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Today's News

  • Official back at work

    City Utilities Director Ken Garcia, who is facing a felony charge in connection with a bar fight last week, is back on the job.

    Garcia, 44, was placed on paid administrative leave last week after city police responded to a fight at Legers bar late the night of April 13.

    According to police, witnesses reported that Garcia struck another bar patron with a beer bottle, and the two men fell into a booth while Garcia continued to hit the other man.

  • Mentor of the Month: Teacher advises award-winning group

    West Las Vegas Middle School teacher and coach Brian Gurule has been watching his kids succeed for 13 years. He says that’s what makes him happy.

    “I want to see them succeed and teach them that there is more to this world. I want them to experience the knowledge and insights one gets from travel. Many of our students have never traveled outside of New Mexico,” Gurule said.

  • Woman's charges dismissed

    An employee of the state Children, Youth and Families Department has been cleared of child abuse charges.

    Justina Romero, 28, of Las Vegas had faced three counts of child abandonment or abuse of children. But a magistrate judge earlier this month dismissed those charges.

    The judge, John Sanchez, determined there wasn’t enough evidence to send the case to trial in state District Court.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    The staff and students of Legion Park Elementary School would like to thank Hacienda and Gamble’s for their generous loan of a combined 200 brown-paper shopping bags. In celebration of upcoming Earth Day, the students colored each bag with a picture of what they love most about our planet (and, on some, a heartfelt message to us adults to save it for them). These bags have been given back to each store for distribution during the month of April.

  • Longtime sportscaster dies

    Bernie Allingham, who delivered live radio broadcasts of Las Vegas high school sports for decades, died early Saturday after an extended battle with cancer.

    Allingham, initially hired by longtime friend and former KFUN-KLVF station manager Dennis Mitchell, developed into an icon of northern New Mexico sports broadcasting. He was known for his gravelly voice, easy familiarity with local athletes and proficiency in live coverage.  

  • Lawyer: Nothing criminal alleged

    The attorney for two village of Wagon Mound employees says her clients aren’t being investigated for any crimes.

    Nancy Ann Richards, the attorney, said in a statement that she had been advised by the village’s attorney that Wagon Mound is conducting an audit but that no one is alleging anything criminal with regard to the two employees.

    Richards said one employee had been reinstated with a reprimand and the other had received a notice of “contemplated action.” She said the reprimanded employee is filing a grievance.

  • Little League opens

    Hundreds of locals packed the Keyes Park complex on Sunday for the opening ceremony of Las Vegas Little League’s 2010 season.

    Among them was Julian Rains, who was honored by the LVLL board for several decades of involvement in youth baseball.

    “It takes a lot to be involved in Little League for 30 years,” said John Charles O’Neil, LVLL’s new president. “And Coach Rains is one of the few and far between.”

    Several dozen current and former players gathered around Rains as the league formally recognized him and his family.

  • Work of Art: Like a broken record

    An enjoyable aspect of writing a column is talking to and learning from people. Often, as I once did with the term “church key,” I ask people younger than I (and that includes the masses) what certain words mean to them.

  • Editorial: Union will win in end

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital, which has an eight-member advisory board of area residents, won’t allow the San Miguel County Commission to have a seat at the table.

    Recently, the county requested to have a representative on the board. But hospital CEO Richard Grogan wrote back that the board considered the request and decided against it.

    We don’t know who is on the board, and Alta Vista is not eager to tell us. Its spokesman didn’t reply to a request for that information last week.

  • Birds show fight, sweep Braves

    Antonio Arguello turned a crisp double play to help crush a Santa Fe Indian School rally in the fifth inning Saturday afternoon, and the Robertson Cardinals polished off a doubleheader sweep of the Braves.

    In so doing, the Cardinals (10-9, 3-6) showed signs of life in the District 2-3A race and more importantly they strengthened their resume for the upcoming state tournament.