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  • Students set to participate in MESA regional competition

    Several hundred high school and middle school students from the surrounding area were scheduled to compete in New Mexico MESA's Regional Design Competition today, Feb. 4.

    Students from Anton Chico, Mora, Pecos, Peñasco, Santa Rosa, Springer and Las Vegas were to compete in various categories that all relate to natural disasters.

    The categories include an on-site bridge challenge, prepared design with survival boats for middle school students, and high school students were asked to compete in prepared design for a self-powered transport vehicles.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Feb. 3, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Ex-director’s Jeep found
    ALBUQUERQUE — Sheriff’s deputies in northwest Arizona found a Jeep belonging to a woman who once ran the Farmington, N.M., tourism department and is suspected of embezzling thousands of dollars.

    KOB-TV reports the Mohave County, Ariz., Sheriff’s Office found a woman’s body nearby, but they do not know if it is Debbie Dusenbery.

    A relative reported Dusenbery missing last weekend.

  • License dispute on hold

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A fight over whether to stop illegal immigrants from getting driver’s licenses in New Mexico is on hold temporarily while Democrats make a last-ditch effort to reach a compromise with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez who wants to scrap the license policy.

    The House Judiciary Committee decided not to take a final vote on the issue late Wednesday night after spending more than four hours debating the politically charged issue.

  • Engineers create ‘self-guided’ bullet

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Figuring out how to pack a processor and other electronics into a machine gun bullet has been a challenge for engineers at Sandia National Laboratories, so weapons experts say the miniature guidance system the lab has developed is a breakthrough.

    Three years in the making, the bullet prototype represents another step toward a next-generation battlefield that scientists and experts expect to be saturated with technology and information.

  • Changes to film rules sought

    Concerns from Las Vegas merchants who were tired of losing business every time film makers showed up here and closed down their streets prompted the City Council to approve amendments to its film ordinance in July 2010.

    Those amendments included things like requiring film makers to apply for a film permit at least 45 days prior to filming and mandating that they gather signatures of support from 61 percent of businesses, homeowners or tenants who would be impacted by the filming.  

  • Preparing for the Worst

    Kimberly Lucero struggled in school until she found the Las Vegas Christian Academy, on East Drive, and began setting goals for herself like becoming a successful business owner.

    These days, her goal of simply obtaining a high school diploma has been muddied with the news that the academy, a local private school, will likely close its doors at the end of this school year because of financial problems.

    If that happens, Lucero will have to enroll somewhere else in order to receive her high school diploma.

  • Candidates briefed on city works

    If there’s one message City Manager Timothy Dodge tried to get across Monday evening to candidates running for city office it’s that the city is a complex organization that will likely spend $46 million this fiscal year alone.

  • Local man charged with sixth DUI

    State police arrested a 51-year-old Las Vegas man late Friday for driving under the influence, sixth offense.

    David J. Romero, who lives on the 300 block of Commerce, is also charged with driving with a revoked license and with failing to stop at a stop sign. He was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center where he was being held on a $10,000 cash bond.

  • In Brief - News - Feb. 1, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Authorities seek TB patient  

    CLOVIS — Eastern New Mexico authorities are searching for a man with contagious tuberculosis. The Department of Public Safety issued a news release Monday asking the public for help in finding 45-year-old Robert J. Gutierrez. He was last seen in Clovis on Friday.

    Gutierrez has been diagnosed with active pulmonary tuberculosis with lung disease. Gutierrez should be presumed to be infectious and should be placed in airborne isolation.