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Local News

  • BREAKING: Gallegos appointed to magistate judge position

    Governor Susana Martinez announced the appointment of Edward “Eddy” M. Gallegos to fill the vacant magistrate judge position earlier today. Gallegos will fill the vacancy left by Philip J’s Romero whom retired earlier this year.

    See Friday's paper for additional coverage of Martinez’s appointment.

  • Senator proposes merger

    A powerful state senator is asking the state Higher Education Department to study whether it makes sense to merge New Mexico Highlands University with Luna Community College to save money.

    Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, made the request in a July 26 letter to Gov. Susana Martinez.

  • Music from Angel Fire - Concert series opens this Friday

    The 30th season of Music from Angel Fire kicks off on Friday. Once again, the Meadow City will be part of the music program featuring works of classical and contemporary masters. The local concert takes place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23 at Ilfeld Auditorium on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University.

    This year’s concert series also includes stops in Raton, Angel Fire and Taos. The first concert will be this Friday at 7 p.m. at the Angel Fire Community Center.

  • County seeking disaster aid

    The San Miguel County Commission was scheduled to vote Tuesday on a resolution that would officially declare a disaster for San Miguel County due to flooding rains in July.

    The county’s Office of Emergency Management had already submitted a request to the state for help, noting that numerous roads throughout the county were damaged by the heavy rainfall in July. The resolution will merely formalize the request for funding to help the county pay for emergency repairs.

  • Maloof building remains in limbo

    The saga of the Maloof building at 105 Bridge St. continues.

    On Thursday, the West Las Vegas School Board was informed that the Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP firm will be taking over the effort to try to clear the property’s title so that it can be sold.

    Local attorney Nicolas Leger had been handling the matter, but he is closing his office to teach full time at Highlands University’s School of Business.

    Leger said he had hoped to have the title cleared by now, but a last- minute stumbling block prevented that from happening.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 14, 2013

    In 1963
    Tuesday, Aug. 13 — Miss Wardie Maloof, a senior at Robertson High School and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George O. Maloof of Las Vegas, was a blue ribbon winner in public speaking, senior division at the 4-H State Encampment held at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, last week. Miss Maloof was also a blue ribbon winner in public speaking, junior division, in 1960 at the district elimination held in Roy. For state and national awards, Miss Maloof must submit her record book in the National 4-H Awards Program before Sept. 1.

  • Looking Ahead - Aug. 14, 2013

    Story Time at Carnegie
    Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Dark” by Lemony Snicket. Free and open to the public.
     

  • Weather - Aug. 14, 2013

    Wednesday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Light and variable wind becoming south 5-10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming light southwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

    Thursday

  • First case of human plague

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health has confirmed the first human case of plague this year.

    State health officials said Monday a 15-year-old boy from Torrance County currently is hospitalized in stable condition. His name hasn’t been released.

    Health officials say an environmental investigation will take place at the teen’s home to look for ongoing risk to others in the area.

  • Flooding hits Vegas area

    By Martín Salazar and Art Trujillo
    Las Vegas Optic

    It was sunny outside on Friday evening, and Michael Romero was painting when he heard it.

    “I just heard a big roar and trees breaking,” the owner of Michael’s Precision Automotive at 514 S. Commerce St. said.