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  • Vegas man pleads guilty to robbery

    A Las Vegas man faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to robbing a Wells Fargo Bank in Santa Fe, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

    Eric Schlenker, 43, entered his guilty plea in federal court in Albuquerque Thursday. He has been in federal custody since he was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Santa Fe Police Department in February.

    A sentencing date has yet to be set.

  • Fugitive captured in Mora County

    A man described by authorities as Colorado’s third-most-wanted fugitive was captured last week in Mora County where he was living with his pregnant girlfriend.

    Craig Anthony Rodriguez, 30, is jailed at the San Miguel County Detention Center and is awaiting extradition back to Colorado, Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza said in an e-mail late Thursday.

    Rodriguez was wanted on five felony warrants charging him with two counts of escape, and one count each of dangerous drugs, domestic violence and parole violations.

  • State judge indicted

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES — State District Court Judge Michael T. Murphy of Las Cruces has been indicted on bribery charges, authorities said.

    The Ninth Judicial District Attorney announced the indictment late Friday night, the Las Cruces Sun reported.

    A Dona Ana County grand jury indictment includes demanding or receiving a bribe; bribery of a public officer or employee; bribing, intimidating or retaliating against a witness; and criminal solicitation.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Will Rogers and Joe Wiggins, the self-confessed kidnapers of Baby Waldo Rogers, son of attorney and Mrs. A.T. Rogers Jr., who was stolen from the home of his parents in this city on March 29, last, and later returned on the payment of a ransom of $12,000, were brought to Las Vegas this afternoon at 2 o’clock from Santa Fe. The accused men were expected to be arraigned late this evening before Judge C.J. Roberts to plead to the indictments returned against them.

  • Looking Ahead

    City Council meeting Wednesday

    The Las Vegas City Council will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the city council chambers. A city Housing Commission meeting will precede the council meeting at 5:30 p.m., also at the city council chambers.

  • Weather - May 16, 2011

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Breezy, with a calm wind becoming south 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 41. Breezy, with a south wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy and breezy at night, with a low around 41.

    Wednesday

  • FYI - News

    Due to severe dry conditions, fire restrictions have been implemented on the Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands in Mora, Colfax, Harding and Union counties. Among the restrictions: all fires are prohibited, smoking is only allowed within an enclosed vehicle or building and fireworks are banned. For more information call the Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands at 575-374-9652.

  • Recycling plan moving forward

    If everything goes according to plan, recycling in San Miguel County and Las Vegas will get a little easier by the end of August.

    The San Miguel County Commission on Tuesday approved a memorandum of understanding with the city that will effectively create a regional recycling system. The city still needs to sign off on the agreement.

    “It’s going to be a unified effort between San Miguel County and the city,” said Harold Garcia, the county’s public service foreman. “We’re appreciative the city is working with us on this.”

  • Air transport venture takes flight lenging and rewarding’

    Steve and Susan Spande saw a need in the community and decided to invest their  life savings on addressing it.

    In March, the Pecos couple launched their new business venture, Western States Air Medical LLC, a company that provides medical air transport for Alta Vista Regional Hospital patients.

    “We had seen need specifically out of this hospital for a more rapid medical transport,” Steve Spande said. “We decided that this would be a good time to get going so we basically cashed in all of our savings and put this business together.”

  • Many back city project

    More than 60 people packed into the City Council chambers Tuesday evening to hear the city’s gateway project plans, and while a few spoke against it, many more voiced support.

    “I think anything that will help economic development in Las Vegas and bring in more tourism is a plus,” said Ken Mares, who told city leaders he supports the project.