Local News

  • Candidates want poll watchers

    All five candidates in the Ward 3 City Council race have signed a petition asking for poll watchers and challengers to be on hand for Tuesday’s election.

    Under state law, a petition containing the signatures of a majority of candidates gives them the right to designate poll watchers and challengers.

    Candidate Andrew Feldman drafted the petition document, and he came up with the names for the poll watchers and challengers. His opponents, Joey Herrera, Henry A. Sanchez, Luis Ortiz and Max Trujillo, signed on Wednesday.

  • Builder to enter race for state rep

    Local general contractor Travis Regensberg ran against state Rep. Richard Vigil six years ago and lost.

    Now he’s giving it another try.

    Regensberg, 42, announced this week that he is running as a Democrat for the District 70 state representative seat. The district includes Las Vegas, the Valley and other rural areas in San Miguel County as well as the eastern portion of Torrance County.

  • Bridge school prepares for its closure

    With less than four months before the end of the school year, Bridge Academy is preparing to shut down for good.

    “I don’t know if the City Schools has ever been involved in the closing of a school, but for me it’s a very significant issue. I’m proud to be a part of it — it wasn’t very pleasant at first, but it’s something that has to be done,” Ruben Cordova, the academy’s director, told the Las Vegas City Schools board last week.

    In November, the board rejected Bridge’s charter.

  • Council looks at home program

    In its last meeting before next week’s election, the City Council on Wednesday looked at the progress of the housing authority’s homeownership program.

    Councilman Macario Gonzalez said the city has waited years for the start of the homeownership program, urging the city to do what it could to launch it.

  • City election a sign of the times

    A walk down Seventh Street offers more political posters per mile than any other road in Las Vegas the week before Tuesday’s election.

    Seventh Street is ground zero for the hotly contested Ward 3 City Council position, with five candidates in the race, Joey Herrera, Andrew Feldman, Henry A. Sanchez, Luis Ortiz and Max Trujillo.

  • Vegas man accused in police chase

    An alleged drunken driver led state police officer Marco Oviedo on a chase through Las Vegas and then outside city limits, officials said.

    Daniel E. Herrera, 33, of Las Vegas was charged with DWI, aggravated fleeing, driving with a suspended or revoked license, resisting or obstructing an officer and reckless driving.

  • Manager wants to consider credits

    Interim City Manager Elmer Martinez on Wednesday recommended that the city ask its consultant to investigate whether giving a credit to natural gas customers is warranted.

    With the mayor and City Council’s approval, Martinez said Dennis Gee, the utility rate consultant, will be asked to specifically review the months after the city’s natural gas utility erased a deficit and look at the possibility of giving customers credits.

  • National beef recall affects Vegas

    The nationwide meat recall has hit home. The Las Vegas City Schools reported that it has had to pull meat because of the recall.

    Recently, Westland / Hallmark Meat Co. had recalled meat after the U.S. Department of Agriculture said the company’s raw and frozen beef products might contain foreign material and non-microbial contamination

    Sierra Vista Elementary Principal Manuel Lucero told the City Schools board last week that food service director Patricia Baca received an e-mail concerning the recall from the Chino, Calif., company.

  • "High volume" of pot plants found

    A foul odor coming from a house on Airport Road was suspected to be that of a dead person.

    But no bodies were found.

    Instead, state police said they discovered many marijuana plants in the house at 827 Airport Road.

    Mario Perez, 23, was arrested on charges of distributing marijuana.

  • Choir to join in first statewide event

    The West Las High School honors choir will compete in the first-ever New Mexico State Choir Contest in Albuquerque on Friday.

    Under the direction of Arnell David Arellanes, the choir will perform for a national panel of judges as part of a two-day event. Twenty-four other choirs from the state will also compete for state honors.