Today's News

  • Council OKs new utilities post

    The City Council last week approved a new position that officials said they hoped would improve customer service in the utilities department.

    The new position of customer service manager will pay $50,000 to $55,000 a year, but council members questioned how the city planned to cover the new salary.

  • LETTER: Can't get help at City Hall

    It is a shame when you walk in to the office at the City of Las Vegas to ask questions about your bill, or call and leave tons of messages because phones don’t get answered nor do they return calls. I walked in and both ladies from customer service and billing couldn’t help me. ...

    I received two bills that are due by April 16 and 27 because they forgot to bill me. Whose fault is that? So my question is, whom can we go to at the city offices when we have questions with our bill or need help understanding it? Because, customer service and billing can’t!

  • EDITORIAL: Keep case in Las Vegas

    District Judge Abigail Aragon made a mistake when she decided to move the case involving the murder of a 6-year-old to Santa Rosa. This crime happened here; this is where justice should occur.

    David Levi Chavez, 21, has been charged with an open count of murder in this case. He allegedly shot Jasmine Garcia as she was sleeping in her bed late one night last summer.

  • COLUMN: Luna opening its doors

    At one time, the Luna Community College Board of Trustees spent most of its time behind closed doors. Such secrecy created much suspicion — and rightfully so.

    These days, the board doesn’t hold closed meetings. I can’t remember the last time it had one.

    That’s probably because of the new president, Pete Campos. I’m glad he convinced the board that nearly all of the college’s public business should be discussed in the open.

  • Mora sheriff, state police at odds

    When Mora County residents dial 911, they reach dispatchers from the state police. That’s the way it’s been for years.

    But Mora County Sheriff Roy Cordova contends that the state police have kept his deputies out of the loop when it comes to major crimes in his county.

    “If there is a homicide or something big, they hesitate to call my office. But if it’s small like someone calling about a neighbor’s dog in their yard, the state police will call us,” Cordova said. “I would like a courtesy call about what’s going on.”

  • LATEST UPDATE: Murder suspect captured

    Las Vegas police late Tuesday night apprehended a woman accused in the death of a local man.

    Bernadette Sanchez, 36, a former Watrous resident who was more recently homeless in Las Vegas, is charged in the stabbing to death Timoteo M. Jaramillo, 36, of Las Vegas late Friday afternoon, police said.

  • Students, faculty present studies

    It’s not all about lectures and tests at Highlands University — research plays a major role at the local school, officials say.

    The New Mexico Highlands University Research Day gave students and faculty an opportunity to highlight the scholarship and research going on during the school year in the fields of chemistry, biology, English, humanities and history. 

  • WEEKEND SPORTS UPDATE: Pre-district tennis, Meadow City Invite track, NMHU-Mesa baseball series

    Mesa State College, the top dog in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball standings, held off host New Mexico Highlands on Friday in a 10-7 win.

    The nine-inning game was the first in a three-day, four-game series that continues through Sunday at Brandt Park. The Cowboys, the No. 2 team in the RMAC going into the weekend, and Mavericks play a doubleheader beginning at noon Saturday, then have a nine-inning contest on Sunday.


  • Head Start to have classes on east side

    It’s official: Students on the east side will now have Head Start classrooms in their own district.

    Head Start Director Joseph Griego said that, for years, parents have been pleading for a common-sense approach because of the time children spend waiting for buses and having to transition to an unfamiliar school — unnecessary burdens that could be fixed with an agreement between the East and West school districts.

  • Green’s the theme for Synergy Fest

    Going green was the theme of the day at the sixth annual Synergy Fest at Memorial Middle School on Saturday.

    From a band stage running on solar energy to the recycling of materials, patrons of this year’s Synergy Fest gained knowledge in the various forms of sustainable and renewable energy. Lloyd Goding, head of the Las Vegas Chapter of the New Mexico Solar Energy Association, said the event was intended to provide area residents a chance to understand and utilize the various energy forms to in their homes.