Local News

  • Las Vegas safety officer gets probation

    The city’s safety officer was given a year of probation after he pleaded guilty to domestic violence, court documents state.

    Hank Segura, 28, was sentenced last month in Magistrate Court to unsupervised probation and domestic violence counseling with Somos Familia, an anti-domestic violence nonprofit group.

    He pleaded guilty in early November of aggravated battery against a household member. Prosecutors dismissed two other counts of domestic battery and one count of false imprisonment, according to the New Mexico courts Web site.

  • Asking for water rights

    City Manager John Avila is pushing a water plan that would trade the city’s treated wastewater for water rights owned by the school districts.

    He told the West Las Vegas school board last week that the two districts have water rights that are of a higher priority than the city’s. He had already spoken to the Las Vegas City Schools board.

  • Lawmaker praises new West leader

    State Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, has said little publicly in recent months about matters relating to the West Las Vegas school district, especially since members of his family have been embroiled in controversies there.

    However, Vigil over the weekend praised the school board’s new chairman, Kenny Lujan, for “turning things around” at West.

  • Landfill permit denied

    State Environment Secretary Ron Curry on Monday denied a special waste permit for the private regional landfill in Wagon Mound.

    At the same time, he approved a permit to allow the Northeastern New Mexico Regional Landfill to accept municipal solid waste for another 10 years.

    The landfill, operated by Missouri-based Herzog Environmental Inc., takes most of Las Vegas and San Miguel County’s garbage.

    Inez May, who works for Herzog at the landfill, said her company wasn’t aware of the decision until a reporter called her Monday afternoon.

  • Council to look again at skating pond issue

    The city of Las Vegas has drafted a letter to ask the state to designate the Montezuma skating pond and United World College’s hot springs as a state park.

    All the letter needs is the City Council’s approval. The council will consider the issue at its Wednesday meeting.

    At a meeting earlier this month, the council was asked to approve a letter from GL Environmental, an engineering firm hired by the city to help with the project. But Councilman Louie Trujillo questioned why the city would approve a letter written by a private company.

  • Lujan praised for family credentials

    Speaker after speaker during a rally for congressional candidate Ben Ray Lujan arrived at the same conclusion: He comes from a good family and won’t forget where he came from.

    Lujan, widely seen as the front runner in the Democratic race for northern New Mexico’s congressional district, stopped in Las Vegas as part of a campaign announcement tour.

  • Movie being filmed in Las Vegas

    The film industry in New Mexico is creating new jobs and new careers; one that you may not have heard of is the job of set medic.

    Brian G. Lax is a set medic, currently on the set of “Brothers,” being filmed in Las Vegas.

    Lax, a Canadian immigrant, has worked in the paramedic field for 16 years. Lax attended the United World College of the American West and worked for Rocky Mountain Ambulance in Las Vegas for several years. A year and a half ago, he heard about New Mexico’s growing film industry and took a position as set medic.

  • County prepares road maintenance plan

    San Miguel County is awaiting the completion of a road maintenance plan, but one official advises the county to consult with public works crews in the process.

    The plan is expected to go before the commission for consideration in January.

    “The guys running the blades have a better idea of the roads than I do,” County Commission Chairman Hugh Ley said at last week’s commission’s meeting.

  • ACLU questions school search

    A top West Las Vegas school district official maintains that the schools have a right to conduct widespread searches of students’ backpacks and other belongings.

    That’s not so, argues the New Mexico affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union.

    At issue is the lockdown of West Las Vegas High School on Wednesday morning after school officials discovered vandalism in a boys restroom. Administrators went classroom by classroom to look for a special marker believed to have been used in the vandalism.

  • West bus drivers are seen with cell phones

    The West Las Vegas school board is addressing issues such as bus drivers using cell phones and bullies, among other problems.

    Superintendent Jim Abreu and the school board said during a meeting this week that they were concerned about bus drivers talking on cell phones while driving students.

    Abreu said the state Public Education Department doesn’t have jurisdiction over a districts’ decisions to write policies on such matters.