits of immunity for legislators

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    A New Mexico district judge will decide on a case-by case basis whether legislators can decline to testify in a fraud case against a former state senator by invoking legislative privilege.

    Judge Brett Loveless on Monday denied a blanket request to limit the scope of testimony from state lawmakers and legislative aides who are being called on to testify as state prosecutors pursue charges of fraud, bribery and tampering with public records against former Sen. Phil Griego.