Local News

  • Residents want road improved

    Franchesca Hentsch and others want help from the government to improve their street, Don Gallegos Circle.

    But there’s a problem: It’s a private road.

    Hentsch said she and others are concerned with the ruts in the road, which can become a major problem in the winter. This situation is particularly problematic for a small nursing home on the street, she said.

    Don Gallegos Circle is off of Eighth Street on the north side of town; dozens of houses are along the street.

  • Police: Woman was showing off

    A woman was trying to show off to her passengers as she was driving to Montezuma last week, state police said.

    Apparently no one was impressed.

    Venessa Marie Montaño, 19, of Albuquerque rolled down an embankment around 5 p.m. Wednesday and found herself charged with two counts of reckless driving, police said.

  • HU has lowest tuition in the West

    Highlands University has the lowest tuition and fees of any four-year college in an 11-state region in the West, according to a study.

    In the study, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education showed that Highlands’ tuition and fees for undergraduate residents was at $2,688 per year, far lower than other colleges in the region, which includes the dozens of colleges in California.

    The next lowest was Metropolitan State College of Denver, which charges $3,241 in tuition and fees.

  • County can file liens on properties

    San Miguel County has a new tool at its disposal for rural residents who don’t pay their solid waste bills — liens.

    This week, the San Miguel County Commission passed an ordinance allowing the county to assess liens on properties in which owners don’t pay their solid waste bills. The ordinance also increases the fine for illegal dumping from $500 to $1,000.

    Officials said the county would would consult its attorney before filing any liens to make sure all laws are followed.

  • Class features hands-on activities

    Students in Mike Boyle’s Introduction to Engineering class at Robertson High School are getting hands-on lessons.

    This week, they’ve been working on a “puzzle cube” lesson in which they make parts to a cube. First, they must design the parts with a hand-drawn sketch, then do so on a computer.

    “It’s supposed to assemble. Everyone has to do their own individual cube,” said freshman Dillon Martinez. The class is made up of students from every grade — from freshmen to seniors.

  • Gun range closed for now

    For the time being, the city has closed its shooting range to everyone but law enforcement agencies.

    That’s because of vandalism, debris and litter, officials said. Also, some people are shooting at things such as a shack that they’re not supposed to use as targets.

  • Woman loses money in scam

    Monica Valdez thought she was going to make some money as a mystery shopper. It turns out that she lost a bundle as the victim of a scam.

    Valdez recently received a letter from Wilmington, Del., about the opportunity of being a mystery shopper.

    As part of the arrangement, she was to receive a $4,800 check and send $4,400 of that money back to the company, supposedly leaving her $400 in compensation for her work.

  • Jerome Block, new PRC member, pays $21,700 in fines

    SANTA FE — A newly elected member of the Public Regulation Commission paid $21,700 in penalties for lying on a campaign finance report and misusing public funds provided to his campaign.

    Jerome Block Jr. paid the secretary of state's office on Thursday, according to documentation provided Friday by the office.

    Block had complained the penalties were excessive but didn't pursue the option of appealing and requesting arbitration.

  • PRC: No utility winter shutoffs

    SANTA FE — The state Public Regulation Commission says a moratorium that protects low-income New Mexicans from having their utilities disconnected over winter has begun.

    But Las Vegas officials have declined to say whether that moratorium applies here.

    The agency says state law calls for utility customers who may be eligible for the Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program to be protected from Nov. 15 through March 15. Customers also must have no past due amounts on their billing statements.

  • Ex-interim chief working for sheriff

    William Cruz, the former interim chief of the Las Vegas Police Department, is now a San Miguel County sheriff’s deputy.

    This week, the County Commission unanimously approved hiring Cruz, who spent nearly two decades with the Las Vegas police.

    After Tim Gallegos resigned as chief in late 2006, then-Mayor Henry Sanchez appointed Cruz as the interim chief.

    Cruz applied for the permanent position and was a top candidate, receiving the endorsement of the police officers union.