Today's News

  • Ex-fire chief seeks city job; interim officials named

    Former Fire Chief Andrew Duran, one of six city officials fired last week, is trying to get a job with the Fire Department, an official said Wednesday.

    City Manager Sharon Caballero said Duran has asked to become deputy fire chief for the city. The department already has a position for assistant fire chief, but not one for deputy chief, she said.

  • Program puts focus on health

    Kids say they’re having a blast at the 21st Century Program summer program 2008 with a host of activities going on at all times.

    Christa Lucero, a West Las Vegas High School senior, along with other high school and college students, help certified teachers administer the program and are picking up paychecks during their summer vacation.

    “I love working with the kids. It’s a blast, and they always put a smile on my face,” Lucero said.

  • Outhouse archaeology

    Sometimes archaeological treasures turn up in unexpected places. Such is the case with items from a traveling exhibit titled “Outhouse Archaeology” that is displayed at the Las Vegas City Museum this summer.

    The exhibit’s contents come from a historic outhouse located on New Mexico Highlands University’s campus. Expansion of the Donnelly Library in 1995 led to the discovery of a house foundation and outhouse. Highland’s Anthropology Laboratory, under direction of Robert Mishler, excavated the site.

  • TRIPP'S TRIPPIN': Searching for lost golf balls - and a course

    Let’s talk some golf this week and let’s start with a former Las Vegan who is doing some fantastic things on the links.

    Christopher Ortiz on Tuesday qualified for the Junior World Qualifier in San Diego July 15-18. The Rio Rancho graduate shot scores of 73 and 68 at the qualifying tournament, held at Albuquerque’s Los Altos Golf Course. Ortiz finished fifth in this year’s Class 5A state tournament and is said to have given New Mexico State a verbal commitment to play for the Aggies come this fall.

  • Mariachi extravaganza Saturday

    This musical and cultural extravaganza will light up the night with Mariachi Music. Old music will find new voices as members of Mariachi Cardenal Infantil, Mariachi Cardenal Juvenil, Mariachi Pantera, Mariachi Sol del Valle, Mariachi Luna de Plata and Mariachi Paisano del Valle present their favorite songs for a concert at the Memorial Middle School Gym this Saturday, June 28, starting at 7 p.m. Baile Ilusion will dance to their set of traditional Mexican folklore songs.

  • It's sweet pea season

    The parking lot at University Avenue and Sixth Street bursts with flavor each Wednesday and Saturday now that summer is upon us.

    Farmers drive from the outskirts of town, sometimes from Texas and Oklahoma, to share round lemon cucumbers, deep purple grapes, brown paper bags filled with spinach leaves. June at the Las Vegas Farmers’ Market means the first tender greens, means succulent organic strawberries, means baskets of elongated lime-green pods filled with delectable sweet peas.

  • No-kill shelter closing

    The Animal Support Center, or TASC, is closing Monday.

    The center, which is a no-kill shelter, cannot accept any more animals and had at last count 25 cats, eight dogs and seven puppies, which must be adopted out by Monday, said Maureen O’Brien, who is assisting with the closure of TASC.

    Those wishing to adopt can call 425-3450 for cats, 426-8203 for dogs and puppies.

    O’Brien said animals can be taken to the city’s animal control department.

  • State hospital's top official retires

    Steve Martinez, interim administrator of the state hospital, is retiring after 27 years.

    Martinezs last day at the hospital known formally as the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute is Monday.

    State Health Secretary Alfredo Vigil named Troy Jones, current deputy administrator, as Martinezs replacement.

    During his career at the hospital, Martinez has worked in a number of positions, including administrative budget analyst and deputy hospital administrator. He has been interim administrator for the last three years.

  • What are you doing this summer?

    Summertime is the season that everyone waits for — it means warm weather, barbeques, and most importantly...no school! It means baseball games and swimming and fishing. It means happiness.

    This is the first summer I’m not completely busy. It’s the first summer in a few years that I’ll actually be here for the Fourth of July. Last year I was out of the country for the fourth, so the celebration meant nothing to the British people I was surrounded by. I was disappointed to have missed the fiestas, one of my favorite parts of summer.

  • Utility members to decide on issues

    Members of an electric cooperative serving northeastern New Mexico will consider doing away with health insurance for the Board of Trustees and strictly barring nepotism, among other proposed changes, during the utility’s annual meeting Saturday.

    Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative members will consider eight proposed bylaw changes during the meeting, which will last from 9 a.m. to noon at Mora High School.

    John Pintek and other members of an informal group of members opposed to the cooperative’s leadership proposed five of the bylaw changes.