Local News

  • Soup kitchen volunteer to be recognized in May

    Carol Durham, a local soup kitchen and library volunteer, will be recognized next month with a 2008 Governor’s Outstanding New Mexico Woman Award.

    She was selected as one of 21 recipients from across the state. They will be honored in a ceremony May 2 in Albuquerque.

  • Utility's trustees questioned

    Some of the members of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative’s Board of Trustees don’t live in the areas they were elected to represent.

    That troubles at least one cooperative customer. But the utility, which serves thousands of residents in Mora and San Miguel counties, maintains the trustees are allowed to serve out their terms.

  • Group is pushing downtown project

    Some of the biggest challenges for economic development are abandoned, boarded-up buildings and vacant lots, an official said.

    “The message that sends to potential businesses that would like to come here or start businesses here is that this is a community that cannot sustain business,” Sharon Caballero, executive director of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation, told the City Council at a recent meeting.

  • Marquez seeking review of contracts

    You have a city contract? If yes, that may change.

    Mayor Tony Marquez said at this week’s City Council meeting that he wants to hold a meeting in which the City Council will vote up or down on all city contracts and memorandums of understanding. For those that are rejected, the city will follow the termination procedures called for under the contracts.

    This is something that Marquez promised to do if he were elected mayor.

    Asked at this week’s City Council meeting how many contracts the city had, City Clerk CherylAnn Yara didn’t have an exact answer.

  • Woman pleads guilty in killing

    One of the two women accused of causing the dragging death of an 83-year-old man last year has pleaded guilty in connection with the crime.

    Also, a prosecutor recently filed a pleading in District Court that indicated both women were laughing in the county jail’s booking area shortly after they were arrested.

    In a hearing this week, Dolores Salazar, 19, of Albuquerque pleaded guilty to a charge of vehicular homicide as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, who, in return, dropped charges of felony murder, tampering with evidence and robbery.

  • Students treated to Sky Dome

    West Las Vegas Middle School students were taken on a 45-minute journey through the universe as they entered an educational inflatable Sky Dome Planetarium on Thursday.

    Principal Josephine Romero said the students learned to identify stars and constellations and were introduced to Greek mythological characters and saw how these heroes of the past can be found in the stars. She said students witnessed the night sky in different seasons and from different global perspectives and were treated to a slide presentation, which enhanced the tour of the solar system.

  • Co-op manager resigns

    Rudy Romero, manager of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative, recently turned in his letter of resignation. His last day is today.

    Carlos Lovato, chairman of the utility’s Board of Trustees, said Romero didn’t give a reason for his departure.

    “He handed in a one-line letter of resignation. We’re going to start a search,” Lovato said.

    Romero confirmed that he was resigning and that he would issue a statement later.

  • Officers arrest 5 in home invasion

    A man and four youths were arrested in connection with a invasion of a home on the east side.

    George Sena, 22, 1028 Second St., was arrested on charges of robbery, conspiracy, two counts of aggravated assault and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

    Two 17-year-olds and two 16-year-olds were also charged in connection with the alleged invasion.

    Police said the alleged victim let in Sena as a friend into his house in the 2300 block of Calle Bonita around 11:30 p.m. Monday. Then the four youths came in, officials said.

  • Students: Housing conditions bad

    Students on Tuesday aired their complaints about Highlands University’s housing, including allegations of mold growing on walls and in vents, broken toilets, holes in walls, blood- and urine-stained mattresses and exposed electrical wiring.

    They met with the administration at the university’s student senate chambers.

  • Board gets new president

    Patrick Romero is the new president of the Las Vegas City Schools board after a vote to reorganize.

    Ramon “Swoops” Montao nominated Romero for the position, followed by a 4-1 vote to seat him. Philip Leger, who had nominated incumbent president Elaine Luna, was the lone no vote.