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Local News

  • Local businessman merges his three newspapers

    A local businessman has merged his newspapers in Las Vegas, Mora and Santa Rosa.

    Chris Lopez, owner of the Las Vegas Times, the Mora Times and the Santa Rosa News, made the announcement in the Friday edition of his new combined paper, the Tri-County News-Times.

    He started the Las Vegas Times in June 2006 with the stated intent of providing residents with a “non-biased” news source. A few months later, he started the Mora Times and bought the Santa Rosa News.

  • Las Vegas man dies in accident

    A 76-year-old man from Las Vegas was killed when he lost control of his pickup truck, slid across Interstate 25 and collided with a semi-truck near Santa Fe last week, an official said this morning.

    Joe Armijo, who taken to St. Vincent Hospital, was pronounced dead shortly after the accident, which occurred at 8:15 a.m. Friday, said Capt. Robert Riggs of the San Fe County Sheriff’s Department.

  • Man is facing fraud charges

    From the Las Vegas Optic

    Local authorities have apprehended a man on charges of fraud and doing construction work without a license.

    Mario Mendoza, 50, was recently arrested by the Las Vegas police and charged in San Miguel Magistrate Court with three counts of fraud, each a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years with the state Department of Correction, a $5,000 fine or both, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office.

  • Officers planned for schools

    Uniformed police, or what are being called resource officers, are already on duty patrolling hallways and school grounds at some school districts around the state.

    Now Las Vegas schools are looking to make their grounds safer, using grants that would pay for the beefed-up security.

    Police Chief Gary Gold, who is also the vice president of the West Las Vegas school board, said at a recent meeting that Officer Shawn Montoya is the department's new grant writer and has been working to get the resources that would bring uniformed officers into the high schools.

  • Free meals served at restaurant

    The free Thanksgiving dinner at El Sombrero Restaurant proved to be as popular as ever.

    The traditional turkey dinner lasted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and is in its 11th year. There was hardly a seat to be found during the morning rush, and employees estimated that at least 400 takeout orders were prepared. By the end of the day, the restaurant reported that it had little Thanksgiving food left.

    As always, members of the community helped Sombrero staff during the dinner. And diners were treated to entertainment, including the Spanish music of Marcelina Velasques.

  • Firm's owner had trouble in SF

    Terry Van Dien, who wants to set up an aircraft factory at the Las Vegas airport, is no stranger in developing partnerships with municipalities.

    Nearly 10 years ago, he entered an agreement with the city of Santa Fe’s airport to run a service center there. But the arrangement crumbled when he didn’t pay the contractor hired to build hangars.

  • College's interim leader expresses frustration

    Luna Community College’s interim president said Wednesday that the Board of Trustees has “micromanaged the dickens” out of the school.

    Sigfredo Maestas, the former longtime president of Espaola’s Northern New Mexico Community College, said the next president wouldn’t stay long under such circumstances.

  • Police chief: Let's have one event

    Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold said last week that that the community should come together when it remembers the five members of a Las Vegas family who were killed in a Nov. 11, 2006, crash.

    Members of the Gonzales and Collins family died when a drunken driver going the wrong way struck their car on Interstate 25.

    Earlier this month, two events were held in honor of the victims. One was a groundbreaking for “Paul’s Corner,” named after Paul Gonzales, the father. That memorial will be built at Robertson High School.

  • Robertson High puts its troublemakers on notice

    The Las Vegas City Schools will be on the lookout for bullies, truants, and alcohol and drug users as the district starts a new front to combat troublemakers, officials say. The main focus will be Robertson High School.

    Principal Richard Lopez said this plan isn’t being carried out solely to address any particular incident.

  • Classes prepare for turkey day

    Kids in classrooms all over the city have been getting ready for turkey day by learning the history of the holiday, many drawing pictures of traditional and local scenes, holding turkey talent shows and thinking about a tummy full of turkey and pumpkin pie.

    Students at Tony Serna Elementary were getting a history lesson from district art teacher Fred Silva, who was talking about many of the local dishes found on tables in northern New Mexico.