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Today's News

  • Fired official still with city

    On Monday morning, it seemed as if nothing had changed for Carlos Ortiz, the city’s former public works director.

    He was talking on the phone in his City Hall office about preparation for the annual Fiestas and other projects. Just three days before, a City Council majority voted to fire Ortiz and five other department heads — effective immediately.

  • Economic group gets new director

    Sharon Vander Meer, president of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation, was appointed its new executive director this morning.

    Her new role will be a full-time job in which she will oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization, which receives support from the city and the county and businesses.

    In a related action, Matt Martinez, a former Las Vegas mayor, became EDC’s president.

    Vander Meer, who helped found EDC, is replacing Sharon Caballero, who was appointed last week as Las Vegas’ new city manager.

  • Anton Chico to get new library

    Former Gov. David Cargo says his goal is to educate people out of poverty by building libraries in rural northern New Mexico communities.

    Breezy Gutierrez, president of Friends of the Library committee, called Cargo the Andrew Carnegie of rural communities in the north. Cargo raised $580,000 for the new library in Anton Chico and said another $72,000 will come from a Housing and Urban Development appropriation. He has also collected nearly 40,000 books and said there will be a new computer lab, a picnic area and a playground available to the public.

  • Caballero gets council's nod in 3-2 decision

    After Sharon Caballero was narrowly appointed city manager for Las Vegas, and after six of 10 department heads had been dismissed, she was asked how she felt about being thrown into such turmoil. Her response was that she’s been there before.

    “I’ve been in tough positions in my life, and I’ve always survived. Now it’s time to gather a team together and get to work,” she said. “This is not the toughest situation I’ve be in ... and I’m looking forward to going to work on Monday.”

  • Officials shown the door

    Mayor Tony Marquez changed the leadership at City Hall on Friday night, leading the way in the dismissal of a majority of department heads and the appointment of a new city manager.

    Marquez cast the deciding vote in two actions taken by the Las Vegas City Council. The first was to let go six of 10 department heads. The second was to appoint Sharon Caballero as city manager.

  • A lightning rod for change

    In March, Las Vegas voters decided on a change in leadership at City Hall. It was a big change, from a majority that controlled City Hall to the minority opinion that things could be run better. But it pales in comparison to the sweeping changes that came Friday night, when Mayor Tony Marquez declared that there’s a new sheriff in town.

  • Official suggests end to litigation

    For a sparsely attended meeting, several big issues were discussed Thursday in the City Council chambers about one of the city’s most vexing problems — water.

    In a meeting dubbed, “Community Partnership Special Water Meeting” called by Mayor Tony Marquez, the city laid out exactly where it’s at and where it’s going, from conservation, to litigation, to a proposed new reservoir in Gallinas Canyon.

  • La Plaza majors baseball final set for Friday night

    A 14-3 Yankees victory in Thursday night’s semifinal of the La Plaza Little League Majors Division baseball tournament set up a dream matchup Friday night between the Yanks and the undefeated Cubs.

    First pitch of the championship game is set for 6:30 p.m. at Rodriguez Park.

    The Cubs are 14-0-1 heading into the game. The lone blemish? A tie, declared due to time limits, with the Yankees one week ago. The Yanks are 11-3-1 and defeated the Angels (6-8) in five innings on Thursday.

  • Thumbs - Our high-country lowdown on the news

    REASONABLE DISSENSION. Thumbs up. We agree with the majority regarding the Las Vegas City Council’s decision to impose Stage 1 water restrictions but we respect councilor Morris Madrid’s opposition to it at Wednesday’s meeting. Madrid called the decision “a little premature” and argued that the water conservation ordinance doesn’t require council action, since the city manager can take action on it independent of council direction.

  • LCC golf tourney fundraiser set for August

    The 2008 Luna Community College Foundation Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Pendaries Golf Course in Rociada.

    A shotgun start is scheduled at 9 a.m.

    A four-person team sponsor is $1,000 or $250 per individual. A hole sponsorship is $250. The entry fee covers green fees, a cart, and a prime rib dinner. All money raised will be used for scholarships, according to a news release issued by LCC spokesman Jesse Gallegos.