Local News

  • 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.

  • East coming to Vegas

    Dan East, the Republican candidate for Congress, will be visiting Las Vegas Thursday.

    He will meet with voters at Spic and Span from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., then he'll go to the Las Vegas senior center. He'll also visit with members of the business community and take part in radio interviews.

    East is running against Democrat Ben Ray Lujan and Independent Carol Miller. They are vying to succeed Tom Udall, who is running for U.S. Senate.

  • Women don't live at house, voter says

    Kimberly S. Reed-Deemer says just she and her husband, Milton Deemer, live in their house at 406 National Ave. And no one else.

    But according to San Miguel County clerk’s office records, two other people are registered to vote at the house. They are two women — one who apparently still lives in Las Vegas and another who has reportedly moved out of town. Both have the same last name.

    Reed-Deemer filed an affidavit with the county clerk’s office last week about the situation.

  • Mayor: Shutoffs 'not in my nature'

    Mayor Tony Marquez last week promised that it’s “not in my nature” to shut off people’s natural gas during the winter.

    But the mayor stopped short of saying whether the city would observe a state moratorium on winter shutoffs for the poor.

    During a presentation by Utilities Director George DuFour at last week’s City Council meeting, Marquez said, “As far as turnoffs in the dead of winter, I don’t want to do that.”

  • Pro-Obama events planned

    A couple of pro-Barack Obama events are planned for Thursday.

    At 12:30 p.m., supporters of the Democratic presidential candidate will hold an event promoting early voting at the Las Vegas senior center.

    At 3 p.m., U.S. Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., will headline a rally at the Plaza Hotel. She will be joined by Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, State Auditor Hector Balderas and congressional candidate Ben Ray Lujan.