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  • Ex-cop sentenced to prison

    A former Las Vegas police officer was sentenced to four years in prison Monday after pleading guilty six months ago to multiple fraud, forgery and domestic violence felonies.

    Shawn Montoya was also ordered to pay $3,872 in restitution. And after he is released, for the entire period that he is on probation or parole, Montoya will not be able to work as a contractor.

    Under the terms of his plea agreements, Montoya faced from no prison time to four years behind bars. District Judge Abigail Aragon imposed the highest sentence possible under that plea agreement.

  • Mobile music - Hitting road in converted Snap-On truck

    Carl Bernstein and Marilyn Priddy will soon hit the road, leaving Las Vegas in the rear-view mirror of their converted Snap-On Tool truck. On Sunday afternoon, the duo performed several songs at the Las Vegas Arts Council as a farewell concert.

    The couple plans to travel the nation performing along the way in their truck, converted into a motor home. Eventually they hope to go into Mexico and possibly South America.

  • Toxic algae responsible for elk deaths

    State Game and Fish Department officials say toxic algae bloom was responsible for the deaths of more than 100 elks discovered north of Las Vegas in August.

    “Based on circumstantial evidence, the most logical explanation for the elk deaths is that on their way back to the forest after feeding in the grassland, the elk drank water from a trough containing toxins created by blue-green algae or cyanobacteria,” said Kerry Mower, the agency’s wildlife disease specialist.

  • 100th anniversary of mine disaster

    The Associated Press

    There’s little left of Dawson except for building foundations and a dusty cemetery, but the former mining town in northeastern New Mexico lives on in history books.

    Tuesday marked the 100th anniversary of the Dawson coal mine disaster in which the Mine Safety and Health Administration says 263 miners were killed Oct. 22, 1913.

    The tragedy made Dawson, located northeast of Cimarron in Colfax County, the site of the second-highest death toll in a U.S. coal mine accident.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 23, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 23, 2013

    Free Mandarin Chinese classes
    UWC-USA offers free Chinese (Mandarin) classes – for ages 15 and up. Chinese is the language with the most speakers in the world. Classes run from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday, starting on Oct. 24 at the Old Town Mission, Chavez at Socorro. Free, but an ongoing commitment is necessary. Contact shenmojia@yeah.net or Sharon.seto@uwc-usa.org or 454-4206.
     

  • Weather - Oct. 23, 2013

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 69. Southwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 33. Southeast wind 5-15 mph, becoming northeast in the evening.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.

    Friday
    A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.

  • Teacher called hero in fatal Nevada school shooting

    By Scott Sonner
    The Associated Press

    SPARKS, Nev. — Students at a Nevada middle school were filing off buses and reuniting with friends on the playground after a weeklong vacation when the pop of gunfire shattered the morning calm. Children fled the campus for their lives before the first bell rang.

  • Tepid jobs data stoke Fed stimulus hopes

    By Steve Rothwell
    AP Markets Writer

    NEW YORK — The prospect of more economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve because of a slowdown in hiring last month pushed the Standard & Poor’s 500 index further into record territory Tuesday.

    Whirlpool, Delta Air Lines and Kimberly-Clark rose sharply after reporting higher earnings.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Oct. 23, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Court to wait on marriage ruling

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s highest court says it won’t issue an immediate decision in a case that could decide whether gay marriage is legal statewide.
    The state Supreme Court will hear two hours of arguments from lawyers in the case on Wednesday.
    The court clerk told lawyers last week that the court won’t make a decision on the day of the hearing but will take the case under consideration.