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Today's News

  • Once a shy guy

    Before getting involved in politics, Mayor Tony Marquez says he was a shy and private person.

    “I was extremely quiet, the guy who didn’t want to speak before the class, partly because of my speech, but sometimes you’ve just got to roll up your sleeves and get done what needs to be done,” Marquez said.

    Marquez said he recognized as a kid that he was different from others but embraced his differences.

    “People also used to talk about my eyes being blue,” he said with a grin.

  • Las Vegas recycles

    Las Vegas’ Solid Waste Department is solidly behind recycling, and they would like residents to know about it.

    Kelly Eversole, the departments’ Keep America Beautiful Coordinator, says that the city is accepting recycled plastic, paper, cardboard, tin, steel, aluminum and e-waste, including computers, at the transfer station. There is no charge for recycling these items.

    The city is already managing a large volume of recyclable materials. “We shipped out 109.56 tons of recycling from January through March of this year” Eversole said.

  • Luna: it cost little to get millions

    Luna Community College has the potential of getting nearly $5 million for capital improvements as the result of the legislative session earlier this year. The cost of lobbying for that money was “unbelievably low,” an official says.

    Sigfredo Maestas, Luna’s interim president, praised the work of Leroy “Huero” Sanchez, a temporary employee who served as the college’s lobbyist from October to February.

    The costs associated with having a lobbyist amounted to a little less than $18,000.

  • Deputy Chief wins in Bataan event near Cruces

    Las Vegas Deputy Police Chief Christian Montao last weekend won a race in southern New Mexico that was part of the city police’s effort to recruit more officers.

    Montao, 37, participated in the 15.2-run as part of the Bataan Memorial Death March, which also included a marathon and walking events.

    He beat the other 257 participants, passing the finish line at one hour, 52 minutes. The nearest competitor, Ronald Marple, came in about 12 minutes later.

    Chad Matey, 33, of Las Vegas finished 14th in two hours, 19 minutes.

  • Ex- L.A. Gang member faced peril ,was imprisoned

    Alex Sanchez told Robertson High School students last week that he has been shot, spent time in prison and was a person who got satisfaction from hurting others.

    He was in Las Vegas on behalf of the United World College and the Las Vegas Peace and Justice Center to spread the word that there is a better and much safer way to lead one’s life.

  • HU athlete accused of breaking into house

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic

    A former Highlands University football player was arrested over the weekend on a charge of breaking into the Raynolds Avenue house of Associate Superintendent Barbara Perea Casey

    Fernando Vargas, 22, of Carson, Calif., was taken to the San Miguel County jail. He was arrested a day after his birthday.

  • Bail lowered for Mora County sex crimes suspect

    A district judge lowered the bail for a Cleveland, N.M., man who is accused of sexual assaulting children in three cases.

    Judge Eugenio Mathis lowered Clifford Gutierrez’s bond from $1 million to $300,000. That means Gutierrez, 34, will have to come up with 10 percent in cash, or $30,000, or provide real property worth $300,000 in collateral, the judge said.

    If Gutierrez is able to get out of jail, he would be barred from living in San Miguel or Mora counties, Mathis said.

  • Program available for residents

    State Farm Co. has presented the Las Vegas Fire Department with a $7,000 grant.

    This grant is part of the charitable efforts of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance and State Farm Companies Foundation called the “Good Neighbor Citizenship,” according to a press release.

    The foundation concentrates on disaster prevention and recovery services. The use of this grant is for the establishment of the Las Vegas Fire Department’s Fire Safety Community Outreach Program, which started Tuesday.

  • Going International

    Twenty-five flags from around the world fly at a monument on the Highlands University representing the diversity of students attending classes at the Las Vegas campus. Now, President Jim Fries is looking to expand opportunities for even more international students, including those from China.

  • Second in command aims for top job

    The second in command at the Las Vegas City Schools is submitting her name for the superintendent’s position.

    Associate Superintendent Barbara Perea Casey is working behind the scenes for her candidacy to replace Superintendent Pete Campos, who will become president of Luna Community College in July.

    The district is advertising the superintendent’s position and has promised a statewide search.