Local News

  • Plaza Park to be event central

    The third annual Rough Rider Motorcycle rally begins today, as bikers from around the area converge on the Plaza.

    The rally kicked off this morning with a blood drive at the Railroad Depot. Members of the Las Vegas community as well as visitors to town were invited to donate blood in the spirit of the original Rough Riders’ camaraderie.

    Plaza Park will be event central, with 30 vendors offering fun fair-type foods as well as booths selling motorcycle-related goods such as leathers, sunglasses, and bling, organizers said.

  • District studying policy for fundraising

    The Las Vegas City Schools board tabled action on a protocol for students at risk and a new fundraising policy, so the new administration would have time to study the issues before decisions are made.

  • Luna director back at work

    Luna Community College’s vocational education director has returned to work after being placed on paid administrative leave.

    College officials confirmed this week they put Dan Romero on leave because they discovered that he failed to hold a scheduled class in Wagon Mound.

    He was slated to start holding a furniture and cabinet-making class on June 7 at Wagon Mound High School, but officials said he didn’t show up at the first class and never told his supervisors about it.

  • Mayor creates two panels

    Mayor Tony Marquez has appointed members to two new mayoral task forces — one for the Old Town Plaza and the other for recreation.

    Marquez said in a news release that in an effort to continue cultural festivities and promote economic activity in Plaza area, he has appointed a task force made up of a cross section of business owners and group leaders of the Plaza, the film industry, the Fiestas organizers and the Rough Riders Rally.

  • Program pushing for rides to bars

    Wendy Armijo, San Miguel County’s DWI coordinator, is not giving up on an idea that has been rejected before.

    Last year, the San Miguel County Commission turned down her proposal to provide free rides to liquor establishments as part of the county’s Safe Ride program. The commission, however, agreed to fund such rides from bars to home.

  • It's GAIN, with pocketbook pain

    You used to hike at McAllister Lake for free. Now it will cost you.

    The state Game and Fish Department is calling it “GAIN.”

    Under GAIN — which stands for Gaining Access Into Nature — a number of popular areas for fishing, hunting and recreation have been designated as wildlife management areas.

    According to Game and Fish’s brochure on the topic, this opens these areas to new activities such as wildlife viewing, wildlife photography, opportunities accessible by hiking, bicycling, skiing, snowshoeing and horseback riding.

  • Golf course much improved

    Motorists driving down Mills Avenue don’t get the sense of how much Highlands University’s golf course has improved, as work is just about complete and gates open for duffers in early August.

  • County takes step toward liens

    The San Miguel County Commission has taken another step toward revising its solid waste ordinance to slap liens on properties in which trash bills are unpaid.

    At this week’s meeting, the commission unanimously voted for the ordinance to be published in the newspaper, a required step before voting on it.

    The ordinance also would increase fines for illegal dumping from a maximum of $300 to $1,000.

  • District leader's wife gets waiver

    The Las Vegas City Schools board was asked to do something it hadn’t done in a while — get involved in the hiring of a district employee.

    Superintendent Rick Romero asked the board to consider granting a waiver to his wife, Eloisa, for a teaching position at Paul D. Henry Elementary School.

  • Men accused in explosion

    Two Las Vegas men were arrested early Tuesday morning after police were called to investigate an explosion at the Dairy Queen at 2408 Seventh St.

    Chad Zamora, 21, 2028 Mark Drive, and Matthew Almanzar, 19, 870 Castle View Drive, were each charged with the dangerous use of explosives and criminal damage to property.