Local News

  • 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.

  • Vegas cop gets into accident

    An Las Vegas police officer got into an accident in his squad car on an “extremely slick” road on Monday night, local police said.

    Lt. Lawrence O’Connor lost control of his car around 5 p.m. about 12 miles out of town on state N.M. Highway 65, which links Las Vegas to Gallinas, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

    State police are investigating the accident.

    Gold said O’Connor was leaving his house for his shift that was to begin at 6 p.m.

    The chief said O’Connor wasn’t hurt in the accident.

  • Group helps with utility bills

    Mayor Henry Sanchez said many groups doing good deeds aren’t looking for glory or recognition. “They do it because they love their neighbors,” he said.

    About five years ago, a number of churches in the Las Vegas area got together to see what they could do to help people with bills that weren’t being covered by other entities.

    St. Paul’s Church Pastor Richard Reed said people got inspired to create a service that would help those who couldn’t help themselves.

  • Suspected dealer's case dropped

    The district attorney’s office has dropped the charges against a Las Vegas man accused of selling heroin.

    That decision occurred a little more than a week after the suspect’s attorney contended in court that a search of the man’s house was illegal.

    Roger Jaramillo, 64, 1818 Romero St., was arrested in June on charges of heroin trafficking, possessing drugs and having drug paraphernalia.

    According to court documents, Las Vegas police Officer Martin Salazar went with probation and parole officers to Jaramillo’s house.

  • Utility members to vote on board size Wednesday

    Members of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative will vote Wednesday whether to keep the same number of members on the utility’s Board of Trustees.

    The election is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Mora VFW post.

    In the summer, the membership decided to reduce the board from 11 trustees to five. That change hasn’t taken effect yet, but trustees called for another election to keep the board the same size.

  • Luna meeting canceled due to snow

    Luna Community College canceled its Board of Trustees meeting set for 5:30 p.m. today because of a snowstorm.

    The meeting has been rescheduled for the same time next Tuesday in the Student Services Building on the Luna campus.

    Membrs of the Luna Community College Board of Trustees today were expected to choose a fifth finalist in their search for a new president.

    However, three trustees, Ambrose Castellano, Jerry Maestas and Abelino Montoya, said Monday that they haven’t been presented a list of the other possible candidates from which to choose.

  • City questioned on status of legislative requests

    The Legislature will meet next month, and some City Council members are wondering where the city stands with its funding requests.

    Councilwoman Diane Moore asked City Manager John Avila on Wednesday why the city hadn’t presented legislative requests to local state lawmakers.

    “Again, we are late in the ballgame,” she said, adding that it should have been done in September or October.

  • Election sparks utility debates

    The members of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative will decide this week whether keep the same number of members on the group’s Board of Trustees.

    The election is bringing a number of issues to the forefront, including the fairness of the election’s procedures and the influence of the cooperative’s electricity supplier, Tri-State Transmission and Generation Association Inc., over the local utility.

    The election is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Mora’s Veterans of Foreign Wars post.