Local News

  • City releases Dodge agreement

    The termination agreement between former city manager Timothy Dodge and Mayor Alfonso Ortiz reveals that Dodge was placed on administrative leave with pay until June 30, the day his current contract expires.

    Dodge has accepted another job managing the city of Santa Rosa. He had publicly stated that he was willing to give the city of Las Vegas as much of a transition period as city officials wanted, but the termination agreement makes it clear that Ortiz wasn’t interested in a prolonged transition period.

  • In NM, number of priority wells has doubled

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The number of high-priority oil and natural gas wells on federal and tribal land in New Mexico has nearly doubled over the past two years, and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is racing to keep up with inspections.

    BLM officials in New Mexico say they have nearly 650 wells that are classified as high priorities due to their production levels, risks for contamination, the safety records of their operators and other reasons.

  • Looking Back - June 16, 2014

    In 1964
    Friday, June 12 — Today begins the three-day Bible seminar for Jehovah’s Witnesses at Ilfeld Auditorium, with nearly 700 participants expected. Tonight at 7, J.P. Sutherland of Brooklyn, N.Y., convention chairman, will give the welcoming address, “Around the World with Jehovah’s Witnesses,” which is also the theme of the seminar. The seminar will include a two-hour Technicolor film “Proclaiming Everlasting Good News Around the World.”

  • Looking ahead - News - June 16, 2014

    Genealogy Workshop
    Learn your roots at an Introduction to Genealogy workshop at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21 at the Las Vegas Museum. It will be presented Rick Hendricks and Rob Martinez of the New Mexico Office of the State Historian. The workshop is for adults and requires pre-registration. Call 425-3205.

  • Weather - June 16, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 86. Windy, with a southwest wind 10-20 mph, increasing to 20-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 55. Windy, with a west wind 25-30 mph decreasing to 15-20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.


  • Tempers flare over drilling

    It’s no secret that the prospect of oil and gas drilling in San Miguel County is a contentious issue, but those tensions boiled over at Tuesday’s County Commission meeting with some members of the audience demanding a community rights ordinance and outgoing Commissioner Ron Ortega yelling back that what they want just isn’t possible.

  • Farmers Market at Plaza Park
  • Commission adopts ban on fireworks

    Heeding the advice of several fire chiefs and members of the public, the San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt a proclamation imposing fireworks restrictions throughout the unincorporated areas of the county and an outright ban on the use of any fireworks within wild land areas.

    The action comes at the behest of Gov. Susana Martinez, who last month sent letters to county and city officials throughout the state asking that they consider imposing the bans and restrictions because of their potential to spark a major fire.

  • Looking Back - June 13, 2014

    In 1964

    Thursday, June 11 — Activities for the 1964 Cowboys Reunion Rodeo and Rough Riders Reunion got under way this morning with a coffee honoring the Rough Riders and rodeo queen contestants and will continue at a fast pace through Sunday afternoon. Rough riders expected to attend this year’s reunion are Frank C. Brito of Las Cruces; Charles O. Hopping of Long Beach, Calif; Jesse D. Langdon of Long Island, N.Y.; and Arthur L. Tuttle of Salinas, Calif.

  • Looking ahead - News - June 13, 2014

    Father’s Day Lunch

    The lunch will begin at noon, on Sunday, June 15 at the Elks Lodge on Collins Drive. Fathers eat free, and others are $5. For more information, call 718-9345.