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  • 600 pounds of pot seized south of city

    State police criminal investigations agents executing a high risk search warrant early Friday morning south of Las Vegas seized 600 pounds of marijuana and arrested two men.

    The marijuana, which was found in Serafina, has a street value of about $500,000, state police said in a news release issued late Friday afternoon.

    Also seized were two semi-automatic handguns and ammunition.

  • Western wildfires forcing evacuations

    The Associated Press

    Crews in Colorado and New Mexico battled wildfires Sunday that were moving fast through parched forests, forcing scores of evacuations and destroying or damaging numerous structures.

    A blaze in northern Colorado was first reported Saturday morning and had grown to at least 8,000 acres by Sunday morning, while a fire in southern New Mexico was small for a few days until it began growing Friday, reaching about 10,000 acres.

  • Impact of more bear kills in NM remains unclear

    The Associated Press

    A year after conservationists opposed increasing the number of bears that hunters can kill in New Mexico, state wildlife officials say it’s far too early to gauge the impact of the new policy.

    But through June 1, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish responded to 36 bear complaints in the state, which is on par with last year’s 38 bear complaints through June 1.

    The department’s goal is to reduce the bear population in the state by 339 bears, from 5,919 to 5,580.

  • Looking Back - June 11, 2012

    In 1912

    Friday, June 7 — Last night’s rain was a real soaker. According to the Weather Bureau, 1.38 inches fell. It is called one of the heaviest and most beautiful rains of the year.

  • Looking Ahead - News - June 11, 2012

    East board meeting is Tuesday

    The Las Vegas City Schools board will meet at 3 p.m. this Tuesday at the administration building, 901 Douglas Avenue. The purpose for the study session is to review and approve the draft 2012-13 budget.

  • Weather - June 11, 2012

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. Southeast wind 5-10 mph.

    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. South wind 5-10 mph. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.  

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  • Drive-by suspect arrested

    A man released from prison just two weeks earlier is accused of shooting at another vehicle near the 1700 block of Grand Avenue on Tuesday evening.

    After the shooting, the terrified victims sped away and hid behind Alta Vista Regional Hospital. The suspects fled the city, but Las Vegas police were able to determine that they were in Torrance County, police Chief Christian Montaño said.

    The alleged shooter and getaway driver were taken into custody on Wednesday, following a lengthy standoff with U.S. Marshals and Torrance County sheriff’s deputies.

  • Hitting the big time - Duo performed on Fallon show

    For two Las Vegas natives their love of music has opened up numerous doors including trips to Las Vegas, Nev., Austin and New York City. The trumpet playing Dorothy Lanphere and Emily Maestas, a daughter/ mother duo, returned late last month from a quick trip to the Big Apple where they performed with country superstar Ronnie Dunn on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

    And later this summer their musical talents will be showcased at the Olympics in London.

  • Low-level flight plan is delayed

    The Associated Press

    DENVER — The Air Force said Wednesday it will indefinitely delay plans to fly low-altitude training missions over parts of New Mexico and Colorado.

    Officials at Cannon Air Force Base will examine the training requirements for the base’s aircraft and then decide what kind of environmental review process to undergo, 1st Lt. Stephanie Schonberger said.

    The aircraft that would make the proposed training flights are based at Cannon.