Local News

  • Students celebrate holidays

    It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas as local school kids sing old-time favorites like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and “Christmas is a Time to Love.”

    Students from Mike “Mateo” Sena, Don Cecilio Martinez and Sierra Vista elementary schools held their Christmas programs Thursday entertaining parents, relatives and friends with song and dance numbers.

  • West locked down after graffiti found

    West Las Vegas High School went in lockdown mode for awhile Wednesday morning after school officials discovered freshly drawn graffiti in one of the restrooms.

    Superintendent Jim Abreu said the officials found it right after school started in the morning. He said Principal Gene Parson aimed to show that the school wouldn’t tolerate graffiti and that he wanted to “nip it in the bud.”

  • Highlands argues for watering golf course

    State Environment Department officials are recommending that Highlands University be allowed to irrigate its golf course with treated wastewater, despite the school’s violations of its previous temporary permits.

  • Cooperative proposal shot down

    Members of a northeastern New Mexico utility board wanted to keep the same number of members. The customers’ response: No way.

    The Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative held an election Wednesday on whether to keep the Board of Trustees at 11 members. A total of 649 customers rejected that idea, while 159 agreed.

  • County takes over emergency office

    For years, the city of Las Vegas has run the city-county emergency office of management.

    Now, the county is taking over the joint office, which coordinates responses to emergencies.

    The San Miguel County Commission this week voted to assume the responsibility, and Dennis English, the county’s safety coordinator, is likely to head the office.

    English, who previously worked for the Las Vegas Police Department, is expected to take the reins from city police Lt. Eugene Garcia, who has been the office’s coordinator.

  • Committee goes over veterans park designs

    Military veterans, past and present, will soon rededicate and consecrate sacred ground memorializing their service and sacrifice at an improved Veterans Memorial Park.

    Mayor Henry Sanchez said the Las Vegas received $100,000 to begin work at the current park at Fourth Street and Mills Avenue, where the American flag flies above a historic artillery battery.

    The Memorial Park Committee met Wednesday with architect Roger Lengyel of Lengyel and Associates as participants continue work on the project.

  • Official dissents in jailer's hiring

    The San Miguel County Commission ratifies the hirings of county employees at every meeting. And the votes are unanimous.

    That changed at the commission’s monthly meeting on Tuesday.

    The commissioners were asked to approve the hiring of Kenneth C. Medina Jr., the son of Commissioner Kenny Medina, as a detention officer with the county jail.

    When the issue came up, County Commission Chairman Hugh Ley asked Commissioner Medina if he planned to abstain from the vote, and Medina said he would.

  • Official elected to school association post

    A member of the Las Vegas City Schools board has been elected to serve in a top position in a statewide organization.

    Fellow members of the New Mexico School Boards Association elected Ramon “Swoops” Montao to be the group’s vice president. The vote took place on Friday in Albuquerque.

    Montao, the Las Vegas board’s vice president, said the association didn’t release the vote totals for the three people running, but he said he was told that his tally was “overwhelming.”

  • Snow prompts school, office closures

    Old Man Winter couldn’t make up his mind on Tuesday about what he wanted to do.

    The day started cloudy, but with no precipitation. By the late morning, a snowstorm hit the Las Vegas area, putting a few inches on the ground.

    That prompted area schools to close by noon. And Luna Community College canceled its monthly meeting scheduled for the evening.

    Luna’s interim president, Sigfredo Maestas, said he opened his blinds in his office around noon and suddenly realized that a winter storm was at full force.

  • County to sell old public housing

    San Miguel County is ready for another round in its years-long effort to rid itself of the Ribera housing complex.

    The County Commission on Tuesday voted to sell the Ribera development, a public housing complex that hasn’t been used in years.

    Alex Tafoya, the county’s planning and zoning supervisor, told the commission that the property didn’t have to be used for low-income housing purposes, but he reported that the federal Housing and Urban Development Department requires that the proceeds go toward low-income housing causes.