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  • Council OKs new utilities post

    The City Council last week approved a new position that officials said they hoped would improve customer service in the utilities department.

    The new position of customer service manager will pay $50,000 to $55,000 a year, but council members questioned how the city planned to cover the new salary.

  • Mora sheriff, state police at odds

    When Mora County residents dial 911, they reach dispatchers from the state police. That’s the way it’s been for years.

    But Mora County Sheriff Roy Cordova contends that the state police have kept his deputies out of the loop when it comes to major crimes in his county.

    “If there is a homicide or something big, they hesitate to call my office. But if it’s small like someone calling about a neighbor’s dog in their yard, the state police will call us,” Cordova said. “I would like a courtesy call about what’s going on.”

  • LATEST UPDATE: Murder suspect captured

    Las Vegas police late Tuesday night apprehended a woman accused in the death of a local man.

    Bernadette Sanchez, 36, a former Watrous resident who was more recently homeless in Las Vegas, is charged in the stabbing to death Timoteo M. Jaramillo, 36, of Las Vegas late Friday afternoon, police said.

  • Students, faculty present studies

    It’s not all about lectures and tests at Highlands University — research plays a major role at the local school, officials say.

    The New Mexico Highlands University Research Day gave students and faculty an opportunity to highlight the scholarship and research going on during the school year in the fields of chemistry, biology, English, humanities and history. 

  • Head Start to have classes on east side

    It’s official: Students on the east side will now have Head Start classrooms in their own district.

    Head Start Director Joseph Griego said that, for years, parents have been pleading for a common-sense approach because of the time children spend waiting for buses and having to transition to an unfamiliar school — unnecessary burdens that could be fixed with an agreement between the East and West school districts.

  • Green’s the theme for Synergy Fest

    Going green was the theme of the day at the sixth annual Synergy Fest at Memorial Middle School on Saturday.

    From a band stage running on solar energy to the recycling of materials, patrons of this year’s Synergy Fest gained knowledge in the various forms of sustainable and renewable energy. Lloyd Goding, head of the Las Vegas Chapter of the New Mexico Solar Energy Association, said the event was intended to provide area residents a chance to understand and utilize the various energy forms to in their homes.

  • Acequias, city talk of settling

    In 1958, Dwight Eisenhower was president, Elvis Presley was rocking the nation, and the Meadow City still consisted of two municipal governments.

    That very same year, the litigation between area acequias and the Las Vegas water system began.

    It continues to this day, but officials hope that will change soon.

  • Teen gets probation in RHS assaults case

    SANTA FE — One of six New Mexico high school football players accused of sodomizing younger teammates with broomsticks during a preseason camp has been sentenced to two years probation.

    Santiago Armijo avoided time behind bars when state District Judge James Hall ruled Friday in Santa Fe that the 17-year-old boy’s involvement in the attacks last August was less than the other five assailants.

    Armijo and one other boy reached plea agreements.

  • Luna OKs new degrees

    The Luna Community College Board of Trustees approved two new degrees last week. But one member said he would like to have more information on the costs of such programs beforehand.

    At the trustees’ regular meeting, the board voted for associate of applied science degrees in military science and general agriculture. However, it delayed action on a proposed associate of arts degree in community college teaching.

  • Case moves out of town

    A state district judge has moved the case involving the killing of a 6-year-old girl out of town after a defense attorney requested such a transfer.

    Last week, Judge Abigail Aragon decided to transfer the case against David Levi Chavez, 21, to Santa Rosa.

    Chavez is charged with an open count of murder in connection with the death of Jasmine Garcia, who had just graduated from kindergarten.

    “I and the family of Jasmine were very disappointed that the venue (for the trial) has changed,” District Attorney Richard Flores said in a statement.