Local News

  • 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.

  • City hoping to market local events

    Two months after the city of Las Vegas announced that it was taking over the marketing function from the Chamber of Commerce, it is putting out a call for events the community wants promoted.

    “If you have a summer or early fall event that promotes Las Vegas tourism, please upload your information on the City Event Calendar located at www.lasvegasnewmexico.com,” the city states in a news release. The city is hoping to generate a comprehensive list of events to include in upcoming ads.  

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  • County greenlights EDC partnership

    The San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously last week to partner with Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development, Inc. to lease a parcel and building at its wood business park to a new business.

    The county is leasing the parcel to EDC, which will then sublease it to Frugal Caskets. The county has previously designated EDC the authority to act as its agent to develop the wood business park.

  • Scholarships helped Highlands alumni

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A couple that owns a successful title company, an award-winning mental health advocate and an internationally known scientist are all outstanding New Mexico Highlands University alumni who were awarded scholarships as students.

  • Gala silent auction offers enticing variety

    By Margaret McKinney

    Highlands University

    An enticing variety of items ranging from art pieces from nationally known and local artists to travel lodging are featured in the silent auction for the April 21 President’s Gala: Dollars for Scholars. The approximate retail value of the auction items to date is $40,000.

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

  • Las Vegas Hosting Rural Alliance Forum this week

    Las Vegas is hosting the New Mexico Rural Economic Development Forum scheduled  from Wednesday through Friday at the Plaza Hotel.

    The New Mexico Rural Alliance, in collaboration with the State Economic Development Department schedules this conference each spring to update statewide community leaders about state, regional and federal economic development initiatives specific to rural development.

    Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela will deliver the keynote address.

  • In Brief - Local News - April 16, 2012

    City administration touts ‘clean audit’

    The city of Las Vegas announced last week that the audit covering the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2011, has been completed, and that the city received a “clean opinion.”

    The audit has yet to be made public by the state auditor’s office. But according to a statement issued by the city last week, the audit contains nine audit findings, though none of them were deemed by auditors to be material weaknesses, the most serious type of finding.

  • Looking Back - April 16, 2012

    In 1912

    Monday, April 15 — In memory of her late husband, Mrs. Henry Goke has presented to the New Mexico Normal University a handsome office safe. This was delivered to the office of the Normal this morning. Mrs. Goke intends to have the safe inscribed at once. Mrs. Goke, whose Las Vegas residence is adjoining the Normal grounds, always took a keen interest in the school.