Today's News

  • Coach faces DWI charge

    Peter Ortiz, Luna Community College’s baseball coach, was arrested last weekend on a charge of drunken driving. An officer’s report indicated that the coach appeared “obviously heavily intoxicated.”

    Peter Ortiz, 44, 409 Tecolote St., who is also the city’s parks supervisor, is charged with aggravated driving under the influence and reckless driving. He was arrested by city police Cpl. Robert Gutierrez.

  • Stores offer machine to convert coins

    Probably everyone in America has a coin stash that through the years keeps growing as people empty their pocket change. Some people take the time to count and roll their pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, but most don’t have the patience.

    The two Lowe’s grocery stores in Las Vegas now have an easier way to turn those coins into cash.

    Ron Martinez, Lowe’s Supersave store manager on Mills Avenue, said the machines have been in the stores since December and get daily use.

  • Two announce runs for commission

    Two area residents have announced their candidacies for the County Commission in this year’s Democratic primary.

    Rancher Eloy Gonzales, 70, plans to run for the District 2 seat on the five-member commission. That district covers much of the western part of the county, including Pecos and San Juan.

    Hugh Ley represents District 2 currently, but he is not allowed to run for a third consecutive term.

  • Local bookstore moves to new, bigger location

    “It’s bigger, and people are appreciating the roominess” said Nancy Colalillo, owner of Tome on the Range.

    It’s no surprise. Tome on the Range relocated to much roomier digs last Friday, and the new space, at 158 Bridge Street, is not just bigger, it’s better.

    The first improvement is in used books. Tome on the Range specialized in new books, with its sister store, Second Tome Around, focusing on used books. But Second Tome Around closed last year.

  • Footsteps of the faithful

    Holy Week begins Sunday with an event chronicled in all four Gospels — Palm Sunday, a remembrance of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, when people lining the road pressed their best cloaks, pressed branches of small trees into the dry earth before him in a gesture of admiration and respect.

    Today, Catholics hold stark green blessed palm fronds, or boughs of native trees, during Palm Sunday Mass as they participate in the Lord’s Passion, a recital of Jesus’ last steps before death and resurrection.

  • At this age...

    A good friend of mine often says that anything is possible, but not everything is possible. This will probably never be as clear as it is at 17 and 18. Let me explain.

  • District outlines search for leader

    The Las Vegas City Schools board on Monday set the parameters for picking a new superintendent who would replace Pete Campos, who was hired to become Luna Community College’s next president.

    Board President Elaine Luna said it’s essential to start the process in a timely manner “because before we know it, the time will be here and we’ll have to make that transition.”

    She said Campos would be an active participant during the planning process.

  • Commissioners get own chambers

    The San Miguel County Commission has been meeting in the West Las Vegas school board meeting room for the last couple of years. For years before that, the commissioners met in other places.

    Now, they have a home.

    The commissioners held their first regular meeting inside their new chambers in the former courtroom at the old courthouse.

  • State funding for specialty crops

    New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) announced today that funding will be available under the New Mexico Specialty Crops Program. Funds are available to New Mexico organizations and individuals that have a long-term commitment to improving the economic viability of New Mexico’s rural economy or have projects with a significant value-added potential.

  • Review of Taser rules urged

    The Las Vegas Police Department should consider changes to its policy regulating the use of high-voltage stun guns, an advisory panel member urged this week.

    However, the police chief contended the policy in place is a good one.

    Pat Leahan, co-chairwoman of the city’s public safety advisory committee, noted that Raton police officers fired their Tasers 23 times in a case in which a man died as the officers were trying to subdue him in January.