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Today's News

  • Bulldozer used in attempted Mora bank break-in

    It was an unusual way to try to break into a bank.

    Around 2 a.m. Friday, authorities responded to an incident in which someone operating a bulldozer tried to break the walls of the Mora branch of the Bank of Las Vegas. The bulldozer was stolen from a track-and-field construction project on school grounds, said Tim Marquez, Mora County’s undersheriff.

    He said state police responded after a bulldozer triggered the bank’s alarms. He said it appeared as if the person tried to break into the “pretty solid” wall to get to the automatic teller machine.

  • Officials upset over lack of invitation

    A couple of City Council members were upset that they weren’t invited to a recent Arbor Day event.

    At last week’s council meeting, members Morris Madrid and Cruz Roybal questioned the city administration about why they didn’t get an invitation. Both were staunch supporters of former Mayor Henry Sanchez, whom Mayor Tony Marquez handily beat in March’s municipal election.

  • Resident named to state Hall of Fame

    At first, there were 80 nominations, from which 21 were recognized for the 23rd annual Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women.

    Then came the naming of two to the New Mexico Women’s Hall of Fame — and the first ever to win the award from Las Vegas.

    At a banquet on Friday in Albuquerque, local soup kitchen and library volunteer Carol Durham became an honoree into the New Mexico Women’s Hall of Fame. She joins 50 other women to have received the honor since its inception 22 years ago.

  • Mora Co. says it's not involved

    Courts sentence people convicted of crimes, not county governments.

    Still, Miguel Martinez, Mora County’s interim manager, felt the need to clarify the situation involving the recent conviction of Clifford Gutierrez, 34, of Cleveland, N.M., which is in Mora County. The man was sentenced for inappropriately touching seven underage victims.

  • City can regulate size of campaign signs, attorney says

    Las Vegas has long had an ordinance on the books regulating the size of campaign signs. But it hasn’t been enforced because a former city attorney apparently deemed in unconstitutional.

    But the new city attorney, Carlos Quinones, disagrees altogether. After doing some research, he said he has found that it’s constitutional for a community to regulate campaign sign sizes.

    The current ordinance prohibits signs larger than 6 square feet in residential neighborhoods and those more than 32 square feet in nonresidential zones.

  • Resident questions rates for city utility

    Las Vegas resident Robert Jones only used around 800 gallons of water last month. But he was charged for a whopping 8,000 gallons of sewage.

    Under city sewer rate rules, that’s business as usual. But to Jones, who has lived at his Rosenwald Street house for only a month, it’s nothing short of outrageous.

  • Union backers take to the streets

    More than 50 protesters on Thursday took a message to the front doors of the hospital: “Negotiate now.”

    The group, which included Alta Vista Regional Hospital employees, demonstrated starting at 11 a.m. at all four corners of Las Vegas’ busiest intersection — Seventh Street and Mills Avenue.

    Many of the cars passing by honked their horns in support throughout the lunch hour. Many demonstrators held yellow union flags; others waved signs with messages such as “People before profits” and “Appreciate-negotiate.”

  • Luna to improve city park

    Luna Community College this week approved an agreement with the city and a local Little League for Luna’s softball team to play at a city park, but officials aren’t exactly sure how they’ll pay for improvements to the field.

    The city signed off on the agreement last week, and La Plaza Little League officials are happy with it.

    Luna is forming a softball team, which is expected to start playing at Rodriguez Park next school year.

  • Man sentenced in home invasion case

    A man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for invading a home last year, the district attorney said.

    On Aug. 28, Robert Sandoval was convicted on a charge of aggravated battery, a second-degree felony, and was sentenced to five years of supervised probation, District Attorney Richard Flores said in a statement. Georgia Vigil was also sentenced in the case, Flores said.

  • College delays salary hikes

    Luna Community College’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved the school’s annual budget but held off on pay increases for employees.

    Luna officials have been crafting a salary plan that would address inequities among employees. However, Sigfredo Maestas, Luna’s interim president, recommended to the trustees that they delay until January a pay plan that would cost the school an additional $430,000 annually.