Today's News

  • Three vie for utility post

    Carlos Lovato, a member of the board for the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative, maintains he’s always put the members first in his decisions, but two men running against him for his position question that stance.

    On Tuesday, Lovato, who has served off and on for nearly two decades, will face Rey Herrera and Eric Michael Cummings in the District 2 election.

    District 2 includes Rociada, Sapello, Buena Vista, Mineral Hill and Watrous, among other places. The nonprofit utility serves thousands of customers in the rural areas of San Miguel and Mora counties.

  • Documents: Murder victim hurt woman

    A woman who is accused of killing a man stabbed him when he was attacking another woman, according to court documents.

    Bernadette Sanchez, 36, who had been homeless in Las Vegas, is charged with an open count of murder in the death of Timoteo M. Jaramillo, 36.

    According to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court, Elizabeth Martin walked out of the back door of her house around 5:30 p.m. April 24 at 1916 Morrison St., in the area of the county courthouse. She said she saw her neighbor, Jaramillo, kicking her dog in his yard, documents state.

  • Vegas man accused of burglary of house

    A day before 34th birthday, a Las Vegas man who says he was hungry and homeless burglarized a house where some of his relatives live, state police say.

    Jason Christopher Byrer was charged with burglary, breaking and entering, and larceny.

    According to a criminal complaint, Byrer’s cousin was awakened around noon on April 21 when Byrer came into a house in the 3400 block of Seventh Street. Byrer told his cousin that he was in there to pick up some of his clothing; Byrer lived in the house until two months before. After a short conversation, Byrer left.

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    thumbs UP for ... TOP OF THE COMPETITION. Track and Field is often an under-appreciated sport, but the talent that stands out is frequently something to behold. And the Meadow City Invitational, held this past week, was no exception.

    For the home crowd, there were some impressive finishes. Among 17 teams competing, all four Las Vegas teams placed in the top three of their respective divisions. Among the girls, Robertson placed first and West third; and among the boys, the Cards came in second and the Dons third.

  • LETTER: Glad to see DOT signs changed

    I want to congratulate the Department of Transportation for changing their announcements roadside signs recently.

    The Message “NMDOT Cares Drive Safely” is much more pleasing than the old “... Cops Everywhere ...” message. Thank you, NMDOT, for making driving more pleasing with this positive message; you made my day.

    Brian Rodgers

    Las Tusas

  • Area schools, agencies take precautions

    Local officials are keeping a close eye on the national spread of the swine flu, but so far, there haven’t been any confirmed cases in New Mexico.

    Rick Romero and Jim Abreu, superintendents of the East and West districts respectively, are using the media and sending out letters to parents about what the districts are doing to keep everyone safe.

  • East struggles with budget

    The Las Vegas City Schools district is experiencing rising energy bills that are the rule and not the exception for school districts around the country.

    These are bills that are adding to the red ink, mounting to the tune of $500,000, an official said.

    Las Vegas City Schools business manager Myrna Garcia said the bill for natural gas in April at one school site was more than $12,000. The average monthly cost for gas district-wide was about $25,000, she said.

  • COLUMN: Nothing for something

    It’s time to  check the purity of the water supplied to the Highlands Regents for their meetings and deliberations. I propose this because there seems no alternate explanation for their irrational awarding of a $56,000 presidential pay raise — a 30 percent-plus increase.  

  • Ex-official recognized

    Barbara Ann Perea Casey, a former local school administrator, recently won the top award from the New Mexico branch of the American Association of University Women. The Grace Barker Award is the highest given by the organization.

    “I am very honored to have received this award because it summarizes what I have tried to do all my life — be a positive mentor and role model to young girls and women of all ages so that they know that they have worth and value, and that they can do whatever they want in their lives,” Casey said in a statement.

  • LETTERS: Mil Gracias

    On behalf of the staff and students of the Valley Elementary and Middle School, I would like to thank Sen. Pete Campos, Celestino Trujillo, Wal-Mart, and Pam’s Flowers for their donations to our school.

    I would also like to thank the Mariachi Paisano del Valle who came out to your school to perform for our school’s 40th anniversary celebration on April 8.

    Becky Gallegos