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Today's News

  • I made it!

    He has protected presidents and a former pope, met Nelson Mandela and other world leaders and traveled the world.

    “If a small town kid like me with a couple of degrees from Highlands University can stand with the president of the United States of America and work in the White House keeping this country safe, anything is possible,” said Hector Hernandez, an El Paso, Texas, native and 19-year veteran of the U.S. Secret Service.

  • Vegas man pleads guilty to robbery

    A Las Vegas man faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to robbing a Wells Fargo Bank in Santa Fe, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

    Eric Schlenker, 43, entered his guilty plea in federal court in Albuquerque Thursday. He has been in federal custody since he was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Santa Fe Police Department in February.

    A sentencing date has yet to be set.

  • Fugitive captured in Mora County

    A man described by authorities as Colorado’s third-most-wanted fugitive was captured last week in Mora County where he was living with his pregnant girlfriend.

    Craig Anthony Rodriguez, 30, is jailed at the San Miguel County Detention Center and is awaiting extradition back to Colorado, Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza said in an e-mail late Thursday.

    Rodriguez was wanted on five felony warrants charging him with two counts of escape, and one count each of dangerous drugs, domestic violence and parole violations.

  • State judge indicted

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES — State District Court Judge Michael T. Murphy of Las Cruces has been indicted on bribery charges, authorities said.

    The Ninth Judicial District Attorney announced the indictment late Friday night, the Las Cruces Sun reported.

    A Dona Ana County grand jury indictment includes demanding or receiving a bribe; bribery of a public officer or employee; bribing, intimidating or retaliating against a witness; and criminal solicitation.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Will Rogers and Joe Wiggins, the self-confessed kidnapers of Baby Waldo Rogers, son of attorney and Mrs. A.T. Rogers Jr., who was stolen from the home of his parents in this city on March 29, last, and later returned on the payment of a ransom of $12,000, were brought to Las Vegas this afternoon at 2 o’clock from Santa Fe. The accused men were expected to be arraigned late this evening before Judge C.J. Roberts to plead to the indictments returned against them.

  • Looking Ahead

    City Council meeting Wednesday

    The Las Vegas City Council will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the city council chambers. A city Housing Commission meeting will precede the council meeting at 5:30 p.m., also at the city council chambers.

  • Weather - May 16, 2011

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Breezy, with a calm wind becoming south 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 41. Breezy, with a south wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy and breezy at night, with a low around 41.

    Wednesday

  • FYI - News

    Due to severe dry conditions, fire restrictions have been implemented on the Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands in Mora, Colfax, Harding and Union counties. Among the restrictions: all fires are prohibited, smoking is only allowed within an enclosed vehicle or building and fireworks are banned. For more information call the Kiowa and Rita Blanca National Grasslands at 575-374-9652.

  • Final touches
  • Students receive scholarships

    By Margaret McKinney

    Highlands University

    Two New Mexico Highlands University archaeology graduate students received scholarships from the Archaeological Society of New Mexico that will help fund their groundbreaking thesis research.

    Jason Nevins and Aaron Roth are the first to conduct in-depth forensic anthropological studies of human remains from the Sangre de Cristo mountains of northeast New Mexico. The remains date from A.D. 800 times to the late 1800s.

    Both will use the latest forensic technology in their research.