Local News

  • 2 nabbed, drugs seized in raid

    History does repeat itself — at least in Anton Chico.

    Back in 1935, authorities seized about a ton of marijuana, consisting of 1,600 plants. And officials proudly announced that they had shut off one of the biggest sources in the state.

    Was that really the end for marijuana cultivation in Anton Chico? Hardly.

    Last Friday, police agencies executed a warrant on a property in Tecolotito in the Anton Chico area. Thirty-five officers converged on the property and found 160 marijuana plants and a large amount of cocaine, according to a news release.

  • City takes care of temporary trip hazard on Bridge

    The city has corrected a trip hazard on Bridge Street after a woman fell.

    On Monday morning, Shela Silverman, director of the Mental Health Association of New Mexico, which is on Bridge, stooped to put a leash on her dog, but as she proceeded to walk, she tripped on loose wires — one of which was in a loop — protruding from the sidewalk near her office. She fell down and hurt her knees and scraped her hands.

  • Police union upset with city

    Members of the Las Vegas police officers union say they’re unhappy that they’re not getting any response from city officials about a proposed pay plan.

    A top city official says she wants to get this fiscal year’s budget approved before making any decisions on salaries.

    A month ago, the Las Vegas Police Officers Association and the city reached an impasse in negotiations and a mediator was brought in, but no progress has been made yet, union members say.

    The union’s contract expired June 30.

  • New faces on the Plaza

    The old Tortilla Cone on the Plaza is no more. There are fresh faces, new food and a new name — Plaza Burgers.

    But Jonas and Geraldine Baca, formerly proprietors of the Tortilla Cone, are still feeding locals with their New Mexico fare. They have just gone mobile in their new catering truck, under their new business name, The Burrito Chef.

    “We got out of the restaurant business because of the long hours” Jonas said. “Fourteen and 15-hour days were just burning us out.”

  • Official has concerns with budget

    Las Vegas City Councilman Morris Madrid fears the state won’t get past the third page of the city’s proposed budget before it orders local officials to go back to the drawing boards.

    That third page contains the revenue projections, and Madrid, a former city finance director and city manager, is pointing to what he calls major problems in the city’s estimates.

  • Vegas men accused in home invasion

    Two men are accused of invading a home on Mora Street, beating up a man and then taking his wallet.

    Nicholas Leyba, 21, 776 Dalbey Drive, and Michael Zaldivar, 22, 2515 New Mexico Ave., are charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated battery, robbery, conspiracy, false imprisonment and tampering with evidence.

    According to Magistrate Court documents, the alleged victim heard someone knocking at his door around 12:30 a.m. last Tuesday in the 300 block of Mora Street. He opened it and recognized Leyba and Zaldivar.

  • Fiesta a Valley tradition

    The Fiesta de Santiago in Villanueva seems more like a family gathering as residents open their doors to welcome old friends and visitors to the annual celebration honoring St. James.

    Saturday’s fiestas began with a morning horse ride from El Pueblo to Villanueva, winding through the scenic valley with a statue of St. James leading the way. Mariachis follow the men and women on horseback as they make their way to Our Lady of Guadalupe church for a mass that opens the festivities.

  • Mayor says city made a mistake

    Mayor Tony Marquez named members to an advisory panel that makes recommendations on how to spend lodgers taxes, just days after it became apparent that the city may have violated its own ordinance.

    The City Council recently approved a $192,000 contract for the Chamber of Commerce to provide services to tourists. But the council did so without seeking recommendations from the Lodgers Tax Board, which the mayor disbanded along with all other committees shortly after taking office in March.

  • Mora fills up with its fiesta; teen named queen

    MORA — It’s not a place that’s used to traffic jams.

    But during the annual Mora Fiesta over the weekend, motorists slowed to a crawl as they entered the community. Many residents were camped out in the back of their pickups or sitting back in their lawn chairs, watching the passing cars for anyone they knew. Many ventured about to try the tasty treats offered by various vendors.

  • Council rejects draft budget

    For days, City Manager Sharon Caballero and others at City Hall pored over every line item of the city’s proposed budget, worked the numbers and projected revenue for the next year.

    They even put up a “War Room” sign on the door outside the office that became budget central.

    On Friday night, the City Council unanimously rejected the budget. So it’s back to the drawing boards for city officials and the Albuquerque-based accounting firm the city hired to help with the effort.