Today's News

  • Union: Accident was preventable

    A state union official says the Wednesday accident that left two men dead didn’t have to happen.

    “The problem for us is that had (the city) followed half of the stuff they were supposed to do, these guys ... would be alive right now,” said Joel Villareal, staff representative with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 18 in Albuquerque.

  • Romero loved to laugh

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    Frank and Rita Romero moved to Las Vegas from California four years ago looking for a fresh start.

    “After our son passed away, we just decided to have a new life and start over,” Rita Romero said.

    On Wednesday their fresh start turned tragic. Frank Romero, 49, and another city worker were inside an 8- or 9-foot trench when it collapsed, killing both of them.

    “It’s a huge loss, but hopefully my son was there to greet him,” Rita Romero said.

  • Hern a father of three

    Gene Hern, one of two city of Las Vegas utilities workers who died Wednesday when a ditch collapsed and buried them, was a father of three.

    The 32-year-old had worked for the city for about four years, city officials said. When he wasn’t working at the city he was often working at El Rialto Restaurant, a job he held for years.

    His aunt, Grace Roybal, said Gene Hern was a hard worker and had two sons and a daughter all under the age of 15.

  • East board rejects finalists

    Even before the crucial motion was made on Tuesday, it was clear that the four finalists vying to be the next superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools wouldn’t be settling in at central office anytime soon.

    Board members Gabriel Lucero and Elaine Luna tried twice to get the board to hire a finalist, first Lucero, motioning to hire Eric Martinez then Luna making a motion to hire Sheri Williams.

    Their efforts were in vain.

  • LV man charged with kidnapping

    A 22-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested this week after he allegedly broke into his girlfriend's Tecolote home, beat and choked her and then dragged her by the hair and forced her into his car.

    Steven Archuleta, of the 900 block of East Prince, faces multiple charges, including kidnapping, a second-degree felony, aggravated battery against a household member, a third-degree felony and burglary, also a third-degree felony. He was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center, and his bond was set at $25,000 cash.

  • Acequia Culture

    The “acequia culture” is a widely recognized part of life in rural New Mexico, dating back to the pre-colonial area.

    Irrigation systems required extensive and long-term planning, construction and maintenance, the key being the cooperation among parciantes (the people who participate in a ditch system). In a sense, such organization constituted a government of the people, and its descendants into the 21st century continue the ancient tradition.

  • Prosecutor will ask for judge’s arrest

    The Associated Press

    The prosecutor investigating allegations of judicial corruption in southern New Mexico said Wednesday he will seek the arrest of a Las Cruces judge indicted on bribery and intimidation charges.

    An affidavit seeking the arrest of District Judge Michael Murphy was filed after he was indicted last week, but all the local judges recused themselves.

  • Incumbents lose 2 co-op races

    Two of three incumbents fighting to hold onto their seats on the Mora-San Miguel Electric Co-op this month failed to get enough votes.

    Daniel Romero was the only incumbent who retained his seat. He got 58 votes to Marietta Esquibel’s 54 votes last week to retain his District 4 seat.

    In this week’s District 5 race, Diego Quintana defeated incumbent Robert Baca by eight votes. Quintana received 155 votes to Baca’s 147.

  • Lawmakers to review school finances

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE  — Public schools face a 2.8 percent reduction in state aid next year and lawmakers questioned Wednesday whether changes are needed in New Mexico’s financing formula to ensure districts receive their fair share of taxpayer dollars for education.

    The Legislative Finance Committee received preliminary budget estimates showing a $66 million reduction to schools in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Friday, May 19 — As has been its custom for twenty-five years the E. Romero Hose and Fire company will observe Decoration day on Tuesday, May 30. The company has arranged to leave its station on Bridge Street in the afternoon at 2 o’clock and go to the cemeteries where it will decorate the graves of the departed members. With fitting ceremonies a handsome wreath will be placed on each grave. The E. Romero company invites other organizations to join in the observance of the day.