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  • Reward offered in cemetery vandalism

    Authorities are asking for the public’s help in their investigation into the recent vandalism of headstones in Las Vegas’ Masonic and Montefiore cemeteries.

    The Las Vegas Police Department issued a news release late Wednesday stating that Crimestoppers is offering a reward for any information regarding the damage. Anyone with information is asked to call the Las Vegas-San Miguel Crimestoppers at 425-8884 or investigator Pam Sandoval at the Las Vegas Police Department. The release states that callers will remain anonymous.

  • Looking Ahead - News July 15, 2011

    In 1911

    Monday, July 17 — The Christian church broke ground today for the erection of a large tabernacle to be located on lots owned by it at the corner of Eighth Street and Maine Avenue. The building will be in the nature of a temporary structure and is being erected primarily for use during an evangelistic meeting that is to be held by this congregation following the union meeting now in progress at the Baptist church. 

  • Looking Ahead - News July 15, 2011

    Forum on cemetery vandalism is Sunday

    A public forum to address the vandalism that occurred in the Jewish and Masonic cemeteries will be held on Sunday, July 17, 2 p.m. at the First United Presbyterian Church, 1000 Douglas Ave.  The forum will include a report from city police, time to hear from and respond to families affected and an opportunity to discuss ideas for furthering the well-being and unity of our city.

  • Weather - July 15, 2011

    Friday
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming south 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 58. Southwest wind 5-15 mph.

    Saturday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming south 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 60.

    Sunday

  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas is in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • A Hero’s Welcome

    By Erica Werner
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — The soldier in uniform extended his prosthetic hand after losing his own in battle. And the commander in chief reached out to clasp it.

    It was a sobering moment toward the end of a moving ceremony at the White House Tuesday, as President Barack Obama awarded the nation’s highest military honor to Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry for his brave actions to protect his comrades in the firefight that cost him his right hand.

  • Fire could have been averted

    From the Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The state’s largest wildfire might have been averted if the caretaker of a private ranch had been around the day a dead tree was blown onto a power line, igniting the blaze that went on to threaten the nation’s premier nuclear facility and thousands of homes.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Contracting questioned

    SANTA FE — Attorney General Gary King says the State Investment Council mishandled contracting for a law firm to help deal with a federal investigation of New Mexico investments.

    King released a letter Wednesday saying the agency should have used a competitive bidding process to select the firm. Instead, the council used a firm it had contracted with in 2005 and made several contract amendments to expand the scope of work in 2009.

  • West project late, over budget

    Several West Las Vegas School board members are upset about the delay in the completion of a pre-kindergarten building near Luis Armijo Elementary School, and they weren’t happy last week when the architect asked them for additional funds for the project.

    Javier Ortega of the Ortega-Romero-Rodriguez Architects in Santa Fe notified the board of an approximately $9,000 increase in the cost due to a jump in the gross receipts tax rate and changes that needed to be made on the project.

  • Child abuse charges filed against two

    Child abuse charges have been filed in the case of an infant who was bitten and bruised and had suffered two fractured ribs and a spiral fracture of her thigh bone while being cared for by her mother’s friend.

    George Joshua Montoya, 27, and Ivy Natalie Demaranville Taylor, 23, were each charged last month with a single count of abuse of a child, first offense, which is a third-degree felony.