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  • Campaigns move into high gear

    The Labor Day weekend is considered to be an important kickoff point for fall political campaigns. Only two months remain before the Nov. 2 election.

    And if this past weekend is any indication, northern New Mexico will not be ignored in this year’s hotly contested gubernatorial campaign.

    Susana Martinez, Doña Ana County district attorney and the Republican’s choice for governor, held a rally at Plaza Park in Las Vegas on Sunday evening. An estimated 500 people attended.

  • Air Force proposes area training

    The U.S. Air Force is interested in flying low over the region.

    In an advertisement that ran in Friday’s Las Vegas Optic, the Air Force announced that it is seeking public input regarding a proposal to establish a low-altitude tactical navigation, or LATN, area over northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. The Air Force wants to do an assessment of the proposal to determine possible environmental consequences should the plan go through.

  • Roybal admits to '09 murder

    A Las Vegas man has been sentenced to 12-1/2 years in prison following a plea agreement and conviction in the murder of 51-year-old Terry Greer in 2009.

    Natividad Steve Roybal, 50, pleaded guilty to second-murder, tampering with evidence and conspiracy to tamper with evidence.

  • Calendar

    TODAY HOY

    • Today’s Homecoming activites for the Las Vegas City Schools district. “Red and White Day” — The parade begins at 1 p.m. Participants line up at Fifth and Friedman at 11:30 a.m., Española vs. Robertson — game time is 7 p.m., with the coronation ceremony at halftime. Homecoming dance, for RHS students only, will be held immediately following the game.

    SATURDAY SÁBADO

  • City police settle with woman

    The city of Las Vegas has settled with a woman who accused a police officer of attacking her while she was in his custody.

    Under the terms of the agreement, Bernadette Varela is to receive $31,000, said Tony Ortiz, an attorney with the city’s insurer, the New Mexico Municipal League.

    “The city of Las Vegas Police Department did not agree that they had done anything wrong. This was a choice based on economics — to resolve something early rather than let it get more expensive,” Ortiz said.

  • Group gets money for past event

    The North-South All-Star Games got $2,000 from the city recently to help with promoting this year’s competition.

    The trouble: The games happened in July.

    Organizers of the games, which are competitions between high school athletes from the north and south parts of the state, said they had requested money from the city Lodgers Tax Board a couple of times earlier this year. But they said the board didn’t act on their request.

    The board received $200,000 in requests for help in promoting events, but it had only $35,000 to give.

  • Bean Day celebrating 100th year

    Grady Loveland, 12, will remember the centennial celebration for Wagon Mound Bean Day for years to come.

    On Saturday, during the rodeo, he rode a steer for a score of 74. Loveland, from Raton, was visibly thrilled after his ride.

    “It was cool,” Loveland said minutes following his ride.

    His mother, Tina Gallegos, was both proud and anxious.

    “This is the first time I’ve seen him ride. Feels like I was going to have a heart attack when he was riding,” she said.

  • Calendar

    TODAY / HOY

    • Story time will be at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, in the children’s area at Carnegie Public Library. The theme will be “Celebrating Grandparents,” and the book will be “Yummy Yummy, Food for my Tummy” by Sam Lloyd. The craft will be a grandparents’ basket and family tree. The programs are open to the public.

  • West official resigning after less than year

    The West Las Vegas school district’s business manager is resigning from her post after less than a year.

    Dawn Biagianti’s last day is set for Sept. 26, although she said she may take some vacation before then.

    She is the third business manager at West since longtime manager Naomi Vicenti left the job three years ago.

    “It was just time to go,” said Biagianti, who started in November. “I feel like I have accomplished some of my goals, but not all of them. I appreciated the opportunity to work here.”

  • Drug-dealing suspect arrested

    Authorities said they recently arrested a drug dealer after executing a search warrant.

    William S. Gonzales, 23, of 916 Taos St., was charged with trafficking crack cocaine, tampering with evidence and possessing marijuana.  

    According to Magistrate Court documents, the Region 4 Narcotics Task Force executed the warrant on Gonzales and his residence late on the afternoon of Aug. 24. Task force agents found Gonzales in the 1330 block of Grand Avenue, where he was a passenger in a car, documents state.