Local News

  • Moore: Loosen water rules

    City Councilman Diane Moore is urging the city to make exceptions to his heightened water restrictions.

    Last week, she asked her fellow council members to consider special permits for things like fundraising car washes as the city remains in Stage 1 water restrictions.

    During a report at last week’s council meeting, City Manager Sharon Caballero gave an update on the city’s water situation. Because of recent rains, the Gallinas River is flowing with up to 30 million gallons a day; the reservoirs are at 97 percent of capacity.

  • Annual fair called a success

    The 30th annual People’s Faire was a success again this year, officials say.

    Vendors from around the area and state offered everything from jewelry to handmade toys and jellies.

    Rosa Vigil said this was her first year selling goods at the fair. She said it had been pretty steady at her booth where she was selling homemade beading.

    “My daughter-in-law and I do beading, and we’re doing a decent business. We just started, and this is our first time here at the People’s Faire. So we’re hoping to come back next year,” Vigil said.

  • Mayor restricts flow of city info

    City Hall is tightening the flow of information by requiring that all media inquiries be routed through both the city manager’s and the mayor’s offices.

    It’s a reversal of longstanding policies in city government.

  • NM racing panel OKs license for track in Raton

    ALBUQUERQUE — Horse racing may be returning to Raton.

    The New Mexico Racing Commission approved the license application by Horse Racing at Raton on Monday, making way for the construction of the proposed $50 million track. The proposed horse racetrack and casino could begin live racing as early as 2010.

    Commissioners picked among Raton, in northeastern New Mexico, and two rival applicants: Coronado Park Partners in Tucumcari and Pueblo of Pojoaque Development in Santa Fe.

  • Students get introduction to Vegas

    Local college and high school students jammed historic Plaza Park last week for the Student Welcome Back Fiesta.

    Students gathered on Friday night from the United World College, Luna Community College, Highlands University, West Las Vegas High School and Robertson High School to enjoy the free food, fun and live music from the local band, “Sangre Joven.”

    Highlands University anthropology major Brittany McCloud is a peer mentor and was at the student fiesta with a group of seven students from the university’s Melody Residence Hall.

  • West district gets new law firm

    The West Las Vegas School board has hired a new law firm to represent its interests.

    At a recent meeting, the board came out of closed session and announced the Cuddy Law Firm will take over duties from Sutin, Thayer and Brown, which has been the attorney firm of record for the last couple of years.

    It wasn’t clear if the board discussed the issue behind closed doors. Contracts can’t be an item for discussion in closed sessions under state law.

  • Udall campaigns in Las Vegas

    Tom Udall ended his two-week “Doing Right By New Mexico Tour” in his campaign for U.S. senator with a rally in Las Vegas.

    “The reason we’re finishing our tour in Las Vegas is because this has been one of my banner counties in all the years that I’ve run for office, and I hope to get everyone excited and geared up and move into these last 70 days of the campaign,” said Udall, a Democrat who has represented northern New Mexico in Congress for a decade.

  • Principal: Expel six students

    Robertson High School’s principal is recommending the expulsion of six football players from the school district in connection with alleged hazing during a team camp, officials said Monday.

    According to a press release, Principal Richard Lopez made the decision in response to alleged wrongdoing during the four-day camp, which took place a couple of weeks ago. The expulsions are subject to a formal hearing process.

    Superintendent Rick Romero said the district has completed its investigation of the students. The state police are also looking into the matter.

  • Balderas says he wants to protect whistleblowers

    State Auditor Hector Balderas says he’s trying to make it easier to report fraud.

    He recently launched New Mexico’s first statewide fraud and abuse hotline, 1-866-OSA-FRAUD. The toll-free hotline allows New Mexicans to report suspected governmental fraud and abuse anonymously, without fear of retaliation.

    “By partnering with New Mexicans across the state and encouraging the reporting of fraud, waste and abuse, I firmly believe we can limit the financial scandals that have plagued New Mexico and save our taxpayers millions of dollars” Balderas said.

  • Vigil, Ortega acquitted

    A jury on Friday acquitted West Las Vegas' former bilingual director, Roberta Vigil, and her assistant, Beverly Ortega, of charges that they cheated the state government out of money.

    It served as a setback for the state attorney general's office, which is trying to prove corruption in West's bilingual department during Vigil's reign.

    The jury's decision came after defense attorneys had argued that the state's case boiled down to office and small-town politics