Local News

  • Madrid praises West leader

    City Councilman Morris Madrid told the West Las Vegas School board at a recent meeting, “If it’s not broken, it doesn’t need to be fixed.”

    Madrid said he was speaking as a parent as he praised Superintendent Jim Abreu and school board members.

  • Mistrial declared in drug case

    Gilberto Reyes, who has spent 14 months in the San Miguel County jail, will be behind bars for longer.

    On Tuesday, a six-man, six-woman jury failed to return a verdict in the case involving Reyes, who is accused of distribution of marijuana.

    After more than three hours of deliberations, the foreman of the Mora County jury reported to District Judge Eugenio Mathis that he doubted that the panel would come to any agreement even if they were given more time to deliberate.

  • Ex baseball player on trial

    No one disagrees that the state police found 420 pounds of marijuana in a truck driven by Gilberto Reyes in December 2007.

    But the defense and the state part ways when it comes to whether Reyes, a Dominican Republic native, knew about the drugs.

    Monday was the first day of Reyes’ jury trial in state District Court for a charge of distribution of drugs.

    Reyes is a former professional baseball player who has been in the San Miguel County jail for 14 months awaiting trial. He couldn’t make bail.

  • 100 more jobs in Las Vegas projected

    Las Vegas’ main economic development organization is projecting that the community will see nearly 100 new jobs this year.

    The Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation presented its quarterly report to the City Council last week.

    According to the report, the Results-Las Vegas call center is expected to hire 50 to 75 more people this year. In 2008, its first year in business in Las Vegas, the center hired more than 170 employees.

  • Program offered to West Students

    The West Las Vegas district is once again making available a summer program to younger students. It runs from July to August.

    The Kindergarten to 3 Plus Program is in its second year. The purpose of the K-3 Plus Program is to provide students entering kindergarten, first grade, second grade and third grade a head start on the regular school year by giving them 25 additional days of instruction in reading, math and other subject areas.

  • Campos silent on partnership bill

    State Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, last year announced that he would support a domestic partnerships bill.

    Now it’s uncertain whether he will stick to that position.

    In an interview with the New Mexico Independent last week, Campos wouldn’t say how he would stand on domestic partnerships, which would extend many of the rights of married couples to same-sex and opposite-sex couples.

    Campos hasn’t returned the Optic’s calls on the issue over the last week.

  • West seeks another championship

    The West Las Vegas Honors Choir is on its way to to the capital city this week to defend its state title.

    It is never an east thing to try to hold on to the blue trophy, but Las Vegas’ pride, the “Voices of Angels,” as they’ve been called, will sing John Rutter’s “Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind,” Henry Purcell’s “Sound the Trumpet” and “O’Magnum Mysterium” by Morten Lauridsen.

  • Acequias seeking pact with city

    Members of local acequias are encouraging the city government to reach a short-term water-sharing agreement for the Gallinas River — at the very least.

    After that, they said they want a long-term deal with the city and the Storrie Project Water Users Association.

    William Gonzales, an acequia leader, said at last week’s City Council meeting that he applauded the city’s efforts to negotiate a long-term water-sharing agreement. But he said acequias want the short-term agreement in preparation for this year’s irrigation season.

  • Council forms charter panel

    The City Council has formed a panel to make recommendations for changes to the city’s charter, which was drafted nearly four decades ago.

    The Charter Commission will be asked to review such issues as term limits, instant runoff elections, mayor and council salaries, random drug testing, campaign finance reports and residency requirements.

    Each council member nominated a member to the commission, as did the municipal judge. Mayor Tony Marquez got to pick two members to the panel. All were approved unanimously by the council.

  • Official: Morale bad at City Hall

    City Councilwoman Diane Moore said last week that she is concerned about the morale of city employees.

    At a council meeting, she said employees have told her the city government is the worst they’ve seen it. She said employees are beginning to get paranoid about their job security.

    As such, she said it’s important to recognize the work of city employees, possibly advertising their accomplishments in a newsletter.