Local News

  • Two announce runs for commission

    Two area residents have announced their candidacies for the County Commission in this year’s Democratic primary.

    Rancher Eloy Gonzales, 70, plans to run for the District 2 seat on the five-member commission. That district covers much of the western part of the county, including Pecos and San Juan.

    Hugh Ley represents District 2 currently, but he is not allowed to run for a third consecutive term.

  • District outlines search for leader

    The Las Vegas City Schools board on Monday set the parameters for picking a new superintendent who would replace Pete Campos, who was hired to become Luna Community College’s next president.

    Board President Elaine Luna said it’s essential to start the process in a timely manner “because before we know it, the time will be here and we’ll have to make that transition.”

    She said Campos would be an active participant during the planning process.

  • Commissioners get own chambers

    The San Miguel County Commission has been meeting in the West Las Vegas school board meeting room for the last couple of years. For years before that, the commissioners met in other places.

    Now, they have a home.

    The commissioners held their first regular meeting inside their new chambers in the former courtroom at the old courthouse.

  • Review of Taser rules urged

    The Las Vegas Police Department should consider changes to its policy regulating the use of high-voltage stun guns, an advisory panel member urged this week.

    However, the police chief contended the policy in place is a good one.

    Pat Leahan, co-chairwoman of the city’s public safety advisory committee, noted that Raton police officers fired their Tasers 23 times in a case in which a man died as the officers were trying to subdue him in January.

  • WIPP truck veers off road near Vegas

    A truck carrying defense radioactive waste headed to the Waste Isolate Pilot Plant near Carlsbad veered off the road near Las Vegas early Tuesday evening.

    The southbound truck carrying three loaded containers went off Interstate 25 near the Airport Road exit around 5 p.m. The truck was coming from Idaho.

    The truck stayed upright, and there was no damage. State police said no hazardous materials were released and that the driver claimed he had become ill and passed out. A radiation survey was conducted, and nothing was detected, officials said.

  • Treasurer to run for another term

    Democratic San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz has announced that he will seek another term in that office.

    The deadline for filing is Tuesday.

    Ortiz has been in a number of elective offices, having served on the Las Vegas City Council 12 years, from 1970 to 1972, 1974 to 1978 and from 1994 to 2000. In addition, Ortiz is a former West Las Vegas school board member, also having served a term as its chairman; and he served a term as chairman of the San Miguel County Democratic Party.

  • Three arrested on drug charges

    Three Mora County residents were arrested in an operation over the weekend, an official said.

    Mora County Sheriff Roy Cordova said the arrests occurred after a year-long investigation involving both the Sheriff’s Department and the Region 4 Narcotics Task Force, which involves area law enforcement agencies.

    Arrested were Edward Gallegos, 22; Gabriela Garcia, 21; and Kathy Montoya, in her 40s or 50s, Cordova said.

    Gallegos was charged with trafficking and Garcia and Montoya with serving as accessories, the sheriff said.

  • City places advisory panels on hold

    The city of Las Vegas has put its advisory committees on hold until further notice.

    Interim City Manager Elmer Martinez has sent that order in an e-mail to city department heads. Already scheduled meetings can proceed through the end of this week.

    On Monday, members of the city’s public safety advisory committee were told about the city manager’s order.

    Police Chief Gary Gold urged committee members to submit letters to the city manager’s office if they wanted to continue serving on the public safety committee.

  • Sandoval runs for district judge

    City Attorney Matt Sandoval announced Monday that he is running for district judge.

    Sandoval, a former district attorney, said he is leaving his job at City Hall by week’s end. He said the Hatch Act would prevent him from engaging in a partisan campaign; that law applies to the federal government and entities that receive federal funds such as the city of Las Vegas.

    The only other candidate to have announced so far is District Judge Gerald Baca, who was appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson to the newly created judgeship last year. Both are running as Democrats.

  • Man's car looks like police unit

    Jessie Vigil drives in a car marked “police.” The vehicle is painted black and white. On the top is what appears to be red and blue emergency lights.

    But Vigil is not a police officer.

    His pseudo police car has local law enforcement agencies concerned, but so far, he has not been found guilty of any crime.

    Last summer, Vigil started decorating a 2007 Mustang to look like the police car in the “Transformers” movie. He did it for his 7-year-old son, Thomas, who loves the movie.