Local News

  • College's interim leader expresses frustration

    Luna Community College’s interim president said Wednesday that the Board of Trustees has “micromanaged the dickens” out of the school.

    Sigfredo Maestas, the former longtime president of Espaola’s Northern New Mexico Community College, said the next president wouldn’t stay long under such circumstances.

  • Police chief: Let's have one event

    Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold said last week that that the community should come together when it remembers the five members of a Las Vegas family who were killed in a Nov. 11, 2006, crash.

    Members of the Gonzales and Collins family died when a drunken driver going the wrong way struck their car on Interstate 25.

    Earlier this month, two events were held in honor of the victims. One was a groundbreaking for “Paul’s Corner,” named after Paul Gonzales, the father. That memorial will be built at Robertson High School.

  • Robertson High puts its troublemakers on notice

    The Las Vegas City Schools will be on the lookout for bullies, truants, and alcohol and drug users as the district starts a new front to combat troublemakers, officials say. The main focus will be Robertson High School.

    Principal Richard Lopez said this plan isn’t being carried out solely to address any particular incident.

  • Classes prepare for turkey day

    Kids in classrooms all over the city have been getting ready for turkey day by learning the history of the holiday, many drawing pictures of traditional and local scenes, holding turkey talent shows and thinking about a tummy full of turkey and pumpkin pie.

    Students at Tony Serna Elementary were getting a history lesson from district art teacher Fred Silva, who was talking about many of the local dishes found on tables in northern New Mexico.

  • Luna's GED program may lose money, officials say

    Luna Community College’s GED program is on track, but it may lose funding within the next year, officials said last week.

    Officials told Luna’s Board of Trustees that because the program didn’t meet benchmarks previously, it may lose state money. The program is under guidelines to retain so many students at certain points during the school year, and the program had missed some targets previously, they said.

  • Board rejects charter school

    The Bridge Academy’s days appear to be numbered.

    The Las Vegas City Schools on Tuesday voted 3-2 against renewing the charter school’s charter, with board President Elaine Luna casting the deciding vote.

    Board members Ramon “Swoops” Montao and Phillip Vigil voted for the school to continue operation, while Luna, Patrick Romero and Philip Leger were against.

    Thirty-five students attend the school, which serves ninth- through 12th-graders.

  • Utility revisits number of trustees

    In the summer, members of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative voted to reduce the number of trustees from 11 to five — an attempt to reduce the utility’s costs.

    But that decision may soon be reversed.

  • Gonzales receiving student support

    Highlands University Regent Javier Gonzales, a Democrat who is considering whether to run for Congress, has attracted some local support.

    Former student body president Jesse Lopez has organized a group of students who are supporting Gonzales’ possible run for the 3rd congressional district seat.

    Gonzales said he would make a decision in the next couple of weeks. He said he wanted to wait until Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., makes his announcement for his expected run for the Senate.

  • Las Vegas bank plans to change its name

    Las Vegas has New Mexico’s oldest state bank, and soon, it will have its newest.

    Bank of Las Vegas, founded in 1890, is the oldest. And starting Dec. 3, First National Bank will be called Community First Bank to reflect its new state designation.

    First National President Keith Tucker said the change was made because state banking regulations are more geared to New Mexicans, while national bank rules are designed for the banking conglomerates.

    Already, one of First National’s competitors appears to be trying to gain mileage from the name change.

  • New club communicates a vision

    A new club is silently voicing its presence at Highlands University and in the community of Las Vegas.

    It’s called the American Sign Language Club of Highlands University, and it’s reaching out to both the hearing and deaf communities. The deaf community in Las Vegas is about a dozen people, said Carol Litherland, club sponsor and American Sign Language instructor.