Local News

  • Highlands regents chairman leaving to NMSU

    In 1882, Fred Harvey, the owner of the now-defunct chain of Harvey Houses, dedicated a restaurant at the Montezuma Castle before a crowd of 400 people.

    The restaurant has long since closed, the building now being occupied by the United World College.

  • City set to finish Legion

    The Legion Drive project was delayed by a week recently because the contractor didn’t use materials that met state standards, officials said last week.


    City Manager Sharon Caballero said the city’s public works department discovered a deficiency in the base course. Because of the problem, she said the contractor couldn’t wet down the surface, which residents have requested to prevent dust problems.


    She expects the project to be completed this week.


  • Officials embarrassed about parks

    The report on city parks was damning: Bungee cords holding bleachers together. No trash cans in sight. A makeshift dump.

    Last week, a task force assigned to provide recommendations for the city’s parks and recreation center didn’t have much good to say.

    The City Council’s reaction: It’s embarrassing.

    In the summer, Mayor Tony Marquez appointed a seven-member task force to examine the city’s parks and recreation center.

  • Lions have new charitable mission

    The Greater Las Vegas Lions Club has a new charitable mission to fund this year with proceeds from its annual Holiday Pecan Sale — the KidSight program in area Head Start, day care and primary grades.

    With its new iSight computerized digital screening camera, the local club will join a statewide Lions program to screen all children between 3 and 8 for early detection of vision problems that can interfere with learning and even become lifelong problems if left untreated.

  • Grand project concerns council

    Two City Council members last week said they didn’t want planned improvements to Grand Avenue to push more truck traffic to New Mexico Avenue.

    Meanwhile, the city manager backed off on a request to the state Department of Transportation to use an outside firm to help design the project. Her letter to the agency didn’t sit well with the mayor.

  • City takes away phones, cars

    Mayor Tony Marquez last month asked the city administration to reduce the number of take-home cars and city-issued cell phones.

    This week, City Manager Sharon Caballero presented a plan on how the city could achieve that goal.

    However, one official said he wasn’t notified about the city’s decisions before they were announced. He said his office needs a car.

    The city has 41 cell phones — 12 of which are for the Police and Fire departments. Officials agreed that none of the public safety phones should be taken away.

  • Sorority sisters are seeking to mentor local girls

    The area chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters is getting, well, bigger.

    Thirteen members of the local Lambda Kappa Psi sorority at Highlands University currently are enrolling to become Big Sisters with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico.

  • Official: Directive not being followed

    City Councilman Morris Madrid is accusing the city administration of defying a clear council directive.

    When the City Council approved the annual budget on Oct. 1, it also required that the city staff present a budget adjustment request to restore lost funding to the Police and Fire departments. The deadline to get it done was by the very next meeting.

    That directive is clearly reflected in the council’s meeting minutes.

    But four meetings later, City Manager Sharon Caballero has yet to present such a request to the council.

  • Riverwalk cleanup planned

    Residents are encouraged to help with the cleanup of the riverwalk area along the Gallinas River on Saturday.

    The Rio Gallinas Thanksgiving City Cleanup is set to begin at 9 a.m. Volunteers are asked to meet at Bridge Street, where it crosses the river.

    Organizers said trash bags, gloves and tools will be provided. Also furnished will be paint and paint brushes for cleaning up graffiti.

    Lunch will be served to all volunteers.

    Mayor Tony Marquez and other city officials said they would take part in the riverwalk cleanup effort.

  • An annual tradition at El Sombrero

    Come one, come all. That’s the message from El Sombrero Restaurant.

    For the 13th year in a row, the restaurant is holding its annual free Thanksgiving dinner. And the entire community is welcome.

    Helen Rivera, the restaurant’s owner, started the tradition in 1996.

    “I always wanted to do something like this, but I didn’t have a place to do it,” said Rivera, who opened the restaurant more than two decades ago. “We decided to do this for everybody.”