Local News

  • County to seek bids for road projects

    San Miguel County plans to issue bid specifications for a number of state-funded road projects within the next few weeks, an official said.Harold Garcia, the county’s public works supervisor, told the County Commission this week that he is trying to quicken the state’s process for environmental reviews of the projects. He said the state is strict with such clearances, even for roads that have been around for a long time. Still, he expected to get bid specifications out for some of the projects in three weeks.

  • Providers tout preventive medicine

    Health providers from around Las Vegas and the state gathered at the Healthy Heart Fair, sponsored by Victory Home Health Center, on Valentine’s Day to promote ways people can live a longer and healthier life.Ramona Ulibarri, clinical director of Victory Home Health, said, “What we are focusing on is disease prevention because heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death and Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to deal with matters of the heart. So, we’re talking about ways to recognize early signs of heart disease and ways to prevent it.

  • Firm advertises discount plan

    Rita Torres of Health Care Partners says her uninsured program isn’t a medical discount plan. As she describes it, it definitely isn’t like most. Medical discount plans — also known as health discount plans — are programs that offer their members a discount on certain medical services. They typically do so by buying into preferred provider organizations networks established by conventional insurance companies. Thus, the member gets the same discount on their claims that a participating insurance company would get.

  • City backs for-profit health firm

    The Las Vegas City Council and mayor recently endorsed a medical discount plan called Health Care Partners. It is not insurance, but some local officials appear to believe it is. One councilman has since withdrawn his endorsement. The Health Care Partners plan is a for-profit plan which, for a monthly fee, gives enrollees a discount on medical services from participating healthcare providers. Such plans are not insurance; they simply offer discounts on some medical bills.

  • Students exchange Valentine's cards

    The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that about 1 billion Valentines are sent each year worldwide, but students at Tony Serna Elementary are doing it the old-fashioned way, making their own Valentine’s Day cards to give to classmates and family members.Adriana Herrera was busy in Fred Silva’s art class but was happy to enlighten a reporter on exactly what second-graders think about the day dedicated to love.“You give out cards and you have parties at your house sometimes and you get to eat candy and stuff.

  • Mora County resident charged with sex crime

    A Cleveland, N.M., man has been charged with improperly touching a 4-year-old boy while holding him in his lap, state police said.

    The 34-year-old man is facing a charge of criminal sexual contact of a minor.

    According to state police, a doctor on Feb. 7 noticed that the boy shied away from him anytime he tried to touch him as part of his work. The doctor even asked the mother if the boy had had any unwanted contact while at his father’s home. The mother and father are separated.

  • County seeking land for crusher

    San Miguel County has advertised that it wants to purchase land to set up a road materials plant, but so far, it has had no takers.

    On Tuesday, the County Commission authorized county staff to contact property owners with land that is conducive to a rock-crushing operation.

    A couple of years ago, County Commissioner David Salazar came up with the idea for such a plant. He said he was frustrated with the limited number of roads the county could improve each year, saying he felt as if the county was “spinning its wheels.”

  • Commission picks new EMS firm

    The San Miguel County Commission on Tuesday decided to go with a new ambulance service, despite the current provider’s objections.

    The commissioners unanimously voted for Albuquerque-based Superior Ambulance as the new emergency medical services provider, which ended a process that lasted for years. Both the city and the county have complained about the performance of Santa Fe-based Rocky Mountain EMS, the current ambulance service; the city remains with Rocky Mountain.

  • Three films at one time

    A hot-dog stand was set up in the middle of the Plaza on Monday morning, but the vendor was picky about his customers.

    That’s because the stand was part of a scene in the movie “Not Forgotten.”

    Over the last several days, Las Vegas has been the site for the filming of three movies — “Not Forgotten,” “Brothers” and “Beer For My Horses.”

    As usual, some residents talk about the economic benefits to Las Vegas of the filming, while others note the hassles in traffic and detours.

  • Union leader's firing at issue

    A former Las Vegas firefighter contends he was fired last week because of his role in trying to form a union.

    Richard Carrillo, who had been vice president of the Las Vegas Professional Firefighters Association Local 4625, said Fire Chief Andrew Duran didn’t give any reasons for his dismissal last Wednesday.

    Carrillo said that after he made initial contacts to form the union last fall, Duran warned him to be careful because he was still a probationary employee.