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Today's News

  • Que Pasa-Nov. 19, 2010

    TODAYHOY
    • Leadership Education Advancing Democracy and Diversity will be presenting at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, at United World College’s Kluge Auditorium. It an innovative program developed by members of the Interfaith Alliance and a dedicated group of volunteers who have acted as founders, curriculum planners, teachers and workshop leaders since 2005. Workshops will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, in the auditorium. For more information, call 454-4227.

  • Study: Too reliant on government

    San Miguel County is far too dependent on government employment, a new report says.

    “While, by most standards, these are good jobs, the problem is that the county has little history of private job creation and may find it difficult to respond to what are almost certainly very different economic conditions in the future,” wrote Jeffrey Mitchell of the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

    Las Vegas’ biggest employers are the state hospital and Highlands University.

  • Mora sheriff crashes squad car

    Mora County Sheriff Roy Cordova has quit his other job as a Valencia County sheriff’s deputy after crashing his squad car and then refusing to take a breath-alcohol test, an Albuquerque TV station reported.

    Cordova, who was hired in September in Valencia County, has continued to collect his full paycheck in Mora County, even though he has been working part time.

    KRQE reported Monday that Cordova, who lost his bid for re-election, hit a guardrail while on patrol Sunday. The crash caused minimal damage.

  • AG chides officials on public records

    The Las Vegas Police Department appears to have violated the state’s public records law by failing to respond promptly to a request for a police report on a fire, the state attorney general’s office says.

    On Nov. 3, 2008, resident Shaun McEllin filed a request to inspect public records in relation to a car fire at Mike’s Body and Paint, 513 Railroad Ave., which happened two days before.

  • District: West has expensive new track, but it’s already messy

    The West Las Vegas school district spent a bundle for the new sports complex that includes an Olympic-quality running track.

    Now that track is being damaged by those who spit out their gum and throw other debris on the running surface. The track was finished last year.

    West paid $1.8 million for the football field and the state-of-the-art running track that sports a red and green color scheme.

    The track was laid by Mondo Sports Specialties of Albuquerque, whose parent company provides world class sports products worldwide.

  • 18-year-old accused of stabbing woman

    A man has been charged with stabbing a woman during a domestic dispute.

    Cruz Gallegos, 18, faces two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon against a household member, a third-degree felony. He also is charged with counts of child abuse, false imprisonment, aggravated assault of a household member and tampering with evidence.

    Gallegos remains at large, and police are seeking any information on his whereabouts.

  • Police Department’s crime scene van damaged

    The Las Vegas Police Department’s crime scene van has been damaged.
    Over the weekend, one of the van’s windows was broken, interim Police Chief Christian Montaño said. It was at the Fourth Street house of the department’s evidence technician.

    The police caught two juveniles who are believed to have caused the damage, Montaño said.

    The van used to be parked at the Police Department, but the agency wanted to have an employee take it home, so it would run regularly, which helps with maintenance, Montaño said.

  • Promoter: ‘Boxeo II’ drew 1,000-plus fans

    Saturday night’s “Boxeo en Las Vegas II” show attracted more than 1,000 fans, says promoter Carlos Crespin.

    Crespin put the estimate at up to 1,400 who showed up for the professional boxing card, his second such venture as head of Crespin’s Promotions.

    The Optic earlier reported an attendance figure closer to 800 at Gillie Lopez Gymnasium.

    Whatever the correct figure, Saturday’s event seemed to be a hit with fans, and it served up both competitive, entertaining fights and quick knockouts.

  • Cowboys 6th in RMAC hoops poll

    After losing several key players instrumental in a historic turnaround of Cowboy basketball’s fortunes over the past two years, the New Mexico Highlands men’s hoops program is picked to finish sixth in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference this season.

    Meanwhile, Fort Lewis College — led by consensus RMAC Preseason Player of the Year DeAndre Lansdowne — is the favorite to take the league championship.

    Those were among the findings in the RMAC’s preseason coaches’ poll released this month.

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