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  • Highlands homecoming set for Sept. 30 - Oct. 9

    Correction  — A headline on Highlands University’s homecoming that ran in our Sunday edition contained an error. The headline should have stated: Highlands homecoming set for Sept. 30 - Oct. 9.

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    This year’s Highlands University’s Homecoming festivities kick off Sept. 30 and continue through Oct. 9.

    The theme for homecoming this year is Paint the Town Purple: Follow the Purple Brick Road.

  • Court sides with efforts to certify Hatch chiles

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A federal appeals court is refusing to reconsider a decision in favor of an association of green chile growers in the Hatch Valley of Southern New Mexico in a dispute over the use of the renowned Hatch name on food labels.

    The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a rehearing request by the Hatch Chile Co. in a potential setback to the company’s efforts to protect its stylized “Hatch” brand logos, parties to the litigation confirmed Thursday.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 14, 2016

    In 1966
    Thursday, Aug. 4, 1966 — This is the first year in the history of New Mexico’s North-South games that both coaches for either North or South basketball and football teams have been chosen from the same high school in the same year. The two coaches are Coach Frank Herrera and Leland Abreu, both of West Las Vegas High School. Coach Herrera enters his seventh season as head football coach at West Las Vegas while Abreu enters his third year.

  • Dam funding may be at risk

    The city of Las Vegas expended a great deal of its political capital in 2014 to secure a $10 million appropriation for the enlargement of Bradner Dam, but much of that funding could be in jeopardy, a city councilor warned Wednesday.

    City Councilor Barbara Casey, a former lawmaker herself, said she has spoken to legislators and legislative staff about the appropriation. She said she’s hearing that discussions are under way about the funding, and the risk that appropriations could get clawed back for water projects that aren’t moving forward is very real.

  • Family Day, Expo slated

    The summer break is coming to and end, but it won’t be without another fun-filled weekend. Festivities this weekend include the Heritage Week Family Day and the second annual Local Emergency Planning Committee Expo.

    The local Elks lodge, along with Fort Union National Monument, will co-host the Family Day, taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Park.

    This free event will feature  fun and games, including a free raffle for children, free popcorn and snow cones, food, carnival games, free books and archery.

  • Walk-in clinic now available

    It’s been years since Las Vegas residents have had a walk-in clinic where they could be seen by medical personnel when they were sick enough to need attention but not so sick as to warrant an emergency department visit.

    That’s no longer the case. Alta Vista Regional Hospital has opened Las Vegas Walk-in Care, a facility that treats minor illnesses and injuries.

  • Gov orders agencies to reduce spending

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez directed most major state agencies on Tuesday to institute spending cuts in response to a sharp downturn in tax receipts and other state revenues tied to weak energy prices.

  • Officials fix campaign spending glitch

    The Associated Press
    New Mexico’s top elections officials say a glitch in the state’s electronic campaign finance reporting system has been fixed.

    Ken Ortiz with the secretary of state’s office said Thursday the vendor corrected the problem after it was brought to the agency’s attention the day before by one of the candidates running for secretary of state.

    Ortiz said the software was using the occupation of the individual or business listed in the expense report rather than the purpose of the expenditure.

  • Jail Log - Aug. 12, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 3 and Aug. 9:
    Phillip Lucero, 31, four-day commitment. San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Ralph Lovato, 22, failure to pay child support. San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Matthew Trujillo, 28, bench warrant: aggravated battery, negligent use of a deadly weapon, Mora
    Dolores Jacquez, 27, bench warrant: failure to appear, District Court/San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Kalvin Dimas, 21, bench warrant: expired registration, San Miguel Magistrate Court

  • Trump stands by false claim that Obama founded the Islamic State

    By Josh Lederman
    The Associated Press

    MIAMI — Donald Trump repeatedly accused President Barack Obama of founding the Islamic State group on Thursday, refusing to take back a patently false allegation even when questioned about the logic of his position.