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  • Vegas Cowboys Up

    Three-year-old Jaiden Allen sat atop his pony, King, waiting for the start of Saturday’s Cowboys Reunion Centennial Celebration parade.

    Like many of the riders taking part, he grinned from ear to ear. He wasn’t about to miss this parade for anything, and that included a wedding that he was standing up in later that day. 

    “He was asking about it for a couple of weeks,” his grandfather James Allen Sr. said. “He couldn’t wait. He was in a wedding (later that) afternoon, so it was a tight schedule.”

  • Woman facing forgery charge

    Las Vegas Optic

    A 46-year-old San Miguel County woman was arrested and charged with a felony last week for allegedly taking her mother’s retirement check, forging her signature and cashing it.

    Stephanie Garcia, who resides on the 700 block of Don Gallegos Circle, also admitted to selling some of her food stamps, according to a probable cause statement filed in San Miguel County District Court on Tuesday.

  • Dems eye changes after losses

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    Eight months ago, Republican Gov. Susana Martinez won re-election by a wide margin and the GOP took control of the New Mexico House for the first time since Dwight Eisenhower was president.

  • Looking ahead - News - Aug. 3, 2015

    Missoula auditions are today
    Missoula Children’s Theatre is coming to Las Vegas to give children the opportunity to get up on stage and be a part of a musical theatre production. This year’s play will be Blackbeard the Pirate. MCT tour/actor directors will hold an open audition for kids at 10 a.m. today at Ilfeld Auditorium. The performance will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ilfeld.

  • Weather - Aug. 3, 2015

    Monday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Northwest wind 5-15 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Southwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 3, 2015

    In 1965
    Tuesday, Aug. 3 — Along the banks of the Gallinas river behind the West Las Vegas High School gym is something which might make the casual observer think he was at a Marine Corps training camp. Just completed last week, the 440-yard obstacle course laid out in the woodland adjacent to the Dons running track is ingenious as well as useful. Frank Herrera, head football and track coach at West Las Vegas, designed the course after discussing the idea with the director of health and physical education for the New Mexico Department of Education.

  • In Brief - News - Aug. 3, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Plague claims SF woman

    SANTA FE — State health officials say a Santa Fe County woman’s death was the result of the plague.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Friday that test confirmed the 52-year-old woman died from the disease, making her the first human case of plague in the state this year.

    The woman died last week after also contracting pneumonia.

  • Centennial Celebration - Parade to feature 200+ horses

    Get your boots ready, folks! It’s time for the Cowboys Reunion Centennial Celebration. After a 48-year hiatus, the reunion will once again take center stage in Las Vegas, thanks to Ron and Elaine Querry.

    As in years past, festivities will include a parade and a rodeo. This year’s reunion celebrates the 100th anniversary of the first Cowboys Reunion. The last Cowboys Reunion was held in 1967.

    It wasn’t quite a 52-year run because the reunions were put on hold during the Great Depression.

  • Highlands loses key grant

    Officials at New Mexico Highlands University are scrambling to limit the impact to students from the loss of a $572,000 federal grant that the university had been using to provide support services to low-income and first-generation students.

    The funding loss will also result in the loss of eight full-time positions at Highlands.

    The university’s regents were briefed on the situation during their meeting last Friday.

  • 1953 rodeo queen recalls the good ol’ days

    For Dolores Montaño, 1953 was a special time in her life that she will never forget. Montaño, now 82,  is the 1953 Cowboys Reunion Rodeo Queen. To this day, the mild-mannered cowgirl has vivid memories of that year.

    “It was wonderful, I loved it,” Montaño said. “I wish I was still that young.”