Local News

  • Center offers services for disabled

    The new Adaptive Technology Center at Highlands University has opened the window to the world for students who are blind, deaf or physically challenged in other ways, with a collection of machines geared toward giving the disabled a level playing field in the halls of college life.

  • Manager picked at tense meeting

    In a divided vote, the Las Vegas City Council on Monday appointed a new interim city manager, who will serve for the next three months.

    Jeff Condrey, who has served in both state and municipal government positions, took the place of Elmer Martinez, who has been the interim manager for a little more than a month.

    Council members Diane Moore and Andrew Feldman supported Condrey’s appointment, while Morris Madrid and Cruz Roybal voted against him. New Mayor Tony Marquez, who recommended the selection, cast the tie-breaking vote.

  • Vegas man capsizes at Storrie; park explains procedures

    Diego Trujillo of Las Vegas didn’t know how cold the water was in Storrie Lake on Saturday — not until he suffered the misfortune of having to swim around in it.

    Trujillo was kayaking around 4 p.m. when he capsized.

    “I don’t really understand how I fell over. The next thing I knew, I was in the water,” he said.

    The incident gave the park a chance to explain its rescue procedures.

  • Foundation: Give public candidates' applications

    The public is entitled to all of the names of applicants for the superintendent’s position of the Las Vegas City Schools, the leader of a watchdog group says.

    Leonard DeLayo, executive director of the Albuquerque-based New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, said Monday that state law requires the district release all resum and application information, with the exception of letters of recommendation and references.

  • Pageant set for this weekend

    Nine women will compete in the Miss Las Vegas-Miss San Miguel County pageant Saturday.

    The event is set for 7 p.m. at Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium.

    The theme for the pageant is “Hawaiian Nights.” The contestants will be vying for the two titles and a chance to represent the area at the Miss New Mexico Pageant in June in Alamogordo.

    The pageant is a preliminary of the Miss America Pageant.

  • City Council to address appointments, natural gas shutoffs

    The Las Vegas City Council will meet twice this week, with issues such as appointment of city department heads and natural gas shutoff policies on its agenda.

    This evening, the council will hear new Mayor Tony Marquez’s recommendations on the appointment of an interim city manager and city department heads. He could reappoint the existing managers or appoint new ones, with the council’s consent.

  • 25 nabbed for vandalism

    Las Vegas police have nabbed 25 youths in recent months on charges of vandalism, an official said last week.

    Deputy Police Chief Christian Montao said the police have been working with the juvenile probation and district attorney’s offices in the cases. He said officers have received help from local schools as well.

    Montao expects more arrests in the coming weeks. Only one of the 25 is a girl, he said.

    Montao said most of the vandalism has been at local schools and private residences, especially those that are abandoned.

  • Campos yet to get Luna contract

    More than two months ago, the Luna Community College Board of Trustees selected Pete Campos as the school’s next president.

    But the board has yet to approve a contract for Campos, a state senator and the superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools.

    The trustees’ monthly meeting for March has been delayed twice, in part, because the school has yet to complete a contract for Campos, said Sigfredo Maestas, Luna’s interim president.

  • Official: Body was a coyote's

    Several weeks ago, officials announced that the body of a skinned and mutilated dog was found behind the Vital Arts building on Grand Avenue, but it now appears the body was not that of a dog.

    Pam Sandoval, a detective for the Las Vegas Police Department, said the report from the state’s forensic veterinarian is back and that the animal was a coyote.

    Sandoval also said the skinning of the animal was done by a professional trapper.

  • Public can't question candidates

    Las Vegas City Schools board member Patrick Romero wanted the public to take part in questioning of prospective superintendents at a future public forum, but members Phillip Vigil and Ramon “Swoops” Montao said no to that idea.

    Before the vote on the process for a procedure of hiring a superintendent, Vigil said, “I don’t mind the public being there while we interview them, but that’s the board’s job.”