Local News

  • Howell sworn in early

    Newly elected City Councilor Vince Howell was sworn in Friday to the surprise of many, including the councilor he replaced and some members of the governing body.

    City Attorney Dave Romero had previously said that the winner of the Ward 2 race wouldn’t take his position on the council until after the mayoral and Ward 3 races were decided in a runoff. No runoff was needed in the Ward 2 race because Howell received 67 percent of the vote, well above the 50 percent plus one vote margin required by the new city charter.  

  • East board calls for better food

    In late December, Las Vegas City Schools board member Gloria Lovato-Pacheco voted against awarding contracts for cafeteria food products to several vendors, saying she wants healthier foods served to students.  

    At that time she said she wanted the district to serve more fruits and vegetables to students and less pre-processed foods.

    In response to Lovato-Pacheco’s concerns, board members Ernesto Salazar and Elaine Luna wrote up a directive to interim Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez asking for healthier cafeteria food.

  • Comic Relief

    Las Vegas native Jose Maestas will hit the stage on Saturday as master of ceremonies for the East vs. West High School Competition by University Celebrity.

    Maestas, a stand-up comedian, said he is looking forward to being back in Las Vegas for this one-evening competition starting at 7 p.m. with the doors opening at 6 p.m. this Saturday at Ilfeld Auditorium.

    “I’m excited to be back in Las Vegas,” Maestas said. “I like to bring my hard-core “brownie” jokes.

  • Highlands interns making a difference

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Two New Mexico Highlands University social work students interning at Big Brothers Big Sisters are having a big impact on the number of kids the nonprofit serves in San Miguel and Mora counties.

    Alexis Gonzalez will graduate in May with her bachelor’s degree and Scot Deily is pursuing his master’s.

  • Looking Back - March 14, 2012

    In 1912

    Monday, March 11 — During the Lenten season in Las Vegas, Catholic churches devote at least one evening a week to the beautiful devotion called “The Way of the Cross.” In Las Vegas the devotion is practiced each Friday in the Catholic churches. In the Immaculate Conception church, the “Stations,” as the devotion is sometimes called, are said Friday evenings.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 14, 2012

    Story Time at Carnegie

    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. today, March 14, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Lucky Tucker” by Leslie MCGuirk. The theme for the month is “Woman’s Month - Books Written for Children by Women.” All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Weather - March 14, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 68. West wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 33. West wind 5-15 mph, becoming north.

    Sunny, with a high near 69. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest 15-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 37.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 37.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:12 a.m. to 7:08 p.m.

  • East official remains on leave

    Las Vegas City Schools Finance Director Myrna Garcia will remain on administrative leave though the end of the fiscal year, though school district officials remain mum on the reason.

    To pick up the slack, the district has contracted with Teresa Casias of Wagon Mound and Theresa Barreras of Tucumcari. Casias and Barreras were each given a $50,000 contract  to oversee the district’s finances.

    Casias is currently employed by Wagon Mound Schools as business manager.

  • State Champs
  • Garcia considering a senate run

    State Rep. Thomas Garcia is considering a run for the senate seat now held by Pete Campos.

    The redistricting plan that has been adopted moves the District 68 seat that Garcia currently occupies to the Rio Rancho area. That means that if Garcia wants to continue serving in the state house, he’ll have to challenge Rep. Nick Salazar, D-Ohkay Owingeh, for the District 40 seat. His other option is to run for the District 8 senate seat now held by Campos.

    Garcia, an Ocaté Democrat, said some of his constituents have urged him to run for the Senate.