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  • Convicted killer gets 20 years

    Ricky Quintana, who was found guilty of second-degree murder in the April 2003 death of Michael Grube, has been committed to 20 years at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute.

    Quintana, 49, received a sentence that is considered the basic one for a second-degree murder conviction with an enhancement of five additional years, said Richard Flores, Fourth Judicial District Attorney. Prosecutors requested the enhancement due to the brutal nature of the killing, and Judge Gerald Baca concurred.

  • Sanchez to get $25K

    Details of Luna Community College president Leroy Sanchez’s newly revised contract emerged late this past week.

    Sanchez will now serve through the end of 2017 —six months earlier than in his previously negotiated contract.

    Luna’s Board of Trustees this past week agreed to the new terms and to immediately begin a search for a new president of the two-year school.

  • State champs! WLV, Pecos among winners

    For the second time in three years, West Las Vegas is state champion in cheerleading.

    The squad won first place in the Class 1A-4A Co-ed Cheer category over the weekend at The Pit in Albuquerque.

    West finished the two-day State Spirit Championships with a score of 142.07, topping runner-up Hatch Valley (136.99) and third-place Bernalillo (134.62).

    After a narrow defeat in the 2016 competition spoiled West’s repeat bid, Saturday’s triumph made for a joyous bus ride home.

  • Health care bill shot down

    By Erica Werner
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans on Monday pointed fingers and assigned blame after their epic failure on health care and a weekend digesting the outcome.

  • New leader for Dems

    The San Miguel County Democratic Party opted for new leadership at its meeting Thursday night, choosing Martin Leger as new chairman.

    Leger takes over for Martin Suazo Jr., who’d served in that capacity for nearly two decades.

    Vice chairman Lisa Vigil retained her post, edging Noyola Archibeque.

    Leger appointed Greg Salazar as secretary and Rose Contreras Taylor as treasurer.

    Tasha Chalberg, Patricia Gallegos, Ignacio Lucero and Joseph McCaffrey were elected to represent San Miguel in the state central committee.

  • Books, books, and more books
  • Sanchez leaving Luna

    Leroy “Huero” Sanchez’s time as president of Luna Community College is coming to a close.

    The school’s board of trustees on Tuesday night agreed to a search for the next president, to begin immediately. The board also approved changes to the terms of Sanchez’s current contract. While those were not immediately disclosed, the changes include an earlier departure than originally scheduled.

  • Mariachi mania - Robertson hosts conference

    The sounds of trumpets, violins, and guitarrons will come together in harmony during the Eighth Annual Youth Mariachi Conference beginning Friday. The two-day conference, hosted by the City of Las Vegas and Las Vegas City Schools, will bring in more than 200 students together to learn techniques from professional group Mariachi Tradicional out of Albuquerque.

    “The students get inspired from studying under the instruction of members of Mariachi Tradicional,” said Las Vegas City Schools mariachi instructor Martin Sena.

  • For the kids

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The head of New Mexico’s child welfare agency is frustrated that a string of measures aimed at closing loopholes and toughening penalties for those convicted of child abuse and similar crimes failed to reach Gov. Susana Martinez’s desk.

    The 60-day legislative session wrapped up March 18, leaving on the table bills that had the support of Monique Jacobson, secretary of the Children, Youth and Families Department.

  • Man charged after wrong-way crash on I-25

    Michael Perez, 29, of the 700 block of Avenue J in Houston, Texas, faces multiple criminal charges in Las Vegas after a suspected wrong-way crash on an interstate highway.

    Perez stands accused of aggravated DWI — specifically driving more than double the legal limit — as well as assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and other charges.