Today's News

  • Subdivision approved after lengthy meeting

    The San Miguel County Commission this week gave a green light to a subdivision in Rowe.

    But during a more than two hour meeting on the issue, several commissioners wondered about the condition of the road that accesses the proposed development, known as Mesa Azul.

    Melvin Varela, owner of Anazasi MVJV, is proposing a 13-lot subdivision five miles southwest of Rowe, with each lot to be around one acre.

    Last month, the county Planning and Zoning Commission had recommended the commission approve the the subdivision’s preliminary plat.

  • LETTER: Medical pot users should form group

    I want to start a support group for medical cannabis patients in Las Vegas. The state Health Department has told me that it is prohibited from helping me contact registered patients because of “privacy” concerns. It was the department that suggested I post a notice in the newspaper. I have been on the medical cannabis program here since 2007, and I still have not met even one other patient. New Mexico is one of only three states that allow growing and distributing (selling) pot for medical use. It is difficult and dangerous to try to buy marijuana on the black market.

  • Man crashes, charged with DWI

    A Las Vegas man was charged with drinking and driving after officers witnessed him get into an accident this week, state police said.

    Joshua A. Montoya, 21, was charged with DWI, his first such offense, and reckless driving.

    Around 7 p.m. Tuesday, state police officers noticed Montoya in a white pickup truck traveling north on N.M. Highway 518 near Sapello. He was allegedly swerving all over the road.

  • Chamber, hotelier in dispute

    A prominent local businessman is criticizing the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce, saying its advertising strategy isn’t effective.

    In a letter to chamber President Matt Martinez, Wid Slick of the Plaza Hotel urged the chamber last month to buy a full-page advertisement in the New Mexico Magazine Vacation Guide. The publication would give the city visibility with 650,000 print copies and 2.5 million Internet hits, he said.

    Once the chamber puts tracking mechanisms on its web site, the guide will be the biggest source of leads, Slick said.

  • Cardinals 'a whole different team'

    A full offseason program — and a preseason uncomplicated by the troubles that befell last year’s team — have apparently made a major difference for the Robertson High football team.

    “We’re a whole different team from last year,” says RHS head coach Richard Martinez.

    Most of the players who took the field last fall are back, of course. But with stability back in the program, the optimism has returned to Cardinal country.

  • Assault charge thrown out

    Charges against a Las Vegas man have been dismissed in response to a legal motion alleging misconduct by the prosecution.

    Richard Encinias, 28, had been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, having allegedly veered his car toward that of Ben Bencomo in an attempt to run him off the road.

    The motion to dismiss specifies two areas of misconduct — vindictive prosecution and withholding of exculpatory evidence, which tends to disprove guilt.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    I would like to commend the Las Vegas Fire Department, particularly staff members Lt. Samuel Lujan, Engineer Louie Mares and firefighter Rodney Sauter, for their recent outstanding and noteworthy service to our community.

    At the Public Safety Committee meeting on Monday, Aug. 10, these three firefighters received the Phoenix Award, an honorary award that recognizes the individual for the significant service of successfully resuscitating a patient from respiratory or cardiac arrest.

  • Don Cecilio renovation ends

    Everything is brighter in the newly renovated classrooms at Don Cecilio Elementary School. The light reflects off the shiny wood floors, desks and faces of the children.

    Each classroom has what amounts to a wall of windows. Many rooms have indoor plants growing along the window ledges.

    Built as North Public, Don Cecilio was a well-built and sturdy structure, almost like a fortress. But after eight months of renovation, what was a dark, dank and depressing building has become a shinny, new and pleasant place of learning.    

  • Cowboys in Kansas on Friday

    New Mexico Highlands didn’t make a whole lot of mistakes on the gridiron this past weekend at Midwestern State. Trouble is, the mistakes they did make turned into points for the host Mustangs, who played a hyper-efficient game on both sides of the ball.

    The Cowboys can put that 41-0 defeat in the rear view mirror Friday night with a good showing at Washburn in Topeka, Kans. It’s the first gridiron meeting between the schools.

    NMHU plays the Ichabods at 5 p.m. Mountain time Friday. The game is slated to be broadcast live on KMDZ-FM 96.7.


    Thumb DOWN for ... AN UNFORTUNATE TREND. It isn’t good news when a local school district has to report that it has recorded a decline in enrollment. The Las Vegas City Schools reported yet another such drop recently, announcing it was down 122 students compared to the beginning of school a year ago.