Today's News

  • Treasurer: County not losing money

    San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz is assuring the public that the county hasn’t lost any money in recent weeks because of the troubles in the nation’s financial markets.

    “We don’t have any investments where we lost dollars,” Ortiz told the County Commission last week. “If anything, we get good rates of interest, better than the state’s. That’s why we stay local.”

    He also told the commission that the treasurer’s office is doing well with delinquent accounts, considering the declining economy.

  • Candidate questionnaires

    District 68 state rep

    Thomas A. Garcia


    Age: 36

    How long in the district: Life

    Occupation: Education-ranching

    Experience: Deputy district director for U.S. Rep. Tom Udall 2000-07. District 68 State Representative 2006-present.

    Education: Graduated from Wagon Mound High School as valedictorian. Graduated from New Mexico Highlands University with a bachelor of arts in political science, combined science (chemistry and math), secondary education; master of arts in history/Southwest studies.

  • County enacts naming policy

    Just weeks before the Democratic primary election in June, a County Commission candidate’s supporters asked the commission to rename a fire station in his honor.

    The commission declined, saying the volunteer firefighters hadn’t even been consulted.

    Last week, the commission passed a resolution establishing the process for renaming of fire stations.

    In early May, the commission was presented with a petition containing the signatures of 150 residents in the Pecos Canyon who wanted to rename their fire station after Eloy Gonzales, a commissioner candidate.

  • TRIPP'S TRIPPIN': Ex-Don has turned high-flying dreams into reality

    In 1984 a 15- year-old young man was pitching in the state championship game of the Little League Senior Division. A few years later this same young man was leading the West Las Vegas football team into the state playoffs against the powerful Artesia Bulldogs as the Dons’ starting quarterback. Fast forward to present and this same young man is a commander and flight officer in the United States Navy, flying the P-3 Orion aircraft.

    Michael Abreu has lived his dream of the star athlete and is now living out his childhood dream of flying jets and serving his country.

  • Would-be commissioners talk roads

    County commission candidates focused on roads, solid waste, alternative energy and commissioner’s wages at Thursday’s forum at Memorial Middle School.

    Fred Romeo and Nicolas Leger are running for the District 5 seat, while Mary Bridget Maloney is running against Marcellino Ortiz in District 2. Ortiz was not present.

    Leger said the biggest complaint people in the county have are the conditions of the roads. He said primary problem the county faces is the lack of funding for road projects.

  • Partnership Act, Obama touted

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people, as well as some who are “straight, but not narrow,” gathered at the Old Town Plaza on Thursday evening to rally support for the Family Domestic Partnership Act — and Barack Obama.

  • Issues examined at house forum

    Candidates for state representative in District 68 and District 70 answered audience questions during a forum at Memorial Middle School on Thursday. Republican candidate in District 68 Sylvia Olsen did not attend, but her opponent, incumbent Thomas Garcia, joined the two District 70 candidates, Democratic incumbent Richard Vigil and Republican Mel Root, on the panel.

    Root said his top three issues for the upcoming legislative session would be jobs, education and drug education.

  • Council tables ordinance

    After some discussion, the Las Vegas City Council tabled on Wednesday a new amendment to the city’s sex offender ordinance sponsored by Mayor Tony Marquez.

    Marquez said the city attorney needs to conduct a legal review regarding enforcement of the measure.

  • Permaculture's other 'green'

    In permaculture, we often talk about the design and creation of “invisible structures.” Invisible structures are the cultural constructs which make a community a community rather than just an assortment of isolated individuals in proximity.

    Such invisible systems are all around us. One such invisible structure is the system of currency.

  • Two men accused in local burglary

    Two Las Vegas men are accused of breaking into 19 storage units. Police say they’re returning stolen property back to the owners.

    Charged with multiple counts of burglary were Angel Juarez, 18, 504 Colonias, and Steven Martinez, 19, a resident in the Lakeside trailer park.