Local News

  • Woman pleads guilty in killing

    One of the two women accused of causing the dragging death of an 83-year-old man last year has pleaded guilty in connection with the crime.

    Also, a prosecutor recently filed a pleading in District Court that indicated both women were laughing in the county jail’s booking area shortly after they were arrested.

    In a hearing this week, Dolores Salazar, 19, of Albuquerque pleaded guilty to a charge of vehicular homicide as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, who, in return, dropped charges of felony murder, tampering with evidence and robbery.

  • Students treated to Sky Dome

    West Las Vegas Middle School students were taken on a 45-minute journey through the universe as they entered an educational inflatable Sky Dome Planetarium on Thursday.

    Principal Josephine Romero said the students learned to identify stars and constellations and were introduced to Greek mythological characters and saw how these heroes of the past can be found in the stars. She said students witnessed the night sky in different seasons and from different global perspectives and were treated to a slide presentation, which enhanced the tour of the solar system.

  • Co-op manager resigns

    Rudy Romero, manager of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative, recently turned in his letter of resignation. His last day is today.

    Carlos Lovato, chairman of the utility’s Board of Trustees, said Romero didn’t give a reason for his departure.

    “He handed in a one-line letter of resignation. We’re going to start a search,” Lovato said.

    Romero confirmed that he was resigning and that he would issue a statement later.

  • Officers arrest 5 in home invasion

    A man and four youths were arrested in connection with a invasion of a home on the east side.

    George Sena, 22, 1028 Second St., was arrested on charges of robbery, conspiracy, two counts of aggravated assault and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

    Two 17-year-olds and two 16-year-olds were also charged in connection with the alleged invasion.

    Police said the alleged victim let in Sena as a friend into his house in the 2300 block of Calle Bonita around 11:30 p.m. Monday. Then the four youths came in, officials said.

  • Students: Housing conditions bad

    Students on Tuesday aired their complaints about Highlands University’s housing, including allegations of mold growing on walls and in vents, broken toilets, holes in walls, blood- and urine-stained mattresses and exposed electrical wiring.

    They met with the administration at the university’s student senate chambers.

  • Board gets new president

    Patrick Romero is the new president of the Las Vegas City Schools board after a vote to reorganize.

    Ramon “Swoops” Montao nominated Romero for the position, followed by a 4-1 vote to seat him. Philip Leger, who had nominated incumbent president Elaine Luna, was the lone no vote.

  • Speed limits lowered

    The state will be requiring drivers to reduce their speed on much of Grand Avenue — by 5 mph.

    Based on a traffic study, the state Transportation Department is reducing the speed limit from 55 mph to 50 mph on Grand north of Mountain View Drive to Interstate 25, 45 mph to 40 mph from Mills Avenue to Mountain View and 35 mph to 30 mph from Washington Street to Mills.

    The changes take effect Friday.

  • Suspect admits to multiple sex crimes

    A man charged with inappropriately touching seven underage victims and hurting an adult pleaded guilty to most of the crimes Tuesday.

    But Clifford Gutierrez, 34, of Cleveland, N.M., didn’t get any prison time — a decision the victims’ families apparently supported.

    Under the terms of a plea agreement, Gutierrez will serve at least five years of probation and must live in Albuquerque-based Bernalillo County or suburban Sandoval County. He also must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

  • 5 in running for superintendent

    The Las Vegas City Schools board on Tuesday narrowed the list of eight applicants for the superintendent’s position to five.

  • Third-grade class studies dinosaurs

    Students in Nina Melendrez’s third-grade class at Paul D. Henry Elementary are becoming junior paleontologists by learning about dinosaurs, their habitat and the time they walked the earth.

    “Kids will always be interested in dinosaurs. It doesn’t matter how young or how old they are. The love it; it’s such a high interest topic that you can do anything and everything with it,” Melendrez said.

    Christina Padilla studied the allosaurus and will write a report and give an oral presentation on the giant reptile.