Local News

  • Legislative action could force cities, counties to hike taxes

    The Associated Press
    The New Mexico Legislature’s decision to phase out state reimbursements to local governments for not taxing food and medicine could lead some city and county governments to raise taxes.
    The plan adopted by the Legislature on March 16 will require large and mid-sized city and county governments starting in 2016 to accept a payout between 6 percent and 7 percent smaller each year until the state’s “hold harmless” subsidies for the food and medicine taxes are entirely eliminated by 2030.

  • Jail Log - March 29, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 19 and March 26:

    Douglas Lopez, 32, failure to pay child support
    Mario Urban, 30, criminal trespass, Adult Probation Office
    Lorenzo Gallegos, 50, protective custody
    Christopher Herrera, 31, driving on a suspended or  revoked license
    Michelle Garcia, 43, aggravated battery
    John Ulibarri, 47, aggravated battery
    Fred Pino, 45, probation violation
    Wilfred Ortiz, 52, 10 day commitment

  • Fire destroys Sheridan home

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    A Sheridan family is out of a home after a wind swept blaze consumed their house on Saturday afternoon.

    The cause of the fire remains unknown at this time, said Arthur Atencio, chief of the Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department.

    “Those high winds that day really whipped it up and by the time we got there it was fully engulfed,” Atencio said. “We were lucky just to keep it from spreading any further.”

  • Spate of Graffiti - Vandalism costing state big bucks

    Graffiti vandals and aluminum thieves are hitting signs on state roads, leaving their marks or taking off with the aluminum signs.

    Local state transportation officials are asking area businesses and the public for help to locate the graffiti vandals and thieves.

    “It costs taxpayers $250 to $2,500 to replace each sign, based on the size of the sign,” said Kenny Lujan, public information officer with the District 4 office.

    Graffiti has plagued the area for several months, forcing the department to replace stacks of tagged signs.

  • East officials say $500K in cuts needed

    The drama over Las Vegas City Schools’  budget woes continues.

    During a board meeting last week, district officials said the state Public Education Department has assured them that the east side school district will receive $500,000 in emergency supplemental funding.

    District officials said they met with PED Deputy Secretary Paul Aguilar earlier this month, and he provided the assurance.  

    “It has been a really challenging year,” Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez said.

  • City amends law to allow beer sales

    Plans to sell beer at the Rodriguez Park Complex during professional baseball games took a major step forward last week with the City Council approving changes to its drinking in public ordinance that would allow it.

    City Councilors Tonita Gurule-Giron and David Romero voted against the changes, while Mayor Alfonso Ortiz joined with Councilors Vince Howell and Joey Herrera to approve it.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - March 27, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Fire restrictions imposed
    SANTA FE — State Land Commissioner Ray Powell is prohibiting smoking, open fires and fireworks on state trust land because of the risk of wildfires.
    Powell announced the restrictions on Monday. He said the potential for human-caused fires is high because of drought conditions as well as recent high winds.
    The Land Office manages nine million acres of state-owned land and 13 million acres of subsurface rights to oil, natural gas and minerals.

  • Looking Back - March 27, 2013

    In 1963
    Friday, March 29 — The highly complicated computer is generally viewed as an operation in a scientific never-never land that the ordinary person does not enter. But last week Highlands University’s IBM 1620 produced answers that anybody can understand. Dr. A.A. Kraus, a physics professor at Highlands, said the computer determined the points at which local sales tax should be set: To 10 cents, no tax; 11 to 36 cents, one cent; 37 to 61 cents, two cents tax; 62 to 86 cents, three cents tax; 87 cents to $1, four cents tax.    

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 27, 2013

    Story Time at Carnegie
    Story Time at Carnegie Library is held at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. each Wednesday in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Ollie’s Easter Eggs” by Olivier Dunrea. Story Time is free and open to the public.

  • Weather - March 27, 2013

    Partly sunny, with a high near 63. West wind 15-20 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 32. Southwest wind 15-20 mph, becoming east 5-10 mph in the evening.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 62. East wind 5-10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 35.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 64. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 36.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 63 and a low around 35.