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  • Westsiders a band of brothers

    Ernest LeDoux, Joe Coca, Ted Mares, Ernest Salazar, Ernest Herrera, and the late George Lopez enlisted together and were soon on a train to San Diego Naval Base in 1955.

    The childhood friends joined the U.S. Navy together and competed boot camp together before going their separate ways with other divisions. Now, more than five decades later, they have all reconnected.

  • Study: Amtrak shift would cost state millions

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico would suffer economic losses of about $3 million annually if Amtrak halted passenger service along its current route and shifted the Southwest Chief to another rail line, according to a new report issued Thursday.

    Department of Transportation officials outlined the state-commission study to a legislative panel considering whether New Mexico should pay part of the costs of keeping the passenger train on its route across the northeastern part of the state, which includes Las Vegas.

  • Alta Vista to help with insurance

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    Beginning Saturday, Alta Vista Regional Hospital will help area residents learn about and enroll in health insurance options on the Health insurance Marketplace.

    As part of the Affordable Care Act, most U.S. citizens are required to have health insurance beginning in 2014. During the first enrollment wave, which began last October and ended in March, nearly 10 million uninsured individuals enrolled in a Marketplace plan. Yet, approximately 30 million Americans remain uninsured.

  • Weather - Nov. 10, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 25 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 27. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming southeast after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. South wind 10-15 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 22.

    A slight chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 21.

  • Looking ahead - News - Nov. 10, 2014

    City, county offices closed Tuesday

    City and San Miguel County offices will be closed on Tuesday for Veterans Day. The Abe Montoya Recreation Center will remain open. All essential services will continue.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 10, 2014

    In 1964
    Friday, Nov. 6 — The Las Vegas Junior High School was cleared yesterday just before the noon hour was over after school authorities received a call telling of a bomb placed in the school. A search by City Police and Fire Department officials failed to turn up any bomb and class were resumed.

  • Magistrate building closed

    The state has temporarily shut down the San Miguel County Magistrate Court building on Seventh Street due to something in the air that has been making employees sick. 

    For now, critical court functions like arraignments of San Miguel County Detention Center inmates is taking place at District Court. Some magistrate court clerk staff members are also working out of district court, although many other court employees were sent home.

  • Partnership aids conservation

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A Highlands University biology professor’s research to increase the genetic diversity of the bison conservation herd from the Pojoaque Pueblo is part of a partnership that is the first of its kind in the country.

    The pueblo is the first tribe in the United States to graze bison on federal land; in this case the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge north of Las Vegas.

  • Republicans take control of House

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Republicans received a boost from a popular governor and a favorable national political environment to win a majority in the state House for the first time in more than half a century.

  • Serafina man gets prison in federal case

    The Associated Press

    A San Miguel County man has been sentenced to more than a decade in federal prison for assault and firearms convictions.

    Prosecutors say 27-year-old Federico Lujan also was sentenced Tuesday to two years of supervised release. Lujan is from Serafina, which is near Bernal.

    Lujan was arrested on a criminal complaint alleging aggravated assault charges.

    He allegedly fired a rifle while threatening and menacing two women and 10 children in an Isleta Pueblo residence.