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  • Candidate takes heat for last-minute cancellation

    The state’s chamber of commerce is taking heat for canceling a forum at the last minute after one of the congressional candidates decided against showing up.

    For more than a month, the Association of Commerce and Industry and the Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce had planned a candidate forum for northern New Mexico’s four congressional candidates, Democrat Ben Ray Lujan, Republican Dan East and two independents, Carol Miller and Ron Simmons.

  • Auditor suggests review of fee

    The city of Las Vegas is moving forward to carry out the suggestions of state Auditor Hector Balderas in the wake of the audit earlier this year critical of the city’s natural gas billing, officials say.

  • Council delays housing picks

    The City Council approved Mayor Tony Marquez’s appointments for a number of city committees on Wednesday, but it delayed action on his selections for the housing committee.

    For the housing committee, the mayor recommended the appointments of Lorenzo Flores as chairman, former Councilman Macario Gonzalez, Pamela Daves, JoAnn Elliott and Grover Durham.

  • Residents sign up for fair

    The 35th annual San Miguel-Mora County Fair is under way with 4-H and FFA entrants bringing their goods to the indoor and horticulture barn. The first full day of competition is today and continues through Saturday.

    Robertson High School sophomore Joanne Schafer is an all-around cowgirl and has been involved rodeo and raising farm animals for most of her young life.

  • Kids learn play in a week

    The Missoula Children’s Theatre group breezed through town last week to teach kids the finer points of acting, culminating in a performance of “Robin Hood.”

    Husband and wife team Emily and Evan Karewicz are one of 45 touring teams that travel the world giving kids a crash course in acting and getting the chance to be a part of an original musical production.

    “It’s fun to inspire kids with what we wanted to do when we were their age,” Emily Karewicz said.

  • Agents cite two bars

    The state cited two Las Vegas bars and three of their servers for violations of state liquor control laws last month.

    During the weekend of the Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally, the state Department of Public Safety sent six agents to Las Vegas and Mora to determine whether bars were complying with state laws. Their operation was conducted on the nights of July 25 and 26

  • Vegas schools get assessments

    All but one of West Las Vegas’ elementary schools has made the federal standard of adequate yearly progress.

    At the Las Vegas City Schools, only Robertson High School met the standard, according to a state report.

    West Las Vegas Superintendent Jim Abreu said his district has made some great strides with adequate yearly progress, or AYP.

    That standard tracks how students test in reading and math and other indicators schools must reach in order to be 100 percent proficient by 2014 — as is required under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

  • Police pick up 14 on arrest warrants

    Las Vegas police officers served 14 Municipal Court arrest warrants over the course of a day last week, a top police official said.

    “That’s quite a bit. That’s officers taking the initiative to get it done on their own,” Deputy Police Chief Christian Montao said.

    Last month, Municipal Judge Eddie Trujillo told the City Council that his court had a pile of 1,532 warrants and $350,000 in fines more than 180 days past due.

  • HU to inform public about dorms

    Highlands University will host a community open house Wednesday about the new residence hall being built near Washington and Ninth streets.

    The open house will be at 6 p.m. at the Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall at 905 University Ave. Light refreshments will be served.

    Architectural plans will be displayed at the open house so the community can visualize how the 100,000-square-foot residence hall will look at completion.

    The new building will house 276 students in 89 apartment-style suites and is geared toward incoming freshman.

  • DA throws out marijuana charges

    Prosecutors have dismissed drug charges against a woman who says she was growing marijuana to help with her cancer.

    District Attorney Richard Flores confirmed Monday that he dismissed the charges last week because of “potential” problems with the search that resulted in the discovery of the marijuana plants at Vicky Harvey’s house in Holman.

    He stated in an e-mail that District Judge Gerald Baca had ruled that the search was not valid.