Local News

  • Fiesta draws 700 people

    A look at the numbers may lead you to conclude that the 14th annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad included about the same size crowd as years past, but they got to enjoy more performers. Such a summary of this lively event, however, would be insufficient.

    About 700 people filled Ilfeld Auditorium on Friday night for a program that included 17 individual and group performers celebrating Hispanic music and culture in a variety of ways. And judging by the response, those in attendance enjoyed themselves immensely.

  • Council to consider dorms; HU called "arrogant"

    The City Council on Wednesday will look at Highlands University’s plan for dorms, which would require the closure of Washington Street.

    The city Planning and Zoning Commission approved the school’s proposal a couple of weeks ago after Highlands told officials that it could accommodate a couple of nearby residents’ requests.

    The planned residence hall would cover 100,000 square feet and house 284 students. The school hopes to have the residence hall ready by the fall semester in 2009.

  • Judge to give report

    Municipal Judge Eddie Trujillo is expected to make a rare appearance in front of the City Council on Wednesday.

    According to the agenda, he is set to give an informational report.

    Under the city charter, he is supposed to give a monthly report to the mayor and council, although the charter doesn’t specify whether it is supposed to be verbal or written. Trujillo has been turning in reports to the city’s finance department for years, but apparently, they haven’t been passed on to the council.

  • Valmora worker accused of abuse

    An employee of Valmora Ranch has been accused of abusing children at the nonprofit residential treatment center.

    Clarence Padilla, 48, who lives at Enchanted Hills mobile home park in Las Vegas, faces three counts of child abuse and six counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, court documents state.

    The incidents allegedly happened at Valmora, which helps children from 12 to 18.

  • League disputes official's comments

    A leader in the La Plaza Little League says his group works hard to pick up trash, disagreeing with the assessment of a city official.

    Earlier this month, Carlos Ortiz, the city’s public works director, said his workers have to spend hours cleaning up after league games. He suggested the city enter user agreements requiring the eastside Las Vegas Little League and westside La Plaza Little League to pick up litter after their games.

  • Las Vegas resident to serve as Democratic delegate

    Las Vegas will have a delegate at the national Democratic convention in Denver in August.

    Carla Arellanes was recently elected during a party meeting in Taos as a pledged delegate for Sen. Hillary Clinton, who prevailed in San Miguel County during New Mexico’s Democratic caucus in early February.

    “I feel she is very optimistic and hard-working and will fight for us every single day,” Arellanes said. “She will build a consensus on health care, the war in Iraq, education and the economy. She will bring dignity to the White House.”

  • Volunteers pick up litter around town

    About 150 people took part in the annual spring cleanup Saturday morning, about half the number that usually shows up for such efforts.

    Troy Denison, president of the Keep Las Vegas Beautiful Committee, which organized the cleanup, said athletic events, SynergyFest and the Entrepreneur Fair helped reduce turnout for the cleanup.

    He said his committee will consider changing the date of the spring cleanup next year, but it has to be within a two-week period because of Keep America Beautiful grants.

  • Eight men vie for city manager

    Eight men, half of whom live in the area, have applied to be Las Vegas’ next city manager.

    The candidates are Rey Herrera of Rociada; Paul Skotchdopole, Patrick Alarid and Alex Tafoya, all of Las Vegas; William Sheridan of Billings, Mont.; Roberto Salazar of Alexandria, Va.; Dan Stovall of Murrieta, Calif.; and Fred Stephens of Cameron, Texas.

  • Cleanup day set for Saturday

    Tired of litter around town? On Saturday, you’ll get the chance to take part in a community effort to clean up the city.

    The Keep Las Vegas Beautiful Committee is holding its annual spring cleanup day from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants can go to Carnegie Library Park to get gloves and trash bags and then pick up litter. Lunch will be served to volunteers at noon.

    The committee holds cleanups in the fall and the spring, alternating its base between the west and east sides. Volunteers choose the areas of town they clean.

  • East leader taking his annual leave

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Pete Campos won’t be taking the reins as president of Luna Community College until July, but he’s already working to promote the college.

    During March and April, he has gone to several northern New Mexico high schools as part of his work for Luna. Campos said he has the time to do it.

    He said in a statement that he has used his annual leave to counsel students in communities such as Wagon Mound, Raton, Maxwell, Cimarron, Santa Rosa and Pecos. He said he is listening to the needs of students and constituents.