Today's News

  • Mora board rejects advice

    The Mora school board has decided to proceed with the original project for a multipurpose sports complex, despite an official’s recommendation for a third-party investigation of a water problem at the site.

    Superintendent Dora Romero recently recommended that the board hire a third-party engineer “in order to gain perspective as to what actually needs to be done to remedy our situation.”

    That recommendation was in response to the discovery of a problem with water bubbling up from the ground at the site.

  • Animal cruelty cases prosecuted

    The district attorney’s office has brought charges in two local cases of alleged animal cruelty.

    Tracy Ratzlaff, a certified nurse anaesthetist living in Sapello, has been charged with fourth-degree felony cruelty to animals in connection with the shooting of his neighbor’s dog. The neighbor, Cathy Swedlund, said she found her dog dead near her barn on Feb 17, 2008. The next day, when she went to bury the dog, she found the entrance wound of a bullet.

  • Residents want improvements to San Pedro Drive

    Jacobo Rael wants what most Las Vegas residents have — a paved street. He and his neighbors hope to make that a reality.

    He told the City Council last week that his street — San Pedro Drive — was paved a long time ago but that it has since entirely crumbled, making it extra bumpy.

    He said the street has been graded twice in the last decade. The last time was the day of last week’s council meeting, which was after he told city staff that he would bring the matter to the council.

  • Candidate opens office in Vegas

    Obamamania is now officially in Las Vegas.

    On Saturday, Democrats opened an office for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on the Plaza.

    During the opening of the Obama for President office, Martin Suazo, chairman of the San Miguel County party, said seeing and meeting candidates in person is expected.

  • Former manager's secretary sues city

    A former secretary with the city is suing her former employer, alleging breach of contract and wrongful retaliatory discharge.

    Pearl Maes, who worked for the city from 2000 to 2006, filed a lawsuit in June naming the city of Las Vegas as a defendant.

    In the lawsuit, Maes, represented by Albuquerque attorney Gilbert Vigil, alleges that she always accomplished her “overwhelming workload” as the secretary to the city manager. But she contends that she was subjected to a “hostile and intimidating work environment.”

  • Family gives $75,000 for memorial

    The Las Vegas City Schools received a $75,000 check on Monday from a local family to help pay for the district’s memorial in honor of those who died in a drunken-driving crash two years ago.

    Members of the Gonzales family, who lost loved ones in the crash, submitted the check to Superintendent Rick Romero. The money will pay for a sizable portion of the Robertson High School project, he said.

  • Fair Fun

    Fairgoers could smell the chile cooking as contestants prepared their special recipes for the chile cookoff, the Blue Ribbon Wranglers were keeping score at the mud volleyball pit and watermelon seeds were flying during the watermelon eating contest — just a few of the activities taking place at the 35th Annual San Miguel-Mora County Fair.

    “It was a great fair. I think it’s probably the best fair during the seven years I’ve been president,” fair board President Kenny Zamora said, adding that the crowd was bigger than it has been in several years.

  • Call center firm looking for Las Vegas employees

    Las Vegas’ new call center aims to hire 150 full-time and 150 part-time workers over the next three years, officials said last week.

    Results-Las Vegas expects to open its local operation by mid-September.

    Applications for jobs are available at Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation at 614 Eighth St. and the Workforce Connection at 300 S. Grand Ave.

    Officials said the company plans to pay employees $8.50 an hour, with bonuses for performance. Results-Las Vegas is owned by Nevada-based Paramount Multi Services LLC.

  • Status of water rules questioned

    The city has no plans to go off heightened water restrictions anytime soon, although one councilman wondered why that was the case.

    City Councilman Morris Madrid said residents have asked him why the city is still on stiffer rules after robust rainfall and reservoirs nearly full.

    “Is there any relief for us in the near future?” he asked at last week’s council meeting.

  • City to collect on utility accounts

    If you have a past-due utilities bill with the city, you may be getting a call. And it won’t be from the city.

    The City Council voted last week to enter into an agreement with a third-party collection agency, Albuquerque-based Advantage Group.

    George DuFour, the city’s utilities director, told the council that the company would be attempting to collect 967 past-due accounts, amounting to $256,000.