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  • Details emerge in body case

    The daughter of the 45-year-old woman whose remains were discovered in Mora County last month had reached out to authorities, reporting in late January that she hadn’t heard from her mother since before Christmas.

    State police aren’t saying much publicly about the death of Maxine Patsy Trujillo whose remains were found scattered between two properties in mid-February. But a state police search warrant affidavit filed in 4th Judicial District Court in Las Vegas last month sheds light on the case.

  • ‘Heroes’ luncheon honors service

    Robertson High School sophomore Katie Houdek needed to do a service project for her confirmation class, so she hosted a “Heroes Welcome Lunch” for city police and firefighters at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center on Tuesday.

    “Police and firemen do a lot for us, and they don’t get paid very much,” Houdek said, noting that they put their lives on the line every day.

    “So it’s good to appreciate them,” she said.

  • LV man beaten, severely injured

    Las Vegas Optic

    A 29-year-old Las Vegas man was beaten so severely this past weekend that he had to be airlifted to a Denver hospital.

    Chris Manzanares, who lives on Rita Drive, suffered severe head injuries from the attack, which happened at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday on the 700 block of Pecos Street, according to a city police report.

    The incident remains under investigation.

  • State cites LV transfer station

    The state Environment Department sprang a pop inspection on the city’s solid waste facility on Airport Road earlier this year, and the facility’s lackluster performance has Las Vegas officials working to address the handful of violations found.

  • Molten Metal

    Dozens of spectators took in the spectacular site of 2,200-degree metal heated for a performance casting demonstration on Thursday evening.

    The molten metal created dramatic effects of fire and movement. The demonstration was part of New Mexico Highlands University’s Iron Tribe, a biannual event featuring the work of U.S. and international iron artists in an exhibit in the university’s Burris Hall Gallery.

    The event, which has gained widespread reputation, was started by fine arts professor David Lobdell.

  • Child abuse charges filed in DWI case

    A Holman woman was arrested and booked into the San Miguel County jail Friday after she was caught drinking and driving with two young children in her vehicle, court documents state.

    The arrest marked the third time Patricia Tafoya, 33, has been charged with drinking and driving. State police found an open bottle of beer on the driver’s side floorboard of the black Ford pickup she was driving. The children in the vehicle were ages 2 and 4, according to the statement of probable cause filed by patrolman Ronald Duran.

  • Gold chosen to lead West board

    A large crowd of family and friends attended Monday’s West Las Vegas school board meeting to watch Gary Gold and newly elected board members Henry Abeyta and Marvin Martinez take their ceremonial oaths of office.

    After members were sworn in, the board reorganized its leadership, electing Gold as the new chairman, David Romero the new board vice president and Christine Ludi secretary.

  • Officials crack down on peddlers

    The city of Las Vegas plans to begin cracking down on people going door to door peddling their wares and services without a proper business license.

    The vendors can be selling anything from magazines to flowers, and sometimes go door to door offering to replace a roof or do other jobs, City Attorney Dave Romero said.

  • Mariachi Extravaganza

    Mariachi music has been alive and well in the area for years.

    This past week the strumming of the guitars, guitarrones, vihuelas, violins and trumpets filled music rooms with their melodies and rhythms during the Second Annual Youth Mariachi Conference.

    Mariachi Tenampa taught more than 130 students at the three-day conference held at New Mexico Highlands University.

  • West chief: Funding to be bleak

    West Las Vegas superintendent Ruben Cordova briefed board members on a number of topics during a special meeting at Valley school last week, including how much state money the district can expect after the 60-day legislative session ends later this month.