Local News

  • Man facing murder charge

    A 39-year-old man is dead and another man is facing a murder charge following a stabbing early Tuesday morning on the 2400 block of Dahlia Street, near Mills.

    David Jude Lucero, also 39, is being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center in lieu of a $250,000 cash bond. He has been charged with one count of second-degree murder.

    The victim, Raymond A. Chavez, died at the scene.

  • Making the Grade - Teacher creates math whizzes

    Most of us can remember a teacher who inspired us during our school years. For some Memorial Middle School students, that teacher just may be Jeffery Houdek.

    Houdek goes out of his way to get his students excited about math, and his efforts are paying dividends in the form of high scores his students received on state end-of-course exams.

    Math is a subject that many despise. Imagine teaching Algebra to teens who often question why they need to learn about the Pythagorean Theorem or quadratic equations.

  • Despite snags, city won’t give up grant

    Some last-minute maneuvering appears to have resuscitated a $120,000 state grant that the city of Las Vegas was on the verge of having to give up.  

    Six months ago, the city of Las Vegas issued a news release boasting about a six-figure grant it had been awarded by the state Youth Conservation Corps to pay for work on the Riverwalk.

    Best of all, most of that money was to go toward salaries for 23 youths and three supervisors to do the work.

  • Las Vegas police promote several

    The Las Vegas Police Department has been undergoing some changes in recent weeks.

    Commander Mack Allingham, one of the top-ranking officers in the department, will be retiring on June 27. Allingham began his career with the LVPD in September 1993 and was appointed to one of four commander positions in 2011.
    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said Allingham is retiring after many years of honorable service to the department.

    “We’re sad to see him go but happy for him,” Montaño said.

  • Looking Back - June 20, 2014

    In 1964

    Thursday, June 18 — The West Las Vegas Board of Education meeting Friday afternoon unanimously voted to remove from the West Las Vegas School salary schedule the deduction for teachers who do not live in the West as Vegas School district. It will not matter, as far as salary is concerned, whether the West Las Vegas teachers live in the district in which they are teaching or out of it. Members of the WLV board are Feliciano Armijo, Tony Montoya, Raymond Tafoya and Donald A. Martinez, with Ray Leger the superintendent.

  • Looking ahead - News - June 20, 2014

    Summer Solstice Spiritual Service

    The Summer Solstice Spiritual Service will include a ceremony for the Renewal of Body, Mind and Spirit, 6:45 a.m. Saturday, June 21. A potluck will follow at 8 a.m. Call Peter or Jody Stege at 454-0003 or 603-0581 for information.

  • Weather - June 20, 2014

    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming south 10-15 mph in the afternoon. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. South wind 5-15 mph.

  • Jail Log - June 20, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 6 and June 12:

    Stephen Kuresman, 60, violation of a restraining order
    Robert Baca, 37, failure to appear, no insurance, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Aaron Sanchez, 26, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon
    Lanette Romero, 51, criminal damage to property
    Richard Lucero, 31, battery on household member
    Melanie Vigil, 32, failure to pay fines, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate/Sandoval County

  • King’s campaign manager resigns

    The Associated Press

    Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gary King’s newly hired campaign manager resigned on Tuesday because of disparaging comments posted on Twitter in the past about women, Republicans and others.

    The departure of Steve Verzwyvelt came a day after King announced he had hired the Louisiana native to run his general election campaign against Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - June 20, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Pension fund yields 15 percent