Today's News

  • Alirez to stand trial in Hubble case

    A magistrate judge has determined that there is enough evidence against Alex Alirez to send his case to District Court for trial in the matter of Hubble, an emaciated dog whose plight galvanized animal lovers around the country.

  • Raton native receives Nobel Prize

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — It was in a small blue collar town in northern New Mexico that Paul Modrich started down a path that would eventually earn him one of the world’s most renowned awards.

  • LV man charged with felony assault

    A Las Vegas man is accused of menacing at least one relative with a tire iron during an argument on Tuesday morning.

    Michael Gallegos, 28, of the 400 block of Ethel Drive, faces charges of aggravated assault against a household member — a fourth-degree felony — and misdemeanor criminal damage to property in connection with the incident near his home.

    According to a statement of probable cause filed by Las Vegas Police officer David Trujillo, police were summoned to a reported fight in the street this past Tuesday morning.

  • Local barber has role in ‘Sicario’

    A cancelled hair cut appointment has opened doors for a local barber. More than a decade ago, Lupe Garcia was doing maintenance to a set of clippers in his former Plaza barber shop when he caught the eyes of a casting director.

    Since then, he has been in several films, most recently landing a speaking role in “Sicario.”

    In the feature film “Sicario” he portrays a Mexican immigrant familiar with the underground tunnels between the U.S. and Mexico.

  • Jail Log 10-9-15

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 25 and Oct. 5:

    Dennis Barela, 53, four-day commitment
    Mark Ludi, 40, probation violation: admitted to drinking alcohol
    Lorenzo Gallegos, 53, failure to appear, bench warrant, Rio Arriba
    Anthony Armijo, 18, battery on household member, bench warrant, SM Mag.
    Dominic Baca, 24, criminal damage to property of household member

  • LVPD honors its Employee of Year

    Though he is a relative newcomer to the force, officer Dillon Encinias has developed into one of the Las Vegas Police Department’s hardest working and most visible individuals.

    Encinias on Tuesday was recognized as the LVPD Employee of the Year.

    LVPD Chief Juan Montaño said the honor is based on a review of departmental statistics like the numbers of service calls, incident responses and citations issued between September 2014 and September 2015.

  • McCarthy withdraws candidacy for speaker

    By Erica Werner
    AP Congressional Correspondent

    WASHINGTON — With no warning, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew Thursday from the contest for speaker of the U.S. House, shocking fellow Republicans just before voting was to begin and plunging Congress into chaos.

  • In Brief 10-9-15

    The Associated Press

    Duran hearing pushed back

    SANTA FE — A state district judge has decided embattled Secretary of State Dianna Duran’s legal team should get more time to mount a defense in her fraud case.

    Judge T. Glenn Ellington ruled Thursday he would push back a preliminary hearing until Dec. 1 after a motion filed by Duran’s attorney.

  • Thumbs 10-9-15

    Raton native Paul Modrich, 69, and fellow researchers Thomas Lindahl and Aziz Sancar have been awarded a Nobel Prize for chemistry. The trio’s research explains and maps how the cells repair DNA, a discovery tht helps physicians understand and combat diseases. Modrich said the biological diversity around Raton helped spark his curiosity.


  • ‘Watchman’ highlights ‘gradualism’

    Earlier this year, I wrote about the latest manuscript written by Harper Lee, author of the classic “To Kill a Mockingbird,” saying I was both excited and anxious about reading “Go Set a Watchman” since one of the central characters, Atticus Finch, reminded me of my own father.

    I wasn’t too excited about tarnishing the heroic deeds of either man, but I knew I’d feel compelled to read the book anyway. And now I have.