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Today's News

  • Mayor goes over HUD official’s head

    Mayor Tony Marquez is going over the head of a top federal housing official in New Mexico because of the official’s alleged vendetta against Las Vegas.

    Marquez has invited Justin Ormsby from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department regional office in Fort Worth, Texas, to meet with the Las Vegas City Council.

    The mayor also informed federal elected officials about the Las Vegas Optic story of the alleged vendetta against the city by HUD official Floyd Duran, according to a city press release.

  • Residents: Don’t pave our road

    Many rural residents want their roads paved, but those living on a forest road near Pecos apparently don’t.

    The U.S. Forest Service had asked San Miguel County to accept Forest Road 223 as a county road. But a county road-viewing committee recommended against doing so, saying that the agency needed to obtain the proper easements from landowners and settle all issues involving the road.

  • The right call

    Recently, the Las Vegas Police Department closed its rifle range to the public. That’s after officers discovered yet another rash of damage to the facility, including vandalism, illegal dumping and shooting at structures not intended as targets.

    The police made the right decision. Now, officers are drafting a new policy for use of the range, and they say they hope to involve the public.

  • A correct approach

    When it comes to water supplies, the city of Las Vegas should keep all options on the table. That should be the city’s approach even in times of plentiful precipitation, which has been the case over the last year.

  • Las Vegan seriously hurt after accident

    A man who rolled his pickup truck in Mineral Hill with his two sons riding along was drinking and driving, state police said.

    Jorge Gallardo, 41, a Mexican national living in Las Vegas, was charged with aggravated DWI and two counts of child abuse, state police Lt. Craig Martin said.

    Martin said state police verified that Gallardo was paralyzed from the chest down. Gallardo, who was taken to St. Vincent Christus Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, has been charged but not booked into jail because of his medical condition.

  • Residents want road improved

    Franchesca Hentsch and others want help from the government to improve their street, Don Gallegos Circle.

    But there’s a problem: It’s a private road.

    Hentsch said she and others are concerned with the ruts in the road, which can become a major problem in the winter. This situation is particularly problematic for a small nursing home on the street, she said.

    Don Gallegos Circle is off of Eighth Street on the north side of town; dozens of houses are along the street.

  • Several RHS soccer players all-district

    Head coach Ray Parks and six of his Robertson girls’ soccer players were honored with selection to the all-District 1A-AAA team after cruising to their third consecutive district championship.

    Additionally, three RHS boys’ team members were named to the all-district first team and three others to the second team.

    Selections for all-district were released Monday by Matt Montoya, Pojoaque Valley athletic director and chairman of the district.

  • Police: Woman was showing off

    A woman was trying to show off to her passengers as she was driving to Montezuma last week, state police said.

    Apparently no one was impressed.

    Venessa Marie Montaño, 19, of Albuquerque rolled down an embankment around 5 p.m. Wednesday and found herself charged with two counts of reckless driving, police said.

  • HU has lowest tuition in the West

    Highlands University has the lowest tuition and fees of any four-year college in an 11-state region in the West, according to a study.

    In the study, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education showed that Highlands’ tuition and fees for undergraduate residents was at $2,688 per year, far lower than other colleges in the region, which includes the dozens of colleges in California.

    The next lowest was Metropolitan State College of Denver, which charges $3,241 in tuition and fees.

  • COLUMN: Our congressional delegation

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s three new Democratic U.S. House members won election by solid margins. But can they all survive?

    The representatives from congressional districts 1 and 2 took over seats that Democrats have not held in over 25 years. The 3rd Congressional District looks plenty safe for Rep. Ben Ray Lujan.

    His most likely competition would likely come from another Democrat and that isn’t probable as long as his father remains a power in state politics.