Today's News

  • Status of water rules questioned

    The city has no plans to go off heightened water restrictions anytime soon, although one councilman wondered why that was the case.

    City Councilman Morris Madrid said residents have asked him why the city is still on stiffer rules after robust rainfall and reservoirs nearly full.

    “Is there any relief for us in the near future?” he asked at last week’s council meeting.

  • City to collect on utility accounts

    If you have a past-due utilities bill with the city, you may be getting a call. And it won’t be from the city.

    The City Council voted last week to enter into an agreement with a third-party collection agency, Albuquerque-based Advantage Group.

    George DuFour, the city’s utilities director, told the council that the company would be attempting to collect 967 past-due accounts, amounting to $256,000.

  • Ex-conservative pastor comes out

    Years ago, Christian Garrett founded a conservative Christian church in Las Vegas and he preached that homosexuality was a sin.

    Now he’s returned to Las Vegas a different guy: He’s come out as gay, and he doesn’t consider it a bad thing.

    The 40-year-old isn’t shy about telling his story.

    In 1999, he formed the New Life Christian Church in Las Vegas. It started with 24 members, and within a year, that number rose by a hundred more.

  • Man shot at party; another arrested

    A Las Vegas man was shot early Thursday morning at a house party after he and his friends spent the night at the bar, police said.

    Armando Martinez, 25, 703 Kathryn Drive, was arrested on charges of aggravated battery, tampering with evidence and false imprisonment.

    The victim, Steve Marquez, was allegedly shot at Martinez’s house.

    Officers got a call around 4 a.m. about shots heard near Kathryn and Seventh Street, but they found nothing.

  • The local landscape

    Take away the sun, and Douglas Avenue becomes small-town Broadway, becomes a mosaic of textured cement and palm-smudged glass, the Salvation Army thrift store an all-night diner offering plastic fruit on chipped wood table. Streetlights become perfect eight-pointed stars in photographer Sean Weaver’s time-lapsed meditation on Las Vegas at night. Reminiscent of Edward Hopper’s famous painting, “Nighthawks,” Weaver’s Vegas is jaded, mysterious, a city of daisy-chained facade.

  • The Song of Jonah

    The Song of Jonah

    by Gene Guerin

    University of New Mexico Press, 2008

    ISBN 978-0-8263-4336-9

    $18.95 paperback

    232 pp.

    ‘A mixed and unsettling atmosphere colored the rest of the day. The procession after Mass, with the santo carried on its pallet along a path lit by kindling fires that snapped and spit resin, was for some a triumphal parade. For others it was a slow, solemn march with funereal undertones.” (p. 163)

  • Councilman: Employees have phobia

    City Councilman Cruz Roybal contends that city employees are developing a phobia of talking to elected officials.

    “I used to freely talk with employees. Now people are afraid of council members,” Roybal said at this week’s council meeting. “How can we not allow people to talk with me?”

    He said that while a gag order may have been imposed on city employees, that won’t stop him from talking with people he has known for much of his life.

    “We are family here, vecinos, primos. That’s our culture,” he said.

  • Getting the credit(s) you deserve, part 2

    In part 1 of this article , I outlined the available federal and state tax credits and the incentives PNM has to offer Las Vegans who install a PV/solar electric system. Now we will look at two specific examples to see how the costs and benefits actually play out.

  • Dreams

    All my life, I’ve always had very vivid, realistic dreams. The oldest dream I can remember is one from when I was 4 or 5.

    In my dream, I was walking down the street with my friend and her mom. We saw two people walk into an elevator, smiling and waving at us as the door closed.

  • LV bodybuilder targets Mr. New Mexico title

    Grueling twice-a-day workouts, including two hours of exhausting cardiovascular exercise and an hour of heavy-duty weightlifting, aren’t easy.

    But the most difficult aspect of training for a bodybuilding contest? To Larry Gonzales, it’s the diet.

    “That’s the hardest part,” he said, shaking his head and grinning.