Today's News

  • Election sparks utility debates

    The members of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative will decide this week whether keep the same number of members on the group’s Board of Trustees.

    The election is bringing a number of issues to the forefront, including the fairness of the election’s procedures and the influence of the cooperative’s electricity supplier, Tri-State Transmission and Generation Association Inc., over the local utility.

    The election is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Mora’s Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

  • Resident's effort for privacy rejected

    A resident on National Avenue wants to block out the commotion on her street, including the constant traffic and the almost daily funerals.

    Judy Rock, who lives near Old Lady of Sorrows Church, proposed a six-foot fence in her front yard at 411 W. National, so she could have more privacy. But the council voted against granting her a variance to the citys regulations for fences.

  • Cold but spirited
  • Council approves building for retail

    The Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday approved a zone change for a commercial building near Seventh Street, but the city is requiring the developer make a few changes to the plans to minimize the impacts on nearby residents.

    Carlos Lopez of Ribera asked the city to change 604 Airway Road, which is just off Seventh, from residential to commercial. He plans to build a 4,300-square-foot retail commercial building as an extension of the Shoes n Boots-Sprint building, which is at 1604 Seventh.

  • Citizens can act as prosecutors

    Private citizens can file criminal complaints against others without the district attorney’s involvement, but a Las Vegas prosecutor says people should think twice before taking that route.

    Chief Deputy District Attorney Joe Ulibarri said it may seem appealing at first to file such a case, but it’s hard for private citizens to win because they have to know all of the court’s procedures.

    “They don’t realize they’re becoming the district attorney in such cases,” he said. “They are held to the same standards of a lawyer.”

  • Groups help man clean up house

    A grateful Patrick Arguello said he was touched by the kindness shown him by members of three organizations who helped him clean his home after a faulty heater caused smoke damage and nearly sparked a fire that could have left him homeless.

    “I certainly had a lot of help, and I really appreciate it. I’m indebted to them because they actually made me come to my senses because there for a while I was giving up on cleaning, but now that this happened, their kindness touched my heart and made me feel really, really good,” Arguello said.

  • City rejects resident's appeal of cleanup order

    It’s a script that never seems to change: The City Council tells resident Tony Ortega to clean up one of his properties, and he threatens to take the matter to court.

    On Wednesday, the council considered an appeal from Ortega, who is fighting a city order to clean up his property at 135 Railroad Ave.

  • Council delays skating pond proposal

    Several City Council members on Wednesday favored a proposal to give city land containing the Montezuma skating pond to the state for the purpose of creating a state park. But they delayed taking action in the matter.

    For months, Las Vegas officials have been considering handing the 50-acre property over to the state because officials said the city doesn’t have the money to improve the pond. As recently as the early 1990s, the pond was a popular attraction during the winter. With a buildup of sediment over the years, the pond is no longer considered a good place to skate.

  • Fifth-graders go on trip to Storrie

    Fifth-graders at Tony Serna Elementary spent the day fishing and having fun at Storrie Lake Wednesday as part of a science project sponsored by the Department of Game and Fish.

    Ti Piper, fishing clinic coordinator with New Mexico Game and Fish, said, “The department gets money from people who boat and fish and spend some of that getting young people fishing. We did geology, biology, mapping and caught fish today.”

    Before taking the field trip, the students learned how to use equipment used by scientists to explore the physical world.

  • Support for candidate at issue

    The selection of the Democratic nominee for northern New Mexico’s congressman should reflect the will of the people, not justBy David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic

    The selection of the Democratic nominee for northern New Mexico’s congressman should reflect the will of the people, not just the political establishment, says Javier Gonzales, who decided this week against running for the office.