Local News

  • Woman turns trash to cash

    Corilia Ortega learned about conservation from her parents at an early age growing up in northern New Mexico and is now on a mission to bring that awareness to her peers and help others in a distant land at the same time.

    Ortega has traveled to Nicaragua the last couple of years with a group from Highlands University for a Spanish language immersion program at Casa Xalteva, a school for international students that doubles as an orphanage.

  • Hopefuls seek posts as Luna trustees

    Two of three incumbents whose terms on the Luna Community College Board of Trustees are up for election in March are running again.

    In the Las Vegas-based District 2, incumbent Tony Valdez, a district attorney’s office detective who was appointed by the other trustees to fill an unexpected vacancy a couple of years ago, is facing Marsha Archuleta and Tommy Ortiz.

    In the Santa Rosa-based District 4, incumbent Kenneth Flores will run against Frankie Tenorio.

    However, in Springer-based District 6, incumbent Don Shaw has chosen not to run for re-election.

  • City responds to Plaza suggestions

    The city plans to take action on recommendations from a citizens advisory committee studying issues related to Plaza events and filmmaking.

    The committee, which presented its recommendations a couple of months ago, had asked the city to provide public restrooms for Plaza Park and a permanent bandstand attached to the gazebo.

    Elmer Martinez, the city’s community development director, told the City Council last week that the city can include those two projects in the annual infrastructure capital improvements plan.

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    Aragon contends the charter is outdated, noting that it was drafted nearly four decades ago as part of the combination of the two Las Vegases.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