Today's News

  • State pulls back city money

    The city of Las Vegas had changed its mind about how it wanted to spend $1.2 million in state water money.

    Now the state is pulling back the funding altogether.

    The state Water Trust Board on Thursday decided to withdraw the $1.2 million as well as a $200,000 loan that was allocated to the city in 2006.

    City officials had sought a time extension to meet the requirements for the money; the deadline was Dec. 31.

  • No. 3 Lady Dons win third straight blowout

    With three blowout victories in a row and a new No. 3 state ranking, the West Las Vegas Lady Dons are on a tear as the District 2-3A portion of the schedule approaches.

    The latest win came Wednesday night, a 59-39 rout of visiting Santa Fe High.

    As with Saturday’s romp over Dexter and Tuesday’s triumph against Tucumcari, this one was decided largely in the first quarter.

    Geneva Rivera scored the first seven points of the night as part of an 11-0 West Las Vegas run to start the game.

  • LETTER: 'Old Boys' clubs not necessarily bad

    “[Cruz] Roybal said it was unfair to attack the group of people who meet at Hillcrest and unfair to the restaurant itself. He said that people traveling through town may avoid Hillcrest after reading the newspaper, thinking that some type of mafia may be eating there. He said the group consists of retirees.”

  • LETTER: For Robert Romero on Mora’s board

    School Board elections are just around the corner and I would encourage the people of Mora County to keep Robert Romero on the board. Being on a school board is serious business. It is by no means a popularity contest.

    I feel his decisions have been led by his convictions, and our convictions are the only thing we can offer. Robert is a veteran, and anyone who has been a in the military knows that being organized and assertive is of importance. His dad and granddad Pat were also veterans, as was I.

  • EDITORIAL: Taking on illiteracy

    Consider for a moment the practical ramifications to being illiterate. Not only do you miss out on the pleasures of reading a good book, you can’t follow simple written instructions.

    You can’t read the directions on the pill bottle, so you can safely and effectively take your medicine. You can’t cook by following a written recipe.

    You can’t make sense of a road map, or follow the highways signs to your destination.

    You can’t order off the menu, read your receipt or make a bank deposit without assistance.

  • Another killed in train wreck

    A man identified Friday as Michael Esquibel, 35, of Las Vegas was killed Thursday afternoon when his pickup truck  collided with an Amtrak train on Rio Arriba Road north of town.

    State Police Captain Toby Dolan said that despite efforts, EMS was unable to save the victim, assumed dead at the scene. The pickup, a black Ford F150, was hauling a flatbed trailer loaded with rubbish and is believed to have been headed to the city’s Solid Waste Transfer Station when the accident occurred.

  • Pendaries seeking to sell more of its lots

    The Pendaries Village homeowners association wants to sell more properties, but its representative said they need to combine existing lots to make that happen.

    This week, the association approached the San Miguel County Commission to change part of its original subdivision plats so as to combine a number of lots.

    Homeowners at Pendaries, which is north of Las Vegas in Rociada, say that more homeowners would reduce the per-resident costs of maintaining the village’s private roads, said Danelle Smith, the association’s attorney.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    Recently, the state of New Mexico’s Children, Youth and Families Department, Protective Services held its annual Foster Children’s Christmas Party. We would like to express our appreciation to all the business and individuals who made monetary gift or other type of donation to ensure that our foster children were given the opportunity to enjoy the Christmas holiday.

    It is with your generosity that once again our Christmas party was a great success.

    A. Audra Salas

    County Office Manager and Staff

  • LETTER: Appreciation for being able to serve

    I would like to thank the people of Watrous for allowing me to serve their community MDWCA the past three years. I met the challenge; worked hard and prevailed. We have established a bookkeeping system that provides accurate recording of and full accountability on all management duties for our village water system.

  • San Miguel County likely to owe state money

    The San Miguel County treasurer’s office may have to pay back the state money it collected in penalties and interest from delinquent taxpayers that was supposed to have gone to the state in the first place.