Local News

  • Ortiz, Herrera win

    Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz won a second term Tuesday in the city's first-ever runoff election, defeating challenger and Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron with 53.3 percent of the vote.

    Ortiz beat Gurule-Giron 1,413 to 1,189 six weeks after the municipal election in which neither candidate secured a majority. In that election, Ortiz won 1,038 or 40.9 percent of the vote, while Gurule-Giron received 834 or 32.8 percent of the vote in an eight-candidate field.

  • Media arts students rework gym for gala

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Students from the New Mexico Highlands University Media Arts Department will present a high-tech multimedia extravaganza for the April 21 President’s Gala: Dollars for Scholars.

    The gala is a scholarship fundraiser that will also celebrate Highlands University President Jim Fries’ five-year anniversary.

    Students in Media Arts Professor Kerry Loewen’s Surround Sound and Installation class worked in teams to create the projects for the gala.

  • Luna inks contract with ex-presidents

    Luna Community college has signed a consulting contract with two of its former presidents.

    Leroy “Huero” Sanchez and Gilbert Sena will be paid a total of $35,000 — $17,500 per individual — for the first phase of the contract, which  runs from March 27 through Sept. 30. During that period, they are required to submit a total of $1.5 million in grant applications that are accepted for review by the granting agency.

  • White House officials hear from local leaders

    The White House, along with federal agency appointees, hosted a community leaders roundtable in Las Vegas last Thursday.

    The Las Vegas gathering followed similar regional meetings throughout the nation and in New Mexico.

    The meeting allowed local community leaders an opportunity to discuss issues facing rural New Mexicans with high-ranking Obama administration officials.

  • Highlands ensembles, choir set to perform

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Department of Music will present concerts April 20 and April 22.

    The university’s Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble perform in concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 20 in Sala de Madrid, 801 University Ave.

    Edward Harrington, Highlands University music professor and band director, directs and conducts both  ensembles.

  • Gov. demands more choices

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, like her Democratic predecessor, wants a choice of candidates when it comes to appointing judges and she’s flexing her gubernatorial power to make her point.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - April 18, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Heinrich leads in campaign cash
    SANTA FE — New financial reports show Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Martin Heinrich has nearly four times more campaign cash than his primary election opponent, Hector Balderas.

    Heinrich, a two-term congressman from Albuquerque, reported a cash balance of $1.5 million at the end of March. Balderas, who is the state auditor, had cash-on-hand of nearly $395,000.

    The primary election is June 5.

  • East board in contract talks with interim

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez can now breathe a sigh of relief as the school board voted unanimously to enter contract negotiations during a work session meeting on Thursday evening.

    “I’m honored by the vote of confidence and excited for the upcoming year,” McNellis-Martinez said.

  • Mayor refusing to sign fracking law

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz has drawn a line in the sand, refusing to sign the controversial community rights ordinance approved two weeks ago by the City Council.

    The ordinance, which seeks to elevate the civil rights of the community and of its natural resources while limiting the rights currently enjoyed by corporations, was approved by a 3-1 vote. It was approved despite a warning from City Attorney Dave Romero that the ordinance is unconstitutional and that it violates the city charter.

  • Candidate’s role in zoning case questioned

    A former Planning & Zoning commissioner and his daughter who illegally parked a manufactured home were granted a temporary restraining order last week barring the city from holding a scheduled hearing on the matter.

    The restraining order was granted by District Judge Abigail Aragon on Wednesday after Marvin Salazar, the former commissioner, and Ashley Salazar, who owns the property, complained that their due process rights were being violated.