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  • Top-notch roping - Salazar wins big with team

    Ernesto Salazar is more commonly known in Las Vegas as a banker and school board member. On Dec. 15, however, Salazar proved to many that he is one of the best in team roping.

    Salazar and Dawn L. Higgins of Loving placed second at the World Series of Team Roping held at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

    “Everybody is so surprised, because they didn’t know I roped,” Salazar said in an interview Saturday.

  • Council eyes lodgers tax increase

    Visitors to Las Vegas who stay in hotels and motels could be paying a little more for their rooms in the near future if one city councilor gets his way.

    Councilor Joey Herrera is proposing that the city raise its lodgers tax rate from 4 percent to 5 percent to generate more money for improvements to Rodriguez Park and other baseball facilities. State law allows municipalities to charge the higher tax — which is tacked on to hotel and motel rates — although the city has previously opted not to charge the full amount.

  • Drilling riles West’s energy embrace

    By Kristen Wyatt
    The Associated Press

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — This used to be a land proud of its oil barons. Now the energy industry that has brought wealth and jobs across the interior West is prompting angry protests by citizens sporting gas masks and using bullhorns at public hearings.

  • Boat on the interstate
  • Looking Back - Dec. 26, 2012

    In 1962
    Thursday, Dec. 27 — City Police have two juveniles in custody for a burglary at the Castle Junior High School Dec. 21, in which about $100 in cash and a starting gun were stolen. City Police Investigator Lt. Vincent Armijo said today the juveniles have admitted the burglary. They said they had spent all of the money. The gun was recovered.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Dec. 26, 2012

    Safe Ride Home service extended
    The San Miguel County Safe Ride Home service is extending its hours of operation during the holidays. Days of operation will include Dec. 26 through Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.. Service will still operate Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.  Services are provided from any liquor establishment to your home in the Las Vegas area.  Call 505-429-0336 for a ride.

  • Weather - Dec. 26, 2012

    Wednesday
    Partly sunny and breezy, with a high near 40. Wednesday night, mostly cloudy with a low around 19.

    Thursday
    Partly sunny and breezy, with a high near 43. Thursday night, mostly cloudy with a low around 20 and a 10 percent chance of snow showers.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny with a high near 39. Friday night, mostly clear with a low around 16.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny with a high near 46.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:09 a.m. to 4:55 p.m.

  • Christmas around the world

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

  • Alta Vista CEO leaving for Roswell

    Maridel Acosta, who has served as Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s chief executive officer for two years, is leaving the post.

    The hospital formally announced Acosta’s impending departure late Thursday, saying a search for a full-time chief executive is under way. Board and Medical Staff leaders are involved in the interview process and final selection, the hospital said in a news release.

  • Holiday Evergreens - 53 years of Christmas tree sales

    Albert Padilla knows a little something about the holiday — he’s been selling Christmas trees for more than a half century.

    This year marked this Las Vegas resident’s 53rd year selling a Christmas staple that is seen through many front windows, decorated in garland and glitter that shine brightly.

    “Every year I say I am not going to sell trees anymore, but then it happens that I have to. This is part of my regular Christmas routine,” the 72-year-old Padilla said.