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  • 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.”

  • Horse safety tips

    The Centennial Cowboy Reunion Parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday. The number of horses and wagons in the Centennial Cowboy Reunion Parade make it a good time to learn about horses and safety.

    • Never approach a horse directly from the rear. If a horse cannot see you he is more likely to kick.

    • Avoid walking behind a horse; if you must, leave at least 15 feet. A kick is most forceful when you are about 3 feet away. Avoid being at that distance.

    • Horses cannot see small children, but they sense them and will kick.  

  • Cowboys Reunion Centennial Celebration and Heritage Week Schedule - July 31, 2015

    10 a.m.
    Cowboys Reunion Centennial Celebration Parade will begin at the Railroad Roundhouse, north on Railroad Avenue until Douglas Avenue, west on Douglas until 12th Street, north of 12th Street until National, west on National and Bridge Street and ending at Plaza Park. For more information visit, www.lvcowboyreunion.com.

    1 to 10 p.m.

  • Hang up prompts more training

    By Russell Contreras and Terry Tang
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — All Albuquerque Fire Department employees in emergency situations will undergo additional training after a dispatcher told a 911 caller trying to help a teenage shooting victim to “deal with it yourself.”

    The department will start giving crisis intervention training to all firefighters and dispatchers next week, Fire Chief David Downey told reporters Wednesday. A department spokeswoman said she was not sure if some employees had previously received the training.

  • Jail Log - July 31, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 16 and June 24:
    Michael Moree, 33, hold for court
    Consuelo Lopez, 30, positive UA (drugs) hold for US Marshall
    Edward Moya, 44, drug court violation: 7 day commitment
    Adam Lucero, 26, failure to appear, bench warrant, LV Municipal
    Kenneth Trujillo, 53, aggravated assault on a health care worker
    Edward Moya, 44, drug court violation: 7 day commitment
    Henry Gonzales, 53, 3 day commitment

  • Looking Back - July 31, 2015

    In 1965

    Monday, Aug. 2 — New Mexico oldtimers rode buggies in a Springer parade Saturday, when a miniature wagon train on the Santa Fe Trail came through town. Riders in the horse-and-buggy vehicle were Tom and Mrs. McGrath and Matt McAllister of Springer, and Narciso Abreu of Springer. Mr. McGrath is 78 years old; McAllister is 102, and Abreu is 80.