Local News

  • City gets money for Alamo St.

    The city of Las Vegas last week received $400,000 in federal grants for the second phase of the Alamo Street roadway and drainage improvements project, city officials reported.

    The city will provide a match of $125,000. Alamo Street is on the city’s southwest side.

  • County looking to ban wolves

    Federal officials may be considering expanding their wolf reintroduction program to other parts of the state, but it looks as if San Miguel County won’t be putting down any welcome mat.

    The County Commission last week took the first step to amend the county’s wild animals ordinance to include banning wolves. Currently, the ordinance just prohibits wolf hybrids.

    Rancher Andres Aragon of the Northern New Mexico Stockmen’s Association said his group would back a change to the ordinance to protect the livestock industry..

  • Vegas man accused of selling pot

    Authorities arrested a Las Vegas man after he apparently tried to sell marijuana at Carnegie Library Park, officials said.

    Ramon L. Flores, 22, 1025 Keen St., was charged with distribution of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    According to court documents, a confidential informant told agents from the Region 4 Narcotics Task Force that Flores was planning to sell a quarter pound of marijuana to a man around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

  • District agrees to reveal names

    The Las Vegas City School board voted last week to release the names of those applying for the superintendent’s job by Tuesday.

    Board president Elaine Luna said, “In maintaining our transparency, I believe it’s very important that we as a group come together during a board meeting to have a discussion regarding the release of information.”

  • City seeks committee changes

    Mayor Tony Marquez told the City Council he wanted to eliminate unnecessary city committees and reduce the membership of advisory panels to five each.

    The council generally agreed to merge the Rifle Range Committee into the Public Safety Committee, and they called for eliminating the city’s Downtown Revitalization Committee, noting that the Economic Development Corporation already has a similar panel.

  • Officials talk about challenges

    Many of the city’s department directors called for higher wages for their employees and pushed for consistent pay plans during a City Council meeting Saturday.

    In a daylong “informational retreat,” the council gave department directors time to talk about issues in their departments. It was a rare chance for the officials to explain their challenges to the full council — the first such opportunity in at least three years.

  • City to look at Highlands dorm plan

    A city panel is expected to take another look at Highlands University’s plans for a three-story residence hall, a project that would close Washington Avenue.

    Last week, the city Planning and Zoning Commission delayed making a decision on the plan for the 100,000-square-foot hall, which would take up two acres. Members said they wanted more study of the traffic impact, among other issues.

  • Backhoe stolen near sheriff's office

    A front-end loader belonging to Mora County was stolen from next to the Mora County sheriff’s office, said Peter Martinez, a Mora County commissioner.

    The theft is believed to have occurred between 11 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. The front-end loader is a model 420D Caterpillar 4x4 backhoe with roughly 1,000 hours of use.

    “It’s disheartening that the thieves thought they were stealing from the county,” Martinez said, “because that was bought with taxpayer dollars. They were stealing from themselves.”

  • Las Vegas evaluated

    A team of outside experts evaluated Las Vegas’ offerings, and they found that its people, history and natural beauty are assets.

    But they also made recommendations on Thursday for improving Las Vegas’ downtown areas.

    The three-day evaluation was part of the state’s recent designation of the Meadow City’s downtown areas as an Arts and Cultural District.

  • Official criticizes past decisions

    The city’s top water official says he believes the city may have wasted millions in federal dollars by drilling another well at Taylor Wells. And he plans to get an independent entity to examine the project.

    George DuFour, the city’s utilities director, criticized past city management for its focus on the new well at Taylor Wells, which cost $4 million in federal money. He said the city should seriously consider a rancher’s offer to lease wells in the area of Taylor Wells southwest of Las Vegas.