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  • Ex-cop accused of bribery

    The former Las Vegas police officer who was arrested and charged last September with fraud and other crimes is back in jail on new charges.

    Shawn Montoya, 41, of the 700 block of Dora Celeste, was arrested last week on multiple felonies and misdemeanors. Court documents allege that Montoya once again forged documents to make it appear as though he was a licensed contractor in good standing.

  • City investing in ballpark upgrades

    The city of Las Vegas has begun investing in improvements to its Rodriguez Park complex to spruce it up for the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs.

    The City Council earlier this month signed off on two measures. The first one was awarding a bid to Rio Rancho-based Carreon Construction for decorative fencing and a gate for the front of the park. The bid was for $63,300. City councilors voted unanimously to approve that measure during a special meeting on March 1.

  • Supreme Court takes up gay bias case

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — In a case that tests anti-discrimination protection for gays, a religious rights group told the New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday that a photographer who declined to shoot the commitment ceremony of a lesbian couple was exercising her rights to free speech and artistic freedom.

    The First Amendment should exempt Elaine Huguenin and her Albuquerque business, Elane Photography, from state laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, Jordan Lorence of the Alliance Defending Freedom told the high court.

  • Looking Back - March 13, 2013

    In 1963
    Friday, March 15 — A group of Robertson High School students are assisting director Mrs. Betty Evetts, drama instructor, in the production of an all-school pay, “Bull in a China Shop.” The play is to be presented at Ilfeld Auditorium. The students include Lewis Terr, Stanley Potocki, Billy Wertz, Danny Montgomery, Janelle Wootton, Susan Bunker, Luana C de Baca, Karen Donnell, Judi Murray, Charles Finley, Diane Parmer and Laurie Terr.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 13, 2013

    Story Time at Carnegie
    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesdays in the children’s area of the library. This week’s book is “I Want My Hat Back” by Jon Klassen. Free and open to the public.

  • Weather - March 13, 2013

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 62. Southwest wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 32. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 35.

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 72. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 36.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:14 a.m. to 7:07 p.m.

  • Anti-tethering law in effect

    The city of Las Vegas is getting ready to begin enforcing its anti-tethering ordinance, and it’s reaching out to the Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeastern New Mexico for help in educating people about the law and assisting those with limited means to come into compliance.

  • Playing with Fire
  • Man jailed for stabbing sister in arm

    One of the individuals who acknowledged his role in the December 2007 slayings of Stephanie Dimas and Damian Ortiz is in trouble with the law again.

    Joebary Vigal, 22, of the 1200 block of Pecos Street, is being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center for allegedly beating and stabbing his sister last month.

    He has been charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, both third-degree felonies, and a misdemeanor count of aggravated battery in the incident involving his sister.

  • Senate panel OKs $5.9 billion budget

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — A proposed $5.9 billion budget is heading to the Senate with a more than 4 percent increase in spending next year and money for pay raises for educators and state workers.

    The Finance Committee unanimously endorsed the budget on Friday, sending the measure to the 42-member Senate for consideration.