Local News

  • East sodding project hits snag

    Baseball season has ended and football is on the horizon for Robertson High School, but the issue of substandard fields continues.

    During a board meeting on Thursday evening, the Las Vegas City Schools board declined to award the sodding of the high school baseball field to Parson’s Lawn and Landscaping in a split vote. Some parents have complained that the baseball field was unsafe this past season because it lacks sod.

  • Lost man rescued from wilderness

    A 68-year-old man who became separated from his hiking partners Wednesday afternoon in the Carson National Forest near Mora was rescued by New Mexico Search and Rescue the following day, according to the state Department of Public Safety.

    The man became separated from his party at about 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday while on a day hike. New Mexico Search and Rescue was activated at 7:53 p.m., and area volunteers searched the area around where he was last seen all night.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - June 23, 2014

    The Associated Press

    State jobless rate drops
     New Mexico’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.5 percent in May, down from 6.8 percent the previous month and 6.9 percent a year ago.
    The state Workforce Solutions Department said Friday that the state’s economy lost 600 jobs over the year.
    Over the year, the sector with the largest job gain was financial activities and retail trade sectors. They each have added 2,200 jobs since May 2013.

  • Teacher evaluation system gets mixed reviews

    The Associated Press
    New Mexico school districts are giving mixed reviews on this year’s new teacher evaluations.
    Roswell Superintendent Tom Burris told The Albuquerque Journal that his school district only discovered a small percentage of its evaluations contained errors. That affected about 4 percent of its 700 teachers.
    “I thought (the switch to the new evaluations) went pretty well,” he said.

  • Looking Back - June 23, 2014

    In 1964

  • Looking ahead - News - June 23, 2014

    Synergy Fest
    10th Annual Synergy Fest, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 27 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 28 at the Gene Torres Golf Course. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.synergyfest.com.

  • Weather - June 23, 2014

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 55.

    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

  • 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.