Today's News

  • Luna students win gold medals

    Three students from Luna Community College brought home gold medals, and another, a bronze medal, from the SkillsUSA state conference earlier this month in Albuquerque.

    Johnny Garcia took first-place in autobody collision repair, while Laura Hurtado and Julie Trambley won a team first-place in cosmetology and nail technology. Kathy Maes won third-place in the cosmetology hair competition.

  • Two Mora County residents charged in attack

    Two Mora residents are accused of attacking a couple of men in a home.

    Terry Vasquez, 35, and Brenda Vasquez, 32, were charged in connection with a March 27 fight.

    According to a criminal complaint, a state police officer and a Mora County sheriff’s deputy responded to a call from El Oro Road. The Vasquezes were there and told the officers that a man had beaten them with a rifle.

  • Upgrades to council chambers considered

    Officials have been talking about moving City Hall or fixing up the council chambers since 1991.

    Public Works Director Carlos Ortiz told the council last week that the governing body indicates every year that it wants to wait another year to see what happens.

    “Now that the council has gotten smaller we need to do something with this facility,” Ortiz said. He said the city has talked to an architect about some of the possibilities, but has not begun any design and development for the project.

  • Delinquent accounts taken off books

    If you have a delinquent solid waste bill with the county, it may be taken off the books. But the county still reserves the right to collect.

    The County Commission on Wednesday voted unanimously to remove 221 solid waste accounts from its system, amounting to $114,000. That came at the advice of an auditor who believed the county’s solid waste accounts receivable was too large.

    Residents in the county’s unincorporated areas are charged for use of solid waste convenience centers scattered around the county.

  • Villanueva gets money

    The Villanueva Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association will receive a $961,000 loan and a $539,000 grant from the federal government, an official announced Monday.

    U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said the funds will be used to improve and expand the community’s water system. The system needs a bigger tank to replace leaking tanks, a new well, pump and well house and more fire hydrants, among other things.

  • Romero says he was attacked

    A Las Vegas man has been charged with attacking a Las Vegas City Schools board member after the suspect wrecked his car in front of the official’s house.

    Mario Ramirez, 29, was charged with aggravated battery and aggravated driving while intoxicated, Las Vegas police said. A passenger, Leroy Valdez, 23, was charged with disorderly conduct, police said.

  • LV man accused of raping woman

    A 33-year-old Las Vegas man is accused of raping a woman and later threatening her by saying he could have her fired from her job.

    The man, who lives on San Miguel Street, was arrested on charges of criminal sexual penetration, kidnapping, robbery and intimidation of a witness.

    According to a criminal complaint, the alleged victim on March 31 had just gotten off from work and went to sleep when the suspect woke her up. He asked her to go for a ride, but she protested at first, saying she was tired.

  • West gets new activity bus

    West Las Vegas High School and Middle School students will be traveling in comfort and style as they hit the road in their new activity bus.

    Bus driver Ronnie Lopez picked up the new ride in Albuquerque Friday and has already ferried students on a field trip and to a Lady Dons softball game.

    “It drives like a Cadillac, really quiet and smooth,” Lopez said.

    He said the 46-passenger bus comes with plush bucket seats and climate-controlled air and heat that adjusts to the desired temperature with a touch of a button.

  • City eyes offer to lease wells at ranch

    Representatives of a rancher who wants to lease his wells to the city made their case to the City Council last week.

    City officials said this was just a general overview of the proposal and for information only. Mayor Tony Marquez added that the governing body takes the water situation seriously and that there would be a special council meeting to address those concerns at a yet-to-be-determined date.

    Councilman Morris Madrid said, “Tonight’s presentation is probably going to set the background for the kind of meeting the mayor is talking about.”

  • School links solar panel to grid

    Fifth-graders from around the East Las Vegas school district were introduced to a green world taking shape at Memorial Middle School during a flipping-the-switch ceremony that connected a solar panel at the school to the Public Service Company of New Mexico grid.

    Shirley Marlow, 4-H science, technology, engineering and math specialist, said the school was one of five in he state chosen by the state Department of Energy and Minerals to receive the solar panel that produces 634 watts of electricity a day, powering the greenhouse on the middle school campus.