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  • City Council nixes water line extension

    The City Council rejected a proposal Thursday for a water line extension on Airport Road. 

    Council members Tonita Gurule-Giron, Diane Moore and David Romero voted against the project while Andrew Feldman voted for it.

    The vote followed impassioned pleas from both Feldman and Mayor Alfonso Ortiz that the project was critical for fire protection for the city and for the transfer station. 

  • Highlands recruit arrested

    A promising recruit for the New Mexico Highlands University football program was arrested on campus Wednesday in connection with a Long Beach, Calif., homicide.

    Las Vegas Police — with help from Highlands police and the university’s athletic department — arrested 22-year-old Brandon Johnson on suspicion of murder Wednesday morning at Melody Park, according to Highlands officials.

    He did not resist arrest.

    Johnson is a confirmed Campanella Park Piru Blood gang member, according to the warrant.

  • Double dose of rainbows
  • Musical journey awaits at UWC

    A musical journey is awaiting at the Dwan Light  Sanctuary on the campus of the United World College in Montezuma. Carl Bernstein and his partner Marilyn Priddy provide the musical element for the concert. Their next free concert is on Tuesday, July 26, and it will be the last of the seven week concert series sponsored by the college.

    “It takes you on a journey,” Priddy said. “Sometimes you are in the Amazon in the forest ... It is really amazing.”

  • Furloughs approved for Mora schools

    MORA — Mora Independent School District’s controversial reduction in force plan is off the table after the school board on Tuesday approved an agreement between the district and the union that institutes furloughs to avoid any layoffs.

  • Robber gets away with cash from bar

    A man armed with what the cashier believed to be a handgun held up 77 Package Liquors on South Pacific late Wednesday night, getting away with an undisclosed amount of money.

    Las Vegas police were dispatched to the scene at about 11 p.m.
    The robber, described as being about 5-feet, 9-inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds, pointed the handgun at both the cashier and the cashier’s wife, who is nine months pregnant, police were told.

  • Gov. may replace state’s top water manager

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s office said it will weigh all options before deciding who will serve permanently as the state’s top water management official.

    The governor is considering replacing State Engineer John D’Antonio and last week requested recommendations from various experts. Spokesman Scott Darnell said no formal search committee has been created, but Martinez wants to consider “a wide range of options” before making a final decision.

  • High court to consider suspending judge

    The Associated Press

    The woman who accused Albuquerque’s top criminal judge of rape didn’t report the assault and might have been trying to extort the judge by videotaping one of their encounters, police said.

    Meantime, the state Judicial Standards Commission on Wednesday sought to suspend state District Judge Pat Murdoch, 57, without pay pending the outcome of the criminal prosecution and its own disciplinary investigation. A hearing is scheduled next Wednesday before the state Supreme Court.

  • Navajo casinos exempt under commercial tobacco ban

    By Felicia Fonseca
    The Associated Press

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.  — Navajo Nation lawmakers have voted to prohibit smoking in public places on the vast reservation with an exemption for tribal casinos.

    The lawmakers heavily debated the measure before voting 14-5 in favor of it Wednesday. Under the bill, the Tribal Council can reconsider the casino exemption once gaming officials pay off their financing debts.

  • Looking Back - July 22, 2011

    In 1911

    Wednesday, July 12 — Miss Margaret Roth and Mr. Walter D. Rogers were married this morning at 11 o’clock by Rev. Adrian Rabeyrolle, pastor of the Church of the Immaculate Conception. The ceremony was performed in the pastoral residence on Main Avenue... The bride was tastefully gowned in a tan traveling suit and carried a large bouquet of white roses. After the ceremony, the party went to the Castañeda Hotel where a wedding breakfast was served. Mr. and Mrs. Rogers left this afternoon for Kansas...