Today's News

  • LETTER: Blaming Duran is simply wrong

    The recent attempt by city officials, former housing directors, former mayor Henry Sanchez, hired consultants and the media, to blame Floyd Duran, Housing and Urban Development representative for the federal government for the city housing situation, is a copout. The only thing I have heard out of their mouth is innuendo, “mitote” and a let’s blame someone else except ourselves attitude. Haven’t they read the HUD reports? Where have they been these last three years?

  • County can file liens on properties

    San Miguel County has a new tool at its disposal for rural residents who don’t pay their solid waste bills — liens.

    This week, the San Miguel County Commission passed an ordinance allowing the county to assess liens on properties in which owners don’t pay their solid waste bills. The ordinance also increases the fine for illegal dumping from $500 to $1,000.

    Officials said the county would would consult its attorney before filing any liens to make sure all laws are followed.

  • Class features hands-on activities

    Students in Mike Boyle’s Introduction to Engineering class at Robertson High School are getting hands-on lessons.

    This week, they’ve been working on a “puzzle cube” lesson in which they make parts to a cube. First, they must design the parts with a hand-drawn sketch, then do so on a computer.

    “It’s supposed to assemble. Everyone has to do their own individual cube,” said freshman Dillon Martinez. The class is made up of students from every grade — from freshmen to seniors.

  • Gun range closed for now

    For the time being, the city has closed its shooting range to everyone but law enforcement agencies.

    That’s because of vandalism, debris and litter, officials said. Also, some people are shooting at things such as a shack that they’re not supposed to use as targets.

  • Woman loses money in scam

    Monica Valdez thought she was going to make some money as a mystery shopper. It turns out that she lost a bundle as the victim of a scam.

    Valdez recently received a letter from Wilmington, Del., about the opportunity of being a mystery shopper.

    As part of the arrangement, she was to receive a $4,800 check and send $4,400 of that money back to the company, supposedly leaving her $400 in compensation for her work.

  • Jerome Block, new PRC member, pays $21,700 in fines

    SANTA FE — A newly elected member of the Public Regulation Commission paid $21,700 in penalties for lying on a campaign finance report and misusing public funds provided to his campaign.

    Jerome Block Jr. paid the secretary of state's office on Thursday, according to documentation provided Friday by the office.

    Block had complained the penalties were excessive but didn't pursue the option of appealing and requesting arbitration.

  • PRC: No utility winter shutoffs

    SANTA FE — The state Public Regulation Commission says a moratorium that protects low-income New Mexicans from having their utilities disconnected over winter has begun.

    But Las Vegas officials have declined to say whether that moratorium applies here.

    The agency says state law calls for utility customers who may be eligible for the Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program to be protected from Nov. 15 through March 15. Customers also must have no past due amounts on their billing statements.

  • Ex-interim chief working for sheriff

    William Cruz, the former interim chief of the Las Vegas Police Department, is now a San Miguel County sheriff’s deputy.

    This week, the County Commission unanimously approved hiring Cruz, who spent nearly two decades with the Las Vegas police.

    After Tim Gallegos resigned as chief in late 2006, then-Mayor Henry Sanchez appointed Cruz as the interim chief.

    Cruz applied for the permanent position and was a top candidate, receiving the endorsement of the police officers union.

  • University called ‘fiscally strong’

    Highlands University is “fiscally strong in all respects,” a top official said last week, but the school expects budget cuts because of the declining economy.

    Gov. Bill Richardson has ordered all executive branch agencies to trim spending by 5 percent, a directive that doesn’t apply to the state’s universities.

    However, Highlands President Jim Fries warned the Board of Regents at its quarterly meeting on Friday that the Legislature may reduce universities’ budgets during the legislative session beginning in January.

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    UP thumb ... PROTECT THE CROSSES. We’re happy to see state Attorney General Gary King intervening in a U.S. Court of Appeals case out of Utah seeking to prohibit roadside crosses memorializing fallen state troopers in that state. This case could impact the longstanding tradition of descansos in New Mexico, so we think King’s brief is justified.