Local News

  • House speaker Lujan dead at 77

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — House Speaker Ben Lujan, one of the most powerful and longest serving state legislators in New Mexico history and the father of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, died late Tuesday at age 77 after a long battle with lung cancer, a spokesman for his son said.
    He died at about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday after a brief stay at Christus St. Vincent’s hospital in Santa Fe, Andrew Stoddard, a spokesman for Congressman Lujan, said early Wednesday.

  • In Brief - Local News - Dec. 21, 2012

    Police union, city reach deal

    The City Council and the Las Vegas Police Officers Association have signed off on a new contract.
    City Manager Timothy Dodge said the contract calls for all police officers to receive their annual step increase in accordance with their current pay plan. Also, all but five officers will receive a 25 cent per hour raise.

  • Newtown tries to make sense of tragedy

    By David Klepper and Katie Zezima
    The Associated Press
    NEWTOWN, Conn. — For a third straight day Wednesday, funeral processions rolled through a grieving Connecticut town trying to make sense of the massacre of 20 first-graders and six adults in an elementary school less than two weeks before Christmas.
    A 7-year-old boy who had dreamed of being a firefighter and a heroic first-grade teacher who died while trying to shield students from the carnage were among the victims laid to rest in what has become an unrelenting cycle of sorrow and loss.

  • EMT, police officer honored for saving life

    Two city of Las Vegas employees, a fire engineer/EMT and a police officer, have received the Fire Department’s Phoenix Award, which is given in recognition of saving a life.

    Jerry Lopez, the Fire Department employee, and police officer Americk Padilla were presented with the award at a ceremony on Tuesday

  • 19 indicted for drug trafficking

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — Nineteen members of a drug trafficking organization allegedly operating in central and northern New Mexico have been indicted.
    The 60-count indictment was unsealed Monday following the arrests of 13 of the defendants. They all made their initial appearances in federal court in Albuquerque.
    Authorities say the drug trafficking organization allegedly was headed by 33-year-old Christopher Roybal of Albuquerque.

  • Jail Log - Dec. 21, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 10 and Dec. 18:

    Christien Lucero, 22, Magistrate Court warrant, failure to comply
    Andrea Gallegos, 25, Magistrate Court warrant, concealing merchandise, criminal trespass, burglary of a structure
    Daniel Kyle, 38, Adult Probation Office warrant, positive UA
    Oscar Sena, 24, Adult Probation Office warrant, positive UA
    Brandy Sanchez, 18, District Court warrant, 24 hour commitment

  • Looking Back - Dec. 21, 2012

    In 1963

    Thursday, Dec. 20 — Representatives of Southern Union Gas Co. made an informal proposal on serving Las Vegas with natural gas, at the meeting of the City Council last night, with representatives of the Town attending. Tom Corr, president of Southern Union Gas, explained that it would cost about $1,100,000 to bring the pipeline from Santa Fe to Las Vegas and about $7,509,000 for the distribution system within the City and Town, and to maintain the line.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Dec. 21, 2012

    Extended hours for Safe Ride services

    The San Miguel County Safe-Ride-Home Service will extend its hours of operation during the holidays. Days of operation will include Dec. 26 through Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.. Service will still operate Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.  Services are provided from any liquor establishment to your home in the Las Vegas area.  Call 505-429-0336 for a ride.

  • Weather - Dec. 21, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 55. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 27. Southwest wind around 10 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    Sunny, with a high near 58. West wind around 10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 29.

    Sunny, with a high near 51. Breezy. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 25.


  • Vote planned on fiscal cliff

    By Andrew Taylor
    Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON  — The Republican-controlled House pushed ahead Thursday with a bill that would raise taxes on people earning over $1 million a year as hopes faded for a pre-Christmas deal between President Barack Obama and Speaker John Boehner to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff.”
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said lawmakers would return to the Capitol on the Thursday after the holiday as a grand bargain to avoid the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts proved elusive.