Local News

  • Official: Vets have much to teach

    Sometimes when veterans go to schools, the children see them only as old guys, the commander of a National Guard unit says, but the students should understand that they are much more than that.

    John David Sedillo, commander of the National Guard’s 615th Battalion, told a crowd at Tuesday’s Veterans Day ceremony that veterans have experienced much defending America’s freedoms, and they have valuable lessons to teach everyone else.

  • Can’t make bail, still in jail

    Gilberto Reyes, the former professional baseball player, has been in the county jail for nearly 11 months, and he has yet to be tried on charges of distribution of drugs.

    It looks like he’ll be waiting a few months longer.

    On Wednesday, District Judge Gerald Baca rejected a petition from Reyes challenging his detention. Baca said such a request is normally reserved for after convictions.

    “Good luck,” the judge told Reyes at the end of the hearing.

    Reyes smiled and thanked Baca.

  • Changes to city charter pushed

    Las Vegas resident Alex Aragon has repeatedly asked the city to form a commission to provide recommendations for the overhaul of the city’s charter. He did so again last week.

    The charter has been the city’s constitution since the two Las Vegases joined nearly four decades ago.

    Aragon told the City Council at its meeting last week that he understands the city has much on its plate but that it needs to form a commission soon, so it can place proposed changes on the ballot in time for the March 2010 municipal election.

  • Commissioner-elect resigns from utility board

    Marcellino Ortiz, who will join the San Miguel County Commission in January, has resigned from a electric utility serving northeastern New Mexico.

    During the summer, members of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative enacted a bylaw requiring board members and the utility’s attorney to resign when they run for and hold partisan political offices.

  • Man gets two years for his 10th DWI

    A local man got the mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison for his 10th DWI.

    On Monday, prosecutor Tom Clayton argued to give Joseph Rodarte, 50, the maximum of three years because he already had been given enough chances.

    Rodarte’s convictions have taken place over the last quarter century in the Las Vegas and Albuquerque areas, Clayton said.

    The prosecutor said Rodarte had “zero excuses” for his actions.

  • Six youths deny charges

    Prosecutors are seeking adult sanctions for the six former Robertson High School football players accused of assaulting others during a team camp in August.

    On Monday, the six made their first appearances in state District Court, with Judge Eugenio Mathis informing them of their charges and hearing their pleas. The six denied the state’s charges.

  • Officer crashes in Sapello

    A state police officer crashed his patrol unit Monday morning on the bridge in Sapello on N.M. Highway 518, state police Capt. Toby Dolan said.

    Sgt. Carlos Mendoza damaged his car and a guardrail when he lost control of his car as it slipped on black ice, Dolan said.

  • 16 named to West's all-state choir

    Every year, the list of West Las Vegas students selected to compete at the all-state level in choir grows bigger.

    In 2003, Karliz DeMarco was the only student to compete in the prestigious event; this year, 16 students were selected.

    “This is the most students ever to make all-state in school history,” music director David Arnell Arellanes said. “West Las Vegas has more men selected than any other school class A through AAAAA, and Christopher Yee has made history by being the first student in choir to make all-state four years in a row.”

  • State lawmakers give advice to City Council

    The city of Las Vegas should hire a lobbyist to help it get more money from the state government, a state lawmaker advised local officials last week.

    State Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, said the city should have its lobbyist all year long, not just during legislative sessions.

    He said a lobbyist could be especially helpful between annual sessions. That’s when interim committees meet and their members could really gain an understanding of the city’s needs, he said.

  • BREAKING NEWS: School officials may be charged

    A prosecutor is considering filing charges against school officials in connection with alleged assaults of players during a Robertson High School football camp in August.

    Santa Fe District Attorney Henry Valdez, who is handling the assault cases, said this morning that he may file charges within the next couple of weeks. He said his office is looking at the actions of school officials, including the coaches.

    He said they had a duty under state law to report child abuse if they knew about it.