Today's News

  • State police take on seatbelt violators

    The flashing lights on police cars could be seen up and down Seventh Street on Friday night.

    The state police spent several hours stopping drivers for not wearing their seatbelts.

    State police Lt. Craig Martin said up to eight officers were on hand for an operation to crack down on seatbelt violators. He said 60 citations were issued, most but not all of which were for seatbelt violations.

  • Nat Gold Players: A little light music

    What do you get when you have 20 fingers, two hands, 88 keys, and the brains and talent of two concert pianists? You get wonderful music and that’s what you’ll get on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 3 pm at First United Presbyterian Church, in “A Little Light Music.” “A Little Light Music” is presented by the Nat Gold Players and is a benefit for the NGP lighting system.

  • West choir, band full of all-staters

    The West Las Vegas choir and band, under the direction of Arnell David Arellanes, had more students make All-State this year than in any year in West Las Vegas history.

    They’ll perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Ilfeld Auditorium.

    “The number of students making All-State is growing every year,” Arellanes said.

  • Nick Otero paints the sky at Fort Union

    Red clay barracks crumble in the ceaseless winds enveloping Fort Union National Monument. The wind is older than the clay.

    It pushed itself against the first sentry tower, against the legions of horse and men protecting the prairie. Wagon ruts meander over the gently rolling landscape, face the wind with earth scarred, defiant. The clay holds mystery, holds the almost forgotten memory of man against man.

  • Celebrating the Electric Light Parade

    Snow swirled around around the darkened street lamps during last year’s electric light parade. Las Vegas families bundled in heavy coats and scarves waited along Carnegie Library park, faces red from the biting cold.

    Floats made from ranch flatbeds, from carefully waxed pickup trucks loaded with twinkle light-encrusted twisted wire crawled the parade route, accompanied by holiday music. Sara Martinez, 9, grabbed the mittened hand of a friend and leaned into the street, as if her anticipation could pull Santa’s sleigh closer.

  • Five arrested in drug investigation

    Five people were arrested last week after authorities carried out a search warrant in a drug investigation.

    Agents of the Region 4 Narcotics Task Force last Thursday found large amounts of marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia such as weighing scales inside a Gonzales Ranch single-wide mobile home, according to a criminal complaint. They also discovered several loaded guns, officials said.

  • Native American queen named

    Courtney Hudson, a junior at Highlands University, was named Miss NMHU Native American Queen last week at the school’s second such pageant.

    The Miss New Mexico Highlands University Native American Pageant went smoothly for the hundred or so people who attended the event.

    For the organizers, however, it was a lot of work.

    “It took all day,” said Eric Bennett, who helped the Native American Club decorate the Sala de Madrid auditorium. Lights, banners and many other tasks kept the pageant committee busy all day.

  • City Council may ask to make skating pond a state park

    The City Council is set to consider a letter asking for the state’s support to make the Montezuma skating pond a state park at its regular meeting Wednesday.

    The council will meet at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

    The council will vote on the letter after a presentation by Denise Gallegos of GL Environmental, who is expected to detail the improvements needed at the pond.

  • Congressman running for Senate

    Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., stopped in Las Vegas on Saturday to ask voters for their support in his run for the U.S. Senate. It was the last day of a three-day swing around the state for an official announcement to enter the race for a seat left vacant by retiring Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M.

  • Rowe teenager killed by Amtrak train

    ROWE — A Rowe teenager was killed when the car he was driving collided with an Amtrak passenger train near his home, authorities say.

    Galen Stoller, 16, reportedly an aspiring actor, was killed Saturday afternoon at a private railway crossing, state police said.

    Nobody on the train was injured.

    The accident happened south of the Rowe exit, perhaps a half mile down the dirt access road that parallels Interstate 25.