Today's News

  • Dia de los Muertos coming soon

    Students at Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary have been looking forward to making their own sugar skulls as they learn more about Dia de los Muertos from Principal Martha Johnsen, an expert and avid collector of memorabilia associated with the day.

    Johnsen explained to a classroom of fourth-graders and kindergartners that the first two days in November people in Mexico remember those who have passed away, whether it’s family members, friends or even famous people. She said Nov. 1 is for children or los angelitos (little angels) and Nov. 2 is a time to remember adults.

  • Task force arrests four people on narcotics charges

    Four people have been arrested for trafficking illegal drugs in San Miguel County, officials said.

    Sgt. Mack Allingham, commander of the Region 4 Narcotics Task Force, said authorities seized an estimated $7,000 worth of cocaine in raids conducted by the agency.

    On Sept. 12, the task force executed a search warrant on Pork Chop Drive just north of Las Vegas. As a result, three people were arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine, according to a task force press release.

  • Mayor targets expenses

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez wants to reduce the number of the city’s take-home cars and cell phones.

    At last week’s City Council meeting, he challenged City Manager Sharon Caballero to cut the number by 10 to 20 percent.

  • Ex-Luna employees filed bias lawsuit

    A former Luna Community College employee has sued the school, alleging it systematically discriminates against Anglos.

    Hans Kuss, a former Luna student services counselor, is claiming institutional racism that includes discrimination against all non-Hispanics who attend or are employed by the college. The defendants are Luna and its former interim president, Sigfredo Maestas.

    The lawsuit, filed Sept. 29, states that shortly after Luna hired Kuss in early 2007, an official took Kuss out to dinner and continually emphasized that Kuss was Anglo.

  • A call for unity

    Head Start Director Joseph Griego wants to see more collaboration between programs that offer Las Vegas tots services.

    He said as it stands, there are still children in the community who aren’t being served, but that could change with a little more cooperation between child-care organizations.

  • Clinton group submits proposal

    A group of residents who want Sen. Hillary Clinton or President Clinton to come to town have come up with a proposal for such a visit.

    On Tuesday, Lorenzo Flores, co-chairman of Hillary Supporters for Obama, directed the proposal to Ben Ray Lujan, the Democratic candidate for northern New Mexico’s congressional district.

    Hillary Supporters believes a visit by either Clinton could help increase support for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. They maintain that many Democrats in this area are now reluctant to vote for Obama, an Illinois senator.

  • Authorities say they rid Alamo of two crack houses

    Authorities have dismantled two crack houses on Alamo Street, resulting in the arrest of a “big fish,” an official said.

    Most of the suspects belong to the same family, local authorities said.

    Last Thursday, agents from the Region 4 Narcotics Task Force executed two search warrants at 510 and 418 Alamo Street.

  • West: No guard was on duty

    West Las Vegas officials thought they had a watchman on duty the night someone spray-painted graffiti over the high school’s outside walls.

    They were wrong.

    Because of scheduling confusion, no watchman was on duty last Wednesday night when someone spray-painted red and white graffiti on the school’s walls, Superintendent Jim Abreu said Tuesday.

    He said each watchman thought the other was supposed to work that night. Schedules change each month, and the vandalism occurred during the first night of October, he said.

  • Former official facing charges

    Former City Councilman Eugene Romero was arrested over the weekend after a dispute with a woman at his house, police say.

    Romero, 40, 300 Cumbres Patio, faces charges of false imprisonment, a fourth-degree felony, and criminal damage to property, a misdemeanor. The longtime councilman left office in March.

    Police responded to a call from Romero’s house shortly after 5 p.m. Friday.

  • Suspect's friend 'freaked out'

    Martin Chris Romero describes himself as “freaked out” after he found out that his friend reportedly fired the gunshot that killed a 6-year-old girl.

    But he didn’t call the police. Instead, he says he kept it a secret from the authorities until investigators asked about the murder months later.

    Romero testified on Monday during the preliminary hearing of David Levi Chavez, 507 New Mexico Ave., who has been charged with an open count of murder in the June 15 death of Jasmine Garcia.