Local News

  • City’s CNG station again closed

    The compressed natural gas station near City Hall is closing immediately because of a dispensing unit malfunction.

    “With the high prices of gasoline, CNG provides a great and green energy. Unfortunately, the major malfunction forced us to close the natural gas station,” said Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez. “I am working with our utilities director, George DuFour, to figure out a plan of action.”

    The CNG station was installed in 1994; however, the parts for the station were made in 1992. The estimated cost to repair the station is $30,000.

  • HU, hospital expect belt-tightening

    Officials from the state hospital and Highlands University are expecting state budget cuts to take a toll on their institutions, but they haven’t been handed any specific mandates yet.

    Last week, Gov. Bill Richardson ordered cutbacks in state spending to help offset a projected budget shortfall of more than $200 million. He attributes this problem to the nation’s financial crisis.

    Such reductions could have a big impact on Las Vegas, whose economy is dominated by the state government.

  • Woman is driving force at kitchen

    Some years ago, Carol Durham and her husband, Grover Durham, wanted to find a small community where they could spend time volunteering.

    Enter Las Vegas.

    Carol Durham taught mathematics at Florida Southern College, a small private school in Lakeland. When she retired, she and her husband looked for a small community where they could make a difference. So seven years ago, the Durhams packed up their belongings and moved to their new home in Las Vegas.

    Durham has always been active and says part of the joy of living is staying busy helping others.

  • Student's parents sue City Schools

    The parents of a local boy suspended in connection with alleged hazing at a football camp are suing the East school district, alleging it failed to give their son due process.

    Ella Arellano and Paul Armijo, represented by Santa Fe attorney Stephen Aarons, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court earlier this month, claiming that the Las Vegas City Schools violated their son’s civil rights.

    In September, the district placed five Robertson High School football players on one-year suspensions and expelled a sixth one.

  • District strikes rule on jackets

    On a recent day, it was cold, but the Las Vegas City Schools hadn’t lit its boilers yet for the season.

    Nonetheless, some teachers insisted that students stick to the dress code, meaning no jackets worn inside schools.

    That’s a policy the district eliminated this week.

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero told school board members the district was not prepared for the cold weather that hit the city last week.

  • Woman told she's on TSA list

    The elderly mother of a Las Vegas woman said that she was moved from her wheelchair, spread-eagled and physically searched by the Transportation Security Administration in Albuquerque. She says it’s not the first time and that officers searched her dog, too.

    Patricia Anderson, 85, of Everett, Wash., visits her daughter, Cordia Sammeth, every year in Las Vegas. Sammeth drives her mother down to Las Vegas from Washington; Anderson returns home by plane.

  • West shows school spirit

    West Las Vegas High School Principal Gene Parson told a spirited crowd at the 2008 homecoming pep rally that this was one of the most fun-filled and best homecoming weeks he’s seen at the school in many years.

    Student council president Christa Lucero and members Enrique Archuleta, Jessica Blea, Brittani Broman and Jamie Archuleta acted as masters of ceremony overseeing a pep rally that was filled with games, a student versus staff and alumni dance off, and cheerleading and dance team performances.

  • Las Vegan takes on big law firm

    Albuquerque attorney Russ Whitener advertises statewide with the slogan, “Before you accept a quick check, check with me.”

    A Las Vegas family did check with the lawyer, but he failed to do his job, according to a lawsuit filed last week in District Court in Las Vegas.

    Joe Robert Encinias, a former Robertson High School student, is suing the Whitener Law Firm, alleging the firm didn’t have the ability to handle a claim against the Las Vegas City Schools.

  • Montoyas lose in land grant dispute

    The New Mexico Supreme Court has let stand a lower court decision against a family trying to get ownership of land from the Tecolote Land Grant.

    The decision follows a hearing before the full Supreme Court on Oct 14.

  • Officials blame confusion on state mailer

    Some voters are confused about when they can vote early at the San Miguel County clerk’s office — a problem that local officials blame on the secretary of state’s office.

    Additionally, some residents wonder why the clerk’s office can’t be open during the noon lunch hour. After hearing the complaints, the clerk’s office decided this week to keep the office open during lunch in the days leading up to the Nov. 4 general election.