Local News

  • Utility seeks to settle with candidate

    An electric utility serving northeastern New Mexico wants to settle a lawsuit by holding another election for a seat on its board of trustees.

    Recently, the board for the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative voted to hold another election within three months. That would be in exchange for Clayton’s dropping of a lawsuit he filed to challenge the District 4 election in May.

    In that election, Dan Romero took 34 votes in the San Juan-based district to Clayton’s 33.

  • Council wants to meet with federal housing official

    Floyd Duran, the top federal housing official in New Mexico, has a lot of say-so over Las Vegas’ housing authority.

    But the City Council as a body hasn’t heard from the Housing and Urban Development Department official directly. Council members often find about what he says second- or third-hand. And he won’t take questions from the media, referring inquiries to a HUD public relations official in Texas.

  • Teacher recognized nationally

    Robertson High School agricultural education teacher Gary Leger has led his students to state and national achievements.

    Now he has been recognized as one of the top five agricultural educators in the nation. That’s out of more than 10,000.

    “When you have a district and a community that are so supportive and when you have the best kids in the world, it’s easy to look good,” Leger said.

  • Las Vegas gets new ambulance service starting today

    Starting today, Las Vegas residents will have a new ambulance provider, with assurances in its contract for better service.

    The City Council this week approved a contract with Albuquerque-based Superior Ambulance, replacing the longtime local provider, Santa Fe-based Rocky Mountain EMS.

    In May, the council selected Superior based on a committee’s recommendation, but the city and Superior still had to negotiate a contract.

  • A speeding sheriff

    Guadalupe County Sheriff Robert Chavez was in an awful hurry last weekend.

    He took the trip on N.M. Highway 518 from Mora to Las Vegas. He passed an Optic reporter’s car just south of Mora and proceeded to go at least 85 mph last Saturday afternoon.

    No emergency lights. No sirens.

  • Offender now living in Las Vegas

    A plea agreement three months ago required that convicted sex offender Clifford Gutierrez move to Bernalillo or Sandoval counties.

    Last week, however, a judge gave the state Corrections Department the power to place the 34-year-old anywhere in the state. That includes Mora, where Gutierrez committed most of his sex crimes, although those involved say that’s unlikely to happen.

    These days, Gutierrez lives in the Camp Luna neighborhood just north of Las Vegas. He is registered as a sex offender at an address in that area.

  • Police seeking witnesses

    Las Vegas police are seeking any witnesses to the accident last Friday that killed Antonia Bernal, 59, of Springer.

    Authorities charged Nico Barela, 18, of Las Vegas with vehicular homicide and failure to render aid. He is accused of leaving the site of the accident after he hit Bernal and Steven J. Duran, who were on a motorcycle.

    The accident occurred at Baca and Grand avenues.

    Investigator Kenneth Jenkins said he wants to talk with anyone who saw the accident, particularly a couple of drivers who were believed to be in the area.

  • Budget OK'd, despite concerns

    Some City Council members on Wednesday acknowledged they had problems with the city’s proposed budget, but they unanimously approved the document to meet a state deadline.

    In so doing, they requested a work session within the next month to discuss their issues with the budget for this fiscal year, which began July 1.

    Just last week, a council majority rejected a first draft of the proposed budget because its drafters had revised the revenue without changing the cash balances and expenses.

  • Company plans call center in Las Vegas

    A customer service telecommunications center is taking over a Las Vegas building that housed another call center until it left late last year.

    Results Las Vegas, owned by Nevada-based Paramount Multi Services LLC, will have job applications and information available at an event Monday on the Highlands University campus welcoming the company. The center will be in the same complex where Alco discount store it.

    The company expects to be in operation by mid-September. Officials said it will bring 150 jobs.

  • Project plagued with rain delays

    EL PUEBLO — The West Las Vegas board is looking at nearly $30,000 in change orders for the high school track and football field project.

    Architect Antonio Ortega told the West Las Vegas school board, meeting at Valley School last week, that there are three change orders in construction work that need the board’s attention.

    Ortega said Mother Nature was holding up progress on construction of the sports complex. He said rainy weather was playing havoc with the work schedule and causing other problems. The first phase is estimated to cost $1.1 million.