Local News

  • Local man's conviction upheld

    The state Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of an area man convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

    The high court reversed a previous Court of Appeals decision for the case of Lloyd Lucero, 27.

    The Court of Appeals had ordered a new trial on the grounds that a requested self-defense instruction was not given to the jury by presiding Judge Eugenio Mathis, according to the district attorney’s office.

  • Cops moved to code enforcement

    The Las Vegas Police Department has transferred two of its officers to code enforcement, where they will focus on parking and animal control violations.

    The police recently took over code and animal control enforcement from the city Community Development Department.

    Police Chief Gary Gold said the code officers’ shifts will include nights and weekends. He said the department had divided the city into six sectors for enforcement.

  • City says it fixes quirk in sewer bills

    Some people get monthly utility bills and notice something strange: They’re paying for more gallons of sewer use than water consumed.

    This is a problem city officials believe they corrected recently.

    Sewer usage rates are based on water use from the previous winter, which is usually when people use less water.

    But when homes change hands, the new occupants may use considerably less water. They then become mystified about the impossibility of disposing more water than they use.

  • DA: Man's drug crimes near school

    A man suspected of selling drugs may be charged with a first-degree felony because he was distributing the narcotics less than 1,000 feet from a school, an official said last week.

    Julian Gallegos, 30, owner of Xtreme Nutrition, 1213 Bridge St., was charged last month with two counts of the second-degree felony of trafficking drugs and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Council rejects consultant for public housing authority

    The Las Vegas City Council rejected a proposal to give money to a consultant to help the public housing authority form a residents council.

    Authority officials asked the city to grant a contact to Highlands University professor James Alarid for up to $5,700 to set up the council — which would amount to $25 per public housing resident.

  • Martinez, Denish visit Vegas

    New Mexico’s Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates visited Las Vegas’ Spic and Span on Friday — separated by just a few hours.

    Both Republican Susana Martinez and Democrat Diane Denish spoke to supporters in the restaurant’s new meeting room, trading barbs just three days after the party primary elections.

    Both of the parties’ lieutenant governor candidates were also on hand — Democrat Brian Colon and Republican John Sanchez.

    Martinez took audience questions; Denish did not.

  • Witnesses: Official hurt man

    Witnesses last week testified that city Utilities Director Ken Garcia attacked another man in a local bar, hitting the alleged victim in the head with a beer bottle.

    At the end of a preliminary hearing on Thursday, Ken Garcia, 44, was bound over for trial in state District Court. He faces a felony charge of aggravated battery.

    Most of the witnesses in the Magistrate Court hearing didn’t know or barely knew either Garcia or the alleged victim, Rick Nelson, 37.

  • Man accused of stabbing woman

    A Las Vegas man is accused of stabbing a woman at a mobile home park on Tuesday night.

    Mark P. Ludi, 39, 102 Mills Ave., Space 11, was charged with aggravated battery, a third-degree felony, and tampering with evidence, a fourth-degree felony.

    The alleged victim was identified as Jessica Salas, a local woman, officials said. She was taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

    According to court documents filed in Magistrate Court, the man had gone to another house in the mobile home park, where a small party was occurring.

  • Aviation firm plans local shop

    A businessman wants to start an aviation repair station in Las Vegas that would employ 30 people.

    Kurt Encinias, who spent much of his childhood in Bernal, said he is working with the San Miguel County government to sign a lease for a facility to house his business. He said he didn’t want to release details until the agreement was final.

    His business would repair hydraulic and electrical components of aircraft. Companies would send those parts to the local shop.

  • Official stresses openness rules

    At a recent meeting, the Las Vegas City Schools board closed its doors to discuss “school matters.”

    That reason was given in addition to the usual justifications for closed meetings such as personnel issues and litigation.

    But the state Open Meetings Act makes no exception for school matters. Indeed, any business that a school board would discuss could conceivably fall under the subject of school matters.