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Local News

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Lack of parts slows investigation

    ALBUQUERQUE — The investigation into what caused a twin-engine plane carrying cocaine to crash into a lake in northern New Mexico is marked more by what authorities haven't found and won't say than by what is known.

    A preliminary report says the crash at Heron Lake was an accident and that the airplane was destroyed.

  • Audit: Residents overcharged

    City of Las Vegas customers were overbilled a total of $355,564 on their garbage bills from January 2009 through June 30, 2010, a recently released independent audit for the city reveals.

    The city never refunded its customers’ accounts for the overcharges, and there are no plans to do so now, City Manager Timothy Dodge said.

    Dodge called the situation a procedural glitch and said that if the city were to provide refunds it would have to get the money from current customers.

  • Church to become community center

    The Old Town Mission Church will soon become a community center,  thanks to the First United Presbyterian Church and United World College-USA.

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz, World College President Lisa Darling, Pastor Randy Campbell and others will have an official signing ceremony to recognize the collaboration between UWC and the church on May 3. The ceremony will start at 4 p.m. at the renovated church on the corner of Socorro and Chavez streets on the city’s west side.

  • Arrest made in home invasion

    A 24-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested Monday on a second-degree aggravated burglary charge after he allegedly forced himself into a residence, pointed a firearm at several people and demanded money.

    Antonio Olivarez was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center. His bond was set at $10,000 cash by Magistrate Philip Romero.

  • Area native seeks Senate seat

    Wagon Mound native Hector Balderas announced that he is running for the United States Senate on Tuesday.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Friday, April 28 —One R.H. Hanna ... delivered a wild harangue before the committee on territories at today’s hearing on the New Mexico constitution, in which he demanded that amendments be made to the ... law for the proposed new state. Hanna claimed he was a republican, but stated he didn’t support the republican organization in the territory. Why, he did not say. Ralph C. Ely made a strong plea in favor of the constitution, after Hanna had finished...

  • Looking Ahead

    Health insurance exchange forum Thursday

    Statewide public forums on affordable health insurance kick off at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the city council chamber here. The meeting, sponsored by the state Office of Health Care Reform, is to get input on a health insurance exchange, which will provide one-stop shopping to help people compare, select and enroll in healthcare plans.

  • Weather

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 61. West wind 5-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 29. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. West wind 10-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 43.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny and windy, with a high near 79. Partly cloudy and windy at night, with a low around 37.

    Saturday

  • FYI - News

    The Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest has begun selling permits for forest products. Permits for green fuelwood, dead and down fuelwood, latillas/ posts, aspen transplants and vigas can be purchased at Forest Service offices in Santa Fe, Pecos and Las Vegas. For additional information on products, prices, areas and availability call  425-3535 or 505-757-6121.

  • Maloof building has buyer

    The West Las Vegas School district has found a potential buyer for the Maloof building.

    The Historic Kiva Theater Group has made an offer on the Old Town building, and the school board has agreed to accept it.

    In order to move forward, the deal must now be approved by the the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration.

    West Superintendent Ruben Cordova said the only criterion to sell real estate belonging to a school district is that the bid be higher than the appraised value.