Local News

  • New District 4 engineer discusses job, dwindling resources

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    State Department of Transportation District 4 Engineer Jimmy Camp is used to the complaint: highway crews aren’t doing the amount of maintenance that they used to.

    He doesn’t disagree.

    “We’re just spread thinner,” said Camp, who took over as this area’s district engineer less than three months ago.  He replaces Paul Gray, who held the post for about eight years.

  • Deficit threatens ambulance service

    By Ruth Fort
    For the Optic

    MORA — The agency that provides ambulance service here is asking for Mora County’s help to reduce a $447,000 deficit, saying it can’t continue to operate with the continual losses.

    Mora Valley Community Health Services Director Jay Ruybalid  and the staff of the MVCHS went before county commissioners last week.

    Ruybalid told commissioners they could not continue operating with a continual loss. Agency officials said the deficit has built up over the last nine years.

  • Democratic Party chair Gonzales calls for PRC member Block to resign

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — State Democratic Party chairman Javier Gonzales called Friday for the resignation of Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. because of allegations of misuse of taxpayer money.

    The party leader’s comments came after the state Court of Appeals this week reinstated charges against Block for alleged misuse of campaign money from his 2008 race and the state auditor said he is looking into potential abuse of a state-issued gasoline card by Block.

  • Looking Back - August 8, 2011

    In 1911

    Friday, Aug. 4 — In an heroic effort to save Miss Engenio Delgado from injury when her horse ran away with her early yesterday evening, Lino Romero was thrown to the ground and so severely injured that he was compelled to remain in his bed today. Romero suffered injuries to his leg and shoulder. Miss Delgado escaped unhurt. The accident occurred in front of the office of W.E. Gortner on the extreme northeast corner of the Plaza...

  • Looking Ahead - News August 8, 2011

    County Commission meeting is Tuesday

    The San Miguel County Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 9, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the San Miguel County Commission chambers.

  • Weather - August 8, 2011

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming calm. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 55. North wind 5 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming west. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.  A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.

  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas is in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • Suit filed over hotel venture

    A prominent Las Vegas couple is suing Community 1st Bank alleging that the bank’s unfulfilled promise to provide financing for their hotel projects crippled the business ventures and cost them more than $124,000.

    Matias Martinez, his wife, Francille Consuelo Martinez, and one of their company’s, Meadow City Hotel Group, LLC, filed the suit on May 19.

    The suit stems from the Martinezes failed plans to build a hotel — initially a Holiday Inn Express and later a Hampton Inn — on vacant land they own in Las Vegas.

  • Charges against Block reinstated

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The state Court of Appeals on Tuesday reinstated criminal charges against Public Regulation Commission member Jerome Block Jr. for alleged misuse of public campaign funds in 2008.

    The court also reinstated charges against Block’s father, Jerome Block Sr., who is a former member of the regulatory agency.

  • Out with the old ...... In with the new

    Two highly visible construction projects are moving along in Las Vegas — one to build another Allsup’s gas station convenience store, the other to replace the old McDonald’s restaurant.
    Allsup’s is clearing out most of the triangular block between Seventh Street, Grand and Lincoln avenues to make room for its new “state-of-the-art” store. As a result, the old Voda building, which started out in the late 1800s as a carriage shop, was torn down Tuesday. Allsup’s hopes to have its new store up and running this fall.