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  • Remembering the dead

    Editor’s note: In honor of Memorial Day, Mora native Charles Padilla has written the following essay about the war dead from WWII.

    By Charles Padilla

    The white granite markers of those killed in World War Two have proven to be resilient, immune to the rains and snow, and winter freezes, and violent summer storms. These rock statues have now endured almost 70 years. They stand as lonely and silent-sentinels over the cemeteries of Northern New Mexico.

  • Honor Flight - World War II vet to visit D.C.

    Herman Saiz is a survivor and hero to many. The World War II veteran had many close ones while serving in the U.S. Army. Now, his stroke of luck will lead him to the nation’s capital as part of Honor Flight of Northern New Mexico honoring his service in World War II.

    Saiz, 90, a Las Vegas native, will travel with his grandson and Iraq veteran Charles J. Otero III, as part of the program that provides World War II veterans or terminally ill veterans a chance to see memorials built in their honor.

  • Nephew is new Mora school chief

    The Mora Independent School District has hired the nephew of school board chairman George A. Trujillo to serve as the district’s superintendent for the next three years.

    During a board meeting last week, Charles Trujillo was hired by a 3-2 roll-call vote. His uncle George A. Trujillo voted in favor of the motion.

    The vote came after the board interviewed Charles Trujillo and Volcano Vista High School Assistant Principal Matt Lindsey. George A. Trujillo said the district and his nephew are currently in negotiations over salary.

  • Police investigate battery case

    Las Vegas police say a man was airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque last Saturday after he sustained a major head injury during an altercation with two other men at a parking lot on south Grand Avenue.

    The injured man, Joseph Sena, was on life support and listed in critical condition as of Thursday, Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño said. The case remains under investigation with police trying to identify the suspects.

  • Looking Back - May 25, 2015

    In 1965
    Tuesday, May 25 — Joseph Rivera, Highlands University junior from Mora, is the winner of the 1965-66 Kennecott Copper Corporation’s $500 scholarship, one of 10 such scholarships granted to outstanding students in the state’s colleges and universities. Making the presentation was Bill Saffold, director of Public relations for the Chino Division of Kennecott. Rivera has served as president and vice president of the Student Senate, is an officer of Circle K and a member of the Forensic Club. He is majoring in English and minoring in Spanish.

  • Looking ahead - News - May 25, 2015

    LVCS hosting seminar for businesses
    The Las Vegas City Schools is hosting a seminar for any potential business wanting to do contract work through the CES program at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26 at the district’s board room located at 901 Douglas Ave.
     

  • Weather - May 25, 2015

    Monday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 68. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 44.

    Tuesday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 46.

    Wednesday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 73. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 45.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    5:50 a.m. to 8:06 p.m.

  • In Brief - News - May 25, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Missile destroyed
    LAS CRUCES— Living near a missile testing range comes with its share of unexplained oddities.
    For Las Cruces residents on Thursday, those included twisting, vertical contrails in the sky and a brief highway closure.
    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the strange contrails above the Organ Mountains were left by a missile that was destroyed when a test flight went wrong at White Sands Missile Range.

  • Public defender gets $400K loan

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    The New Mexico public defender’s office will be able to continue providing legal representation to hundreds of people across the state after the state Board of Finance approved a $400,000 loan for the office.

    The emergency money approved Thursday will allow contract lawyers to be paid to represent the poor and juveniles, and it will be doled out as reimbursements are sought. The office will be required to pay back the money over the next two fiscal years.

  • Ex-Mora teacher arrested

    A former Mora High School teacher was arrested this week for allegedly carrying on an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old student.

    Mandiann Casados, 25, of Mora, was charged in Mora County Magistrate Court last Friday with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a fourth-degree felony. She was arrested on Monday and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by the state police investigations bureau.