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Today's News

  • ONLINE UPDATE: Vigil convicted

    SANTA FE — A jury in Santa Fe’s District Court on Thursday found former West Las Vegas bilingual coordinator Roberta Vigil guilty of charges of fraudulently spending public money.

    The eight-man, four-woman jury delivered the verdict after four hours of deliberations. Vigil, the wife of state Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, was convicted of fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud.

  • COLUMN: Belt-tightening may be on way

    These days, Gov. Bill Richardson isn’t doing sitdown interviews with reporters from New Mexico. Since a pay-to-play controversy forced him to decline his nomination as Commerce secretary, Richardson has held just one such interview — with a reporter from the Washington Post.

  • LETTER: We all have to do our part, right?

    As an education employee of the state of New Mexico, I have been asked to give up 1.5 percent of my pay for the coming fiscal year. A $400 million shortfall, they tell us. OK. The school district comes to us today, and asks us to give up one day’s pay to help balance the budget here in our district, and keep everybody employed. A $400,000 shortfall, they tell us. OK. We all know state revenue is down. A lot. I guess we all have to do our part, and we know things are much worse in other parts of the country.

  • EDITORIAL: Co-op vote

    This past weekend, a few hundred Highlands University and Luna Community College students walked across the commencement stage and received their degrees. And while some will go on to pursue another degree, most of them are about as academically prepared as they’re going to be for the working world.

    Unfortunately, they will enter the workforce during a recession, so it won’t be easy. Just about every job opening out there will have numerous applicants, so standing out in a crowd will be a challenge.

  • City code offender buys county cars

    Las Vegas resident Tony Ortega is known for acquiring inoperable cars and other junk and placing them on his properties around town — in violation of city ordinance.

    Now, San Miguel County no longer wants to be a party to Ortega’s problems with the city.

  • EDITORIAL: Graduation and recession

    This past weekend, a few hundred Highlands University and Luna Community College students walked across the commencement stage and received their degrees. And while some will go on to pursue another degree, most of them are about as academically prepared as they’re going to be for the working world.

    Unfortunately, they will enter the workforce during a recession, so it won’t be easy. Just about every job opening out there will have numerous applicants, so standing out in a crowd will be a challenge.

  • ONLINE BREAKING NEWS: Case against Ralph Garcia thrown out

    SANTA FE — A state district judge on Tuesday threw out the case against former longtime West Las Vegas school board member Ralph Garcia, who was accused of fraudulently spending public money in connection with two parties.

    District Judge Stephen Pfeffer decided to dismiss charges of fraud and conspiracy after the state finished presenting its case. He did so in response to arguments by Garcia's attorney, Anna Aragon.

  • Vegas officials headed to LA

    Three Las Vegas officials are planning to take a trip to Los Angeles in June at a cost of $1,800 each. But one of them says she may not go if she isn’t satisfied there is money in the budget for it.

    In late June, City Manager Timothy Dodge, Mayor Tony Marquez and Councilwoman Diane Moore are expected to go to the annual conference of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials.

  • Sheriff criticizes county official

    San Miguel County Sheriff Benjie Vigil contends the county government isn’t giving his department the resources it needs. And he said that’s largely because the county manager controls the County Commission.

    The sheriff went public with his criticism of County Manager Les Montoya after the commission decided last week against Vigil’s request for high-voltage stun guns for his deputies.

  • Mayor to governor: Water is priority

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez told Gov. Bill Richardson on Friday that water was the city’s priority for funding.

    Rich-ardson met with local officials at City Hall to talk about federal stimulus funding that was available to communities such as Las Vegas.