Today's News

  • Manager to stay after all

    Less than two weeks ago, Rudy Romero, the manager of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative, looked as if he were leaving the utility.

    Now, that’s all changed. He was in attendance at the cooperative’s monthly meeting this week, and Board of Trustees members said they hadn’t accepted his letter of resignation.

    Two weeks ago, Romero wouldn’t say why he was resigning but that he would issue a statement.

    At the time, Carlos Lovato, chairman of the trustees, said the utility would launch a search for a new manager.

  • Utility board's perk may disappear

    MORA — Customers of an electric cooperative serving rural areas in northeastern New Mexico may vote on proposals to cut the utility’s Board of Trustees’ costs and give the membership more control.

    Three months ago, a group of customers that has opposed the Board of Trustees of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative presented six proposed amendments to the bylaws.

  • Fair designed to promote business

    The Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation wants to help create and build some new, homegrown businesses in town, its leaders say. That’s why it sponsored its first Entrepreneur Fair last weekend.

  • HU promises better meal service

    The Highlands Board of Regents on Monday improved an increase in the cost of student meal plans, but officials said the company providing the meals promises to improve its service.

    Last month, students complained they couldn’t get a full meal at the Cantina with the meal plan and that the Cantina wasn’t open enough hours. And they had other objections to the meal service.

    After the complaints surfaced, officials from ABL Management Inc., the food service contractor, met with students.

  • Fiesta draws 700 people

    A look at the numbers may lead you to conclude that the 14th annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad included about the same size crowd as years past, but they got to enjoy more performers. Such a summary of this lively event, however, would be insufficient.

    About 700 people filled Ilfeld Auditorium on Friday night for a program that included 17 individual and group performers celebrating Hispanic music and culture in a variety of ways. And judging by the response, those in attendance enjoyed themselves immensely.

  • Council to consider dorms; HU called "arrogant"

    The City Council on Wednesday will look at Highlands University’s plan for dorms, which would require the closure of Washington Street.

    The city Planning and Zoning Commission approved the school’s proposal a couple of weeks ago after Highlands told officials that it could accommodate a couple of nearby residents’ requests.

    The planned residence hall would cover 100,000 square feet and house 284 students. The school hopes to have the residence hall ready by the fall semester in 2009.

  • Judge to give report

    Municipal Judge Eddie Trujillo is expected to make a rare appearance in front of the City Council on Wednesday.

    According to the agenda, he is set to give an informational report.

    Under the city charter, he is supposed to give a monthly report to the mayor and council, although the charter doesn’t specify whether it is supposed to be verbal or written. Trujillo has been turning in reports to the city’s finance department for years, but apparently, they haven’t been passed on to the council.

  • Valmora worker accused of abuse

    An employee of Valmora Ranch has been accused of abusing children at the nonprofit residential treatment center.

    Clarence Padilla, 48, who lives at Enchanted Hills mobile home park in Las Vegas, faces three counts of child abuse and six counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, court documents state.

    The incidents allegedly happened at Valmora, which helps children from 12 to 18.

  • League disputes official's comments

    A leader in the La Plaza Little League says his group works hard to pick up trash, disagreeing with the assessment of a city official.

    Earlier this month, Carlos Ortiz, the city’s public works director, said his workers have to spend hours cleaning up after league games. He suggested the city enter user agreements requiring the eastside Las Vegas Little League and westside La Plaza Little League to pick up litter after their games.

  • Las Vegas resident to serve as Democratic delegate

    Las Vegas will have a delegate at the national Democratic convention in Denver in August.

    Carla Arellanes was recently elected during a party meeting in Taos as a pledged delegate for Sen. Hillary Clinton, who prevailed in San Miguel County during New Mexico’s Democratic caucus in early February.

    “I feel she is very optimistic and hard-working and will fight for us every single day,” Arellanes said. “She will build a consensus on health care, the war in Iraq, education and the economy. She will bring dignity to the White House.”