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  • Official: U.S. needs more young farmers, ranchers

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan sees an epidemic of sorts sweeping across America’s farmland. It has little to do with the usual challenges, like drought, rising fuel and feed prices or crop-eating pests.

    The country’s farmers and ranchers are getting older, and there are fewer people standing in line to take their place.

  • Anti-fracking law adopted

    Setting aside the grave concerns raised by its legal counsel and its insurer, the Las Vegas City Council voted 3-1 on Monday to approve a community bill of rights ordinance, becoming the first municipality in the state to do so.

    Moments after the vote, as jubilant backers of the controversial measure were celebrating, the  New Mexico Oil and Gas Association notified the city attorney that it would be filing suit over the matter.

  • Missing woman’s body found

    The skeletal remains of a woman reported missing in 2009 were discovered late last month on a ranch in the Wagon Mound area.

    State police Lt. Craig Martin said Monday that the remains were discovered on March 24 by either the landowner or a person leasing the property in the Wagon Mound area.

    The case has been turned over to the New Mexico Department of Public Safety’s criminal investigations division.

  • East activity funds being questioned

    Las Vegas City Schools board member Ernesto Salazar continues to question the fiscal operations at the district pertaining to student activity accounts.

    The issue came to light several months ago when club advisors questioned account discrepancies presented by the district’s business manager Myrna Garcia during a board meeting.

    District officials have since said the student activity accounts have been reconciled, but that news did not sit well with Salazar.

  • Back with a Vengeance

    Balmy spring temperatures gave way to nasty winds and late-season snowfall Monday evening, wreaking havoc with power lines and giving many students a two-hour delay on Tuesday.

    Several inches of snow fell in Las Vegas. The National Weather Service has received reports of about 18 inches of snow in the Rociada area and about 6 inches in the Sapello area.

  • Cause of Sunday fire undetermined

    Authorities have yet to determine the cause of a three acre fire that broke out at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday west of Camp Luna near the shooting range.

    Dubbed the Shooting Range Fire, the blaze sent smoke billowing above Las Vegas and sparked fears of a difficult fire season ahead. The fire was contained within a few hours.

    Dan Ware, spokesman for State Forestry, said the fire was human caused, though exactly how it was ignited had not been determined as of Monday afternoon.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 4, 2012

    Cascarón Festival this weekend

    The City of Las Vegas Museum, Friends of the City Museum and Carnegie Park are sponsoring a Cascarón Carnival this weekend. Those interested in participating are invited to create cascarones — confetti-filled decorated eggs — from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday at the City Museum. From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. this Sunday, take the cascarones to Carnegie Park where they will be broken open. The event is free and open to the public. Contact Kristin Hsueh at 426-3204.

  • Weather - April 4, 2012

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. West wind 5-10 mph. Clear at night, with a low around 34. West wind 5-10 mph.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 71. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming southwest. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 37.

    Friday
    Sunny and breezy, with a high near 73. Mostly clear and breezy at night, with a low around 36.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 69. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 36.

  • Council blasted over zoning

    Plans to build a new child care center for 70 children on the southeast corner of Eighth Street and Friedman have been scrapped, and two members of the Las Vegas Planning & Zoning Commission are blaming election season politics for the outcome.

    The project — which according to the applicant would have resulted in eight to 12 new jobs for the community — would have required a zone change, from the current O-1, or office zone, to a C-1, or neighborhood commercial zone.

  • Locks of Love

    Ember Ha beamed last week as beautician Francine Martinez began snipping away at her long dark locks last week.  

    It was a day the 7-year-old had been waiting for since kindergarten, ever since she heard about a charity that makes hairpieces for children with cancer and other illnesses and decided that she wanted to help.

    Her mother, Ashley Saiz, picked her up from Legion Park Elementary shortly before school let out on Monday, and the two headed to Hair We R, where they met her father, Nea Ha.