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  • Group surprised with $7K grant

    Volunteers at El Valle Community Center in Villanueva got a special surprise on Monday afternoon from Betul Ozmat of the New Mexico Community Foundation.

    In the entrance room into the old school house now turned community center, Ozmat presented Patricia Gallegos with an award and a $7,000 check for the facility. The center, located in the heart of Villanueva just off NM 3, is one of the 10 organizations across the state to receive the 2013 Chispa Award. Ozmat’s visit was a surprise to Gallegos and the other volunteers.

  • Murder conviction upheld

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s highest court has upheld the murder conviction of a Las Vegas man for the 2009 shooting death of another San Miguel County man.

    Louis Benavidez was sentenced in January 2012 to life in prison for killing Kevin Duran outside of the home where the victim lived with his girlfriend and her six children, including a teenage son who fought with Benavidez two days before the shooting.

  • Devastating fire - Most of family’s possessions lost

    In the early morning hours of Nov. 1, three members of the Lujan family stood outside and watched their home burn to nothing.

    But for the Lujan family was heartened by what happened next. Friends and even complete strangers stepped up to help them. Donations started pouring in, clothes for their teenage daughters were purchased and given to them by friends, and a bank account was set up to help the Lujan family rebuild after the devastating fire.

  • Luna unveils new veterans center

    Officials at Luna Community College marked Veterans Day by holding a grand opening ceremony for the school’s new Veterans Resource Center.

    “When we work together, we accomplish things,” said Luna board member Ernie Chavez, who has advocated for increased services to veterans.

    Chavez, a veteran of the Vietnam War himself, said veterans have a hard time transitioning from a war zone to civilian life, and he expressed hope that the new center would help veterans through that process.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Nov. 13, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Blue Cross buying Lovelace  
    ALBUQUERQUE — Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico announced Monday that it is acquiring Lovelace Health Plan in a deal both companies said should give Lovelace’s 108,000 members access to a larger network of providers.
    Health Care Services Corp., the nation’s largest nonprofit health insurance company, is buying Lovelace though its New Mexico Blue Cross division. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and the sale is subject to regulatory approval.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 11, 2013

    In 1963

    Monday, Nov. 18 — Joe Allen Hardy, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Rackley of Las Vegas, and a graduate of Highlands University, has achieved the hope of every young drama director — a hit on Broadway. The show is a musical, “The Streets of New York,” adapted from a century-old melodrama, with book, and lyrics by Barry Allen Grael and music by Richard Chodosh. The show has drawn rave reviews. Hardy received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Highlands in 1951 and ‘54, respectively.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Nov. 13, 2013

    Book sale set for Saturday
    Friends of Las Vegas Carnegie will host a used book sale Saturday, Nov 16, at the corner of Seventh and University from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Books will sell for $1 a bag.

  • Weather - Nov. 13, 2013

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 30. Southwest wind 10-15 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    Thursday
    A slight chance of rain showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A slight chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

    Friday

  • Honoring Veterans - One World War II warrior’s story

    Horacio Martinez knows what it’s like to risk your own life for the good of your country. The Mora county native was 23 when he and his brother Nicolas volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Corps as World War II was raging.

    The sons of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alex L. Martinez of Mora both graduated from Mora High School and studied airplane mechanics at New Mexico Highlands University. They then headed to the West Coast for work.

    While in San Diego they worked at an airplane factory until the day after Horacio Martinez’s 21st birthday.

  • City officers upset over rate of pay

    The Las Vegas Police Officers Association is up in arms over the city of Las Vegas. The association and the city have been in negotiations for a new union contract and cannot come to an agreement.

    Speaking on behalf of the association, officer Chris Lopez said the only issue the union is pushing is a five percent increase in pay, or roughly 80 additional cents per hour for officers.

    In a written statement from Lopez, he said, “Both negotiations teams have met with a mediator and still did not come to an agreement.”