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Today's News

  • Police say man shot alleged sex offender

    A man is accused of shooting another man who is charged with raping a girl, state police said.

    Both men live in Gonzales Ranch, which is west of Villanueva.

    Around 8 p.m. April 3, state police responded to a shooting in Gonzales Ranch, in which the victim, a 21-year-old man, was taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

    The alleged shooter, an 18-year-old man, apparently shot the 21-year-old man, his brother, in retaliation for the 21-year-old’s allegedly raping a girl.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN to ... STILL NO REASON GIVEN. An agenda item to reconsider the termination of Jim Abreu’s contract as superintendent of the West Las Vegas School District was defeated this week before it even came up. Board member David Romero moved for its removal from the agenda and, just like last month’s action to dismiss him, no real reasons were given.

    Still, the public is left in the dark.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    I would like to thank my children and grandchildren for the wonderful surprise retirement party given on March 20. I would also like to thank all who attended, family, friends and co-workers, for making it so memorable. I would like to thank Florian Castillo and his band for the great music.

    Thanks to my children: Kathy, Valorie, Toni, Juan and Raelene and to my grandchildren, Aaron, Daniel, Angelica, Jordan, Antonio and in loving memory of Chantal Angela Maestas.

    Priscilla Larson

    Las Vegas

  • Mil Gracias letter

    A determined group of local individuals and organizations are forming a growing collaboration to address the needs of sexual assault victims. Hospital medical services, police and other law-enforcement services, community-based social services and victim-advocate services are critical and must be coordinated and ready to respond.

  • Letter: Teachers need more support

    To anyone who has ever had a teacher: It takes more education and more money out of pocket than at any time in our country’s history to become and remain a teacher. Our student loan reform is a very good start, however, there are thousands of teachers out there now who have high-interest loans and old loans for teaching that are not forgiven.

  • Rules for wind farms debated

    Many area residents opposed to wind farms near their neighborhoods said Wednesday they liked a proposed three-mile setback from their homes.

    But an industry representative contended that the setback rule in a proposed San Miguel County ordinance would keep wind farms out of the county.

    On a windy afternoon, nearly 100 people packed into the County Commission’s chambers for a discussion on the county’s proposed wind ordinance. A task force has been meeting since early last year on the subject.

  • Top Vegas official charged

    Ken Garcia, the city’s utilities director, has been charged in connection with a fight at a local bar.

    Garcia, 44, who has an Albuquerque address,  faces a felony charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

    Garcia has been placed on paid administrative leave, while the city looks into the matter, City Attorney Dave Romero said.

    “A primary question for us is whether the incident was related to city activity or not,” Romero said.

  • Las Vegas sluggers look for progress

    With the state tournaments less than a month away, Las Vegas’ high school baseball teams are looking to cure what ails them in time to make a run.

    Robertson baseball, once ranked third in Class 3A, is trying to get back on track. Coach Shannon Aragon said playing well throughout a game is key.  

    “It has been frustrating because the team has so much potential and we are underachieving,” he said.  “We have been committing too many errors, and the players need to continue battling until the game is over.”

  • Rodeo safe for now

    One of two endangered sports programs at New Mexico Highlands University is reportedly safe — at least through the 2010-11 academic year.

    Citing what it called “a very generous gift” of $100,000 from two state officials — Gov. Bill Richardson and state Sen. Phil Griego — the school’s sports information department on Wednesday announced that NMHU’s rodeo club would be spared the ax, at least for the time being.

  • Letter: Wind project jobs will be replaced

    In regards to the mesa wind project, I’d like to express caution about relying on corporate promises of long-term jobs for the area.

    In business terms, jobs are labor expenses. These dirty and dangerous jobs eventually will be engineered out of the equation, replaced by computers. Since the priority is profit, there is no social contract obligating this company to employ anyone at all.