.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Local News

  • Candidates divided on Tasers

    A forum for San Miguel County Commission candidates attracted three hopefuls Wednesday night. Three others didn’t show.

    Taking part in the forum were District 1 candidates Rock Ulibarri, Ron Ortega and Joe “Yunta” Lucero. Not showing were District 1 incumbent June Garcia and District 3 incumbent Albert Padilla and his opponent, Arthur Padilla.

    Garcia submitted a letter to forum organizers, saying she was in Arizona to attend her godson’s graduation. She said she helped raise him.

  • County workers eye union

    Some San Miguel County government employees are considering forming a union, so the county has hired a firm to negotiate with them.

    The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has been talking with county workers about organizing. So far, jailers and sheriff’s deputies are expressing interest, officials say.

  • Storrie won't be fenced off

    Storrie Lake will be open for fishing this summer, despite earlier threats to the contrary, officials say.

    Last week, the state announced that it had reached a three-year lease agreement with the Storrie Project Water Users Association for land within Storrie Lake State Park.

    The agreement also settled a lawsuit filed by the association against the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.

    The state had balked over entering another agreement paying Storrie $30,000 a year, saying it was the most expensive such arrangement in the parks system.

  • City oil and gas moratorium urged

    Oil and gas drilling just doesn’t occur in rural areas; it happens in cities, too.

    As such, the City Council is considering passing a moratorium on such activity in the city limits. The county already did so a few months ago, so it could have time to draft a more detailed ordinance dealing with energy development.

    Some New Mexico towns, including Carlsbad, Hobbs and Artesia, have oil and gas wells inside city limits. Seven years ago, a rig in Carlsbad had a blowout, causing the evacuation of part of that town.

  • Man attacks woman, leaves her, police say

    A Las Vegas man allegedly beat up his girlfriend near the Tecolote River on Sunday morning. He left, with her there alone along the river, authorities said.

    At one point, the state police received a call that a woman was found dead along the river. Minutes later, dispatchers were told that the woman was actually sleeping.

    The boyfriend, Eric Sena, 24, was charged with aggravated battery against a household member, a third-degree felony. He and his girlfriend had apparently been staying in his pickup truck near the river.

  • Judge named for animal control case

    The city is hiring an interim Municipal Court judge to deal with a case involving an animal control issue.

    Last week, the City Council voted unanimously for Santa Fe-area attorney Santiago Juarez, a former Las Vegas resident, to preside over the case.

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said the city wanted a person not familiar with the community and who wouldn’t bring any pre-conceived notions to the case.

    The case involves Carlos Sandoval, who was cited for not restraining his dog during an alleged attack. He was also cited for not licensing his canine.

  • Garcia may lead Mora schools

    State Rep. Thomas Garcia, D-Ocate, is the only candidate who has met all the requirements in his application to become superintendent of the Mora schools.

    Nine people applied for the position, but only Garcia submitted all the required items for his application packet, said Katherine Valdez, an employee in the district’s central office.

    The school board was expected to interview Garcia at its meeting Tuesday night. The board wasn’t slated to make a decision at that time.

  • Commissioner, state representative forums this week

    Forums for San Miguel County Commission and state representative candidates are planned for Wednesday and Thursday.

    The forum for candidates for the District 1 and 3 County Commission seats will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Highlands University’s G35 (Leveo Sanchez Lecture Hall), which is next to Donnelly Library.

    The forum for District 70 state representative hopefuls is Thursday, with the same hours and place.

    The forums are sponsored by the Committee for the People and the Las Vegas Optic.

  • 70 percent of Highlands grads are women, president says

    Seventy percent of Highlands University’s graduates on Saturday were women.

    The capacity crowd at the 2010 commencement ceremony at Wilson Complex cheered the news the day before Mother’s Day.

    “What a tremendous and impressive statement,” Highlands President Jim Fries said to applause.

    Fries also noted that students on the main campus include 19 tribes, 43 states and 32 countries. He said 40 percent of students are studying at the master’s degree level.

  • East schools set to lay off 15

    The Las Vegas City Schools expects 15 employees to be leaving the district because of retirement or other reasons. But that won’t make up a more than $1 million shortfall in the budget.

    The district’s superintendent, Rick Romero, said at a meeting last week that some “good people” will have to be laid off to make ends meet. That cut would affect 15 — four teachers and 11 other staff, he said.

    It didn’t appear that the district will be laying off any principals or other top administrators — an idea floated earlier.