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  • Looking Back

    In 1968

    Thursday, Nov. 14 — County Commissioners are today seeking a court order to open five precincts. Precinct 9-A in West Pecos, 39 in Tecolotito, 31 in Puertocito, and 34 in San Isidro. At the present time only an informal count is available, and the court order is necessary in order for the canvass to record a certified count. The closely observed canvass so far has covered 48 precincts of 63 which required the count, leaving 15 precincts yet to be canvassed.

  • Looking Ahead

    Jamboree for Japan this Saturday

    A Jamboree for Japan will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Las Vegas to raise money for earthquake and tsunami victims. The event is open to the public. Cost is $10 per person. For more information or for tickets call 425-7283

  • Weather

    Wednesday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 72. Windy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, increasing to 30-35 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Thursday
    A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Windy, with a west wind 25-35 mph; gusts as high as 45 mph. Partly cloudy and breezy at night, with a low around 35.

  • FYI - News

    New Mexico's transportation agency head says not enough people are getting the message about the dangers of distracted driving, The Associated Press reports. Transportation Secretary Alvin Dominguez says it's a serious, life-threatening practice whether drivers are texting, talking on the phone, eating, reading a map, changing the radio station or talking to passengers.

  • Driver in fatal crash released

    The Wagon Mound man convicted of killing his five passengers in a 2004 drunken driving crash was released from prison this week.

    Mario Trujillo was sentenced to 36 years in prison in 2006 after he was convicted of four counts of vehicular homicide, one count of child abuse resulting in death, one count of driving while intoxicated and other charges.

  • Golden Arches makeover

    If you're prone to hankerings for Big Macs, you might want to head to your local McDonald’s and get your fix while you still can.

    Owners of the busy fast- food restaurant on Seventh Street are preparing to close the store for about four months for a rebuild project. Andres Zamora, who along with his wife, Vickie, owns the Las Vegas McDonald’s, said they hope to get the project started this month.

    Zamora said Friday that the exact date that construction will begin is still unknown.

  • A ‘heartbreaking’ plight

    Iris ver der Heijden and Shail Hehta spent part of their spring break last month in the unforgiving Sonoran Desert experiencing what Mexican residents go through as they try to cross into the U.S. for a chance at a better life.

    The two were part of a group from United World College-USA that visited the U.S.-Mexico border. Among the things they saw were migrants who had been caught and were chained and shackled.

  • Budget cuts for schools could double

    Public school officials across New Mexico were breathing a sigh of relief last month thinking they had dodged a bullet when state lawmakers opted to keep the budget cut aimed at public education to 1.5 percent.

  • Gov. pushing for teacher evaluations

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez said Friday she will push ahead with plans to develop a system for evaluating and rewarding New Mexico’s public school teachers based on student achievement and other key factors.

    The initiative, part of the Republican governor’s agenda for reforming the state’s education system, was passed overwhelmingly by the Senate during the legislative session but failed to get approval from the House.

  • Looking Back

    In 1968

    Wednesday, Nov. 13 — Official confirmation of the proposed Hanna Addition site for a 150-unit low-rental housing addition in northeast Las Vegas has come from the East Las Vegas Housing Authority. Bob Sandoval, Housing Authority chairman, said the sales contract is expected to be signed soon with Bill Hanna for 13.8 acres of land northeast of Gibson’s Discount Center east of Seventh Street.