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  • Spearless warrior - Police seek public’s help

    Las Vegas police are asking for the public’s help in finding the spear that was taken from a carved statue on Plaza Park and those responsible for its theft.

    The carving, which was completed shortly before the Fiestas, originally portrayed a warrior holding a spear high above his head. But on Thursday morning police were notified that the spear had been taken.

    Surveillance cameras around Plaza Park apparently didn’t capture the theft.

  • Cordova wants borrowed money repaid

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Ruben Cordova laid down his plan to the district’s board and administrative team last week during an administrative retreat held at the student union building on the New Mexico Highlands University campus.

    A big part of his plan is addressing the repayment of bond money the district has used for several years to keep afloat – a practice the state Public Education Department calls illegal. Cordova had been on contract with the district for several months prior to officially taking the helm of the district on July 1.

  • 3 killed in helicopter crash identified

    The Associated Press

    NEWKIRK — Authorities on Friday released the names of three crew members killed when a medical helicopter flying to pick up a patient crashed into the side of a New Mexico hilltop.

    The helicopter was flying from Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe to Trigg Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari when it disappeared from radar at 2:48 a.m. Thursday.

    It went down near Newkirk along Interstate 40 about 135 miles east of Albuquerque and about 30 miles from Tucumcari and burst into flames, killing all three aboard.

  • Looking Back - July 21, 2014

    In 1964
    Wednesday, July 22, 1964 — Notice to TV Viewers: This will inform all Las Vegas residents who are using the television translator service for Channels 7 and 13 that it will be necessary to shut off the translators on Aug. 31, 1964, due to lack of funds for operating costs. If you are interested in the continuing operation of the translators, please send your contributions to the Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 148, Las Vegas, N.M. 87701.
     

  • Looking ahead - News - July 21, 2014

    Motorcycle Rally this week
    The ninth annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally will run from July 24 through 27 in Las Vegas. The rally will feature vendor booths at the Plaza Park, a blood drive, various competitions and live music. In addition, a 3014 Harley Davidson Fat Bob will be raffled. Only 1,500 tickets will be sold, at $40 apiece.

  • Weather - July 21

    Monday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. West wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Tuesday

  • Gov tours immigration facility

    The Associated Press
    ARTESIA — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said Saturday that hundreds of detained immigrants represent the humanitarian consequence of false beliefs that anyone can stay in the U.S.
    Martinez made the remarks after touring a temporary detention facility in Artesia, the Roswell Daily Record reported. She was joined by federal and state officials at the barracks of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
    “This is no place for young mothers and babies. One is just 11 months old,” Martinez said.

  • State faces backlog on toxicology tests

    The Associated Press
    A jump in toxicology tests sent to a New Mexico laboratory has created a backlog delaying some death investigations for months.
    Adding to the delays, the lab says it’s losing highly trained people to burnout.

  • Woman accused of embezzling $70K from church

    The Associated Press
    An Albuquerque woman is accused of siphoning more than $70,000 from her church.
    KOAT-TV reports that 39-year-old Misty White was free on bond Thursday following her arrest on an embezzlement charge.
    According to a criminal complaint, White used her volunteer position at Indian Nation Baptist Church to access church bank accounts.
    White, who has been treasurer since 2011, allegedly used cash withdrawals and checks at grocery stores and restaurants. She also depleted another account reserved for buying the church a new building.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - July 21, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Jobless rate at 6.5 percent
    New Mexico’s unemployment rate stayed at 6.5 percent in June, down from 6.9 percent a year ago.
    The state Workforce Solutions Department said Friday that the state’s economy gained 2,500 jobs over the year.
    Gains in six industries offset losses in seven others, pushing growth into positive territory for the first time in nine months.
    Education and health services led all industries with an increase of 3,500 jobs, partly due to seasonal variability.