Local News

  • New GOP leader, Obama lining up fights

    By Connie Cass
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Not wasting any time, new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Barack Obama are setting course for showdowns over health care, a big oil pipeline, immigration policy and financing of the agency that tries to protect the U.S. from terrorists.

    At the same time, both insist they are eager for compromise — if only the other side would give in.

  • BLM postpones oil and gas lease sale

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The Bureau of Land Management has postponed an oil and gas lease sale for more than 4 square miles in northwestern New Mexico, saying more time is needed to review public comments that have raised concerns about environmental justice and other issues.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 9, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 31 and Jan. 6:

    Andrew Vigil, 47, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Michael Pacheco, 45, assault on peace officer/resisting/evading/obstructing
    Dominic Quintana, 41, aggravated DWI
    Donald Maes, 51, three-day commitment
    Mel Castellano, 36, failure to appear
    Jessica Livingston, 29, probation violation APO probation
    Mathew Solano, 31, aggravated DWI
    Anthony Clark, 44, DWI
    Jose Barraza, 56, aggravated DWI

  • French hunt for two in attack on paper

    By Lori Hinnant
    The Associated Press

    PARIS — With tensions high across Paris, French authorities hunted Thursday for two heavily armed brothers they feared would strike again after the methodical killing of 12 people at a satirical newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad.

    France’s prime minister said the possibility of a new attack “is our main concern” and announced several overnight arrests as the country began a day of national mourning.

  • Hypothermia suspected in death

    A 52-year-old Las Vegas man died in his Montezuma Street home on New Year’s Day, and authorities suspect he succumbed to hypothermia.

    Las Vegas police identified the victim as Frank Ortega, who was well known around the city. He used to work at Walmart but retired a few years ago.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño said investigators were waiting for the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque to release its autopsy results, including cause and manner of death.

  • Gearing up for a new semester
  • UWC-USA meets $1M challenge

    Las Vegas Optic

    UWC-USA is starting 2015 with a bang, announcing Tuesday that it has raised more than $1 million and as a result will receive a matching $1 million gift from a benefactor for a scholarship endowment.

    The fundraising challenge was issued 11 months ago by philanthropist Shelby Davis, who wanted more people to support UWC-USA and those who were already supporting the school to contribute more.

  • Jacobson ready for CYFD post

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s former tourism chief said she is ready Monday to delve into much less picturesque areas as the newly designated head of the state’s child welfare agency.

    Monique Jacobson said she is prepared for what is one of the toughest cabinet jobs.

  • Fire damages Pecos Street home

    Las Vegas Optic

    A home on the 1200 block of Pecos Street was damaged Friday night when a space heater sparked a fire in a bedroom, Las Vegas Fire Chief Philip Mares said.

    Firefighters were dispatched to the home at about 10:30 p.m. They were initially told that people were trapped inside, but when they got there, they searched and found no one inside.

    Mares said a neighbor reported that the individuals inside the home got out and fled from the burning house.

    Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze, and no one was injured, Mares said.

  • In Brief - News - Jan. 7, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Changes for jobless program

    ALBUQUERQUE — Some New Mexico employers are feeling the pinch of an overhaul of New Mexico’s unemployment insurance program that has taken effect with the new year.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that a change in the program’s funding was approved by the Legislature in 2013 but with implementation delayed until 2015.