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  • County greenlights EDC partnership

    The San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously last week to partner with Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development, Inc. to lease a parcel and building at its wood business park to a new business.

    The county is leasing the parcel to EDC, which will then sublease it to Frugal Caskets. The county has previously designated EDC the authority to act as its agent to develop the wood business park.

  • Scholarships helped Highlands alumni

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A couple that owns a successful title company, an award-winning mental health advocate and an internationally known scientist are all outstanding New Mexico Highlands University alumni who were awarded scholarships as students.

  • Gala silent auction offers enticing variety

    By Margaret McKinney

    Highlands University

    An enticing variety of items ranging from art pieces from nationally known and local artists to travel lodging are featured in the silent auction for the April 21 President’s Gala: Dollars for Scholars. The approximate retail value of the auction items to date is $40,000.

    The gala is a scholarship-fundraiser that will also celebrate Highlands University President Jim Fries’ five-year anniversary.

  • Las Vegas Hosting Rural Alliance Forum this week

    Las Vegas is hosting the New Mexico Rural Economic Development Forum scheduled  from Wednesday through Friday at the Plaza Hotel.

    The New Mexico Rural Alliance, in collaboration with the State Economic Development Department schedules this conference each spring to update statewide community leaders about state, regional and federal economic development initiatives specific to rural development.

    Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela will deliver the keynote address.

  • In Brief - Local News - April 16, 2012

    City administration touts ‘clean audit’

    The city of Las Vegas announced last week that the audit covering the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2011, has been completed, and that the city received a “clean opinion.”

    The audit has yet to be made public by the state auditor’s office. But according to a statement issued by the city last week, the audit contains nine audit findings, though none of them were deemed by auditors to be material weaknesses, the most serious type of finding.

  • Looking Back - April 16, 2012

    In 1912

    Monday, April 15 — In memory of her late husband, Mrs. Henry Goke has presented to the New Mexico Normal University a handsome office safe. This was delivered to the office of the Normal this morning. Mrs. Goke intends to have the safe inscribed at once. Mrs. Goke, whose Las Vegas residence is adjoining the Normal grounds, always took a keen interest in the school.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 16, 2012

    Don’t forget to vote

    If you’re a registered city voter and you haven’t already cast a ballot in the city’s runoff election, Tuesday is your last chance. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Facing off in the mayoral race are Tonita Gurule-Giron and Alfonso Ortiz. Ward 3 voters will also decide between Joseph “Joey” Herrera and Joseph McCaffrey.

  • Weather - April 16, 2012

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. West wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 35. West wind 5 -15 mph.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 70. West wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph. Clear at night, with a low around 40.

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 74. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 44.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 75. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 42.

  • For Ortiz, Gurule- Giron, Tuesday is: Judgment Day

    To say that the relationship between Mayor Alfonso Ortiz and Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron is strained would be an understatement.

    On election night in March— after the votes had been counted leaving no doubt that the two would be heading into a runoff election — both showed up at City Hall. They exchanged an awkward handshake and then quickly went back to their corners.

    On that night, Ortiz walked away with 206 more votes than Gurule-Giron.  

  • Inspiring Success

    Of all the success stories associated with “Breaking Bad,” the smash hit cable series on AMC, one that holds the most charm for New Mexicans is that of actor Steven Michael Quezada.

    Quezada, the Albuquerque native who portrays federal agent Steven Gomez, toiled as a standup comic before landing the gig as the Duke City-based show began production.

    Quezada, 49, will serve as master of ceremonies for the upcoming President’s Gala at New Mexico Highlands University, a fundraiser to benefit NMHU scholarships.