Local News

  • City may create charter panel

    For months, Las Vegas resident Alex Aragon has been pleading with the City Council to form a commission to review and suggest changes to the city’s charter, which serves as Las Vegas’ constitution.

    Aragon contends the charter is outdated, noting that it was drafted nearly four decades ago as part of the combination of the two Las Vegases.

  • Woman says fianc had seatbelt on

    The fiancée of a man who died after a car accident on Sunday says she wants all the facts to come in before it is determined he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

    Andalicia Casaus, the fiancée of Daniel Garcia Jr., 22, said her fiancé always wore a seatbelt and that she wanted state police to complete their investigation before any conclusions are made.

    State police said earlier this week that Garcia wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and that the victim was ejected from the car.

  • Blaze destroys two mobile homes

    A fire destroyed two mobile homes on Sheridan Road on Monday night, officials said.

    San Miguel County Fire Marshal Russell Pacheco said the owners of the homes were remodeling them. He said they built a fire in a wood stove and then left to a nearby house, where they were staying.

    The fire happened around 7 p.m about two miles south of the KOA Campground on Sheridan Road.

    “The wood stove caught the house on fire. No one was living in the mobile homes,” Pacheco said.

    He said the home was owned by a members of the Urioste family.

  • Officials eye use of Tasers at jail

    Some members of the County Commission expressed concern on Wednesday about using a type of stun gun at the county jail, but they decided to let two jail officials get training on how to use the weapons.

    As it stands, the jail uses pepper spray on inmates who get out of control. They have to call in city or state police when pepper spray doesn’t work, and those agencies use Tasers, weapons that deliver electric shocks to immobilize people.

  • City to get county help

    With many of its top positions still vacant, the city says it will be receiving some help from county officials in the coming weeks, Mayor Tony Marquez says.

    At last week’s City Council meeting, Marquez said County Manager Les Montoya has offered to help the city by volunteering his expertise on such matters as the budget. He said the council and staff should feel free to contact members of the county administration.

  • Man gets 10 years for bar murder

    A man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing another man at a bar in 2007.

    Michael Esquibel, 28, of San Juan Pueblo, N.M., was originally charged with an open count of murder in the death of Manuel Ramirez Rodriguez, a Mexican citizen, on Oct. 7, 2007, at Artie’s Place, a bar at the Inn of Las Vegas.

    However, as part of a plea agreement, Esquibel pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to the district attorney’s office.

  • Man dies on icy portion of I-25

    A Las Vegas man died in an accident after the car he was riding in rolled over on Interstate 25 Sunday morning, state police said.

    Daniel Garcia Jr., 22, of El Llano Road, was a passenger in the car, police said. He wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

    The driver, Adam Ortiz, 22, of Catalina Court, declined to go to the hospital and was able to walk away, said state police Lt. Craig Martin.

  • Candidates can file for Luna posts

    Wednesday is filing day for candidates for the Luna Community College Board of Trustees for the March 3 election. The hours for filing are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    The seats up for election are those held by Kenneth Flores in the Santa Rosa-based District 4, Don Shaw in the Springer-based District 6 and Tony Valdez in the Las Vegas-based District 2. The board consists of seven trustees.

    In the last election, incumbents won all the seats up for election.

  • Highlands seeks to take over college

    Highlands University took its first official step toward taking over the College of Santa Fe — a major expansion for the local four-year institution.

    The acquisition is contingent upon the approval of the state Legislature and the state Board of Finance, among other agencies.

    After an hourlong closed session, Highlands’ Board of Regents voted 3-0 in favor of a letter of intent, which gives the university a 120-day window to buy the financially struggling Santa Fe school.

  • Filmmaking forum set for Wednesday

    The Las Vegas Film Advisory Council is reviewing the city’s ordinance on filmmaking. The group is inviting the public to a forum with Lisa Strout, director of the New Mexico Film Office. The event, called the “Reel Deal,” is planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday at Highlands University’s Leveo Sanchez lecture hall.

    “This will provide a forum to better understanding and address issues related to filming,” said Elmer Martinez, the city’s community development director.