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  • GOP hopefuls campaign in Las Vegas

    The two Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate seat in New Mexico campaigned in Las Vegas on Tuesday, both touting their credentials to represent New Mexico.

    Heather Wilson and Steve Pearce, both members of Congress, are vying for the Republican nomination. They got into the race after Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., announced his decision not to run again after 36 years.

    On the Democratic side, Rep. Tom Udall, who represents northern New Mexico, is the leading candidate.

  • Two more announce in race for mayor

    Two more residents have announced that they are entering the race for mayor.

    Gary Ludi, the emergency management coordinator for the state hospital, and Ward 3 City Councilman Tony Marquez said they will file their candidacies today, which is the only day for filing for the March 4 municipal election.

  • Baby suffocates in bed

    A nearly 3-month-old baby suffocated in bed over the weekend after a parent may have unknowingly rolled onto the girl, authorities said Monday.

    The death of Alexis Mae Barela was reported to Las Vegas police at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, apparently after her parents, Mark Barela and Adella Jaramillo, woke up, officials said.

    Police Chief Gary Gold said officers believe the death was accidental, calling it a “devastating” incident. He said both parents were sleeping in the bed when the baby died.

  • Attorney, a Vegas native, heads to Cuba

    ALBUQUERQUE — Eighty New Mexico National Guard members, including an attorney who is Las Vegas native, are heading to a remote naval base in southeast Cuba for a yearlong deployment to join a joint task force that runs the island prison at Guantanamo Bay.

    The U.S. is holding 275 men at Guantanamo on suspicion of links to terrorism, al-Qaida or the Taliban. Authorities have said they plan to prosecute about 80 of them before military tribunals.

  • Building to contain vet services

    The old armory building at 917 Douglas Ave. remains a shell of its former self after it was gutted by fire in 1993.

    The old armory has a storied history as a headquarters and demarcation point for northern New Mexico soldiers who served their state and country with distinction.

    Groundbreaking ceremonies for a renovated armory will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

  • Police name two captains

    The Las Vegas Police Department has promoted two lieutenants to captain, filling some of the top positions in the department.

    Meanwhile, the police are looking to fill officer and dispatcher positions.

    The department has been without its two captains since the October retirements of William Cruz and J.T. Vigil, who left within days of each other after working together for nearly two decades.

    Police Chief Gary Gold has promoted Lts. John Trujillo and Eugene Garcia to captains. Trujillo will oversee investigations, while Garcia will be in charge of patrol.

  • Martinez says he won't run for mayor

    Former Mayor Matt Martinez said Friday he wouldn’t run for the position this year, citing family and business obligations.

    Martinez, general manager of KNMX and KMDZ, said he is working to launch a country FM station in Las Vegas.

    “My family comes first, and my business takes a lot of my time,” he said.

    Martinez revealed in December that he was considering running again, as he has many times before.

  • GOP hopefuls to campaign in Las Vegas

    San Miguel County is solid Democratic turf, but that’s not stopping Republicans from campaigning here.

    On Tuesday, two Republican U.S. Senate candidates — Heather Wilson and Steve Pearce — will meet with residents. Pearce is southern New Mexico’s congressman, while Wilson represents the Albuquerque area in Congress.

    Wilson will hold an event 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the city’s recreation center, while Pearce will meet with residents 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Plaza Hotel.

  • Fewer alcohol establishments in town

    The Las Vegas-San Miguel County DWI Task Force cited a number of successes during a meeting last week, including four licenses to serve alcohol leaving the city.

    Mayor Henry Sanchez said, “Las Vegas is becoming a town not friendly to alcohol.”

    He said the Bull Rush, Palms, Wolff’s Den and La Cantina had all sold their licenses to businesses outside of San Miguel County.

    The DWI Task Force also exchanged ideas before a big push to convince the Legislature that money would be well spent by funding programs to stop drinking and driving.

  • Residents to get new wells

    Snow has been plentiful this year, but that doesn’t mean much to Bill Pyles.

    Like other residents in Ojitos Frios southwest of Las Vegas, Pyles has been seeing his well level drop over time and as a result, his family is conserving every drop it has.

    The residents point to a single culprit: The city’s one operating well at Taylor Wells, which is just down the road from the county jail southwest of town.

    He said his well has just enough water to fill a bathtub.