Highlands agrees to reopen golf course

The New Mexico Highlands University Regents agreed to reopen the Gene Torres Golf Course if the City of Las Vegas and San Miguel County each contribute $70,000 annually for the next two years.

The city decided earlier this year to honor the request, but the city council will have to revisit the matter, mayor Louie Trujillo said Wednesday.

“We will take up the discussion shortly, as soon as we meet with Highlands and see what direction the regents (want to take),” Trujillo said.

The county in May set aside $70,000 for each of the two years for the golf course, said Harold Garcia, chairman for the county commission.

“We need to go over the stipulations with Highlands,” Garcia said Wednesday.

Located at 1 Country Club Drive, the nine-hole course accumulated a $2 million debt over 20 years. The annual loss was $150,000 to $200,000.

The NMHU regents chose not to keep adding debt and closed the golf course. In the meantime, Highlands continues to pay off the debt.

Dr. Sam Minner, president of Highlands, had vowed to reopen the golf course with financial partners and without adding more debt.


Two charged with threatening to shoot man

Two Las Vegas men were arrested on Saturday for allegedly threatening to shoot a man on Sept. 19.

Mark A. Montoya Jr., 29, of 545 Hermosa Lane and Gilbert S. Lucero, 28, of 2701 7th St., were charged with aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, according to court records. Both are felonies.

Montoya and Lucero pointed an assault rifle and handgun at the victim as he attempted to leave a Mills Avenue location with his girlfriend and daughter, according to court records. Montoya and Lucero allegedly threated to shoot the victim, but backed down after the victim’s girlfriend indicated she was pregnant.

When police on Saturday arrested Montoya and Lucero at the Plaza Hotel’s Byron T’s Saloon patio, Aundrea Lynn Perez, 43, and Shawn M. Norton, 49, both of Phoenix, were with the suspects. Police saw Perez take something from Norton and found a loaded pistol in her purse, according to the criminal complaint.

A sign in the bar indicates that no firearms are allowed.

Police charged Norton and Perez with unlawfully possessing a gun in a bar. Perez was also charged with tampering with evidence, according to court records.

The four suspects were taken to San Miguel County Detention Center.

State police to conduct sobriety checkpoints

State Police will conduct sobriety checkpoints during November.

Police will be checking motorists for vehicle registrations, proof of insurance and driver’s licenses.

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