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  • Vegas man sentenced to 18 years

    A Las Vegas man charged with child molestation in three separate cases has pleaded guilty to three of the charges and was sentenced to prison.

    Raymond Paiz, 43, pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor and was sentenced last week to 18 years in prison.

    Under the plea agreement, Paiz was facing between 15 and 18 years in prison. District Attorney Richard Flores’ office argued for the maximum sentence, and District Judge Eugenio Mathis agreed.

  • Jail warden gets 2-year contract

    San Miguel County Warden Patrick Snedeker will continue to oversee the county’s detention center for at least two more years under the terms of an employment contract approved by commissioners.

    The San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously last week approve the two-year contract, which officials say takes effect this Friday.

  • Poll: Heinrich holds 9-point lead over Wilson

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    Republican Heather Wilson and Democrat Martin Heinrich each entered the final stretch of New Mexico’s Senate race with about $1 million in campaign cash, and a new poll shows Heinrich leading the contest.

    According to the latest finance reports, Wilson has raised about $6.2 million since starting her campaign and Heinrich has collected nearly $5.9 million in the race to succeed retiring Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 17, 2012

    In 1962
    Thursday, Oct. 18 — The resignation of Dr. Ram S. Gursahani, acting superintendent of the New Mexico State Hospital, was accepted today by the Board of Directors at a specially called meeting. “The reason I’m leaving,” Dr. Gursahani told the directors, “stems from the discharge of a valuable employee [Arthur Tafoya] without sufficient cause. I do not wish to work at an institution which is under the control of the business manager.”

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 17, 2012

    Halloween Monster Bash this Saturday
    The Highlands University Performing Arts Club is having a Halloween Monster Bash at 6 p.m. this Saturday at the Music Building choir room. Advance tickets are $5 for adults, and $3 for children under 12 and for seniors and students with ID. Prices increase $1 at the gate. There will be a costume contest with prizes.

  • Weather - Oct. 17, 2012

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 72. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 37. Southwest wind around 10 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 64. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Clear at night, with a low around 38.

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 75. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 46.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:09 a.m. to 6:22 p.m.

  • Packed bus upsets official

    More than 40 Memorial Middle School football players and three coaches packed into a small bus last week and headed to their game in Pojoaque, prompting at least one person to question  whether the team should change its name from the MMS Cardinals to the MMS Sardines.

    Las Vegas City Schools officials received an irate text message about the incident last week. The photograph attached to the text message shows cramped students, many attempting to sit three to a seat. At least one board member isn’t laughing about the incident.

  • Hero’s welcome
  • City may not support tax hike

    With early voting already under way, the city of Las Vegas and San Miguel County appear headed for a showdown over the county’s proposed tax.

    The County Commission voted in August to place a measure on the ballot asking voters to approve a one-fourth of 1 percent increase in the sales tax to pay for a centralized emergency communications center and for ambulance and behavioral health services. The tax would cost consumers an additional 25 cents for $100 in purchases and generate an estimated $870,000 a year.

  • 2 plan to run for Mora board

    Two Mora parents have announced that they are planning to run for the school board there during next year’s election, saying it’s time the board began focusing on what’s best for students.

    Victoria Lovato and Shelley Rains have been among the parents demanding change at the school district. Among their concerns is that the board majority generally backed outgoing Superintendent Thomas Garcia at what many have said was the expense of the district’s students and staff.