Local News

  • Snow brings spring mushrooms

    The dip between the cut monolith of Hermit’s Peak drips with moisture this time of year, the ground swollen with melted snow, mist clinging to each budding leaf each time clouds gather around the hermit’s cave.

    The mountain feels alive. Pine trees burst skyward with new growth. Tiny yellow and purple flowers dot sunny secret corners protected from the wind by resting rocks. And mushrooms begin to peek from underneath the thick cover of forest floor, mushrooms in strange shapes and colors, some as thin and wide as dinner plates, some sturdy and scalloped.

  • Dorms OK'd; neighbors critical

    Highlands University hasn’t had new dorms since the 1960s. That’s likely to change.

    The Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to allow the closure of Washington Street to make a planned residence hall a reality. That’s the last procedural hurdle for Highlands to clear before construction.

    The council’s decision followed about an hour of criticism from nearby residents, who complained that Highlands failed to involve the public in its planning. A top university official apologized.

  • Police: Man has gun in bar

    Guns aren’t allowed in bars, but that didn’t stop a Las Vegas man last Friday, city police said.

    When police got a call about a disturbance at Joe’s Ringside, an officer dealing with an unruly crowd heard someone pulling the slide back on a gun, according to court documents filed in Magistrate Court.

    The officer turned around and identified the sound as coming from Walter Maes, 20, 1003 Tecolote, documents state. Maes then started walking way, with his hands concealed, officers said.

  • East to interview superintendent finalists

    The Las Vegas City Schools board may select a new superintendent as early as Thursday after holding public interviews with the five finalists for the position. The public is invited to the interviews.

    The finalists are Garrett Bosarge, a middle school principal for the Los Alamos schools; Richard Romero, superintendent of the Questa schools; David Briseo, federal projects administrator for the Clovis schools; Robert Archuleta, superintendent of the Mesa Vista schools; and Barbara Perea Casey, associate superintendent of the City Schools.

  • Resident accused of trafficking

    Authorities arrested a Las Vegas man they suspected of trafficking in crack cocaine. In so doing, they discovered a house that they believed was dangerous for two children.

    The Region 4 Narcotics Task Force got an arrest warrant from state District Court for Joseph A. Montoya, 41, 837 Union St.

    According to court documents, a narcotics agent on April 18 found six rocks of crack cocaine that were wrapped in foil as well as a crack pipe in the suspect’s pants pockets. More crack was found around the Union Street house, officials said.

  • Manager to stay after all

    Less than two weeks ago, Rudy Romero, the manager of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative, looked as if he were leaving the utility.

    Now, that’s all changed. He was in attendance at the cooperative’s monthly meeting this week, and Board of Trustees members said they hadn’t accepted his letter of resignation.

    Two weeks ago, Romero wouldn’t say why he was resigning but that he would issue a statement.

    At the time, Carlos Lovato, chairman of the trustees, said the utility would launch a search for a new manager.

  • Utility board's perk may disappear

    MORA — Customers of an electric cooperative serving rural areas in northeastern New Mexico may vote on proposals to cut the utility’s Board of Trustees’ costs and give the membership more control.

    Three months ago, a group of customers that has opposed the Board of Trustees of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative presented six proposed amendments to the bylaws.

  • Fair designed to promote business

    The Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation wants to help create and build some new, homegrown businesses in town, its leaders say. That’s why it sponsored its first Entrepreneur Fair last weekend.

  • HU promises better meal service

    The Highlands Board of Regents on Monday improved an increase in the cost of student meal plans, but officials said the company providing the meals promises to improve its service.

    Last month, students complained they couldn’t get a full meal at the Cantina with the meal plan and that the Cantina wasn’t open enough hours. And they had other objections to the meal service.

    After the complaints surfaced, officials from ABL Management Inc., the food service contractor, met with students.

  • Fiesta draws 700 people

    A look at the numbers may lead you to conclude that the 14th annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad included about the same size crowd as years past, but they got to enjoy more performers. Such a summary of this lively event, however, would be insufficient.

    About 700 people filled Ilfeld Auditorium on Friday night for a program that included 17 individual and group performers celebrating Hispanic music and culture in a variety of ways. And judging by the response, those in attendance enjoyed themselves immensely.