Today's News

  • Couple charged in local stabbing

    A couple is accused of stabbing a woman at their house last week.

    Judy Padilla, 30, 1222 Seventh St., and Charlie Vigil, 48, were charged with allegedly attacking a woman visiting their house around 1:30 a.m. April 28.

    According to Magistrate Court documents, the alleged victim got into a fight with Padilla’s sister inside the house. Then Padilla allegedly got involved, and the altercation was taken outside.

  • RMAC final: Cowboys, Mavs

    With no love lost between them, New Mexico Highlands University and archrival Mesa State don’t need much reason to battle, but this time they did it with the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament title on the line.

    On Saturday, Mesa State emerged from the loser's bracket and beat NMHU 15-8 in what would have been a championship clincher for the Cowboys.

    The Mavericks put the game out of reach with a five-run fifth inning, pinning the loss on Dylan Wisneski.

  • Letter: Dogs found with a lot of help

    On April 15, Tax Day, two of my dogs were apparently taken out of their dog run.  These dogs mean a lot to me.  They used to belong to my son.  I contacted the city police and Valerie at the Animal Shelter.  Fortunately both dogs have all of their shots, tags, and are spayed or neutered. Valerie took my report and put up a notice.  Later, I contacted Tina at the Animal Welfare Coalition. A “lost dogs” notice was put into their website. I received several phone calls and eventually found the dogs.

  • Girl reported as a runaway

    The Las Vegas Police Department has reported Jasmine S. Gallegos, 14, as a runaway. She is an eighth-grader at West Las Vegas Middle School.

    Her family said she was last seen around 10 p.m. Wednesday. Her parents are Candice and Gary Gallegos.

    Police Chief Gary Gold said the police were informed around 6:30 a.m. Thursday that Gallegos had run away.

    Gold said the girl had left a note with her parents and had called them since. She told them not to worry, Gold said. She hasn't said where she is.

    "We'll treat this seriously," the chief said.

  • State to stock Gallinas with trout

    The state plans to restock the Gallinas River in Las Vegas next week, an official said.

    Chris Cudia of the state Environment Department said the Game and Fish Department will put in an estimated 300 to 400 trout into the river, as it did a year ago.

    Game and Fish stocked the river last year for the first time in about a decade, Cudia said. That was after a Game and Fish official walked along the river inside town and determined that the waterway was a better habitat, he said.

  • Area artist wins $502,000

    A San Jose, N.M., man claimed a $502,000 prize from the New Mexico Lottery last week.

    Paul Mathews’ ticket for the April 16 Roadrunner Cash drawing matched the winning numbers of 12, 14, 24, 26 and 28.  

    After buying a used car, Mathews said he plans to give the rest of his prize to children and grandchildren.  

    “I’ll still be a starving artist,” he said, “but I’ll be a contented artist.”  

  • Cardinals hope for second act

    Looking to finish this baseball season the way they started it, the Robertson Cardinals know they have a difficult hurdle ahead in the first round of the Class 3A state tournament.

    RHS (11-14) is the 15th seed and has the unenviable task of making a trip to No. 2 Bloomfield (13-8-1) on Saturday. Saturday’s winner plays the Socorro-Ruidoso winner in the state quarterfinals May 13 in Rio Rancho.

  • Layoffs likely at East schools

    The Las Vegas City Schools will likely lay off some employees for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.

    That’s to help wipe out an expected shortfall of $1.1 million, which is more than 7 percent of the budget, an official said.

    The layoff may affect at least a half dozen first-year teachers and some principals, said Rick Romero, the school district’s superintendent.

    The school board may make decisions on the budget at a meeting late Thursday afternoon.

  • Letter: Elections need informed voters

    Elections are coming up. Our local government officials take an oath when they take office. Wouldn’t it be great if the oath said, “We pledge to work with the citizens of Mora to provide better services, jobs, education, environmental protection and all else that comprises a healthy community.”

  • Work of Art: Speaking of coincidences ...

    “Six degrees of separation” is a concept that tries to show that everybody is connected to everybody else by just six steps.

    The observation, of about 1994 vintage, is also called “Six degrees of Kevin Bacon,” the “Footloose” actor who’s been in just about every other movie. The task, when it became a game, would be to show a connection between any actor and Bacon.