Local community receives over $10 million in statutory funding | Community









San Miguel County entities received a total of $10.7 million in capital expenditure funding during the recently concluded legislative session for various projects and improvements.

Nearly half of the total money, $5 million, will go toward creating a forensic building at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las Vegas. The money will be used for the planning, design and construction of the new building, as well as for its furnishings when completed.

Another $1.7 million will be used to advance plans for a drug treatment center in Las Vegas, which has been a priority for the San Miguel County Commission for the past year. The installation site has been established, but much work needs to be done before it can be completed. The county leases the former Department of Social Services home near NMBHI, but must remodel the facility and bring it up to current codes, as well as redesign the building.

New Mexico Highlands University received $375,000 to equip parking lots across campus with solar panels and electric car charging stations, something the university recently made a priority.

The county also received $200,000 to create a shooting range in Las Vegas.

“We are very grateful to Ambrose Castellanos for the work he did to help Las Vegas during the legislative session,” said Las Vegas Mayor Louie Trujillo. “Of course, we always wish there was more money for everyone, but we’ll wait our turn.”

Among the projects that did not receive funding were the ongoing Rodriguez Park sports complex and construction of the Peterson Dam, both of which are priorities for the city. However, Trujillo said there are other sources of funding the city will explore to bring these projects closer to completion.

Other local projects that received funding during this year’s session include:

• $361,468 to purchase new furniture and install new security measures at the Las Vegas 4th District Courthouse

• $100,000 for the installation of new artificial turf on the football field at West Las Vegas High School

• $110,000 to build a greenhouse at Valley Elementary School in the West Las Vegas School District

• $75,000 to install broadband infrastructure in San Miguel County

• $220,000 to create a voting machine warehouse in San Miguel County

• US$100,000 for the purchase of a body scanner for the San Miguel County Detention Center

• $100,000 to purchase vehicles for the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office

• $150,000 to repair and replace the roof and pillars of the Carnegie Library in Las Vegas

• $100,000 to build a water main on 8th Street north of Mills Avenue in Las Vegas

• $65,000 for the improvement of Lincoln Park in Las Vegas

• $100,000 to purchase new playground equipment for Los Niños and Sierra Vista Elementary Schools in the Las Vegas School District

• Local funding also included several acequia upgrades in the region.

Mora County received a total of $1.2 million in capital expenditure funding this year. This included $230,000 for Mora Independent School District technology upgrades and $100,000 for Mora County Complex upgrades, including site improvements.