Local News

  • Bond would mean $12M for county

    Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University
    Education Bond D is on the statewide ballot Nov. 2, giving New Mexico voters an opportunity to support infrastructure improvements at public colleges and universities throughout the state.

    Statewide, Bond D would fund $155.2 million in higher education improvements. In San Miguel County, funding would total $12.1 million, with $7.1 million allocated for Highlands University and $5 million allocated for Luna Community College. More details are online at www.educationinnewmexico.com.

  • Local case drew national attention

    Las Vegas has its divisions, but it generally enjoys “relative harmony,” a local historian said at a banquet Friday.

    But from time to time, things come to a head, Las Vegas attorney Jesus Lopez said at the annual banquet of the Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation.

    Lopez, who has a local history program on KFUN every Monday, was the banquet’s keynote speaker. The committee honored property owners who have improved their historic buildings in recent times.

  • County nixes buffers for turbines

    A majority of the San Miguel County Commission this week rejected the idea of creating special zones to keep out wind turbines in the areas along the Pecos and Gallinas rivers.

    County Manager Les Montoya had pushed the idea since August, and at a meeting this week, he and others presented a proposal that would ban wind turbines from being seen from the beds of either of the two rivers.

    “We considered visibility of wind towers as a principal concern within these areas,” the manager said.

  • East chief unhappy with bond adviser

    The top Las Vegas City Schools official said this week that he wasn’t satisfied with the performance of the school district’s bond adviser. 

    Rick Romero, the district’s superintendent, said he had many questions for the adviser, Al Clemmons, in the wake of an unexpected 30 percent property tax increase.

    A taxpayer who forked out $1,500 in property taxes last year will be paying nearly $2,000 this year.

  • Man charged in string of burglaries

    State police earlier this month apprehended a Ribera man for allegedly breaking into seven cars and taking two others at several properties in the Valley.

    Eloi A. “Rambo” Leyba, 22, was arrested on suspicion of seven counts of burglary of cars and, two counts of auto theft, two counts of burglaries to structures, aggravated burglary to a house and evading a police officer.

    Police said Leyba committed the burglaries during daylight on Oct. 7 in the Valley.

  • Problem at Mora poll site alleged

    Janelle Sanchez went to the Mora County clerk’s office on Monday to vote for her father, John Sanchez, the Republican incumbent running for magistrate judge.

    But while she was there to early vote, she said she was encouraged to support Charles Trujillo, her father’s Democratic opponent in the Nov. 2 election.

  • 2 groundbreaking ceremonies, 1 project

    A bunch of officials gathered this week to break ground for the new nursing home at the state hospital. Armed with shovels, some of them gave speeches.

    It was a case of déja vu.

    Three years ago, the officials held a similar ceremony for the same project.

    There was one major difference this time — construction had already begun.

  • Housing project upsets some

    The renovation of public housing in north Las Vegas is upsetting some neighbors, who fear that their property values may drop as a result.
    Last week, a number of residents spoke about their concerns to the City Council, which acts as the housing board.
    The renovation project is at Legion Drive and Cholla Street, east of Seventh Street.
    “We were told the houses would be sold to people. We don’t want our appraisal prices going down. We have put a lot of work into our houses,” Yucca Street resident Tina Vigil said.

  • Small firm takes nursing home’s reins

    Harvey Pelovsky got some good news in his first days as a new co-owner of Vida Encantada Nursing and Rehabilitation.

    He said the state Health Department showed up to do an inspection for a week and found no serious deficiencies, just a few minor issues. He said that it was the first time in his three decades in the nursing home business that he has heard inspectors compliment staff the way they did.

  • Temporary replacement suggested

    Ward 4 City Councilman David Romero continues to improve after a stroke he suffered in August, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said last week.

    At last week’s City Council meeting, Councilman Andrew Feldman suggested that the council find a temporary replacement while Romero is recovering.

    But Ortiz and City Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron said the city charter wouldn’t allow for a temporary appointment to a council seat.
    Gurule-Giron said the council should demonstrate compassion toward Romero.