Today's News

  • Officials: No help on green projects

    Kenny Lujan, chairman of the West Las Vegas school board, says he wants more green construction in the district, but he complained that the state won’t help out.

    During a special board meeting last week, Lujan said the state Public School Facilities Authority will not pay for environmentally friendly projects.

    Robert Gorrell, the agency’s director, said Wednesday that such comments are “laughable.”

    “We have led the way for alternative energy in public schools,” he said.

  • A Mariachi Christmas

    La Trova Productions of Casa de Cultura is continuing its Sunday musical programs at historic El Fidel Hotel.

     On Sunday, Dec.,14, A Mariachi Christmas will feature Mariachi Cardenal from Memorial Middle School and Robertson High.

    They will be accompanied by Mariachi Paisano del Valle, recording artists, with a history of performances throughout New Mexico and other southwest venues.

    Both groups are under the direction of Martin Sena, maestro of mariachi music in northern New Mexico for more than 10 years.

  • LETTERS: Mil Gracias

    On Nov. 11, Veterans Day, Espiridion Nick Aragon received recognition at the Veterans Park Services for his contributions and many years of service to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1547 of Las Vegas. It is with great pride that Nick and his family express their gratitude to VFW Post 1547, to Quarter Master Archie Garduño, and all comrades of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Las Vegas and the surrounding area.

  • EDITORIAL: An advocate for children

    From time to time, New Mexico demonstrates that it is a forward-thinking state. From the Rail Runner between Albuquerque and Santa Fe to the planned Spaceport down south, our state has embraced the future. Whether you agree with these costly endeavors or not, it’s clear to all that they are designed with tomorrow in mind.

  • Historic figures return to the Plaza

    Spirits from the past will haunt the Plaza Hotel beginning this weekend. A multimedia video presentation capturing historic Las Vegas characters will be projected onto the windows of the hotel and visible from Plaza Park.


    “The Plaza Hotel and Park seems like the perfect place for the Highlands Media Arts video project that focuses on our local history,” said Wid Slick, one of the owners of the Plaza Hotel. “The state designated Las Vegas as an arts and culture community and now it’s up to us to do something about it,” Slick added.

  • Mayor struggles to get information

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez wants answers from state government about the intent for more than $1 million in funding.

    But he says has hasn’t received any definitive information.

    The state Water Trust Board has apparently approved a change in the purpose for the $1.2 million. The board operates through the New Mexico Finance Authority and works with the state Environment Department.

  • Denish picks Las Vegan for her transition team

    A Las Vegan is joining Lt. Gov. Diane Denish’s transition team as she prepares to become the next governor.

    Former Las Vegas Mayor Matt Martinez was named Wednesday as the leader of the Healthy Families and Communities Advisory Team.

    Martinez, who manages KNMX and KMDZ radio stations, is the vice president of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. He served as mayor from 1998 to 2000.

  • EDITORIAL: Saying no to lobbyist

    The Las Vegas City Council made the right decision last week when it rejected a proposal to include lobbying duties in the grant writer’s job description.

    Councilman Morris Madrid said the skills required of a lobbyist are far different from that of a grant writer. A grant writer for the city has to have considerable knowledge about the mechanics of government and the ability to research. A lobbyist, meanwhile, has to know how to work the political scene.

    Madrid made another good point: The mayor and council members themselves can serve as lobbyists.

  • Woman facing fraud charges

    A Las Vegas woman is accused of illegally using people’s credit card numbers to take money from a cash register at her workplace.

    Jessica Gamel, 21, 1620 1/2 Eighth St., faces 18 counts of fraud and six counts of forgery.

    According to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court, the owner of Pino’s Restaurant told officers last week that he believed Gamel, one of his waitresses, got several credit card numbers taking reservations in her job at Plaza Hotel and used them to her benefit at Pino’s.

  • Native American pageant held

    The Winter Buffalo Dance may have been the key to Kaylina Abeyta’s victory.

    Kaylina Abeyta, a member of the Ohkay Owingeh tribe, was crowned Miss Highlands University Native American Queen during the third annual Native American Pageant at Sala de Madrid last week. She replaces outgoing Queen Courtney Hudson.

    Abeyta wowed the audience with the Winter Buffalo Dance and said she’s been dancing since she was a little girl.