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  • West board elects new chairman

    David Romero, 36, was elected chairman of the West Las Vegas School board last week, replacing Gary Gold who served in that position since 2011.

    Romero originally nominated both Henry Abeyta and Marvin Martinez for the chairman position; however, both declined. Abeyta eventually nominated Romero for the position.

    “We’ve always talked about giving everyone a chance to serve as chair during their four-year term,” Romero said.

  • Hispanidad show is this Saturday

    Highlands University

    The 19th Annual New Mexico Highlands University Fiesta de la Hispanidad brings music and dance center stage at Ilfeld Auditorium this Saturday for this popular community celebration of Hispanic culture.

    Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Mariachi Cardenal Juvenil, directed by Martín Sena, starts the evening of entertainment with a pre-show performance from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

    The cost for the event is $5, and there will be free refreshments and door prizes.

  • In Brief - Local News - March 22, 2013

    Reward offered for suspect

    The Mora Independent School District sent a message to parents Tuesday notifying them that a reward is being offered for credible information that will assist law enforcement in their investigation into the bomb threat that interrupted mandatory state testing on Tuesday.

  • Jail Log - March 22, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 12 and March 19:
    Joe Lucero, 18, possession, delivery or manufacture of drug paraphernalia, shoplifting
    Joseph Montaño, 26, failure to comply with conditions of release, aggravated battery
    William Valencia, 59, Mora Magistrate Court warrant
    Michael Valdez, 21, Adult Probation Office warrant, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, trafficking a controlled substance
    Raul Sanchez, 22, criminal trespass, shoplifting, larceny

  • Looking Back - March 22, 2013

    In 1963

    Tuesday, March 26 — An Air Force jet pilot has bought the Vegas Bowl, including the land on which it stands, and will take over active management of the alleys soon. Capt. Bob Schopfer, who is presently stationed at Hunter AFB, Savannah, has completed arrangements with Harold Stone of Phoenix and Bud Bartick for the control of the bowling center. The new owner will leave the Air Force in which he has been a pilot and instructor. He has recently been flying the KC-97s the large jet tankers which cruise thousands of miles.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 22, 2013

    Easter egg hunt set for Saturday

    Las Vegas Dollies are hosting an Easter Egg Hunt and Kite Flying Fun event from noon to 1:30 p.m. this Saturday at the NMHU Golf Course. Special appearance by the Easter Bunny with musical entertainment by Against the Grain. Free and open to the public

  • Weather - March 22, 2013

    Friday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 55. East wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 29. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

  • Música de Amor recital Sunday at NMHU

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Department of Music presents Música de Amor, a recital of Spanish music at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 in the Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave. The cost is $5.

    Music professor Andre García-Nuthmann, a tenor vocalist, and guest vocal soloist José Daniel Apodaca, a baritone, will perform bolero music popular in Spain, Mexico, Cuba and elsewhere  in the 1930s and 1940s.

  • Crime spree lands man in jail

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    The high price of gas seems to be driving some people to extremes these days.  

    Take the case of 29-year-old Michael Maestas of Las Vegas whose week-long crime spree included the alleged mugging of a man at a local fast food restaurant for his sneakers and cell phone, the theft of a big screen TV from a neighbor’s house and a police chase while driving a stolen pickup truck.  

    And it was all apparently to fuel up an old, gas guzzling pickup truck that Maestas drove.

  • Probate judge resigns post

    Probate Judge Joe Horace Lucero has submitted his resignation to San Miguel County effective Thursday, and the Commission has already launched a search for his replacement.

    Lucero submitted his letter of resignation to County Manager Les Montoya, and Montoya informed the County Commission last week.

    “It’s time for me to move on,” Lucero said, adding that he has a second home in Albuquerque and is planning to buy more property there.