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  • 'Deadbeats' in 'Nowheresville'

    They call themselves “deadbeats” and their convention theme is “from here to eternity.” It could only be the International Association of Obituarists, meeting in Las Vegas, N.M. for their 10th annual Great Obituary Writers’ International Conference.

    You might be tempted to stereotype obituary writers. It is easy, given their chosen careers, to imagine them as a somber, even funereal bunch, but nothing could be further from the truth.

  • '100th film' hits snag in Las Vegas

    Gov. Bill Richardson’ office boosted on last week that the movie “Run For Her Life” will be the 100th major film production shot in New Mexico during Richardson’s time in office.

    What his office may not be aware of, however, is that the production hit a snag recently in its plans to shoot some scenes in Las Vegas.

  • District offers two-year contract

    New Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Richard Romero will get $105,000, but board president Patrick Romero says he will earn it.

    “I don’t envy the incoming superintendent because he’s going to have his job cut out for him,” Romero said.

    Plans are for Richard Romero to begin work July 1, with the contract running through June 30, 2010.

  • Scouts lead Flag Day ceremony

    Girl Scout Troop 288 acted as flag bearers during the annual Elks Lodge Flag Day ceremony at the Las Vegas recreation center Friday.

    Barbara Venturi, Exalted Ruler Elks Lodge 408, said members are very patriotic and have been observing the day since its inception.

    “The flag is first in our hearts as loyal Americans and close to our alter as loyal Elks. So many things we do revolve around our flag and our country. Charity, justice, brotherly love and fidelity are out guiding principals of our order,” Venturi said.

  • Pipe bomb found at home

    A pipe bomb discovered inside a mobile home Thursday kept police occupied for hours until a state bomb squad could safely get rid of it.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold said officers found the bomb while assisting the Children Youth & Families Department in a child welfare visit to the trailer park in the 1200 block of North Commerce Street. Two children were in the home at the time, Gold said.

  • County looks at transit needs

    San Miguel County commissioners’ interest in a feasibility study on mass transit during Tuesday’s meeting seemed to be higher, especially in light of the skyrocketing price of gasoline.

    Mariana Padilla, a planner with Parametric, the Albuquerque-based firm hired to do the study, told the board that County Manager Les Montoya wanted to look closer at the issue before investing money in an expensive new transit program.

  • Girl dies, boy saved from cliff

    MONTEZUMA — An Albuquerque girl fell to her death and a Las Vegas boy was successfully rescued Wednesday morning from the rock face overlooking the Montezuma skating pond.

    Kimberly Karlson, 15, of Albuquerque fell “a couple hundred feet to her death” between 9 and 10 a.m., according to Peter Olson, communications director for the state Department of Public Safety. The boy, Mathew Cartee, 14, of Las Vegas was uninjured, Olson said.

  • Coalition uniting animal rescuers

    A string of large wire cages sits in the open sun next to a deserted lot covered in wood scrap and rusted debris. The dogs pace, eyes wary, sometimes dipping inside plastic igloos and beneath makeshift shelters to hide from June’s relentless solar rays.

    Electra, a boxer mix with wiry yellow fur, leans her pug nose through a space in the chicken wire. She seems to smile despite the meager surroundings.

  • Vigil handily defeats two rivals

    State Rep. Richard Vigil of Ribera handily defeated two opponents in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

    Vigil, who has served for a decade in the state House, grabbed 2,064 votes, or 44 percent, in District 70, which includes Las Vegas, the Valley, other rural areas in San Miguel County and eastern Torrance County.

    Luna Community College employee Naomi Montoya came in second with 1,574 votes, or 33 percent, and building contractor Travis Regensberg finished last with 1,103 votes, or 23 percent.

  • Leger, Ortiz, Rivera win

    Las Vegas attorney Nicolas Leger edged out former City Councilman Richard Maestas in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

    In the District 5 race, Leger got 573 votes, or 52 percent, to Maestas’ 534, or 48 percent. District 5 covers parts of the east and west sides of Las Vegas as well as much of eastern San Miguel County.

    Leger will face Republican Fred Romero in the November general election.

    Leger appeared to be better funded in the race, running many newspaper advertisements as well as radio ads. Maestas didn’t have much in the way of advertising.