Local News

  • West district trying to get uniforms

    The West Las Vegas track team is trying to get uniforms from last year’s members, so there are enough for this year’s participants, Superintendent Jim Abreu said this week.

    He said it would be difficult to track down some of the uniforms, but he said James Esquibel, coach for both the boys and girls track teams last year, is working on the project.

    Esquibel only coaches the girls this year, while Mike Maldonado heads the boys team.

    Abreu said such problems often occur during coaching transitions.

  • Students experiment with plants

    Young scientists at Sierra Vista Elementary worked on experiments to determine what methods were best for growing plants during a six-week investigation.

    Belinda Laumbach’s class is an unusual combination of kindergarten and first-grade students who worked together on the project.

    “One of the benchmarks for the New Mexico standards is that they learn the scientific process, and I figured at this grade level if I didn’t actually have them do it, they wouldn’t learn how to develop the steps leading to scientific discovery,” Laumbach said.

  • Nursing home to close this month

    Brookhaven Nursing Home is closing by the end of the month, laying off 25 people and sending its 15 residents to other homes.

    Acting Administrator J. Sabine Griego said the nursing home has found new employment for its employees at such places as Vida Encantada Nursing Home. A couple of employees are starting new jobs elsewhere by as early as Saturday, Griego said.

    Employees and residents were informed of the pending closure Friday.

  • No water cutoff for Vegas

    Because of public health and safety issues, the state won’t prevent the city of Las Vegas from taking water off the Gallinas River, a state official said Wednesday.

    Linda Gordan, a district supervisor with the state engineer’s office, made that statement in response to complaints at a public meeting that the city was getting greater priority in using water from the Gallinas than more senior users such as acequias, or community-operated ditches.

  • Las Vegas voters say they want change in town

    Change is in the air — at least among those Las Vegas voters surveyed during Tuesday’s municipal election.

    After voting at Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary School, Mollie Armijo said one major issue influencing her vote was the natural gas issue. Over the years, Las Vegas’ gas rates have been higher than other nearby towns.

    “I’m on a fixed income, and I don’t have enough money to pay my gas bills,” she said. “That’s a concern.”

  • Marquez defeats Sanchez

    City Councilman Tony Marquez handily defeated Mayor Henry Sanchez and three other opponents in Tuesday’s municipal election.

    Marquez took 1,291 votes, or 40 percent, over Sanchez’s 731, or 22 percent, sending the mayor out of City Hall after six years as the community’s leader. State hospital official Gary Ludi edged out former state employee Tonita Gurul-Giron with 462 votes to 448, both with roughly 14 percent of the vote. Las Vegas City Schools board member Ramon “Swoops” Montao came in last with 323 votes, or 10 percent.

  • Feldman wins over Ward 3 opponents

    Andrew Feldman, who moved to town less than six years ago, prevailed over four other candidates in the race for the Ward 3 City Council seat.

    Feldman, a Luna Community College professor, won with 321 votes, or 40 percent, with his nearest competitor, Max Trujillo, a real estate and insurance agent, getting 246 votes, or 31 percent. Joey Herrera, an employee for a Homeland Security contractor, received 166 votes, or 21 percent.

    Highlands University professor Luis Ortiz and local businessman Henry A. Sanchez trailed far behind with 33 and 29 votes respectively.

  • Voters reduce City Council pay

    Las Vegas voters decided Tuesday to amend the city charter to reduce the pay for City Council members and the mayor.

    More than 80 percent of voters chose to amend the city charter. The majority of voters — 1,632, or 54 percent — supported reducing pay to $85 per meeting, while 1,066, or 35 percent, backed $10,000 a year. A mere 11 percent supported the status quo of $19,854 a year.

  • Highlands allowed to use effluent

    The state Environment Department has approved a permit to allow Highlands University to water its golf course with treated wastewater from the city.

    The agency made the decision, despite the objections of a group that fears the project would mean less water for acequias south of Las Vegas.

    Felicia Orth, the department’s hearing officer, stated in her report that concerns about water availability should be referred to the state engineer’s office because her agency’s job is water quality.

  • West's honors choir wins state

    West Las Vegas Principal Gene Parson calls them “The Heavenly Choir of Angels” when speaking about the school’s award-winning Honors Choir, which just returned from a first-ever state choir competition in Albuquerque.

    “Seeing Arnell David Arellanes and the West Las Vegas Choir going and competing against some of the top-notch programs in the state and then doing extremely well just makes me so happy,” Parson said.