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  • Las Vegas man dies in bike crash

    A 54-year-old Las Vegas man died Thursday night in a bicycle accident on the 1400 block of Montezuma Street.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño said no other vehicles were involved in the accident. Police were dispatched to the scene at about 9 p.m.

    Killed in the accident was Eliseo A. Leyba Jr.

    “Part of his brake systems were inoperable,” Montaño said. “That may have been a contributing factor. He wasn’t struck by a vehicle.”

  • Officials demand answers on spill

    By Susan Montoya Bryan and Ellen Knickmeyer
    The Associated Press

    Local officials in towns downstream from where millions of gallons of mine waste spilled into a southwest Colorado river are demanding answers about possible long-term threats to the water supply.

    Colorado and New Mexico declared stretches of the Animas and San Juan rivers to be disaster areas as the orange-colored waste stream made its way downstream toward Lake Powell in Utah after the spill Wednesday at the abandoned Gold King mine near Silverton, Colo..

  • Sandoval elected chief judge

    District Judge Matthew Sandoval has once again been elected chief judge of the Fourth Judicial District.

    Sandoval was elected to the position on Aug. 1 by the two other judges in the district — Abigail Aragon and Gerald Baca. Chief judges serve three-year terms.

    “I’m very honored that I was given the opportunity to be the chief judge again,” said Sandoval, who previously served as chief judge from 2009 until 2012, when Aragon was elected to the position.

  • In Brief - News - Aug. 12, 2015

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  • Looking Back - Aug. 12, 2015

    In 1965
    Thursday, Aug. 12 — Leveo V. Sanchez, 34, has been appointed director of the Latin American Institutional Development Office Agency for International Development. Sanchez will direct the organization and support of institutions for rural development, private enterprise, education, labor, youth and population study under the Alliance for Progress. He is a native of Las Vegas and graduated from New Mexico Highlands University and received a master of arts degree from George Washington University.

  • Correction - Aug. 12

    A story published Aug. 5 on the 45th anniversary of the city’s merger contained several errors. The middle initial of Kathleen Ortiz, who kept the ax preserved after the merger, is L; the coffin for the ax was provided by Ortiz and her extended family, and after the merger, Ortiz was given the hatchet by another individual who retrieved it from the river.

  • Weather - Aug. 12, 2015

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 57. Southwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. North wind around 10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 57.


  • BREAKING: Las Vegas police officer involved in shooting

    Agents from the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau are investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred in Las Vegas early Friday morning. 

    The man who the officer shot at, 30-year-old Marvin Maestas of Mora County, was wanted in connection with a drive-by shooting that occured in Las Vegas on July 22. According to a news release issued by state police on Sunday evening, officers from the Las Vegas Police Department spotted Meastas' vehicle early Friday morning.

  • City funds EDC, Chamber

    Three non-profit groups the city has contracted with in past years will once again receive money from the city this fiscal year to promote economic development, help local businesses and to carry out assorted other tasks.
    The City Council late last month gave the green light to fund all three organizations.
    MainStreet de Las Vegas will get $35,000, the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce will also receive $35,000, and the Las Vegas San Miguel Economic Development Corporation will get $42,500.