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  • Escovedo guilty of murder

    A Mora County jury on Friday found Dennis Escovedo guilty of second-degree murder, tampering with evidence and unlawful use or theft of an ATM or debit card in connection with the death of Maxine Patsy Trujillo.

    Escovedo, dressed in a brown suit, stood quietly next to defense attorney David Silva as District Judge Matthew Sandoval read the verdicts at about 10 a.m. on Friday. He faces about 19 years in prison.

    In the gallery, Trujillo’s family members let out sighs of relief when the first verdict was read. Several of them cried.

  • Warrant leads to two drug arrests

    A Tecolote man and woman were arrested on drug charges Thursday after a search warrant of their residence yielded a large amount of cocaine, marijuana, money and firearms.

    The Region IV Multijurisdictional Task Force stated in a news release that Robert Tenorio, 33, and Jessica Tenorio, 34, were charged with cocaine trafficking, marijuana distribution, felon in possession of a firearm and conspiracy. Details in the case were not immediately available because San Miguel County Magistrate Court was closed on Friday.

  • DiNO-Light coming to Ilfeld

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University presents the DiNO-Light theatrical show of dramatic electroluminescent creatures that light up the darkness starting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Corbian Visual Arts and Dance created DiNO-Light and performs this unique and visually dazzling show. The production tours internationally and has been praised for its cutting-edge blend of puppetry, technology and dance set to orchestral and pop music.

    The show is an America’s Got Talent Semifinalist.

  • Gov signs Rio Grande trail law

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation Thursday to create a commission to define the best routes and reach necessary agreements to build a 500-mile, statewide recreation trail stretching from Colorado to Texas.

    “Establishing a trail the length of the Rio Grande would be a historic achievement for New Mexico,” Martinez said at a Rio Grande Nature Center State Park bill signing.

  • Looking Back - April 6, 2015

    In 1965
    Friday, April 2 — Las Vegas School officials are anxiously awaiting the results of a survey being conducted among students of the Immaculate Conception School here. The school, which has enrolled students from kindergarten through eighth grade is closing at the end of this year, and the 250 students must be absorbed in the other three local school systems. The City Schools system and Our Lady of Sorrows Parochial School are expected to receive a majority of the I.C. students. Only about 10 students from West Las Vegas now attend I.C.

  • Looking ahead - News - April 6, 2015

    Story Time
    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, in the children’s area of the public library. Free and open to the public.

  • In Brief - News - April 6, 2015

    The Associated Press

  • Weather - April 6, 2015

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 70. Breezy. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 39.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 37.

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 65. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:41 a.m. to 7:26 p.m.

  • Good Friday
  • New digs for magistrate court

    If you’ve had to go to San Miguel County Magistrate Court to pay a fine or take care of other business in the last five months, chances are you’re aware of the drama that has been playing out there due to problems with the court’s leased Seventh Street building.

    If you haven’t had occasion to visit the court during that period, count your blessings.