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Today's News

  • TUESDAY ONLINE STORY: Only one candidate for mayor

    San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz is the only candidate for Las Vegas mayor in the March 2 municipal election.

    Tuesday was filing day for candidates.

    Running for the Ward 1 City Council seat is former longtime Councilman Macario Gonzalez, who is facing Bruce McAllister, Roland Medrano and Tonita Gurule-Giron. The current councilman is Morris Madrid, who decided not to run for another term.

  • Stores cited for selling to minors

    Four Las Vegas businesses have received administrative citations and felony referrals for allegedly selling liquor to minors.

    State police Lt. Eric Garcia, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, said that as part of Operation Holiday Cheer, 19- and 20-year-olds were sent into businesses attempting to buy alcoholic beverages. Thirty-one businesses in Las Vegas were checked, only four allegedly sold to the minors.

    Owners of the four businesses, Ray’s Liquor, the 77 Liquor, Pino’s restaurant and K-Bob’s, declined to comment.

  • East superintendent expecting more budget reductions

    The head of the Las Vegas City Schools says he wants to prepare the district for budget cuts.

    Superintendent Rick Romero said if the district were to base the 2010-11 budget on enrollment numbers after the 40th day of school, it would be $500,000 in the hole.

    “The district, by virtue of a special session, is having to deal with a 1 percent budget decrease. By this time, we can be assured that that 1 percent is now at least a 1.8 percent decrease,” Romero told the school board recently.

  • Land commissioner to meet with lawmakers about land swap

    State Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons will be meeting with area state lawmakers on the proposed trade of state land with ranchers in the White Peak area.

    Many sportsmen have complained about the swap, saying it's taking prime hunting ground from the public. Gov. Bill Richardson has joined them in the criticism.

    The Land Office has defended the trade as providing a better alignment of state and private lands in the White Peak area. The agency has noted that many people have been trespassing on private land there.

  • Silver mettle

    Though they fielded wrestlers in just 10 of 14 weight classes, Robertson went a respectable 3-4 in the year-ending Silver Duals.

    Each of the Cardinal grapplers won at least once, and six posted winning records in the event, held last week in Silver City.

    Daniel Martinez (152 lbs.) went 7-0, recording early falls in every match. Johnathan Lucero (140) continued a strong start, going 6-1. Estevan Baca (215) also compiled a 6-1 record.

  • Letter: Stop using your credit cards

    If you have credit cards, like most of us, you’ve probably been getting mail from your card-issuing bank lately. A letter per card is what I’ve been getting during the course of a few weeks, advising me of changes they are going to make to the terms and conditions that govern the use of my card. “Adjustments,” they call it.

  • West crash tied to alcohol

    An allegedly drunk West Las Vegas employee totaled a school district car nearly five months ago in Moriarty, authorities say.

    The employee, John J. Roybal, 41, a mechanic for West Las Vegas, hasn’t been charged and remains on the job.

    Roybal and another man, David J. Solano, 42, both of Las Vegas, had gone to a bar and then a strip club in Moriarty before they crashed the West Las Vegas car around 12:30 a.m. Aug. 5, according to a report from the Torrance County Sheriff’s Department.

  • West extends Goddard but falls 72-55

    For one half Saturday, West Las Vegas’ boys’ basektball team played well enough to ground the Class 4A Goddard Rockets.

    In a season of learning and building for coach Morgan Montaño’s squad, that is a positive sign.

    But it wasn’t nearly enough for the Dons to pull the upset. Ahead just four points at intermission, Goddard took off in the second half for a 72-55 win.

  • Official seeks more oversight

    West Las Vegas school board member Caroline Lopez wants more oversight and scrutiny of the district administration’s decisions and activities.

    And she is requesting direct communication between the board and the state Public Education Department.

    Her latest comments were a further response to a recent report by the state Legislative Finance Committee, which contended the district was top heavy, among other criticisms.

  • Drug bust takes place at Urban Wear

    Two days before the new year, investigators from the Region IV Narcotics Task Force executed what they called a “high-risk narcotics search warrant” at two locations, leading to the arrest of local businessman Alex Romero.

    According on a news release, Romero has been charged with numerous counts of narcotic violations, including child endangerment.

    Romero owns the store Urban Wear at 428 Grand Ave., and resides at 545 Hermosa Lane in the Camp Luna area, north of the Las Vegas city limits. Police say illegal drugs were found at both locations.