Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 21, 2012

    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Little League, beginning 5:30 p.m., Keyes Park
    • Men’s city league, 6, 7 p.m., city complex
    • Women’s city league, 5:30, 6:30 p.m., city complex
    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park

    • La Plaza Little League, TBA, Rodriguez Park

  • A $30,000 mistake

    The former Planning & Zoning commissioner who illegally parked a manufactured home on property owned by his daughter will now have to move it, following a vote on Wednesday by the City Council.

    Joining City Councilors Vince Howell and Joey Herrera, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz cast the tie-breaking vote to overturn a Board of Adjustment decision granting Ashley Salazar a variance to setback requirements on her property at 807 Erb. Councilors Tonita Gurule-Giron and David Romero voted against the motion.

  • Gearing up for Torch Run
  • East chief gets 1-year contract

    The Las Vegas City Schools board unanimously approved a one-year contract for Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez on Tuesday, al-though there was disagreement among board members on the length of the contract.

    “I look forward to next school year and all of the exciting initiatives taking place,” McNellis-Martinez said. “There is a great staff at Las Vegas City Schools in every department and I am honored to work with each and every one of them.”

  • Roads a major issue in District 4 race

    The race for the District 4 San Miguel County Commission seat comes down to two political newcomers.

    Gilbert Sena, a retired educator and lifelong rancher is battling Joel Baca, a former county employee who went on to work in construction. Sena and Baca are both Democrats. Because no Republican filed to run, the winner of the June 5 primary is all but assured the seat.

    David Salazar, who currently holds the position, couldn’t seek re-election because of term limits. County commissioners in San Miguel County are paid $19,854 a year.

  • School of Education regains accreditation

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University School of Education has regained its speciality accreditation nearly four years after losing it.

    The accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, or NCATE, is for seven years, the maximum time allowable.  

    The U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognize NCATE  as a professional accrediting body for teacher preparation.

  • Gov. makes statewide drought declaration

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    There's no question it's dry in New Mexico. Many argue that's an understatement, including Gov. Susana Martinez.

    The governor on Tuesday issued a drought declaration covering all of New Mexico, confirming what farmers, ranchers and municipal water utility managers already know.

  • City selling effluent again

    With Stage IV water restrictions still in effect, the city of Las Vegas has once again received permission from the state Environment Department to sell effluent to area residents to water their lawns and other vegetation.

    City Utilities Director Ken Garcia said a number of restrictions have been imposed by the state, and as a result, the city is requiring anyone who wants to use effluent to sign an agreement promising to abide by the restrictions.

  • Jail Log - May 18, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 9 and May 16:

  • Stuntman injured on movie set

    The Associated Press

    RIO PUERCO, N.M.  — Authorities say a stuntman has been injured during filming of “The Lone Ranger” at a movie set in northwestern New Mexico.

    Bernalillo County Sheriff’s officials said details weren’t immediately available Wednesday afternoon. The name of the stuntman wasn’t released.

    They say a small locomotive was involved, but it was only capable of travelling 5 mph. Authorities say a medical helicopter was launched as a precautionary measure to the movie set.