Today's News

  • District leader's wife gets waiver

    The Las Vegas City Schools board was asked to do something it hadn’t done in a while — get involved in the hiring of a district employee.

    Superintendent Rick Romero asked the board to consider granting a waiver to his wife, Eloisa, for a teaching position at Paul D. Henry Elementary School.

  • Men accused in explosion

    Two Las Vegas men were arrested early Tuesday morning after police were called to investigate an explosion at the Dairy Queen at 2408 Seventh St.

    Chad Zamora, 21, 2028 Mark Drive, and Matthew Almanzar, 19, 870 Castle View Drive, were each charged with the dangerous use of explosives and criminal damage to property.

  • Suspect pays $8,840 to Watrous water association

    A former treasurer for the Watrous Mutual Domestic Water Association has paid the group more than $8,000 in funds she allegedly embezzled a few years ago.

    Maxine Gonzales, 43, of Watrous never admitted to any of the crimes and the district attorney’s office dismissed all charges.

    Instead, she entered into the DA’s office’s pre-prosecution program, which means she won’t see a judge and won’t ever be considered convicted as long as she follows a number of conditions. She has no prior criminal record.

  • County planning complex

    San Miguel County expects to seek bids in a couple of months for a planned public works complex that would, among other things, make it easier to haul trash to the landfill in Wagon Mound.

    County Manager Les Montoya said Tuesday that the county has a budget of $1.5 million for the facility. It is planned for the wood industrial park, which is at the site of the old Medite of New Mexico plant.

  • Griego rides first bull of national finals rodeo

    Jose Griego made it to the buzzer Tuesday in his first bull ride at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington.

    So far, so good.

    The Las Vegas native scored a 65, currently tying him for 16th place in the bull riding standings. He’s due to ride again on Thursday.

    Cody Case of Fulton, Mo., is the top rider to date with a 77 in the first go-round. Just 26 competitors have completed the eight-second ride; more will make the attempt today.

  • A green-and-gold game plan

    West Las Vegas football players logged quite a few rushing yards over the weekend.

    But they weren’t on the gridiron. They were delivering meals to customers at Sonic Drive-in.

    The team wants to start the season in style with new uniforms they are purchasing with money they earn themselves.

  • Lunch prices up at City Schools

    The Las Vegas City Schools board has voted for a price increase in meals served in the district’s cafeterias.

    Business manager Myrna Garcia said school districts across the state are also raising prices. The latest move would help the district cover the cost of the actual meals, she said.

    Garcia said meal rates for lunch at elementary schools will go from 90 cents to $1.10. At Memorial Middle and Robertson High schools, lunch will cost $1.25, up from the previous $1.

  • City may have broken tax law

    The city of Las Vegas appears to have violated the law by approving expenditures from lodgers tax revenue without seeking recommendations from a board made up of motel owners and other tourist-related businesses.

    The city has been without a lodgers tax board since March when Las Vegas’ newly elected mayor, Tony Marquez, disbanded all city committees, saying he planned to appoint new members.

  • Apartment operator seeks fence

    The operator of a local apartment complex takes the old clich, “Good fences make good neighbors,” to heart.

    Cathy Ray, representing Villa Las Vegas Apartments on Mountain View Drive, is asking the city to build a seven-foot fence between the apartments and next-door public housing.

    At last week’s City Council meeting, she blamed public housing residents for repeatedly damaging property at the apartments, including breaking of windows. The current fence has been damaged to the point where public housing tenants are getting through, she said.

  • Team ropers Archuleta, Cook 6th in NHSRA finals

    Las Vegan J.C. Archuleta and partner Ryan Cook of Belen finished their first round of competition at the National High School Rodeo Association Finals in sixth place among team ropers.

    The national finals continue through the end of the week in Farmington.

    Archuleta and Cook posted a time of 7.961 seconds, less than nine-tenths of a second behind fifth-place Colton Redmond and Andrew Yates, a Mississippi duo. Ty Erickson and Dalton Tamcke, both of Montana, lead the standings with a 6.275.

    Dozens of teams are vying for the team roping championship.