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  • N.M. lawmakers propose pet food tax

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — Two New Mexico lawmakers are proposing a special tax on pet food to raise money for spaying and neutering, but critics are concerned the additional fee could be passed on to consumers and deter pet food companies from doing business with New Mexico.

    Democratic State Reps. Carl Trujillo and Debbie Rodella sponsored a bill that would impose an increase on commercial pet food registration fees from $2 per label to $100 per label of food each year, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

  • It's dry out there

    Firefighters quickly reached this apparent small brush fire Wednesday evening along Airport Road, near Highway 250. Not many details were available at press time.

    Due to the lack of precipitation in the Las Vegas area this winter, authorities are urging extreme caution with all cigarettes, outdoor machinery, stoves or anything which produces heat or flame.

  • Certified welders

    Several Luna Community students recently took and passed the American Welding Society certification.

    The students are Mathew Martinez, Devon Maes, Lee Johnson, Andres Gonzales, Jadan Hern, Miguel Serna, Ivan Molinar, Jose Lopez, Javier Branch, Julio Serna, Jerome Pacheco, Jason Griego, Julio Valencia and Joe Maestas.

    Since September 2013, 129 Luna Community College students have passed their AWS Certification.

  • Councilors in support of revised refugee resolution

    More than six months after a refugee-support resolution was first discussed by the Las Vegas City Council, a revised symbolic resolution appears to now have the support of all four councilors.

  • Ulibarri Jr. files to run; Romero doesn't

    After Tuesday's official filing day for the upcoming Las Vegas City Council election, voters learned there will be at least one new council member this spring. 

    With one other ward up for grabs, an appointed incumbent hopes there will be only one change on the council.

    David Ulibarri Jr., who was appointed by Tonita Gurulé-Giron when she won the mayor's election two years ago, was one of four candidates to be certified this week for the March 6 election for the council's Ward 1 seat. 

  • Search for Luna president could involve Colo. firm

    The search for a permanent president had almost taken a back seat to the Luna Community College Board of Trustees' efforts to hang on to the school's accreditation. However, it's not as if the two items are unrelated, and both were addressed at Tuesday's regular monthly meeting.

  • County looks at “abandoning” roads

    There are pros and cons to a governing body and its public works department maintaining a particular road.

  • Mora students forge their future

    Two Mora High School seniors have created a pathway toward employment in a high-paying industry right out of school.

    The two, Jason Griego, 18 and Julius Valencia, 17, passed a national certification test in November to work as welders.
    Their teacher, Gary Martinez, said the school’s welding program trains students to the level where “they’re good enough to actually take the test. In this case, this was their first test, and they passed.”

  • Texas man killed in U.S. 285 head-on wreck

    The New Mexico State Police announced Monday that a wreck that occurred Sunday along U.S. 285 in western San Miguel County claimed the life of a Texas man.

    About 8:44 a.m. Sunday, the State Police were called to investigated a crash involving two vehicles on US 285 near mile marker 259.

    Officers learned that a 2006 Chrysler sedan driven by Robert Granado, 26, of Big Spring Texas, was traveling north on 285 at a high rate of speed.

  • Gov. Martinez unveils tough-on-crime proposals

    By Mary Hudetz, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — Gov. Susana Martinez is making a final push for lawmakers to pass a series of tough-on-crime bills in her last year in office, including measures to expand the state's three-strikes law for violent felons and restore the death penalty.