Local News

  • County touts benefits of path; some residents disagree

    Some residents touted the health benefits of a path for pedestrians and bicyclists along Cinder Road. Others called it a waste of money and questioned whether it would impede community irrigation ditches.

    San Miguel County held its third public hearing last week on the proposed 1.5-mile path that it hopes to begin building soon.

    The path is part of a long-term plan to link the city’s riverwalk, which the county hopes to eventually extend all the way to the United World College in Montezuma.

  • State plans to measure water use

    New measuring stations on the Gallinas River should give the state a better handle on how much water acequias are using, officials say.

    It’s been a slow process, but the state engineer’s office has entered agreements with 11 of 12 area Las Vegas-area acequias — community ditch organizations — to allow the installation of state-funded measuring stations to tabulate water use.

  • East board closes the doors

    During a special noontime meeting of the Las Vegas City Schools board, members quickly called for a vote to go behind closed doors. The only item on the agenda was limited personnel matters relating to the superintendent and school matters.

    After about an hour, board members returned to public session and board President Phillip Vigil an-nounced that no action was taken, and the meeting was adjourned. None of the members would talk to the Optic about what was discussed.

  • Several mull running for Vegas mayor

    It’s 11 months away, but a few local residents are thinking about running for mayor in next year’s municipal election.

    May-or Tony Marquez, who was elected last March, hasn’t revealed whether he would run for a second two-year term.

    Two City Council members are considering runs for mayor.

    “I’m thinking about it. I haven’t made up my mind,” Councilman Andrew Feldman said.

  • Three credited with saving officer’s life

    Las Vegas police Officer Clarence Romero is alive today, and he knows whom to thank for that.

    On Jan. 27, Romero had just ended his shift and arrived at the city recreation center around 6:30 a.m. to begin his workout, playing a few games of racquetball. Shortly after playing, he walked into the fitness room, where he collapsed.

    Debbie Martinez, a local registered nurse and a regular at the center, came to the rescue. She determined that Romero had no pulse and used the center’s automated external defibrillator, a device that is used to revive people.

  • Audit may mean relaxed controls

    A good audit for the West Las Vegas school district is expected to help the district convince the state to relax its heightened controls, which have been in place for more than two years, officials said.

    West Las Vegas Schools business manager Doug Hendrickson distributed the 2007-08 audit opinion and findings to school board members. He said it would be an action item for the next meeting.

  • Case dismissed; feds hold man

    Gilberto Reyes, who stayed in the local jail for 15 months because of a drug distribution charge, has been released. And the district attorney has dismissed the case against him.

    But that doesn’t mean Reyes is a free man.

    The Dominican Republic native was quickly transferred to a federal holding facility in El Paso. That’s because his visa had lapsed while he was in the local lockup.

  • Political parties to meet

    The two local political parties are planning meetings for Saturday.

    The San Miguel County Democratic Party will hold its convention at 2 p.m. Saturday at West Las Vegas Middle School, while the Republicans will meet at 10 a.m. at Spic and Span restaurant.

  • Little League coach upset with city’s dumping of snow

    Michael Romero coaches a team that practices on a baseball field behind his shop on South Commerce Street.

    But he says the kids may not be able to practice on the city-owned land for at least a week.

    That’s because the city dumped a lot of snow on the baseball field, which will make the field too muddy to play on for awhile, said Romero, owner of Michael’s Precision Automotive. Romero said the city could have dumped the snow on other portions of the tract of city land without affecting the baseball field.

  • Loehr called Aragon ‘faux friend of poor’

    The Catholic archbishop and top New Mexico politicians asked a federal judge for leniency in sentencing longtime state Senate leader Manny Aragon.

    Former Highlands University Regent John Loehr, however, urged just the opposite for Aragon, who is a former Highlands president.