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Today's News

  • Council to vote on charter

    The Las Vegas City Council will decide today whether to send a proposed city charter to voters in March.

    The charter essentially serve as the community’s constitution.

    The major point of contention has been the proposal for instant runoffs, a system that lets voters rank candidates, resulting in a majority winner. But the council majority has pushed for separate runoff elections held after the main municipal election.

  • Editorial: Approve charter

    The Las Vegas City Council will likely consider a proposed city charter at its meeting today. Then it would go to voters in the March 2 municipal election.

    The charter serves as the city’s constitution. The existing one has been in effect since the two Las Vegases joined nearly four decades ago.

    Under the proposed charter, the city would be considered a home-rule community. That means it would have more latitude to form the city government it desires, rather than following state-imposed restrictions.

  • Mora girls NRG champs

    Sophomore guard Andrea Romero scorched Mesa Vista’s defense for 20 points this past Saturday to lead Mora’s girls’ basketball team past the Trojans in the championship game of the Northern Rio Grande Invitational.

    It’s the second straight NRG girls’ basketball title for the Rangerettes, who won in 2008 under then-head coach Mark Cassidy.

  • Students to help poor around world

    Students at Sierra Vista Elementary School found that a small gesture of kindness can create a lot of magic.

    Teacher Tom Conklin spearheaded a schoolwide drive for UNICEF raising $416.50 for underprivileged kids in many countries. He said the donations help with vaccinations, food, clean water, blankets, school books and many other necessities.  

    First-grader Amor Roybal said, “It made me feel good to collect money for the kids who are sick and don’t have any money or clothing.”

  • Editorial: No shakeups needed

    San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz has now announced what many already suspected — he is running for Las Vegas mayor.

    In revealing his plans, Ortiz promised that he wouldn’t shake up the city administration. Rather, he plans to keep the city manager and other departmental directors.

  • Martinez wins division; RHS ends 6th

    SANTA FE  — Daniel Martinez stayed unbeaten over the weekend, earning the 152-pound championship in Capital’s 21st annual Jaguar Invitational.

    Martinez, a Robertson junior and a three-time state champion, was honored as the tournament’s outstanding middleweight wrestler.

    The Cardinals, who’d entered Saturday’s semifinal round as the No. 3 team in the 18-team draw, wound up dropping to sixth place with 111 team points by the end of the tourney.

  • Man gets reduced charge

    Prosecutors will pursue a charge of voluntary manslaughter against a man who allegedly shot another last month.

    District Attorney Richard Flores said evidence in the case doesn’t warrant his office to proceed with murder charges.

    Richard Baca, 21, of Los Lunas is accused of killing Benito Lemos, 22, a local postal carrier, at 12th Street and National Avenue.

    The shooting allegedly happened after Lemos got out of his car to confront Baca about cutting him off in another area of town. It happened around 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9.

  • Treasurer plans mayoral run

    San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz plans to run for Las Vegas mayor next year — the first to announce his intentions for the city’s top spot.

    Ortiz, 69, said last week he doesn’t plan any shakeups in the city administration. But he promised to work to reverse “downward trends.”

    Mayor Tony Marquez, who is in the second year of a two-year term, hasn’t revealed his plans for the March 2 election.

  • Sluggish start leads to RHS loss

    For Robertson’s Lady Cardinals, the turning point Wednesday night against visiting Taos came early.

    The Tigers took advantage of a slow start by RHS and darted out to a 14-3 first-quarter lead. The Lady Cards never quite recovered, although they outscored their guests every quarter thereafter. Final score: Taos 50, Robertson 48.

    “We gave up a lot of easy shots in that first quarter,” said RHS coach Aunna Bradley.

    “Then we got into foul trouble. Daniella (Montoya) had to sit halfway through the third.”

  • Ex-public works official returns

    Harold Garcia retired from the San Miguel County government in July.

    Now he’s back.

    Garcia, who had been the county’s public works supervisor for much of the last decade, is now the public service foreman. He is in charge of solid waste, animal control, and buildings and grounds, excluding the county jail.

    “They posted the position, I applied for it, and I got it,” Garcia said.