Local News

  • LCC welding programs gets boost

    The Luna Community College Welding Program has helped produce many students become job-ready. 

  • Moving on

    Richard Trujillo said population loss was the single greatest challenge of being the city manager for Las Vegas. 

  • Mora County suing over complex

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    At its Dec. 12 meeting, the Mora County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the initiation and immediate filing of a lawsuit against Franken Construction Company, Hands Engineering, Inc., and Ortega, Romero & Rodriguez Architects, LLC, for damages arising from the faulty design and defective construction of the Mora County Complex.

  • Rollover leads to third DWI arrest

    A Rociada man was jailed after police found his vehicle overturned along N.M. Highway 94 on a recent evening.

    On Dec. 9 at about 8 p.m., New Mexico State Police were called to an area of Highway 94 near mile marker 2, where a white Ford F-150 pickup was found “on its hood” on the south shoulder, according to court documents. Debris found from the apparent wreck included a beer can with alcohol.

  • International 'Cutters'

    There wasn’t a huge cash reward or a set of diamond rings that went with Charlie Pacheco’s family “Team Cutters” victory in a recent international contest.

    In fact, when the Garita team of Pacheco and his father, Elmo, and his wife, Karen, won the International RATical Build-Off 2017, there was only some welding equipment and some car-audio speakers as prizes in Las Vegas, Nev., for winning the national contest earlier this fall.

  • West Las Vegas school gets national recognition

    For its second consecutive year of earning an A grade from the New Mexico Pubic Education Department, Union Street Elementary has been cited as National Title I Distinguished School. Its principal, Thomas Sanchez, announced the award at Wednesday night’s West Las Vegas School board meeting. 

  • Uncharted territory

    By Sean Weaver, N.M. Highlands University

    A discovery of jade necklaces in Costa Rica inspired a quest by a Highlands student to find evidence of a human settlement lost to history. 

  • City of Las Vegas trash pickup holiday schedule

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    Residential routes normally picked up Mondays and Tuesdays will all be picked up Wednesday, Dec. 27.

    Have rollouts placed curbside on Dec. 27 by 7 a.m. Do not overfill your rollouts and do not put Christmas trees or ashes in rollouts.

    Dec. 27-29 (Wednesday-Friday): Commercial and residential routes will run their regular schedules.

  • Luna STEM students attend LANL workshop

    Luna Community College

    Six Luna Community College Science, Technology, Engineering and Math students attended the recent Los Alamos National Laboratory Regional Community Leader’s Update Tuesday at Northern New Mexico College in Española.

  • City manager, police chief both to step down

    One of the announcements made at Wednesday’s Las Vegas City Council meeting was likely a surprise to some. Another announcement was likely a surprise to even more local residents.

    City Manager Richard Trujillo announced at the meeting that he’ll be retiring, with his last day being next Friday, Dec. 29. Later in the meeting, while responding to a city councilor’s remarks, Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron said Police Chief Juan Montaño will be stepping down soon.