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  • Ex-DA beats incumbent in judge's race

    Former District Attorney Matt Sandoval unseated District Judge Gerald Baca in the Democratic primary Tuesday.

    Sandoval took 4,475 votes, or 52 percent, of the vote in the Fourth Judicial District, which consists of San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe counties.

    Sandoval won in both San Miguel and Mora counties, while Baca took 56 percent in Guadalupe County.

    No Republican ran in the heavily Democratic district, so Sandoval will run unopposed in the November general election. He takes office Jan. 1.

  • Residents focus on the sky

    More than 100 people gathered over the weekend at King Stadium to wait for darkness and witness the wonders of the night sky.

    Many telescopes were present at the Saturday event, as were representatives from organizations including Casa de Cultura, New Mexico State Parks and the New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance. Several were lecturing school-age children about basic astronomy and the science behind telescopes.

  • City officials requesting to attend Washington conference

    It’s been more than a couple of years since the City Council has been asked to approve out-of-state travel for any of its members.

    This Wednesday, the council is expected to vote on whether to send three city officials — Mayor Tony Marquez, Councilman Andrew Feldman and Interim City Manager Jeff Condrey — to attend the June conference of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials in Washington.

  • Official: Event optional

    The top administrator of the East school district says Robertson High School’s baccalaureate shouldn’t be mandatory. The same goes for all other senior week activities, he said.

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Pete Campos made the statements in a memo to his successor, Richard Romero, who will take office in July.

  • Franken selected to build dorms

    Highlands University has selected a contractor to build a new dorm complex.

    A local company, Franken Construction, submitted the low bid and was awarded the contract, officials said. The Board of Regents voted for the selection.

    President Jim Fries said the university sought bids for construction of the 276-bed residence hall and received three bids.

    “Franken Construction was the low bidder. We reviewed and affirmed that their bid met all of the bid specifications and the board has approved awarding them the contract,” Fries said.

  • Voters head to polls Tuesday

    Voters will head to the polls for the Democratic and Republican primaries from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

    As usual, the Democratic side is attracting the most attention in northern New Mexico. Perhaps the highest-profile race is for the 3rd Congressional race, with six candidates in competition. Ben Ray Lujn and Don Wiviott are the front runners, with Harry Montoya, Benny Shendo, Rudy Martin and Jon Adams following.

  • Local attorney dies in accident

    Las Vegas attorney Jack Kirkpatrick died in a car crash Friday morning on Interstate 25 near Tecolote.

    The attorney lost control of his van, went back and forth across the southbound lanes and then wrecked his car, state police Lt. Craig Martin said.

    He was killed instantly, while a passenger was flown to an Albuquerque hospital, Martin said. “They told me she (passenger) had severe injuries,” he said.

  • West student leads cap collection

    Think it’s too hot when the temperature reaches 90 degrees around here? Try 120 degrees in the desert.

    West Las Vegas Middle School student Greg Medina has given much thought to the conditions that U.S. soldiers endure in Iraq. And he’s doing what he can to help.

    A few months ago, Medina was looking at the Soldiers’ Angels Web site, looking for ways to help servicemen and women. He found out that soldiers often need caps.

  • Two accused of having large amounts of crack cocaine

    Authorities arrested two people who had a large amount of crack cocaine last week, officials said.

    Last Tuesday, agents from the Region 4 Narcotics Task Force executed a high-risk search warrant at 302 Grand Ave. Agents found the crack and discovered that the suspects were armed with handguns.

    The suspects were identified as Jose Dimas and Carlos Vigil, who were charged with trafficking drugs, officials said.

    Task force Commander Sgt. Mack Allingham said the agency received intelligence that the suspects were alleged gang members.

  • 122 graduate from childhood center

    Family and friends of Early Childhood Center kindergartners filled Ilfeld Auditorium during morning and afternoon graduation ceremonies Wednesday.

    This is the second year Highlands University has opened its doors to the tots to accommodate the large number of graduates — 122 — and audience members.

    Previously, ECC held at least four separate programs.

    In a letter to parents and graduates, Principal LeeEtte Quintana said the school had made great gains this year in reading with 92 percent of students performing at grade level.