Local News

  • 25 nabbed for vandalism

    Las Vegas police have nabbed 25 youths in recent months on charges of vandalism, an official said last week.

    Deputy Police Chief Christian Montao said the police have been working with the juvenile probation and district attorney’s offices in the cases. He said officers have received help from local schools as well.

    Montao expects more arrests in the coming weeks. Only one of the 25 is a girl, he said.

    Montao said most of the vandalism has been at local schools and private residences, especially those that are abandoned.

  • Campos yet to get Luna contract

    More than two months ago, the Luna Community College Board of Trustees selected Pete Campos as the school’s next president.

    But the board has yet to approve a contract for Campos, a state senator and the superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools.

    The trustees’ monthly meeting for March has been delayed twice, in part, because the school has yet to complete a contract for Campos, said Sigfredo Maestas, Luna’s interim president.

  • Official: Body was a coyote's

    Several weeks ago, officials announced that the body of a skinned and mutilated dog was found behind the Vital Arts building on Grand Avenue, but it now appears the body was not that of a dog.

    Pam Sandoval, a detective for the Las Vegas Police Department, said the report from the state’s forensic veterinarian is back and that the animal was a coyote.

    Sandoval also said the skinning of the animal was done by a professional trapper.

  • Public can't question candidates

    Las Vegas City Schools board member Patrick Romero wanted the public to take part in questioning of prospective superintendents at a future public forum, but members Phillip Vigil and Ramon “Swoops” Montao said no to that idea.

    Before the vote on the process for a procedure of hiring a superintendent, Vigil said, “I don’t mind the public being there while we interview them, but that’s the board’s job.”

  • Service business employees get trained about Vegas

    If an organization has its way, a store clerk or a restaurant waitress will have enough information about Las Vegas to interest tourists in visiting attractions around the area.

    The New Mexico Workforce Connection, which is a part of SER Jobs for Progress, has launched a program called Pro-Active Host, which provides training in customer service designed with local employees in mind.

  • HU dorm project set to start soon

    Highlands University has taken another step toward making an upscale residence hall a reality on the Las Vegas campus.

    The Highlands University Board of Regents last week approved a bond purchase agreement with the New Mexico Finance Authority that will be used to build the dorms.

    “What the board did is approve the agreement between Highlands and the NMFA to actually generate the construction revenue that’s going to be needed to build the new residence facilities,” board Chairman Javier Gonzales said.

  • Memorial Middle School goes green

    At Memorial Middle School, students don’t just talk about the environment — they get hands-on lessons.

    The Memorial Middle School agricultural science center emphasizes agricultural, horticultural and natural resource science. Students are learning about science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, as they grow their own fruits and vegetables, build wind turbines and learn about solar power.

  • Deputy chief to run for recruiting effort

    Most people are still sleeping when Christian Montao, Las Vegas’ deputy police chief, gets up to exercise.

    Since Jan. 3, Montao has logged 204 miles of running and plans to add another 30 in the next week and a half. He has also done 35 hours of cross training.

    He is preparing to take part in a 15.2-mile run as part of the the Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range near Las Cruces on March 30.

    Officer Eric Padilla plans to march 15.2 miles, Montao said.

  • County plans bike, walking path

    San Miguel County is working on a long-term effort to extend the city riverwalk all the way to United World College in Montezuma, an official said this week.

    Harold Garcia, the county’s public works supervisor, said the county is working on a master plan created in the 1990s when County Manager Les Montoya was then serving as city manager. The riverwalk in town was finished in the 1990s. “It’s going to be a nice project. The county wants to do its part,” Garcia said.

  • Five cheerleaders kicked off team

    Five West Las Vegas High School cheerleaders were removed from the team this week in connection with an alleged shoplifting incident in Albuquerque last weekend, an official said Wednesday.

    Superintendent Jim Abreu confirmed that cheerleading coach Krystle King made the decision to remove the cheerleaders. He said he was fine with the coach’s decision.