Local News

  • 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.

  • Denish to visit Las Vegas

    Lt. Governor Diane D. Denish will meet with community members and leaders in Taos, Mora, Colfax, and San Miguel Counties. She will be meeting with community leaders and citizens about their ideas to improve state government and to address community needs and issues.

  • Marquez helps Obama

    A few months ago, Las Vegas’ Republican mayor, Tony Marquez, endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president.

    On Tuesday, the Obama campaign enlisted Marquez to join New Mexico Lt. Gov. Diane Denish on a conference call with New Mexico reporters to criticize automated calls from Republican John McCain’s presidential campaign.

    The mayor reported that he has received negative automated calls from McCain’s campaign but that he had hung up.

  • Local court is pilot for new state computer system

    The local District Court is the pilot for a new judicial case management system.

    The Fourth Judicial District Court, comprised of San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe Counties, was recently designated as the first site for the software.

    Odyssey, which replaces their older, less robust case management system, is produced by Tyler Technologies, a Texas-based software company, and is scheduled for statewide implementation beginning in November, according to a press release.