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  • County compiles wish list for funds

    In its first meeting of 2011, the new-look San Miguel County Commission signed off on its wish list for the upcoming state legislative session, and the finishing touches of courthouse renovation are atop that list.

  • Economic development part of master plan discussion

    There was just a dusting of snow Monday night, but weather forecasts put the evenings low at 2 degrees below zero. Even so, a hardy group of about 20 residents filed into the Las Vegas City Council chambers for public input on the economic development segment of the city’s master plan.

    The city is updating its 1997 master plan, a document that outlines how leaders of the local government want the community to develop in the next two decades.

  • Ex-Mora sheriff arrested

    Last year’s Mora County sheriff was arrested along with another man following an alleged fight Friday.

    Ex-Sheriff Roy Cordova, 39, of Rainsville and John Gonzales, 34, of Guadalupita were involved in a altercation alongside Highway 434 in Guadalupita, according to a probable cause statement filed by state police officer Frank Chavez. Both men were charged with aggravated battery, resisting, evading or obstructing arrest and public affray after the new Mora County sheriff, Thomas Garza, attempted to break up the fight, Chavez reported.

  • ‘All We Can’

    By Sharon Vander Meer
    Special to the Optic

    Countless incidents of animal cruelty, neglect and abuse take place in this country every year.

    At least 3 million are euthanized because there are no homes for them. That doesn’t take into consideration the numbers that die from neglect or abuse.

    The current economy is also contributing to the problem. When some homeowners move away because of a change in their own circumstances, they abandon their pets to whatever fate may befall them.

  • Report: Armed man hijacks vehicle, flees

    A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Las Vegas man who allegedly forced another man out of a car at gunpoint then made the victim’s girlfriend drive toward Montezuma before taking control of and wrecking the car himself.

    Bernardino Baca, 31, of 1409 Seventh St., has been charged with nine felony counts, including assault, battery, kidnapping, possession of firearm and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.

  • Alleged hospital shooter surrenders

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Authorities say a man wanted for allegedly firing a shot inside an Albuquerque hospital last week is in custody.

    Bernalillo County Sheriff's deputies say 21-year-old Cesar Dominguez-Garcia surrendered without incident Saturday.

    Police say Dominguez was at the University of New Mexico Hospital with his girlfriend on Jan. 4 when he became upset, beat up his girlfriend, then fired a shot in the hallway.

  • Water report to expand

    In a collaborative effort between the City of Las Vegas Utility Department, this newspaper and the Las Vegas Community Water Board you will soon see a new feature on Page 3 called “Your Friday Water Report.”

  • New chief named at Highlands

    A former head of the Las Vegas Police Department has been named chief of Highlands University’s police and security department.
     

    Donato Sena, 61, brings 40 years of law enforcement experience to his new position.
     

    Sena, a Las Vegas native, started his career with Las Vegas as a
    patrol officer in 1971, rising through the ranks to commander of
    criminal investigations before being appointed police chief in 1983.

    He served as chief until his retirement from the PD in 1991.
     

  • City’s museum sports rich, varied history

    Las Vegas has lost some of its historic landmarks — the Duncan Opera House, Springer Hall, Castle Junior High and others — but the story of the original Las Vegas is intact in all its glory in photographs and artifacts at the Rough Rider Museum.  

    Those who want to see who passed through town in 1857, get to know a cowboy ghost, find out the real story behind Storrie lake, or learn what happened when the railroad arrived, have a remarkable museum staff available to assist visitors and researchers in accessing resource materials.

  • Proposal could cut employees’ take-home pay

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Educators and state workers would see a drop in take-home pay next year under a budget-balancing proposal by a legislative committee that would require public employees to contribute more to their pensions while the state cuts its share by $50 million.