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  • State sues former investment chief

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    A state government agency brought lawsuits Friday claiming its former top manager and a financial advisory firm improperly steered New Mexico investments to political supporters of former Gov. Bill Richardson.

    The lawsuits contend that there was a pay-to-play scheme in New Mexico that resembled a corruption case involving a New York state pension fund scandal that has swept up political and financial figures — some of whom were involved in New Mexico investment deals.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Friday, May 12 — Sheriff Secundino Romero and his deputies have practically completed the work of summoning jurors and witnesses for the May term of the district court for San Miguel County, which will begin Monday. The job has been a big one and while it was underway the sheriff’s office has been deserted by practically everybody but W.B. Stapp, under sheriff.

  • Looking Ahead

    Meeting on gateway project is Tuesday

    The city of Las Vegas is holding its second public input meeting on the proposed gateway project from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the council Chambers on Grand Avenue. The city is trying to gather community input on such things as design of the project and on the possibility of turning two streets into one-ways.

  • Weather - May 9, 2011

    Monday
    Areas of blowing dust. Sunny, with a high near 76. Windy, with a west wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 30-35 mph. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 41. Windy, with a west wind 30-35 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy and breezy at night, with a low around 38.

    Wednesday

  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas is in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • East taxpayers may get break

    SANTA FE — Las Vegas City Schools has contracted with a new financial adviser, and it’s working with the firm to restructure its bond payments in hopes of getting  taxes for east-side residents down to previous rates.

  • A Mom to Many

    With her son in the military and her daughter having already graduated from high school, Tina Clayton might be taken as someone getting a break from the often thankless responsibilities of motherhood.

    That is if you don’t know her.

    “Being a mother of adult children is difficult,” Clayton says. “You are trying to teach them to go off on their own and become a responsible adult. That part is not easy as a parent.”

  • Nurse leaves $270,000 for scholarships

    Massachusetts native Helen O’Brien devoted her life to helping the people of northern New Mexico, serving as the Public Health Office’s district nurse supervisor for San Miguel, Mora, Guadalupe and Colfax counties for years.

    The former public health nurse died of pneumonia at Alta Vista Regional Hospital on Feb. 21, but people will benefit from her helping hand for years to come. O’Brien, 92, left $270,000 to the Luna Community College Foundation to establish nursing scholarships for students. It’s the largest gift ever given to the foundation.

  • Incumbent loses in coop election

    Mora-San Miguel Electric Coop board member Mary Lou Roybal lost her Dist. 1 seat by a wide margin on Tuesday.

    Virginia Mondragon, a lifelong Mora resident who works in the homehealth industry, won the District 1 seat, garnering 298 votes, more than double the 109 votes received by Roybal.

  • Defense says branding was a prank

    The Associated Press

    AZTEC — A jury has been selected and will begin weighing evidence against one of three men charged with branding a man with a coat hanger.

    A defense attorney for 29-year-old William Hatch told jurors Wednesday in Aztec that his client got caught up in a prank that night and evidence will further show Hatch is not a criminal.

    Hatch and two others face charges of felony kidnapping, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and aggravated battery.