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  • Population down for city, county

    Where did they go?

    Las Vegas and San Miguel County have fewer residents than 10 years ago, according to 2010 census figures released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.

    Mora County, Wagon Mound and Pecos also saw a drop in their populations.

    Indeed, many of New Mexico’s rural areas remained stagnant or lost population while the state’s urban areas like Rio Rancho grew  during that period.

    The state  actually grew by more than 240,000 people over the past decade, with more than 2 million people living here.

  • City officials asked to challenge charter

    The murky question of whether the new city charter approved by 56 percent of voters last year is valid may not be headed to court anytime in the near future after all.

    City Attorney Dave Romero told the City Council Tuesday that asking a judge for a declaratory judgement on the charter’s validity could run into a problem — the fact that no one is challenging the charter’s legitimacy so far.

  • Cops need help finding missing kids

    The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating two young children.

    A missing persons report was filed Saturday for Grace Lucero Montoya, who is 5 months old, and Mary Lucero Montoya who is almost 2, said Deputy Sheriff Roy Pacheco. He said the two appear to have been taken by their mother, who does not have custody.

  • Highlands enrollment flat

    New Mexico Highlands University experienced a slight drop in enrollment on its main campus this spring while enrollment at Luna Community College went up a little, according to census day enrollment figures released by the schools.

    Highlands’ main campus had 2,194 students as of Feb. 4, its census date. That’s a loss of 13 students for the spring semester currently under way compared to spring 2010.

  • West students to compete in D.C.

    A little-known after-school club at West Middle School called Business Professionals of America burst onto the scene five years ago, and its participants have since won state and national attention at competitions in Albuquerque and New York City.

    This year, 30 West Middle School students brought home state titles, and they’re now gearing up to compete at the national level. West High School is sending 10 state champions to nationals. Valley Middle School, which just started its chapter this year, is sending five students.

  • Senate panel passes capital projects bill

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Lawmakers are proposing to finance $240 million in capital improvements across New Mexico, including $15 million for projects needed for Native American water rights settlements.

    The Senate Finance Committee approved the measure on Monday, sending it to the full Senate for consideration.

  • $809,000 sidewalk project under way

    Anyone who has driven down Seventh Street between Mills Avenue and Lee Drive recently knows that the frustrating orange cones have made their return to Las Vegas.
    Crews are working on an $809,000 curb and sidewalk project.

    The project, which started about a week and a half ago, is expected to  be completed by late April or early May, said Kenny Lujan, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation’s District 4 office.

    Lujan is cautioning motorists to drive carefully in the area.

  • LV man jailed for weekend stabbing

    Las Vegas police arrested a 49-year-old man after he allegedly stabbed someone Saturday night.

    Jerry Cordova, of the 1300 block of Keen Street, has been charged with aggravated battery and tampering with evidence. Magistrate Philip Romero set his bond at $10,000 cash.

    According to a statement of probable cause filed Monday in Magistrate Court, the victim, Leroy Vigil, walked into the Las Vegas Police Department at about 10 p.m. Saturday and reported that he had been stabbed on the left side of his stomach.

  • Tire dump angers land official

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Officials at the State Land Office have been busy reviewing records and charting a legal strategy as they consider what to do about a massive tire dump that stretches through a remote arroyo in northeastern New Mexico.

    Land Commissioner Ray Powell said his office expects to have a plan in place soon for dealing with the thousands of tires that are filling the dry wash. Powell was alerted to the tire dump by Albuquerque television station KRQE.

  • Westminster Winner

    Former Las Vegas resident Amber Sena is getting national exposure after winning the 2011 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Art Competition.

    Now a resident of Brooklyn, Sena created the winning art that was featured at the 135-year-old competition held last month. The charcoal and pastel piece is titled “Canon of Canine.”

    “I’m just a small-town girl from Vegas who happened to have something exciting happen recently,” said Sena, a graduate of New Mexico Highlands University and Robertson High School.