.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Local News

  • Residents help with blood efforts

    It will be a day of celebrating on Jan. 28 at the annual United Blood Services luncheon to honor hundreds of volunteer blood drives coordinators that host blood drives throughout New Mexico.

    Las Vegas will be represented by Chuck Griego, winner of the Outstanding Government Agency award, and Jackie Romero, winner of the Outstanding Collegiate Drive award. Winners were selected from coordinators throughout the state.

    Tribute will be paid to Griego and Romero and other coordinators at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid Hotel.

  • New law targets grafitti in Vegas

    The Las Vegas City Council last week approved an ordinance targeting graffiti. Much of it reflects an existing state law.

    The ordinance makes defacing of another person’s property with a variety of materials, including charcoal, to be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine from $150 to up to $500, court costs, 40 hours of community service and a possible 90 days in jail in addition to payment of restitution for the property damage.

    It is already illegal in the state to do graffiti without the permission of the property owner.

  • Bikers still giving out toys

    There were lots of smiling faces as kids lined up for toys at the annual Toys for Tots give away sponsored by the Los Hermanos Motorcycle club.

    Club president Gerald Romero said, “We do this as a way to give back to our community. When you see children in line who might not otherwise get a present, that brings a great joy to our hearts — to see the smile on their little faces when they get a toy makes this special. Even though we’re grown men, this is enough to bring us close to tears because of the joy we see all around.”

  • Ringside may reopen in a few weeks

    Joe’s Ringside, which closed a few months ago, may reopen in the next few weeks, its operator says.

    A hold was placed on Ringside’s liquor license some months ago after the business failed to pay its taxes, a state official said.

    Rexann Bustamante, who took the reins a couple of years ago, confirmed the problem last week but said the Ringside has obtained a loan to help pay those taxes.

  • School's trophy cases damaged

    At least three youths vandalized the Robertson High School gym early Tuesday morning, police said.

    Robertson staff discovered the three around 5:30 a.m. and immediately called police, officials said. The  youths caused about $15,000 in damage, which included the school’s trophy cases, police said.

    Officers were able to apprehend one of the three, a 16-year-old Robertson student, Police Chief Gary Gold said. The other two were believed to be a Robertson student and a dropout from West Las Vegas High School, he said. 

  • Madrid: City may lose money

    City Councilman Morris Madrid expressed doubt this week that the city would be able to meet a deadline to get more than $1 million from the state government.

    “We may have to wave goodbye to that money,” he said.

    Other city officials, meanwhile, are holding out hope that the city will get the $1.2 million from the state Water Trust Board, which is part of the New Mexico Finance Authority.

    The controversy over the money has been a big subject at City Council meetings over the last month.

  • Man struck while riding his bicycle

    An 18-year-old man was hurt last week after he was hit while riding his bicycle on Seventh Street.

    Anthony Michael Romero Jr., 2219 New Mexico Ave., was sent to University of New Mexico hospital late Friday night after a car struck him while he was crossing the northbound lanes on Seventh. He was trying to get to the Allsups convenience store.

    Police Chief Gary Gold said that officers determined that Romero hadn’t yielded to oncoming traffic.

  • Man accused of another rampage

    Marvin M. Martinez was arrested after a yet another alleged violent and destructive neighborhood rampage recently.

    It was his third such incident in as many years.

    On Dec. 12, Las Vegas police were dispatched to 704 Taos St. in Las Vegas after receiving a report of property damage. The report quotes Martinez’ s mother as saying that Martinez “had been drinking whiskey and that he was angry.” 

  • Jail tries to reduce repeat offenders

    The San Miguel County jail has become a revolving door with a recidivism rate of more than 80 percent — in other words, most inmates are returning.

    Lack of residential, in-patient treatment services has placed challenges to the jail’s ability to properly house and serve offenders that have substance abuse and mental health issues, according to a county press release.

  • Students create page for agency

    West Las Vegas high school students in Kirk Ludi’s class are not only learning about web design, they are actually creating a professional web page for the Department of Health’s Region 2.

    Diana Abeyta, a community health improvement coordinator with the department, said her region encompasses nine counties in the northeastern part of the state. When she took her current position in August, she realized that two of the nine counties she oversaw didn’t have websites.