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Today's News

  • 3-year sentence in drug case

    A federal judge has sentenced a 26-year-old Las Vegas man to 37 months in  prison on drug trafficking charges.

    Brian Romero, who states in court documents that he resorted to selling drugs because he was desperate for money to support his son after losing his job, pleaded guilty to one count each of possessing with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine base. In exchange for his guilty plea, a charge of knowingly carrying and possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime was dismissed.

  • Mora school official on paid leave

    The Mora Independent School District administrator who had his business license yanked by the state Public Education Department in April has now been placed on leave by the district.

    Mora Superintendent Thomas Garcia said Gonzales was placed on leave last week so that the district can conduct its own investigation.

    Upon completion of the investigation, Garcia said, a determination will be made on whether Gonzales will be terminated or whether another form of discipline is warranted.

    Garcia stressed that Gonzales will be given his due-process rights.

  • Color and design

    A different type of art show has been set up and is ready for visitors.

    On Tuesday afternoon, students from Luna Community College’s quilting and sewing classes hung several of their quilts and other items in the Las Vegas Arts Council office at 140 Bridge St.

    “All the exhibitors are students from Luna Community College,” said instructor Lin Chibante. “We are thrilled the arts council let us display our items. We aren’t artists, we are just very good quilters that like to work a lot with colors and designs.”

  • BREAKING: Mora sheriff case handed to AG

    District Attorney Richard Flores has turned over the case involving the April 7 quarrel between Mora Sheriff Thomas Garza and then-deputy Lee Allingham to the Attorney General’s Office for a decision on whether to pursue battery on a peace officer charges against Garza.

    Flores said his working relationship with the Mora sheriff’s office, along with Allingham being the son of Las Vegas Police Commander Mack Allingham present too many conflicts for him to move forward with the case.

  • City ready to hire more than 150 youths for summer job program

    The city of Las Vegas is once again hiring youths for the summer, and because of the interest in the program and an overflow of applications, city officials are looking into expanding it.

    The city has identified money within the general fund from current unspent dollars that will be used for this one-time expenditure.

    The city will be employing more than 150 youths to participate in the nine-to-11 week summer program and is currently seeking additional funding to hire more  employees.

  • Local Briefs - May 4, 2012

    Graduate students face 7.2 percent hike

    Graduate students attending New Mexico Highlands University next school year will end up paying up to 7.2 percent more in tuition and fees, under new rates the university submitted to the state Higher Education Department.

    Regents last week approved new tuition and fee rates for students, but the increase for graduate students had been unclear due to a discrepancy in the documents presented to regents for approval.

  • Looking Back - May 4, 2012

    In 1912

    Monday, May 6 —The Canyon del Agua is being built. A new highway will make an easy and practical route to Santa Rosa. Under the direction of Road Commissioner J.M. Martinez, 25 men have been employed and the project will be pushed to as rapid a completion as possible.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 4, 2012

    Cinco de Mayo dance is Saturday

    A Cinco de Mayo benefit dance will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight this Saturday at the Mora VFW to benefit the Buena  Vista Cemetery fencing project. Music by Deuces Wyld. Tickets are $5 per person in advance and $8 per person at the door.

  • Weather - May 4, 2012

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 82. Breezy, with a west wind 10-15 mph increasing to 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Clear at night, with a low around 48. West wind 15-20 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 82. West wind 10-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 48.
     
    Sunday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 47.

  • Correction - News - May 4, 2012

    An Albuquerque Journal article appearing in the April 20 Optic about former state Treasurer Robert Vigil’s $45,000 donation in old campaign funds to the candidacy of his wife, Viola, contained an inaccuracy. The Roberta Vigil who is the treasurer of Viola Vigil’s campaign is the daughter of Viola and Robert Vigil. She isn’t the Roberta Vigil who is married to state Rep. Richard Vigil, D. Ribera.