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Today's News

  • Star gazing - Become star-struck at Highlands

    Las Vegas is known to the big screen with plenty of celebrities making their way here to shoot a movie or television show, while locals pass by to get a glimpse of Hollywood in Vegas. But now there is a different way to become star-struck by getting behind a large telescope to take in the vastness of the night sky. From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday evenings Highlands University is hosting open astronomy nights in the  observatory located in the Ivan Hilton Science and Technology building.

  • City lets car lot stay until Sunday

    If you’ve driven by Walmart in the last week, you’ve likely noticed the temporary car dealership that has sprung up in the store’s parking lot.

    Not everyone’s happy with the situation, and that resulted in quite a bit of drama at City Hall this week.

    At issue is whether Santa Fe Mazda-Volvo — the business that set up the temporary car lot — should have been given an 11-day special use permit to sell vehicles in Las Vegas. The city’s Board of Adjustment approved the 11-day special use permit last month.

  • Wagon Mound selects new chief

    Former Las Vegas City Schools superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez has been hired as superintendent of Wagon Mound Public Schools for next school year.

    The school board made its decision at a Wednesday evening board meeting. Board members Eldie Cruz and Benito Armijo voted to hire McNellis Martinez and board member Fred Muniz voting against the motion. Tony Rubin abstained from the vote. McNellis-Martinez will replace Albert Martinez who has served as Wagon Mound Public Schools superintendent for 13 years.

  • Looking Back - March 20, 2015

    In 1965

    Thursday, March 18 — New Mexico has contributed more than its share of administrators and staff members to the Peace Corps’ Latin American operation. To begin with, the deputy director for Latin America is a New Mexican, Leo Sanchez, a native of Lamy, who grew up in Las Vegas. Sanchez is back in New Mexico this week, at the University of New Mexico, with a Peace Corps information-recruiting team helping UNM observe Peace Corps Week.

  • Looking ahead - News - March 20, 2015

    Commission meeting this morning

    The San Miguel County Commission will meet at 10:30 a.m. today to nominate someone to fill a senate seat created by the resignation of Phil Griego. Letters of interest and resumes, are being accepted by the county until 10:30 a.m. today.

  • Weather - March 20, 2015

    Friday
    Isolated showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 51. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Isolated showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Saturday

  • Supreme Court denies Senate vacancy petition

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court has denied an emergency petition that was filed in an effort to speed up the process for filling a state Senate vacancy.

    The court issued a brief order Thursday but offered no explanation for the decision.

    Anthony and Jennifer Trujillo of Santa Fe County and Rick Lopez, chair of the Torrance County Republican Party, filed the petition Monday.

  • Access to public records varies around state

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    In one of the poorest states in the nation, access to public records in New Mexico varies by county and town, and training among officials in charge of disseminating records is inconsistent, according to a review by The Associated Press.

    And for the most part, records aren’t available online.

    Court documents, police reports and other material can only be obtained in person in many New Mexico counties and officials charge by the page and sometimes will only mail them.

  • Woman hurt Wednesday in alleged DWI crash

    A 25-year-old Las Vegas man was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center Wednesday following a morning crash that left one woman injured.

    Rudy Sanchez, who resides on the 2200 block of Collins Drive, has been charged with aggravated driving while under the influence-causing bodily injury and careless driving.

    He was scheduled to make his first appearance  in San Miguel County Magistrate Court on Thursday.

  • In Brief - News - March 20, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Judge rules for closed primaries

    ALBUQUERQUE — A New Mexico District Court judge has upheld the state’s closed primary system against a challenge from an independent voter.
    State District Judge Denise Barela-Shepherd said in the ruling issued Wednesday that the state legislature had not exceeded its authority when it set up the process
    Currently, only Republicans and Democrats can vote in primary elections — something critics say contributes to low voter turnout.