Local News

  • Weather - Nov. 20, 2016


    HIGH 66° / LOW 37°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
    6:42 a.m. to 4:51 p.m.


    HIGH 54° / LOW 36°
    A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54.
    6:43 a.m. to 4:50 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Nov. 20, 2016

    Wednesday, Nov. 16, 1966 — The  J.J. Newberry store, at the corner of Sixth Street and Douglas Avenue, is performing extensive alterations to almost double the existing floor space by enlarging the basement. An open house is scheduled for this weekend. Donald Killekowski, manager, estimated that the renovation will cost about $100,000.

  • Almost time for the light parade
  • Woman mugged on Bridge Street

    An 86-year-old Las Vegas woman was mugged as she was walking through the breezeway off Bridge Street on Tuesday afternoon.

    Ursel Albers, a retired Highlands University accounting and business professor, had just picked up her daughter’s dry cleaning from a Bridge Street business and was walking back to her car through the breezeway when a young man on a bicycle tried to grab her purse.

  • Deceased man faced abuse charge

    Less than eight hours before he was found dead in his cell, Bryan Martinez was in District Court for a sentencing hearing.

    That hearing didn’t go well for him.

    Martinez, 29, had entered a guilty plea on Aug. 26 to a single count of child abuse, a third-degree felony. The victim in the case was Martinez’ 3-year-old stepson, who sustained a broken arm in May of 2015.

    Martinez was facing a sentence of anything from probation to three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

  • Changing of the Guard - Montoya new fire chief

    The Las Vegas Fire Department underwent a changing of the guard on Tuesday, when the City Council voted unanimously to confirm Billy Montoya as the department’s new chief.

    Montoya, 35,  replaces longtime Fire Chief Phillip Mares who retired after 35 years of service in the department, at least 13 of those years as the department’s leader.

    City Manager Richard Trujillo thanked Mares for his dedicated service to the department. He told the Council that after Mares retired, Sam Lujan was appointed interim chief.

  • Students collect food for protestors

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Students in the Native American Club at Highlands University stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock protest over the Dakota Access pipeline with a fundraiser of canned food and winter clothes for the protesters.

    Since August, members of the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota and other Native American tribes from across the country have gathered in an effort to stop the section of the oil pipeline that crosses the Standing Rock Reservation.

  • Jail Log - Nov. 18, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Nov. 9 and Nov. 14:
    Hannah Montoya, 19, bench warrant: failure to appear, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Jeffrey Clark, 27, possession with intent to distribute LSD, speeding, reckless driving, driving on a  suspended or revoked license, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Frank Martinez, 53, criminal damage to property, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Andrew Romero, 34, bench warrant: failure to pay fines, Mora/San Miguel Magistrate Court

  • Looking Back - Nov. 18, 2016

    Wednesday, Nov. 16, 1966 — Down from the mountains Monday afternoon came the 44-foot tree cut and delivered by members of the Las Vegas Jaycees. The Jaycees have challenged other service clubs to assist in lighting and paying costs of installing the Christmas decorations.

  • Weather - Nov. 18, 2016


    HIGH 47° / LOW 21°
    Sunny, with a high near 47. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    6:40 a.m. to 4:52 p.m.


    HIGH 55° / LOW 31°
    Sunny, with a high near 55. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
    6:41 a.m. to 4:51 p.m.