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  • Student helps MainStreet increase Artwalk interest

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University business student Jewell Esquibel helped increased Las Vegas business participation in Second Saturday Artwalk through a work- study internship with MainStreet Las Vegas.

    During the fall semester, Esquibel worked as the coordinator for Second Saturday Artwalk. Since 2008, more than 75 local artists have participated in Artwalk by teaming up with local galleries, retail shops, restaurants and other businesses to attract locals and visitors to historic downtown Las Vegas.

  • Residents near town to get tax cut

    Nine households southwest of Las Vegas will see a substantial drop in their property taxes next time around.

    That’s because the residents successfully argued to a valuation board that their loss of water has diminished the value of their properties.

    Earlier this month, the San Miguel County Valuation Protests Board ordered the county to reduce the residents’ property values by a third.

  • Christmas Mass
  • Anaya defends 2004 decision

    Six years later, former Gov. Toney Anaya says selecting Manny Aragon as Highlands University president was “the right decision at the time.”

    “We were looking at pursuing a different course for Highlands,” Anaya said in a recent interview.

    In 2004, Anaya was president of the Board of Regents when the panel selected state Senate leader Manny Aragon as president.

  • Family helps children in war-torn Juarez

    By Alfredo Corchado
    Dallas Morning News

    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Even in this neighborhood where gunbattles keep them awake at night, the children are filled with the anticipation of Christmas. Heidi wants a doll. Nayeli craves cream-filled chocolates. Nancy dreams of roller skates.

  • City: Cleanup progress made

    A resident who has filled her house with trash for years has moved somewhere else. So the problem appears to have improved some — except for when she visits her old place, an official said last week.

    The neighbors of Gordy Maxine Thatcher-Godfrey have objected for years to the junk she collects around town and then puts in her front yard and in her house on Tilden Street.

    The neighbors fear that her house is pulling down the values of their homes.

  • A man for all reasons

    The trim gentleman in a cowboy hat, rain slicker and cowboy boots strides across the already snow-covered entryway: one could almost imagine his, “Howdy, Ma’am” greeting.

    But no, that was not his utterance, and as he crossed the threshold into the house, he wiped his boots on the mat. Despite his outward appearance, this was no “rowdy cowboy.”

  • Candidates file for school board seats

    All three West Las Vegas school board incumbents whose seats are up for election are running again.

    For the Las Vegas City Schools, only member Patrick Romero is seeking to stay.

    Tuesday was filing day for school board candidates around New Mexico. The election is Feb. 1.

    West board members Kenny Lujan, Gary Gold and Caroline Lopez filed candidacies for second four-year terms.

    Lujan is facing Henry Abeyta Sr., while Lopez is up against Marvin Martinez.

  • Man accused of killing his grandmother found unfit

    A man accused of killing his grandmother has been found to be unfit for trial, an official said.

    Ryan Garcia, 27, was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of his grandmother, Margaret Garcia.

    She died three days after her grandson allegedly attacked her.

    District Attorney Richard Flores said Garcia is at the state hospital in Las Vegas.

    “They will make attempts to ‘treat him to competency.’ We will be given periodic reviews as to their success,” Flores said in an e-mail.

  • Support cause with New Year

    All are invited to ring in the new year at the 2010 New Year’s Eve Black Tie and Blue Jeans annual benefit ball and celebration at the Plaza Hotel.