Local News

  • Vocalists of the Year - Local performer wins big award

    Preston Garza finally received the award he has been waiting for since he was 9.

    On Saturday, the Las Vegas resident was presented with the Male Vocalist of the Year award for his song “Que Bonito.” The honor was bestowed at the New Mexico Hispano Entertainers Association awards banquet at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

    Other nominees in that category included Las Vegas native Francisco Gallegos of the local band, Los Gallegos Brozz, along with Ken Montaño and Severo Martinez of Severo y Grupo Fuego.

  • Stricter vacant building law pitched

    The city of Las Vegas and MainStreet are asking the public to weigh in on potential changes to the city’s vacant building ordinance aimed at strengthening it and making it easier to enforce.

    A public meeting to gather input on possible changes is scheduled for 6 p.m this Thursday at City Hall, 1700 N. Grand Ave.

    “What’s happening right now is our vacant building ordinance is pretty general and it’s really hard to enforce,” said city planner Melanie Gallegos.

  • Sheriff: Bullets flew past deputy

    A San Miguel County sheriff’s deputy responding to a harassment call in Tecolote Saturday night reported that someone fired a couple of shots.

    No one was injured in the incident, said Sheriff Benjie Vigil. He said Deputy Raymond Montoya was outside his vehicle talking to teenagers who reported being harassed when he heard the shots.

  • State turns up heat on chile fraud

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A new law aimed at protecting authentic New Mexico chile is set to go into effect.

    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that impostor products of the state's iconic agricultural product will be guilty of trademark infringement beginning Sunday thanks to a new protective law.

    The New Mexico Chile Advertising Act makes it unlawful for vendors to label fresh or processed chile as being from New Mexico unless it was actually grown in the state.

  • Looking Back - June 27, 2012

    In 1912

    Thursday, June 20 — The Ladies Aid Society of the First Methodist Church will hold a home cooking sale in the store of C.V. Hedgecock on Douglas Avenue on Saturday afternoon. They will have on sale a fine line of cakes, doughnuts, bread, baked beans and salad.

  • Looking Ahead - News - June 27, 2012

    Colcha workshop to be held this Saturday

     A colcha workshop for adults, by Beatrice Maestas, will be held at 10 a.m. this Saturday at the city museum. This free workshop is limited to 10 adults and pre-registration is required. For more information, call Kristin Hsueh at 426-3204 or by email at khsueh@desertgate.com.

  • Weather - June 27, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. West wind 5-15 mph.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. West wind around 5 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 55.


  • Line losing 80 gallons a minute

    The city of Las Vegas is looking to exchange 62 water taps for an easement that will finally allow it to repair a waterline that has been leaking an estimated 80 gallons of water a minute for several months.

    The old Medite line runs through property owned by Pete Mallette. The city currently has a 20-foot wide easement through the Mallette property, but engineers planning the repair project say the city needs a 100-foot wide construction easement in order to fix the leak.

  • Sandoval out as West principal

    Steve Sandoval’s 30- year career at the West Las Vegas School District has come to an abrupt end, but he isn’t leaving quietly.

    Sandoval, the principal of West Middle School, was suspended from his position earlier this year after parents and guardians of students at the school came forward and accused him of bullying their children.

    Earlier this month, the school district began advertising for a new middle school principal.

  • Weed Work - City hires 242 for summer program

    By Brett J. Phelps
    Las Vegas Optic

    If you’ve been around town over the last few weeks, chances are you’ve seen crews in neon vests and hardhats pulling weeds, picking up trash or even painting over graffiti.

    They’re among the 242 employees hired by the city of Las Vegas for its annual summer work program. The city is investing $464,000 in the program this year.

    Program participants — mostly local teens — are working in every city department except transportation.