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Today's News

  • Suspect's attorney plans to fight murder charge

    An attorney for a man accused of killing another at a local bar says he plans to fight prosecutors’ efforts to pursue an open count of murder against his client.

    Last October, Michael Esquibel, 28, of San Juan Pueblo, N.M., was charged with an open count of murder, attempt to commit murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

  • Plaza Park to be event central

    The third annual Rough Rider Motorcycle rally begins today, as bikers from around the area converge on the Plaza.

    The rally kicked off this morning with a blood drive at the Railroad Depot. Members of the Las Vegas community as well as visitors to town were invited to donate blood in the spirit of the original Rough Riders’ camaraderie.

    Plaza Park will be event central, with 30 vendors offering fun fair-type foods as well as booths selling motorcycle-related goods such as leathers, sunglasses, and bling, organizers said.

  • District studying policy for fundraising

    The Las Vegas City Schools board tabled action on a protocol for students at risk and a new fundraising policy, so the new administration would have time to study the issues before decisions are made.

  • Get the credit you deserve for going solar

    Nature provides Las Vegas with an abundance of sun from which to derive both thermal and electrical energy.

  • Luna director back at work

    Luna Community College’s vocational education director has returned to work after being placed on paid administrative leave.

    College officials confirmed this week they put Dan Romero on leave because they discovered that he failed to hold a scheduled class in Wagon Mound.

    He was slated to start holding a furniture and cabinet-making class on June 7 at Wagon Mound High School, but officials said he didn’t show up at the first class and never told his supervisors about it.

  • NMHU takes the LEED on dorm project

    “The first step into green is to reduce energy use. How much can you do without? We have a really big footprint. Big Foot had nothing on us.”

    With this challenge to her audience, Director of Facilities Marisol Greene described the dormitory project under construction at Highlands University.

  • Mayor creates two panels

    Mayor Tony Marquez has appointed members to two new mayoral task forces — one for the Old Town Plaza and the other for recreation.

    Marquez said in a news release that in an effort to continue cultural festivities and promote economic activity in Plaza area, he has appointed a task force made up of a cross section of business owners and group leaders of the Plaza, the film industry, the Fiestas organizers and the Rough Riders Rally.

  • My fifteen minutes of fame

    A few weeks ago I found out I was going to be an extra in Run For Her Life, the movie that was filming in town. I was told over the phone to bring a few different outfits and my vehicle, and to be at the West parking lot at 6 a.m. Of course I didn’t object to the early hours, even though I hadn’t gotten up that early in months. I mean, who cared? I was going to be in a movie!

  • A book of blood and thunder

    Blood and Thunder by Hampton Sides is a must-read for anyone living in or near Las Vegas. Sides begins his story of Kit Carson here, and the whole work touches on many 19th century events that took place in and around San Miguel County — events such as Gen. Kearney’s speech to the citizens of Las Vegas in the Plaza (1848), the Battle of Glorieta Pass (1862), and the Taos Revolt (1847). Sides will be discussing and signing his book at Bridge Street’s Tome on the Range bookshop next Tuesday as part of Las Vegas’ Heritage Week celebration.

  • FYI

    High school students planning on joining an athletic team this coming fall are reminded they need to complete a sports physical exam. Contact your family physician for details.

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    The 2008 Luna Community College Foundation Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Pendaries Golf Course in Rociada. A shotgun start is scheduled at 9 a.m.