Today's News

  • County attorney gets new contract

    San Miguel County Attorney Jesus Lopez has entered another four-year agreement with the county.

    Last week, the County Commission unanimously voted for a new contract with Lopez, a former district attorney. He will get $67,500 each year, up from $60,000 in the previous four-year agreement.

    County Commission Chairman David Salazar praised Lopez’s service.

    “I appreciate that you’re really honest about what you have to say. That’s what you’re hired to do. You are to protect the county,” the chairman said.

  • Lady Dons coast past Thoreau

    When she wasn’t dishing the ball to teammates for assists, Linda Esquibel was putting it in the basket herself Saturday evening, leading West Las Vegas to its fifth victory — all by 14 points or more — in as many games.

    This time the opponent was the visiting Thoreau Hawks, who fell by a 57-42 margin at Gillie Lopez Gym.

    Esquibel opened the contest by passing to set up baskets by Miranda Martinez and Vanessa Lucero. It was only a matter of time before she got into the action herself.

    Oh, did she.

  • As It Is: Tell the good, bad and ugly

    Recently, the city of Las Vegas mailed its annual report to residents. This is part of Mayor Tony Marquez’s promise to keep residents updated on the city’s activities.

    I’m all for the city’s reporting to residents. The 16-page glossy booklet appeared professional and did a good job informing the rest of us about the city’s accomplishments.

  • Boxing tourney this weekend in Las Vegas

    Local boxing trainer Carlos Crespin says the state Silver Gloves tournament — which is expected to bring up to 100 fighters and their entourages to town this weekend — should be just the beginning.

    Crespin, whose Valencia Street gym will host the tourney, said he wants to bring more boxing to the Meadow City in the future.

    “It’s good for the city,” he said. “It’s good for the local economy. Everybody coming in stays in town and spends money at the local businesses.”

  • Sign celebrates downtown areas

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez was speaking about economic development during an outside ceremony Friday when a loud cement truck came by.

    No one could hear the mayor for a moment, but he didn’t seem to mind.

    After the truck went away, Marquez said, “We hope to hear that kind of sound all the time.”

    Marquez was among more than 20 local and state officials who attended the unveiling of a sign at Douglas and Grand avenues celebrating the work of MainStreet Las Vegas, a downtown redevelopment organization.

  • West gets praise as it approves bond firm

    The West Las Vegas school district got some praise last week after it authorized the sale of bonds to pay for school improvements.

    The board unanimously approved the Baker Group of Oklahoma City for the $1.1 million in bonds. The company offered an interest rate of 2.75 percent.

    West’s investment adviser, Al Clemmons of George K. Baum & Company, said Moody’s, a financial research firm, is pleased with the performance of the board and administration.

  • County moves toward oil and gas moratorium

    The San Miguel County Commission has taken its first step toward setting a year-long moratorium on oil and gas drilling permits while it enacts new regulations.

    On Tuesday, the commission voted unanimously to publish the proposed moratorium and seek public comment.

    As it stands, the county has about a half page of regulations for oil and gas regulations. That’s from a land-use ordinance in 1986 that’s about an inch thick.

  • Work of Art: An irregular rebellion

    Andy Rooney’s segment on “60 Minutes” Sunday evening made a point that’s become increasingly obvious: Few people write letters the way they used to.

    Rooney drew the patent conclusion that with e-mail almost instantaneous and almost free, the Postal Service receives less revenue because fewer people mail that way.

  • Man dies in apartment fire

    A man perished in a fire early Saturday evening, but authorities have yet to identify him.

    The fire was contained to one apartment in an eight-unit complex on Collins Drive, a couple of blocks north of the main fire station on Legion Drive. Firefighters arrived around 6:40 p.m.

    Fire Chief Phillip Mares said the fire had been going for a while when his department showed up.  He said it’s possible it took a while for anyone to call because most people were at the annual Light Parade, which was just ending when firefighters got  the call.

  • Rainsville woman hurt in accident

    A Rainsville woman remains in the hospital after her car was reportedly struck by a drunken driver early Saturday afternoon.

    Glenda Fernandez, 28, is at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, in Santa Fe, her adoptive mother, Virginia Fernandez, said. The accident happened around 2 p.m. on N.M. Highway 518 near the Midway Grocery in Sapello.

    Fernandez was headed south to her job at the state hospital when a northbound car driven by Robert Wooley, 27, of Rockwall, Texas, swerved into Fernandez’s lane, hitting her head on, state police said.