Local News

  • Enrollment down in East schools

    The downward trend in enrollment continues at the Las Vegas City Schools.

    Associate Superintendent LeeEtte Quintana, sitting in for Superintendent Rick Romero, who was in Las Cruces, said at a school board meeting this week that enrollment had dropped.

    “Every month we try to keep you abreast of what our enrollment looks like, from last month to this month we have lost 13 more students. Our current enrollment in the district as of Feb 10 is 1,963 students,” Quintana told the board.

  • Coach pick criticized

    While Robertson High School’s golf coach is on leave facing sexual abuse allegations, his wife will assume head coaching duties — an appointment drawing criticism from some.

    LeeEtte Quintana, associate superintendent for the Las Vegas City Schools, already was the team’s assistant coach, serving under her husband, Jay Quintana, the head coach.

  • Man charged with breaking into relative’s house

    A Las Vegas man is accused of burglarizing a relative’s house, stealing at least one gun.

    Joshua A. Montoya, 20, is facing charges of aggravated burglary, larceny, breaking and entering, tampering with evidence, and criminal damage to property.

    On Feb. 7, the owner of a home on N.M. Highway 84 reported to state police that he returned after several days in Albuquerque to find his home burglarized and damaged.

  • State reveals plans for crossing

    The railroad crossing where two people have been killed in recent months is set to get safety equipment, an official said this week.

    The Rio Arriba Road crossing north of Las Vegas got stop signs and pavement markings Wednesday and more safety equipment may be on the way, said  Paul Gray, the local district engineer for the state Department of Transportation.

    “We’re hoping that  it will raise the awareness of motorists at that intersection, so they will stop and look both ways before making the crossing,” Gray said.

  • Leger defends school district

    Outgoing Las Vegas City Schools board member Philip Leger told a large audience attending Tuesday’s meeting that there have been a lot of success in the district during his tenure.

    Leger, who lost to Gabe Lucero in the Feb. 3  election, also pointed out that Robertson High School was far from down and out as he took a parting shot at the news media.

  • County is not alone in violation of tax law

    San Miguel County is hardly alone when it comes to problems in its compliance with a state law dating back to 1991, an official says.

    County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz told the County Commission last week that the state Department of Taxation and Revenue told him that only two counties were in compliance with the law in question.

    “I felt a little bit better when I heard that, but we should have caught it,” he said.

    He said that he has read the state law repeatedly, but it’s still open to interpretation.

  • Students get dates at event

    You could say the Lambda Kappa Psi bachelor-bachelorette charity auction was a bit of a stimulus package for local restaurants. And it was definitely entertaining for the crowd as laughter could be heard coming from atrium of the Plaza Hotel where the event was held.

    Sorority founder and president Jeannie Montoya said the purpose of last week’s auction was to raise money for their continuing community service and campus life festivities. Winning bidders received dinners for two at an area restaurant.  

  • City is looking at water proposals

    The city is examining proposals for the purchase of wells and groundwater rights to expand local water supplies, officials said.

    The city had issued a request for proposals, and the proposals were due Feb. 2.

    “We are constantly looking into ways to increase the water supply for our residents,” Las Vegas Mayor Tony E. Marquez Jr. said. “The proposals look like they will help us bring additional water to the city.”

  • Luna seeking tax increase

    Luna Community College is pushing a property tax increase that officials say will pay for improvements to buildings. The hike must be approved by voters.

    If it passes, it would mean a nearly $53 annual increase in the property tax bill for an owner of a $100,000 house.

    The election on the tax increase is March 3.

  • Treasurer's office closes

    The San Miguel County treasurer's office closed around 10:30 a.m. today because of dust created by a construction project in the county courthouse, Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz announced. The office is expected to be closed for the rest of the day.

    He said his office is taking notes of the health effects that employees believe are caused by the project.

    Last week, County Manager Les Montoya told the County Commission that he would allow supervisors to close their offices if the dust and noise from the renovation project became bearable.