Local News

  • City delays decision on housing project

    A company apparently wanted a quick decision from the City Council to allow it to build affordable housing on city land.

    But city officials didn’t want to rush the process.

    The city based its decision largely on advice from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, which provides much of the funding for the local housing authority.

    City officials had only a few days to look at a proposal from Santa Fe-based Western Trails Inc., whose managing partner is Frank Coppler.

  • Program spreads anti-drinking message

    Residents and police officers are getting out the message about the laws against underage drinking.

    Last weekend, they placed stickers on multi-packs of alcoholic beverages as part of the MADD Sticker Shock event. The San Miguel County DWI program participated in the effort.

    The “Paul Storm” youth team also volunteered, including Edward Estrada, Elaine Estrada, Dyonne Estrada, Letticia Gutierrez, and Alexis DeVries.

    Law enforcement officers were also present, consisting of state police Officer Frank Chavez and sheriff’s Deputy William Cruz.

  • Man is killed in Mora County

    A man is accused of killing another in Mora County on Wednesday.

    Leroy Lovato, 61, of Holman was the victim, state police Capt. Toby Dolan said. Arrested on an open count of murder was Daniel Lovato, 27, of Las Vegas, who is believed to be related to the victim, officials said.

    Around 10:30 a.m., a call was made to 911 about a possible homicide. Four state police officers responded to the call, which was made from Holman, three miles east of Mora.

  • Victims: Coaches were aware

    SANTA FE — “I went to the bathroom, and I cried.”

    That’s what the youngest victim of an alleged sexual assault at a Robertson High football preseason camp recalled of the moments after he was allegedly ambushed, pinned to the floor and violated with a broomstick by a group of teammates.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Ex-RHS football players will stand trial

    SANTA FE -- Five former Robertson High football players will stand trial on charges of kidnapping, sexual assault and conspiracy for their roles in alleged attacks during a preseason camp.

    The five young men, who were juniors at RHS before getting booted from school due to the camp scandal, are accused of holding several underclassmen against their will and sodomizing them with a broomstick. The alleged attacks took place Aug. 12 and 13 during a preseason "team-building" event at Western Life Camp in the Gallinas Canyon.

  • Problems found at regional authority

    The state auditor’s office last week revealed that the Albuquerque-based Region III Housing Authority was a “center of abuse and management.” But State Auditor Hector Balderas said the state’s other regional housing agencies also had big problems, including the one in northeastern New Mexico.

    His office’s report showed that the Albuquerque authority reimbursed board members and employees for such things as flowers, booze, a Las Vegas trip, a private club membership and a designer briefcase.

  • RHS wins big at competition

    Robertson High School students took home the bulk of awards handed out at the annual Mathematics Engineering Science and Achievement regional fair at Wilson Complex last week.

    The regional fair featured 16 schools from the state’ northeastern district and three school districts from the north central part of the state. Projects that place first, second and third will compete at state in Albuquerque. After that the top three will go on to the national competition.

  • Residents support new president

    Matthew Gutierrez, a West Las Vegas High School senior, may be a Republican, but that didn’t stop him from supporting Democrat Barack Obama. And in Las Vegas, he is by no means alone.

    Gutierrez was among hundreds of West students watching Obama’s inauguration Tuesday morning. He comes from a family of Democrats, not surprising for a town that is heavily Democratic that voted overwhelmingly for Obama.

    “We really need Barack Obama. He’s so charismatic,” Gutierrez said. “I liked Bush earlier on, but he made poor decisions later.”

  • Man dies in crash near Tecolote

    A man died Sunday morning as the result of a single-vehicle accident near the town of Tecolote, state police said.

    The man was driving a 1999 Dodge pickup truck southbound on the frontage road only feet from the Tecolote intersection about 11 a.m. when his vehicle went off the pavement on the east side of the road, came back onto the road and then rolled. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no passengers.

  • Senate approves Sabinoso protections

    The U.S. Senate last week passed legislation to designate more than 17,000 acres in southeastern San Miguel County as wilderness by a vote of 73-22.

    The legislation, authored by Sen. Tom Udall when he served in the House, is included in a package of public land bills assembled by Sen. Jeff Bingaman. Both are New Mexico Democrats.

    The proposed new wilderness area would contain lands currently included in the Sabinoso Wilderness Study Area. The land is currently managed by the Bureau of Land Management.