Local News

  • Red Cross urges New Mexicans to get flu shot

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  • Plunging into 2014 - Polar brrrrr plunge

    Some call it crazy, some call it exhilarating, but it is a longtime New Year’s Day tradition that many enjoy either from the shore or in ice cold water.

    This year was no different. The 18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge took place at high noon Wednesday at Storrie Lake State Park with many  first time plungers and several plunge regulars. The event is organized by retired magistrate judge Philip Romero and local jeweler Tito Chavez.

  • Local man accused of embezzlement

    A 39-year-old Las Vegas man spent the holidays behind bars after he was charged with embezzlement.

    Harry Voss, who, according to court documents, resides on Topaz Lane, was arrested by state police on Dec. 7 after his former employer called authorities. Voss remained locked up at the San Miguel County Detention Center as of Thursday morning. His bond was set at $10,000 cash.

  • State lags in population growth

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Census estimates indicate New Mexico gained just 1,747 people in the 12 months ended in July, putting the state among the bottom for population growth.

    The new estimates put New Mexico’s estimated population at 2,085,287, an increase of just .08 percent, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

    Meanwhile, the neighboring states of Utah, Texas, Colorado and Arizona had population growth rates averaging 1.4 percent.

    The Census Bureau makes its estimates based on migration patterns, births and deaths.

  • Las Aguitas native receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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    Don Facundo Valdez, a well-known resident of Las Vegas and native of Las Aguitas in Mora County, was honored recently with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the New Mexico Acequia Association.

    Acequia leaders from throughout the state gathered in Santa Fe for the annual Congreso de las Acequias and recognized Valdez for his lifelong devotion to his community and for his many years of distinguished service as an educator, community organizer, counselor and a strong voice for social justice.

  • Ousted Santa Fe Community College president contests dismissal

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The ousted president of Santa Fe Community College is citing a state law providing protections for whistleblowers as she contests her firing.

    Lawyers for Ana “Cha” Guzman say the college board fired her in retaliation after she wrote a letter to the state auditor in October to request an investigation into the college’s finances.

    The college board fired Guzman last month, saying it was invoking a contract provision that allows dismissal for “just cause.”

  • Victim’s name released

    State police have identified the Mora County man who was stabbed at his home on Christmas Eve following a home invasion.

    The victim is Selso Romero, 69, state police Sgt. Damyan Brown confirmed on Tuesday. Brown said Romero has  been released from University of New Mexico Hospital, where he was transported for treatment.

    Police have said that Romero was robbed and stabbed. He told police there were two men.

    State police ask that anyone with information about the home invasion and stabbing contact Sgt. Ben Romero at 425-6771.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 3, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 16 and Dec. 29:
    Nancy Jaramillo, 42,  failure to appear, bench warrant San Miguel District
    Jeffrey Sanchez, 24, possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to distribute, Adult Probation Office bench warrant, failure to report SM Magistrate /Adult Probation Office
    Valentino Benavidez, 39, failure to register as sex offender bench warrant  San Miguel Magistrate

  • Looking Back - Jan. 3, 2014

    In 1964

    Friday, Jan. 3 — The Gallinas skating pond has been given a big play by skaters during the recent weeks of cold nights, sunny days and no snow. The Las Vegas Skaters Association keeps the ice clear of what snow may fall and sees to it the pond is in skating shape. Las Vegans are lucky to have such a beautiful skating area close at hand.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 3, 2014

    Tri-County Farmers Market

    The Tri-County Farmers Market will continue through the winter months. Fresh produce and beautiful crafts at the winter location in the Travelers’ Cafe on the Plaza. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday.