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Today's News

  • Railroad crossing is made safer

    The railroad crossing where two people have been killed over the last couple of years now has mechanical crossing guards.

    Recently, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway completed the guards at the crossing at Arriba Road north of Las Vegas. The state Department of Transportation secured federal money for the project, which was budgeted at $300,000, according to the state.

    The crossing is often used by those accessing the city’s transfer station.

  • Above and Beyond: Luna student draws notice for his painting

    Gary Gamertsfelder went to Kansas City’s recent national SkillsUSA competition and loved every minute of it. While he may be the first local to crack the top 10 in the national competition, he has had a lot of mentors along the way.

    Instructor Anthony Baca remembers the inception of the automotive repair program at Luna Community College. He’s seen five state champions and four national championships during his tenure.

    Baca said Gamertsfelder is so good at what he does he motivates fellow students in the entire Luna auto shop.

  • Man charged with sex crime

    A man accused of performing a sexual act on a teen has been sentenced to probation.

    Tony Cisneros, 54, a government employee, pleaded guilty last week to a charge of criminal sexual penetration, a fourth-degree felony.

    He entered a plea agreement with prosecutors and will not be registered as a sex offender if he complies with the terms of his agreement.

    He could have faced up to 18 months in prison.

    According to authorities, Cisneros performed the sexual act on a boy in July 2009 at the youth’s home.

  • Three LV softball teams make it to finals

    The Meadow City was well-represented in this week’s district Little League All-Star softball tournaments in Raton, landing a finalist in each of the 9-10, 10-11 and 11-12 age division championship games.

    Titles in each of those divisions were to be decided by Wednesday. Tournaments for 9-10, 10-11 and 11-12 baseball were still playing out as of press time.

  • Work of Art: Why protest a spelling bee?

    For the third time in my career, I’ve participated in a spelling bee, but no, not as a participant (my eighth-grade classmate, Ermalinda, beat me, and others, out).

    Once, while I was still teaching, Betty Leger and George Fidel invited me to be a pronouncer at West Las Vegas High School. Later, I served as a judge at the Baha’i School in Manuelitas.

  • Blaze destroys house

    Firefighters responded to a blaze at 1515 S. Pacific St. early Monday afternoon.

    Authorities blocked off nearby streets as hoses were pointed toward the house, which has a large front yard.

    The smoke from the blaze could be seen around town, and as usual, that drew traffic to the westside neighborhood.

    City Fire Chief Phillip Mares said the house was unoccupied at the time of the fire, but a resident, Douglas James, who lives on the property, was not displaced because he lives on another place on the property.

  • Ex-deputy on trial for alleged attack

    Witnesses on Monday described a former San Miguel County sheriff’s deputy as a jealous woman in a rage when she attacked a man she considered her boyfriend.

    Meanwhile, Sheriff Benjie Vigil, who fired the deputy after the incident, said he still believes her side of the story.

    Inez Bolivar, 29, was on trial for charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault and criminal damage.

  • Editorial: Trash rate hike needed

    It would be easy for us to condemn the city for even considering raising its garbage rates by 43 percent for residents — from $14 to $20 a month per household.   

    We could urge the city to find more efficiencies within the solid waste department and scour the federal and state bureaucracies for every available grant. And we could warn the city that any rate hike would hurt the elderly and others on fixed incomes.

    Indeed, that would all be true. At the same time, we would be avoiding hard truths.

  • City holds off on trash rate hike

    The Las Vegas City Council last week delayed making a decision on hiking trash rates after a number of residents feared the increases would hurt the elderly and others on fixed incomes.

    City staffers entreated the council to enact a 43 percent increase to residential rates, which would cost a household an extra $72 per year. Monthly bills would go up from $14.05 to $20.10.

    On top of that, the proposed rate structure would call for automatic 5 percent yearly increases from 2012 to 2015.

  • Chamber deal OK’d, amid questions

    The Las Vegas City Council has signed off on a new annual contract with the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce to promote the community to tourists.

    But one council member raised questions about the group, saying he wants more accountability.

    The new contract will give the chamber $164,000, down from last year’s $200,000. Much of that drop is because the city has hired an in-house events coordinator, a role the chamber performed previously.