Local News

  • Putin to pardon oil tycoon

    By Nataliya Vasilyeva and Vladimir Isachenkov
    The Associated Press

    MOSCOW — Jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky will be pardoned, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Thursday in a surprise decision that will let his top foe and Russia’s formerly richest man out of prison after more than a decade.

  • Target: Accounts may be breached

    By Anne D’Innocenzio and Michelle Chapman
    AP Business Writers

    Target says about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may be affected by a data breach that occurred just as the holiday shopping season shifted into high gear.

    The chain said customers who made purchases by swiping their cards at terminals in its U.S. stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 may have had their accounts exposed. The stolen data includes customer names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates and the three-digit security codes located on the backs of cards.

  • In Brief - News - Dec. 20, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Man emerges as focus of shooting

    RENO, Nev. — A 51-year-old man from rural Northern California has emerged as the focus of the investigation into a Reno hospital shooting.
    Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood says his agency helped Reno police execute a search warrant Wednesday at the home of Alan Oliver Frazier near Lake Almanor.

  • BREAKING: New Mexico Supreme Court: Same-sex marriage legal

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in the state Thursday, declaring in a ruling that it is unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to gay and lesbian couples.

    New Mexico joins 16 states and the District of Columbia in allowing gay marriage.

    Eight of the state's 33 counties started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in August, when a county clerk in southern New Mexico independently decided to allow the unions. County officials asked the high court to clarify the law and establish a uniform state policy on gay marriage.

  • East wants consolidation vote

    School district consolidation has been a hot issue for years. During a board meeting late last week, Las Vegas City Schools board member Luis Ortiz revealed a rough draft resolution that could potentially be approved by the boards of both the Las Vegas Schools and West Las Vegas Schools. If both boards approve the measure, the idea of consolidation of districts would be sent to the voters.

    Ortiz brought up the measure for information, but the board took no action during Thursday evening’s meeting.

  • It’s up!
  • Acequias, city duke it out in court

    Attorneys for the city and area acequias fired their opening shots Monday morning during a trial that will ultimately resolve who has priority over use of water on the Gallinas.

    Both sides conceded during their opening arguments in state District Court in Las Vegas that there’s a lot at stake.

  • Judge: NSA program likely unconstitutional

    By Frederic J. Frommer
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — In a ruling with potentially far-reaching consequences, a federal judge declared Monday that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records likely violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on unreasonable search. The ruling, filled with blistering criticism of the Obama administration’s arguments, is the first of its kind on the controversial program.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 18, 2013

    In 1963
    Friday, Dec. 13 — Four West Las Vegas High School football players have  been named to the Associated Press All-State Football Team. They are Frank Sanchez, Mike Tejada, Wilfred Garduno and Ray Collins. The team is coached by Frank Herrera. AP writer Jim Irwin said that Sanchez may be the second player in the history of state football to become a four-year pick for All State, thus emulating the truly fine football player from Eunice, Tommy Gruber, a few years back.

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 18, 2013

    Fort Union holiday open house
    • Fort Union National  Monument’s Holiday Open House, Thursday, Dec. 19. Join the staff of Fort Union for the holiday celebration. Featured activities include: 2:30 p.m. Ranger presentation “Fort Union’s Connection to the Local Communities: Then and Now,” make 19th-century toys including corn husk dolls and Whirlygigs. Refreshments will be served. For information, call 425-8025.