Local News

  • Denver man dies in train collision

    A car and an Amtrak train collided on Rio Arriba Road north of Las Vegas early Thursday afternoon.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold said that there was one occupant of the car and that the occupant was killed. The driver was Fred Stark of Denver.

    The investigation was begun by the Las Vegas Police Department, but was handed over to the state police when it was determined that the site of the accident was just outside the city limits.

  • Residents want water rights to stay in area

    What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas — at least when it comes to water.

    That was the message of several residents attending a state engineer’s presentation this week on the process for allocating water rights on the Gallinas River. They said they don’t want any water rights entirely eliminated from the community.

    The state engineer’s office has started sending out packets on its determinations on what water rights each user owns. Users can either agree with the findings or challenge them.

  • West rejects hazing suspects

    Four of the suspects in the alleged hazing at a Robertson High School football camp last month tried to become students at West Las Vegas High School.

    West’s principal, Gene Parson, doesn’t want that to happen. He decided Thursday to bar the four from entering his school, officials said this morning.

    Last week, a hearing officer for the Las Vegas City Schools, June Romero, decided to suspend the four for the rest of the year.

  • County gets funds for business

    San Miguel County is set to get $500,000 to construct a building to be used by a local company, which officials say is part of the effort to bolster job-creating businesses.

    The money will pay for a 20,000-square-foot spec building at the wood business park. Once the building is completed, it will be made available through the lease of the building from San Miguel County to Old Wood Products, which is owned by David Old.

  • Las Vegas hires new animal control supervisor

    The new supervisor of the city’s animal shelter says everyone is welcome to visit the animals, spend some time with the ones they may want to adopt and get to know them.

    “I want this to be a friendly place,” Kelly Eversole said. “I could be harder on people about not getting their vaccinations or spaying and neutering, but I would rather help pet owners better understand how to care for the animals.”

  • 'Take it like a man'

    Four Robertson High School football players agreed to medical examinations for sexual assault after accusing upperclassmen of sodomizing them with broomsticks during a football training camp last month, state police said.

    The younger players on the team were told to “take it like a man” or “get it 10 times worse later,” state police said in a 102-page report on their investigation released Wednesday by the state Department of Public Safety.

  • City to renovate council chambers

    The City Council decided last week to go ahead with renovating its chambers, but the cost is much higher than originally estimated.

    The council voted 3-1 to enter a $165,000 contract with Franken Construction to expand the chambers and make several improvements. Franken, which gets nearly every local government project, beat two other bidders.

    The contract’s cost is considerably higher than the $20,000 to $30,000 estimated earlier this year.

  • Locals meet would-be first lady

    Las Vegan Natasha Martinez-Padilla says her meeting with Michelle Obama has left a lasting impression. She found the would-be first lady to be warm, caring and down to earth.

    “I could tell you the good things and the bad things about my husband, and she did the same thing. She told us she and Barack are not perfect; they are just like everyone else,” Martinez-Padilla said. “But they are dedicated to the people of the United States, and I think that’s remarkable.”

  • Man accused in attack

    A Las Vegas man was charged with attacking his girlfriend while they were passengers in a moving car, state police said.

    Jerry Joe Martinez, 52, 701 Mora St., was arrested on a single count of battery against a household member. According to state police, an officer saw the two punching each other shortly after 4 p.m. Sept. 1. When the officer stopped the car, he separated Martinez and his girlfriend.

    The alleged victim told officers that Martinez, her boyfriend of five years, had slapped her, state police said. Both appeared intoxicated, according to a police report.

  • Man gets 17 years for murder

    A man convicted of killing another has been sentenced to 17 years in prison, according to the district attorney’s office.

    In June, Frank Lucero was convicted by a San Miguel County jury for second-degree murder and child abuse. Recently, District Judge Eugenio Mathis sentenced Lucero.

    John Gonzales was shot and killed by Lucero on June 3, 2007, at a house on New Mexico Avenue, according to police reports.