Local News

  • Attorney vs. city’s top cop

    San Miguel County voters have just one local race to decide on Tuesday, but it’s a big one.

    The race for Division 1 magistrate judge pits attorney Eddy Gallegos, 57, against Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño, 44.

    Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Gallegos, a Republican, to the position 14 months ago, but in order to hold onto it past Dec. 31, he will have to garner more votes than Montaño, the Democratic candidate,  in the Tuesday general election. Roughly 70 percent of voters in San Miguel County are registered as Democrats.

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  • Charges likely in pot grow case

    Authorities are looking to file charges against three male Mexican nationals they encountered Friday wile investigating a marijuana grow in the Santa Fe National Forest north of Villanueva.

    “We have three Mexican nationals who are persons of interest and are still being investigated,” Las Vegas police Deputy Chief Eugene Garcia said Monday. “Now that we did find the grow,  we are looking at filing charges against those persons of interest.”

  • King struggles against Martinez

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democrat Gary King hopes to follow his father’s footsteps into the governorship of New Mexico but he’s struggled to raise money and make much headway against Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, the nation’s only Latina governor.

  • Luna admin building named after Paiz

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    The Luna Community College Board of Trustees voted unanimously last week to name the administration building after Maria H. Paiz.

    A formal dedication ceremony is scheduled for Friday.

    Paiz, who was the executive office manager for the president’s office, died unexpectedly in April. She was known to be professional, organized, loyal, articulate and dedicated to the students and staff at Luna Community College.

  • Police: Deputy kills fleeing colleague

    By Juan Carlos Llorca
    The Associated Press

    A Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy accused of killing a fellow deputy fired several rounds from his semi-automatic weapon as his colleague tried to flee an alcohol-fueled argument at a hotel, police said Tuesday.

    The shooting happened just after midnight at Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces, where the two deputies had stopped to spend the night after transporting a prisoner to Safford, Ariz.

  • Get out and Vote

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  • City has $44M for water projects

    The city of Las Vegas has secured $44.2 million of the $78.4 million it needs to pay for the critical Phase 1 water projects identified in the preliminary engineering report, officials announced Thursday.

    It’s been three years since the PER was made public and since the city began working on the five year plan, so city officials decided it was time to hold a public meeting to discuss the progress that has already been made.

  • Stumping for votes - King says he’s optimistic

    With a little more than a week to go before the Nov. 4 General Election, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King, runningmate Deb Haaland and human rights activist Dolores Huerta embarked on a six-city tour in a final push to shore up support among voters in his own party.

    “We know who the governor was with this week, Mitt Romney,” King told a crowd of about 120 party faithful at Charlie’s Bakery & Cafe on Saturday. “We’re here in Las Vegas, we’re here with you guys because this is the heart of New Mexico.”

  • Balderas, Riedel vie for AG post

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The race to be New Mexico’s attorney general pits state Auditor Hector Balderas, a rising star in the Democratic Party, against Republican Susan Riedel, a former prosecutor and judge with more than two decades of legal experience.

    Balderas wants to build an agency that would serve as a watchdog to ferret out fraud, waste and corruption.

    Riedel says she knows how to put criminals behind bars and would do the same for officials who abuse the public’s trust.