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  • Mora fallout
  • Armstrong’s small step a giant leap for humanity

    By Seth Borenstein
    AP Science Writer

    WASHINGTON — When man first harnessed fire, no one recorded it. When the Wright Brothers showed man could fly, only a handful of people witnessed it. But when Neil Armstrong took that first small step on the moon in July 1969, an entire globe watched in grainy black-and-white from a quarter million miles away

    We saw it. We were part of it. He took that “giant leap for mankind” for us.

  • Looking Back - August 27, 2012

    In 1962

    Monday, Aug. 27 — A fire department school was held Thursday and Friday evenings in the Las Vegas Department. Disposal of explosives was the subject studied. Conventional and nuclear hazards were presented in regard to explosives. Twenty-three members of the East Las Vegas Fire Department,  E. Romero Hose and Fire Company, Sheriff's Office and City Police attended the classes.

  • Looking Ahead - News - August 27, 2012

    Art exhibit runs through Sept. 28

    An exhibit of paintings by Martin Montoya is on display until Sept. 28 at New Mexico Highlands University’s Ray Drew Gallery. For more information, contact Bob Read at 454-3338.

  • Weather - August 27, 2012

    Monday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 5-10 mph in the morning. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 55. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming light and variable in the evening.

    Tuesday

  • Suspension outrages parents

    MORA — Seventh-grader Danielle Wolf was excited to return to school because it meant beginning her second year in the mariachi class that she loves.

    But that was before Mora Superintendent Thomas Garcia suspended music teacher Joaquin Maestas-Manuel without pay for six weeks, a move that has outraged parents.

    Instead of learning new songs in her music class as she had anticipated, Wolf said she and her classmates have been watching a tape that a student brought in.

  • Area man gets prison for child porn

    A Las Vegas man arrested in December on child pornography related charges has been sentenced to prison.

    Jason Cantrell, 32, pleaded guilty in January to five counts of sexual exploitation of children, including two counts of distribution of child pornography and three counts of possession of child pornography occurring between February and March of 2011.

    District Judge Matthew Sandoval imposed a 10 -1/2 year prison sentence on Cantrell last week, but suspended six years of the sentence.

  • East chief says enrollment is up

    Enrollment at Las Vegas City Schools seems steady and has actually grown at some schools despite the four-day school week change, according to district officials.

    There was some concern that the district might experience a decrease in enrollment this year due to the schedule change. But according to figures presented at Tuesday evening’s board meeting, the district has actually seen an increase in enrollment at some schools.

    Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez said preliminary figures indicate an overall enrollment increase.

  • City to take over senior centers

    City of Las Vegas officials are pledging to increase services for seniors as they prepare to take over operation of the three senior centers in San Miguel County.

    “The services won’t be the same. They’ll be much better. That’s a guarantee,” said Mayor Alfonso Ortiz.

  • State forecasting 4 percent revenue growth

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Lawmakers and Gov. Susana Martinez will have $272 million available in the upcoming budget year for spending increases on government programs and to offset any new tax cuts that may be enacted, according to a new financial forecast released Wednesday.

    If all of the money is added to the state's budget next year, it will allow for spending increases of 4.8 percent.