Local News

  • West BPA group making its mark

    West Las Vegas Middle School Business Professionals of America students have made their mark on the national scene the last several years and have again been recognized by receiving the 2008 Quality Chapter Distinction.

    In a letter to the West BPA chapter, Kirk Lawson, BPA executive director, wrote, “Members attending the national leadership conference in Reno, Nevada, will be recognized as Quality Chapter members.”

    BPA sponsor Brian Gurul said his students had to meet a myriad of objectives to qualify for the honor.

  • Teacher's aide sues East district

    An education assistant for the Las Vegas City Schools has sued the district, saying it hasn’t done anything to stop a male employee from repeatedly harassing her.

    The harassment got so bad that the employee pulled up the alleged victim’s shirt, according to the lawsuit, which was filed April 2 in state District Court.

    The woman, represented by Albuquerque attorney Mark Jaffe, names as defendants the district, Superintendent Pete Campos and the employee in question.

  • Alleged drunken driver hits cars

    There aren’t many Red Hummers in town, so Las Vegas police didn’t have a hard time finding a suspected drunken driver who allegedly hit several cars last week.

    Police said they arrested Tommy Jeffrey, 21, of Las Vegas on charges of aggravated drunken driving, leaving the scene of an accident, having no insurance, and resisting and obstructing officers.

    He was also served with an outstanding warrant from Colfax County for illegal fishing, police said.

  • Candidate has been in trouble with law

    Travis Regensberg, a Democratic candidate for District 70 state representative, said he plans to be candid with voters about his mistakes. But he’ll defend himself when warranted, he said.

    “My past is there. I’ve been open about it,” said Regensberg, 42, a Las Vegas resident.

    In the 1990s, Regensberg, a building contractor, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery against a man.

    “I was wrong. I’m not denying that,” he said.

  • Trees saved — for now

    A group of residents from the Guadalupita area of Mora County wanted to stop the state from chopping three pine trees. And they succeeded — for the time being.

    The state Transportation Department agreed to hold off on cutting the three ponderosa pines until an environmental analysis is conducted, which is expected to take a week, said Christina Romero, the agency’s spokeswoman.

  • Chihuahua students in Las Vegas

    Students from Highlands and Chihuahua universities have been sharing knowledge and information during a three-year collaboration, where the goal is to help the exploited and downtrodden on both sides of the border.

    Eight students from Chihuahua and their advisers were welcomed last week as they arrived for an intensive two-week course at the School of Social Work. Students from Highlands have made the trip to Mexico twice, and this is the second time students from Chihuahua have come to Las Vegas for training.

  • Sapello man wins $50,000

    A decision to kill time playing a Scratcher game paid off handsomely for Sapello resident Joe Montoya.

    Last Tuesday, Montoya purchased two “Super Crossword” Scratcher games to keep him company in an auto mechanic’s waiting room. After revealing 10 words such as “claw,” “epic” and “announce,” the 58-year-old rancher left his appointment with a prize-winning ticket worth $50,000.

    “At first, I thought that it couldn’t be true,” he said.

  • New West official vows to save money

    The West Las Vegas School board has been pushing to hire someone to oversee construction at the district after rising costs of change orders during the construction at Valley School and other schools.

    Jerry Maestas, a former building inspector for the state Construction Industries Division, was hired to watch over all building projects at West. He is also a trustee at Luna Community College.

  • Organizations come out in force

    Kids were having a lot of fun going from booth to booth Saturday at the Dia de Los Nios event, or “Children’s Day,” at the city’s recreation center. More than 35 businesses and organizations set up booths and provided food, prizes and their time to raise money for children who need homes.

    Tanya Gonzales, Victory Home Health marketing director, said the fair was held to raise money for the state Children Youth and Families Department and will go to kids in San Miguel County who need foster care.

  • Ex-jail guard pleads guilty to bribe

    A former San Miguel County jail guard has pleaded guilty to accepting an offer of a bribe to allow two inmates to have sex. Another guard is facing a charge of raping an inmate.

    Meanwhile, the attorney for the alleged rape victim has put the county on notice that she may sue for her suffering because of the alleged incident.

    The cases have prompted the jail to consider additional measures to prevent such situations from happening.