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Today's News

  • Man charged in local burglary

    A man who had just burglarized a business was caught after he parked his car at a convenience store and fell asleep, police said.

    Fernando Garcia, 27, of 1207 N. Commerce St., was charged with burglary, larceny, tampering with evidence, marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and damage to property.

  • Lady Dons 4th, Dons 8th at East Mountain

    Highlights from the East Mountain Cross Country Invitational, held Saturday in Sandia Park and featuring West Las Vegas:

    GIRLS' VARSITY TEAMS

    1. Wingate, 49

    2. Bosque, 104

    3. Santa Fe Prep, 121

    4. West Las Vegas, 145

    5. Estancia, 155

    6. East Mountain, 157

    7. Tucumcari, 160

    GIRLS' VARSITY

    INDIVIDUALS

    14. Amanda Ortzow, WLV, 23:09

    21. Cecilia Gutierrez, WLV, 24:03

    29. Esperanza Garduño, WLV, 24:36

    33. Cassandra Miller, WLV, 25:13

  • Work of Art: Abandon hope, all ye ...

    The entrance to hell bears the following admonition: “Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.” That message, part of the 14th-century work, The Divine Comedy, by Dante, came to mind as I listened to a couple of famous people who should know better.

    Consider: The language of Shakespeare and Milton is being reduced to a few (very few) mono-syllables designed mainly to pique one’s interest in partyin’, eatin’, cruisin’, and meetin’.

  • Editorial: State inquiry is welcome

    State Auditor Hector Balderas said his office will look into the reasons for the unexpected tax increase in the Las Vegas City Schools district. We are glad his agency will do so.

    It’s been more than two weeks since this controversy surfaced, but the school district has yet to come up with a solid explanation as to what happened and why.

  • State cop under investigation

    A state police officer is under investigation in an altercation that took place outside the Las Vegas Police Department.

    Officer Tom Lucero, in his late 20s, is now reportedly on administrative leave from the state police.

    Police Chief Gary Gold said Friday that around 9 p.m. Wednesday night, the officer met with his former girlfriend for a child custody exchange involving their 17-month-old at the Police Department’s public parking lot. Many such exchanges take place there as part of custody agreements, the chief said.

  • County to consider buffer zones

    The debate over San Miguel County’s proposed ordinance regulating wind farms has boiled down to one major issue — how far they should be away from homes.

    On Tuesday, the County Commission will talk about creating buffer zones for wind turbines along the Pecos and Gallinas rivers — and idea raised in August. It’s not clear how wide the buffers would be.

    The county wind farm task force has proposed a three-mile setback from homes, but the industry and its supporters have called such a restriction onerous and unworkable.

  • Mayor's event pulls in at least $18,000

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz reported Friday that the recent Mayor’s Charity Ball raised at least $18,000.

    The Sept. 25 ball, intended to raise money to help those in need, attracted many local dignitaries.

    Most of the money was raised with the dinner, but a charity casino afterward also drew some dollars.

    The ball was held as part of Las Vegas’ 175th anniversary events.

  • Man accused of abusing 7-week-old

    A Las Vegas man was charged with abusing a 7-week-old baby after he and his wife took their child to the hospital.

    Mathew P. Sandoval Sr., 18, 2323 Calle Bonita No. 24, was charged with one count of child abuse, a third-degree felony.

    On Sept. 23, Sandoval and his wife took their baby to the emergency room at Alta Vista Regional Hospital, according to an arrest warrant.

  • As It Is: Who is the Tejana?

    One of my New Mexico Avenue neighbors has posted a big sign that reads, “No Tejana Susana.”

    That’s a good rhyme. But does it really matter that Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez was born and raised in El Paso?

    Sure, we have a rivalry with Texas. While El Paso is officially part of the Lone Star State, it doesn’t seem to belong to that goliath of a state. You don’t hear the Texas drawl in El Paso like you do in other parts of that state.

  • Letter: Let's revisit issue of consolidation

    At the risk of offending about half the people in Las Vegas, it may be a good time to resurrect the debate on the consolidation of Las Vegas’ two school districts. The most important reason is to finally determine the cost savings if the two districts’ administrative functions are combined as one.