Today's News

  • Sex offender’s request rejected

    The attorney for a Mora County sex offender asked a state district judge this week to suspend the part of the offender’s sentence involving an alleged sex crime against a 4-year-old boy.

    After a court hearing that included a tearful speech by the boy’s mother, Judge Eugenio Mathis rejected the request.

    Last year, Clifford Gutierrez, 35, who had nine alleged victims, was sentenced to probation at the request of the victims’ families, instead of a prison term, which is more typical.

  • EDITORIAL: Get experts to debate

    During Mora County’s public hearing on oil and gas drilling, everyone agreed on one thing: Mora County is one of the most beautiful places in the world. And, indeed, the view is incredible.

    Many of the speakers at the hearing said they didn’t want anything that would spoil the scenery, and in their minds, oil and gas drilling would do just that. They also contended that the drilling would cause water and air pollution.

    To help their arguments, some ranchers came in from San Juan County to talk about the negative impacts of natural gas drilling there.

  • Old National residents tired of speeders

    Residents on Old National Road want San Miguel County to take action to prevent speeding and careless driving in their neighborhood.

    Officials said they are planning to deal with the problem.

    At last week’s County Commission meeting, residents reported that many drivers on Old National, which is on the north end of town, go well past the speed limit of 25 mph and don’t negotiate the curves well, knocking down mailboxes and fences.

    They also said it’s dangerous for students walking to nearby Memorial Middle School.

  • SENIOR PROFILE: Reaching for the brass rings

    Obviously proud of his family, heritage and service to his country and his fellow man, Erminio  “Ermie” Martinez radiates satisfaction and gratitude for the various opportunities afforded him during his 80 years of life.

    Born in Holman May 18, 1929, Ermie recalls his early years of schooling at Agua Negra Presbyterian School. Noting that his parents, aunts and uncles had attended this school, he says, “ It was not only the imposed discipline of the atmosphere” that impressed him, “but that they got the students interested.”

  • Biker, fiestas are this weekend

    Residents in both San Miguel and Mora counties should have plenty to do over the weekend.

    The fourth annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally will be held in the Meadow City, with most events at Plaza Park.

    And Mora will hold its annual fiesta in its central area. Villanueva has its fiesta planned as well.

    Today, Plaza Park opens for the bike rally, with entertainment and other activities throughout the weekend. The event has been getting bigger and bigger each year.

  • Luna plans charter school

    Las Vegas was left with only one charter school after Bridge Academy closed its doors last year.

    Last week, the Luna Community College Board of Trustees ap-proved a new charter schools.

    But one board member raised concerns about the idea.

    Pending approval of the state Public Education Department, the Luna Community College Charter Academy will join Rio Gallinas School as an alternative to traditional high schools in the area.

    The college’s trustees voted unanimously to approve the use of its facilities for the new charter school.

  • Weeds in the eye of the beholder

    Weeds. We hate ‘em. It’s really a statement which is true based on definition of terms. “Weeds” is not a term which is meaningful in biological terms.

    A “weed” is simply a plant we don’t like. So when we label a plant a “weed,” we are actually communicating more about ourselves than we are about the plant of which we are speaking.

  • Group plans downtown mural

    At one time, the city was planning to build a new City Hall where the Safeway store once stood. At one point, the city posted a schedule for the project on the lot’s north concrete wall.

    But the city fell way behind schedule, so the posting was removed.

    These days, the new City Hall is no longer a priority. But the concrete wall remains, which some consider an eyesore.

  • Ex-official sues city, mayor

    A former city utilities director is suing the city and Mayor Tony Marquez, contending that he was wrongfully terminated and deprived of his civil rights.

    George DuFour, who remains unemployed, filed the lawsuit in state District Court in Las Vegas on Friday.

    City Manager Timothy Dodge said Monday that he has asked the mayor and the City Council not to comment on pending litigation. He said the city hadn’t yet been served with DuFour’s lawsuit.

  • County seeks plan for the Valley

    SAN MIGUEL — Most people attending a meeting in the Valley this week agreed on at least one thing  — the importance of agriculture to their area.

    Nearly 50 people showed up at a public hearing organized by the San Miguel County government to get public feedback on the development of a comprehensive plan that is specific to the Valley.

    The county drafted a comprehensive plan in 2004, but it didn’t address specific areas.