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  • Dist. 5 race: Leger and Medina

    The battle for the District 5 San Miguel County Commission seat comes down to two Democrats who both know the job well.

    Incumbent Nicolas Leger, 56, has held the post since 2009 and is asking voters to return him to a second term.

    Challenger Kenneth Medina, 50, held the post from 2001 to 2008 and was forced to sit out a term because of term limits.

    Because no Republican filed to run for the position, the winner of the June 5 primary is all but assured the seat. County commissioners in San Miguel County are paid $19,854 a year.

  • Las Vegas man faces charges

    A 22-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested earlier this month after he allegedly stole a $300 iPod from Radio Shack and ran from the scene on foot.

    Aaron Benavidez, who lives on the 1200 block of Seventh Street, was arrested May 12 after the clerk at the store recognized him from when he would go in to pay his cell phone bill. Benavidez is charged with robbery, a third-degree felony, tampering with evidence, a fourth-degree felony and battery, a petty misdemeanor.

  • Looking Back - May 21, 2012

    In 1912

    Friday, May 20 — The Cleveland Grays will visit Las Vegas. The crack military organization of Ohio will attend the upcoming boxing exhibition between Flynn and Johnson. Company H of the National Guard, based in Las Vegas, is planning to attend the championship heavyweight bout.

  • Weather - May 21, 2012

    A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. South wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 53. Southwest wind 5-15 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. West wind 10-20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Mostly clear and breezy at night, with a low around 52.


  • A $30,000 mistake

    The former Planning & Zoning commissioner who illegally parked a manufactured home on property owned by his daughter will now have to move it, following a vote on Wednesday by the City Council.

    Joining City Councilors Vince Howell and Joey Herrera, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz cast the tie-breaking vote to overturn a Board of Adjustment decision granting Ashley Salazar a variance to setback requirements on her property at 807 Erb. Councilors Tonita Gurule-Giron and David Romero voted against the motion.

  • Gearing up for Torch Run
  • East chief gets 1-year contract

    The Las Vegas City Schools board unanimously approved a one-year contract for Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez on Tuesday, al-though there was disagreement among board members on the length of the contract.

    “I look forward to next school year and all of the exciting initiatives taking place,” McNellis-Martinez said. “There is a great staff at Las Vegas City Schools in every department and I am honored to work with each and every one of them.”

  • Roads a major issue in District 4 race

    The race for the District 4 San Miguel County Commission seat comes down to two political newcomers.

    Gilbert Sena, a retired educator and lifelong rancher is battling Joel Baca, a former county employee who went on to work in construction. Sena and Baca are both Democrats. Because no Republican filed to run, the winner of the June 5 primary is all but assured the seat.

    David Salazar, who currently holds the position, couldn’t seek re-election because of term limits. County commissioners in San Miguel County are paid $19,854 a year.

  • School of Education regains accreditation

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University School of Education has regained its speciality accreditation nearly four years after losing it.

    The accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, or NCATE, is for seven years, the maximum time allowable.  

    The U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognize NCATE  as a professional accrediting body for teacher preparation.

  • Gov. makes statewide drought declaration

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    There's no question it's dry in New Mexico. Many argue that's an understatement, including Gov. Susana Martinez.

    The governor on Tuesday issued a drought declaration covering all of New Mexico, confirming what farmers, ranchers and municipal water utility managers already know.