Local News

  • Carport fire leads to two transported from scene

    The Las Vegas Fire Department received a call Friday evening about a fire in and around a carport at a home on Church Street in the northwest part of the city.

  • How West has stepped up its security

    As school safety has become a focus as of late, schools have had to step up their security measures, and West Las Vegas School District is no different.

    Superintendent Chris Gutierrez said attributes the increased emphasis on school safety on unfortunate events that have occurred in the United States. February last year, the Parkland massacre seized the nation, pushing schools across the country to prepare for the worst scenario. This school year, West has had to conduct three active shooter drills for each school.

  • City Councilors ask district judge for help with City Clerk dispute

    Two Las Vegas City Councilors met at the Fourth District Courthouse on Wednesday, but neither of them actually entered a courtroom.

    Barbara Perea-Casey and David G. Romero filed a joint petition Wednesday with the court for declaratory relief in an attempt to resolve a dispute over the status of City Clerk Cassandra Fresquez.

  • State ornament design contest ends by April 15

    The New Mexico Governor's Mansion Foundation and the New Mexico Film Office are proud to announce a design contest for New Mexico's popular official ornament.

    The 2020 state ornament theme is "New Mexico Films the Great American West."

    The Foundation and NMFO are partnering to promote the state's history of film production and ranch culture. The top five designs will receive educational grants.

  • Former city councilor, county director moves to T or C

    A Las Vegas native with more than 10 years of combined experience in government administration and elected office still drives up and down I-25 often — but these days, he’s much farther south.

    Morris Madrid has relocated to Truth or Consequences, but he looks back on his years at the Meadow City with great affinity.

  • N.M. senator, conservationist won’t run again in 2020

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Senator Tom Udall announced Monday he will not seek re-election in 2020, opening a secure Democratic seat to competition and ending a chapter in a Western political dynasty built on environmental conservation.

    The second-term senator and former congressman said he was confident he could run a strong campaign but preferred to look for new ways to serve the public, without specifying how.

  • NMHU playwright’s newest work debuts

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Highlands University alumna and playwright Patricia Crespín’s new play, Fall Out, will premiere at the university Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Ilfeld Auditorium at 900 University Ave.

    The play, which is free and open to the public, contains adult themes and language. It will be performed primarily by Highlands students as part of a two-day event called the Ghost Light Project, which happens on Thursday and Friday.

  • Luna Trustees make their case to HLC — in person

    Members of the Luna Community College Board of Trustees hosted representatives from their accrediting organization this week.

    During one of the' question-and-answer sessions with the team from the Higher Learning Commission, the Trustees didn't always to have an answer, but the at least seemed to grasp that their college's future hangs in the balance.

  • PNM, Mora Electric Co-Op deal with tough spring

    Two utilities that bring electricity to San Miguel and Mora counties have a rough spring in terms of interruptions to service.

    Public Service Company New Mexico, better known as PNM, and the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative have both dealt with everything from high winds — which caused, by far, the most damage to the electrical grid — as well as ice, snow, heavy rain, sudden temperature changes and even some lightning and hail.

  • Documentary focuses on rural healthcare in Northern New Mexico

    A new documentary, filmed  partly in Las Vegas, highlights the challenges encountered by providers in Rural America, and it’s set to get national airplay on PBS next month.

    “The Providers” focuses on three healthcare professionals who work for El Centro, a group of more than 20 safety-net clinics in northern New Mexico offering care to all, regardless of whether they are insured.  The three providers are El Centro Medical Director Matt Probst, family physician Leslie Hayes and nurse practitioner Chris Ruge.