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  • West Head Start gets $8.2 M

    The West Las Vegas School District got a massive gift earlier this week. The district’s Head Start program was notified it will receive an $8.2 million grant to expand its existing program.

    “We are very happy,” local Head Start Director Joseph Griego said, “This will give us more stability and allow us to reach a larger audience.”

    According to a news release from U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, the funding will add more than 30 jobs and will allow the program to serve 172 more children.

  • Promoting New Mexico - Gov touts area attractions

    Gov. Susana Martinez is known to travel throughout the state as she promote initiatives and meets with constituents, but she’s not the only one traveling across New Mexico’s mountains, plains and deserts.

    On Wednesday morning, she was in Las Vegas at Plaza Park celebrating the record number of tourists who visited the Land of Enchantment last year.

    Her visit comes just days after the annual Fourth of July Fiestas, which drew throngs of people to Las Vegas.

  • Project to add 70 beds to Meadows home

    Noting the importance of providing the best possible care to New Mexico residents in need of long-term living facilities,  Gov. Susana Martinez touted the $16 million in state capital outlay funding that has been awarded for the final phase of the Meadows project.

  • Vegas man accused of rape

    A 22-year-old Las Vegas man is behind bars for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old girl who had gotten drunk and passed out at his house.

    Joseph L. Gutierrez, who resides on the 2400 block of Dahlia Street, has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual penetration, a second-degree felony, and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a fourth-degree felony.

    Documents filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court this week state that the incident occurred over the Independence Day weekend.

  • Looking Back - July 10, 2015

    In 1965

    Monday, July 12 — Despite some complaints heard that there has been too much rain during recent weeks, it may be a long time indeed before Las Vegas and vicinity make up previous precipitation deficiency if the figures at the FAA station are any indication. During May a trace or more of precipitation was reported on 11 days with a total of 3.02 inches for the month.                               

  • Looking ahead - News - July 10, 2015

    Mud volleyball and horseshoe tournament
    A mud volleyball and horseshoe benefit tournament is scheduled for Saturday, July 11 at the San Miguel Sheriff’s Posse Grounds in Pecos. For more information, call Ira Harge at 426-7569, Dominic Baca at 505-629-3861 or Mike Sandoval at 505-490-2040.

  • Weather - July 10, 2015

    Friday
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. Southwest wind 5-15 mph.

    Saturday
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.

  • Game & Fish Department: Bear bites girl in tent near Raton

    The Associated Press

    RATON — State game officials say rain washed away any tracks of a bear sought after it bit a teenage girl who was inside a tent near Raton.

    According to the Game and Fish Department, the teenage girl was treated at a hospital for minor injuries to her arm and ear after the bear bit her through the tent’s wall early Monday.

    The incident occurred during a family gathering at a home and the homeowner fired warning shots to scare at the bear, which was described as young.

  • Jail Log - July 10, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 20 and July 2:

    Filadelfio Chavez, 26, aggravated stalking.
    Gary Sanchez, 19, battery on police, five counts of burglary, two counts resisting, five counts criminal damage to property. Escape from custody
    Jude Maes, 41, battery against a household member
    Edgar Uribe-Urnina, 26, probation violation: felon in possession of a firearm.
    Federico Saiz, 28, aggravated DWI (second offense), no insurance, no driver’s license.

  • Authorities voice encryption concerns

    By Eric Tucker
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Federal law enforcement officials warned Wednesday that data encryption is making it harder to hunt for pedophiles and terror suspects, telling senators that consumers’ right to privacy is not absolute and must be weighed against public-safety interests.