Local News

  • Luna Community College’s 15th annual car show is Saturday at Melody Park

    By Dave Kavanaugh, Luna Community College

    It’s a quinceañera, and you’re invited. The Luna Community College Custom Car Show is turning 15.

    The 15th annual event, which showcases some of the specially modified two- and four-wheel beauties of northeastern New Mexico, is coming to Melody Park on the New Mexico Highlands University campus on Saturday.

  • Third trial delayed for ex-Santa Fe deputy

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — A third trial for a former Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy accused in the 2014 shooting death of a fellow deputy has been postponed.

    KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas, reports the New Mexico Third District Court District Attorney’s office says scheduling issues for witnesses were the primary reason for the delay.

    The voluntary manslaughter trial against Tai Chan was originally slated to begin June 24 in Las Cruces.

  • Keep reading, kids

    Winners of a recently completed Carnegie Library reading contest were honored at the Las Vegas City Council’s May meeting.

    From left: Children’s Librarian Lorriann Encinias, Marissa Jaramillo, Joanna Lucero, Ariana Lucero, Diego Tenorio, Isaac Benavidez, Deidra Tenorio, David Tenorio, Miles Cavanaugh and Library Manager Zach McNellis.

    Not pictured are Alainah Abeyta and Braden Chavez. Behind the group are Councilman Vince Howell and Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron.

  • Vegas songwriter invited to provide video testimonial

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    PG Music of Victoria, British Columbia, has invited Las Vegas singer/songwriter Jim Terr to provide a video testimonial for their website, PGMusic.com. The company makes the “Band-in-a-Box” software which Terr and other producers use to create background music tracks for original song recordings.

    The software generates drums, guitar, piano, banjo, bass, horns and other instruments in the selected style, tempo and arrangement, to create original recordings.

  • Wet winter bounty helps to erase N.M. drought

    By Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The snow is melting, New Mexico’s rivers are flowing and the clouds are building more regularly, bringing with them much needed doses of rain as the arid state tries to shake what’s left of the drought.

    “It’s a total flip of the coin from last year,” state climatologist Dave DuBois told a group of lawmakers during a meeting Tuesday in Santa Fe.

  • Engineer warns of dam risks after wet winter

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s engineer says dams are at risk of overflowing or bursting following the wet winter and strong spring runoff.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports state engineer John D’Antonio told lawmakers Tuesday that one or more of the approximately 300 dams in the state could have problems that could lead to flooding.

    D’Antonio says 170 dams are considered “high hazard,” meaning a failure at one of these dams would likely result in at least one death.

  • Learn another ‘idioma’ to bridge gaps

    One of my great regrets is not learning another language.

  • Planning grant for inpatient opioid center in final stages

    After a planning grant was awarded to a local health provider last year, plans for a tri-county inpatient treatment center that would serve the counties of San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe have made headway.

    In October, the Health Resources and Services Administration approved the $200,000 grant for El Centro Family Health. The grant funds research through the end of September on the need for a center that would serve the northeast region of New Mexico.

  • State fire marshal: Man lit home on fire with girlfriend, kids inside

    A Las Vegas man was recently arrested on charges of arson and criminal damage to property after investigators determined he lit a mobile home on fire while his girlfriend and two children were inside. 

    Eric Madrid, 47, was arrested on a warrant May 31 for an incident that took place in the early morning hours of May 26 — the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend.

  • Interview: Valerie Plame, candidate for Third Congressional District

    In what has quickly become a crowded race, at least half a dozen candidates are vying for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District, which will be vacated by Rep. Ben Ray Lujan as he runs for the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by Tom Udall's retirement.

    Among the candidates is Valerie Plame, whose name was propelled to the national forefront in 2003 after her covert identity as C.I.A. operative was exposed by members of the George W. Bush administration.