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Today's News

  • No power shortage for Isotopes Tuesday

    The electricity went out Tuesday night at Isotopes Park, causing an 18-minute delay midway through the baseball game scheduled there.

    As it turned out, the host Isotopes had more than enough power to send their fans home happy anyway.

    Albuquerque won 13-6 in a series finale with Fresno, snapping a four-game losing slide. The team has back-to-back road series in the Pacific Northwest before returning to Isotopes Park Aug. 9.

  • New faces on the Plaza

    The old Tortilla Cone on the Plaza is no more. There are fresh faces, new food and a new name — Plaza Burgers.

    But Jonas and Geraldine Baca, formerly proprietors of the Tortilla Cone, are still feeding locals with their New Mexico fare. They have just gone mobile in their new catering truck, under their new business name, The Burrito Chef.

    “We got out of the restaurant business because of the long hours” Jonas said. “Fourteen and 15-hour days were just burning us out.”

  • Official has concerns with budget

    Las Vegas City Councilman Morris Madrid fears the state won’t get past the third page of the city’s proposed budget before it orders local officials to go back to the drawing boards.

    That third page contains the revenue projections, and Madrid, a former city finance director and city manager, is pointing to what he calls major problems in the city’s estimates.

  • Vegas men accused in home invasion

    Two men are accused of invading a home on Mora Street, beating up a man and then taking his wallet.

    Nicholas Leyba, 21, 776 Dalbey Drive, and Michael Zaldivar, 22, 2515 New Mexico Ave., are charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated battery, robbery, conspiracy, false imprisonment and tampering with evidence.

    According to Magistrate Court documents, the alleged victim heard someone knocking at his door around 12:30 a.m. last Tuesday in the 300 block of Mora Street. He opened it and recognized Leyba and Zaldivar.

  • Fiesta a Valley tradition

    The Fiesta de Santiago in Villanueva seems more like a family gathering as residents open their doors to welcome old friends and visitors to the annual celebration honoring St. James.

    Saturday’s fiestas began with a morning horse ride from El Pueblo to Villanueva, winding through the scenic valley with a statue of St. James leading the way. Mariachis follow the men and women on horseback as they make their way to Our Lady of Guadalupe church for a mass that opens the festivities.

  • Mayor says city made a mistake

    Mayor Tony Marquez named members to an advisory panel that makes recommendations on how to spend lodgers taxes, just days after it became apparent that the city may have violated its own ordinance.

    The City Council recently approved a $192,000 contract for the Chamber of Commerce to provide services to tourists. But the council did so without seeking recommendations from the Lodgers Tax Board, which the mayor disbanded along with all other committees shortly after taking office in March.

  • Mora fills up with its fiesta; teen named queen

    MORA — It’s not a place that’s used to traffic jams.

    But during the annual Mora Fiesta over the weekend, motorists slowed to a crawl as they entered the community. Many residents were camped out in the back of their pickups or sitting back in their lawn chairs, watching the passing cars for anyone they knew. Many ventured about to try the tasty treats offered by various vendors.

  • Council rejects draft budget

    For days, City Manager Sharon Caballero and others at City Hall pored over every line item of the city’s proposed budget, worked the numbers and projected revenue for the next year.

    They even put up a “War Room” sign on the door outside the office that became budget central.

    On Friday night, the City Council unanimously rejected the budget. So it’s back to the drawing boards for city officials and the Albuquerque-based accounting firm the city hired to help with the effort.

  • LV bull rider Griego 16th in national rodeo

    No bull.

    Las Vegas native Jose Griego earned a 16th place finish in the bull riding competition of the National High School Rodeo Association Finals, which wrapped up a weeklong run Sunday in Farmington.

    Griego amassed a 129-point total between his two successful rides. That total put him 16 shy of the top 10, and it was the best nationals finish for a New Mexico rider, as he was the only one from the Land of Enchantment to cover more than one bull for a score. Event winner Riker Carter of Stone, Idaho, scored a combined 232 points on his three rides.

  • Biker bash ends with raffle

    The third annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally ended Sunday afternoon with Las Vegas native Robert Arellanes jumping for joy after holding the last and winning ticket in the custom chopper motorcycle raffle.

    Local bike artisan Bennie Gallegos built the $30,000 motorcycle.

    “I don’t know how to feel or what to say. I feel awesome. This is the first time in my life I’ve ever won anything. God blessed me, God blessed me,” Arellanes said.