Today's News

  • Students form service club

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    LAS VEGAS – As part of the global effort to promote peace and understanding, 14 New Mexico Highlands University students have joined with 12 Armand Hammer United World College students to form the first-ever local Rotaract Club.

    Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for women and men ages 18 to 30. It is one of Rotary International's most significant and fastest-growing service programs.

  • City Council to hold retreat this weekend

    The City Council will hold an “informational retreat” on Saturday.

    The all-day meeting will start at 9 a.m. in Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s board room.

    Mayor Tony Marquez noted that the retreat is being held in town, not out of the city as in the past. The city last held a retreat in 2005 at Pendaries.

    In the morning, department directors will get 10 to 20 minutes each to detail to the governing body their departments’ missions, goals, budgets, employee counts and issues, Marquez said.

  • 3 suspected of shooting at windows

    Las Vegas police said they are likely to charge three people in connection with shooting out windows on at least seven cars on the east side.

    Their reason for causing the damage? For the fun of it, according to a police report.

    Police said the suspects are an 18-year-old man, a 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy.

    According to the report, the three admitted to loading two BB rifles and shooting at car windows for fun. The other two said the driver also shot out windows.

  • Official: Even bus contractors need business licenses

    Anyone who does business in San Miguel County’s unincorporated areas must get a county business license. And there are no exceptions, officials said this week.

    Alex Tafoya, the county’s planning and zoning supervisor, told the County Commission about the county’s business license rules and noted that they include businesses such as real estate agencies. While such businesses may base their operations in Las Vegas, they conduct business in the county’s rural areas, he said.

  • San Juan project may be delayed

    San Juan residents may have to wait awhile for improvements to their community center.

    San Miguel County officials previously believed that the San Juan County Community Center Association owned the building, but it turns out the Pecos school district is the owner.

    That matters because the state Department of Finance and Administration is requiring that government entities actually own the buildings that they’re receiving state money to improve.

  • Agencies hold drill at Mora schools

    MORA — An alert security guard at the Mora school district noticed a toy gun in a student’s gym bag Wednesday. So he hauled her off to the principal’s office for questioning.

    But it turned out there wasn’t a problem.

    What the guard didn’t know was the school district was about to kick off a evacuation exercise using high school seniors as the mock bad guys.

  • Luna students win gold medals

    Three students from Luna Community College brought home gold medals, and another, a bronze medal, from the SkillsUSA state conference earlier this month in Albuquerque.

    Johnny Garcia took first-place in autobody collision repair, while Laura Hurtado and Julie Trambley won a team first-place in cosmetology and nail technology. Kathy Maes won third-place in the cosmetology hair competition.

  • Two Mora County residents charged in attack

    Two Mora residents are accused of attacking a couple of men in a home.

    Terry Vasquez, 35, and Brenda Vasquez, 32, were charged in connection with a March 27 fight.

    According to a criminal complaint, a state police officer and a Mora County sheriff’s deputy responded to a call from El Oro Road. The Vasquezes were there and told the officers that a man had beaten them with a rifle.

  • Upgrades to council chambers considered

    Officials have been talking about moving City Hall or fixing up the council chambers since 1991.

    Public Works Director Carlos Ortiz told the council last week that the governing body indicates every year that it wants to wait another year to see what happens.

    “Now that the council has gotten smaller we need to do something with this facility,” Ortiz said. He said the city has talked to an architect about some of the possibilities, but has not begun any design and development for the project.

  • Delinquent accounts taken off books

    If you have a delinquent solid waste bill with the county, it may be taken off the books. But the county still reserves the right to collect.

    The County Commission on Wednesday voted unanimously to remove 221 solid waste accounts from its system, amounting to $114,000. That came at the advice of an auditor who believed the county’s solid waste accounts receivable was too large.

    Residents in the county’s unincorporated areas are charged for use of solid waste convenience centers scattered around the county.