Today's News

  • Cooperative proposal shot down

    Members of a northeastern New Mexico utility board wanted to keep the same number of members. The customers’ response: No way.

    The Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative held an election Wednesday on whether to keep the Board of Trustees at 11 members. A total of 649 customers rejected that idea, while 159 agreed.

  • County takes over emergency office

    For years, the city of Las Vegas has run the city-county emergency office of management.

    Now, the county is taking over the joint office, which coordinates responses to emergencies.

    The San Miguel County Commission this week voted to assume the responsibility, and Dennis English, the county’s safety coordinator, is likely to head the office.

    English, who previously worked for the Las Vegas Police Department, is expected to take the reins from city police Lt. Eugene Garcia, who has been the office’s coordinator.

  • Committee goes over veterans park designs

    Military veterans, past and present, will soon rededicate and consecrate sacred ground memorializing their service and sacrifice at an improved Veterans Memorial Park.

    Mayor Henry Sanchez said the Las Vegas received $100,000 to begin work at the current park at Fourth Street and Mills Avenue, where the American flag flies above a historic artillery battery.

    The Memorial Park Committee met Wednesday with architect Roger Lengyel of Lengyel and Associates as participants continue work on the project.

  • Official dissents in jailer's hiring

    The San Miguel County Commission ratifies the hirings of county employees at every meeting. And the votes are unanimous.

    That changed at the commission’s monthly meeting on Tuesday.

    The commissioners were asked to approve the hiring of Kenneth C. Medina Jr., the son of Commissioner Kenny Medina, as a detention officer with the county jail.

    When the issue came up, County Commission Chairman Hugh Ley asked Commissioner Medina if he planned to abstain from the vote, and Medina said he would.

  • Official elected to school association post

    A member of the Las Vegas City Schools board has been elected to serve in a top position in a statewide organization.

    Fellow members of the New Mexico School Boards Association elected Ramon “Swoops” Montao to be the group’s vice president. The vote took place on Friday in Albuquerque.

    Montao, the Las Vegas board’s vice president, said the association didn’t release the vote totals for the three people running, but he said he was told that his tally was “overwhelming.”

  • Snow prompts school, office closures

    Old Man Winter couldn’t make up his mind on Tuesday about what he wanted to do.

    The day started cloudy, but with no precipitation. By the late morning, a snowstorm hit the Las Vegas area, putting a few inches on the ground.

    That prompted area schools to close by noon. And Luna Community College canceled its monthly meeting scheduled for the evening.

    Luna’s interim president, Sigfredo Maestas, said he opened his blinds in his office around noon and suddenly realized that a winter storm was at full force.

  • County to sell old public housing

    San Miguel County is ready for another round in its years-long effort to rid itself of the Ribera housing complex.

    The County Commission on Tuesday voted to sell the Ribera development, a public housing complex that hasn’t been used in years.

    Alex Tafoya, the county’s planning and zoning supervisor, told the commission that the property didn’t have to be used for low-income housing purposes, but he reported that the federal Housing and Urban Development Department requires that the proceeds go toward low-income housing causes.

  • Vegas cop gets into accident

    An Las Vegas police officer got into an accident in his squad car on an “extremely slick” road on Monday night, local police said.

    Lt. Lawrence O’Connor lost control of his car around 5 p.m. about 12 miles out of town on state N.M. Highway 65, which links Las Vegas to Gallinas, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

    State police are investigating the accident.

    Gold said O’Connor was leaving his house for his shift that was to begin at 6 p.m.

    The chief said O’Connor wasn’t hurt in the accident.

  • Group helps with utility bills

    Mayor Henry Sanchez said many groups doing good deeds aren’t looking for glory or recognition. “They do it because they love their neighbors,” he said.

    About five years ago, a number of churches in the Las Vegas area got together to see what they could do to help people with bills that weren’t being covered by other entities.

    St. Paul’s Church Pastor Richard Reed said people got inspired to create a service that would help those who couldn’t help themselves.

  • Suspected dealer's case dropped

    The district attorney’s office has dropped the charges against a Las Vegas man accused of selling heroin.

    That decision occurred a little more than a week after the suspect’s attorney contended in court that a search of the man’s house was illegal.

    Roger Jaramillo, 64, 1818 Romero St., was arrested in June on charges of heroin trafficking, possessing drugs and having drug paraphernalia.

    According to court documents, Las Vegas police Officer Martin Salazar went with probation and parole officers to Jaramillo’s house.