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Today's News

  • Summer program concludes

    The 21st Century Summer Program has ended with a flourish of fun, games and a picnic for the 180 kids who participated in the month-long, activities packed program.

    “The kids had a blast, today was the last day of our summer program, and this was a way to end it with a lot of fun,” assistant coordinator Theresa Chavez said.

    Program Director Michell Aragon she wanted to treat the children to a nice time on the final day.

  • Teenager shot in drug dispute

    He returned his purchase for a refund, and was shot for doing so, city police said.

    According to an affidavit for warrant filed monday, the events unfolded as follows:

    Aaron Benavidez, 19, told police Sunday from his hospital bed that the situation began when he purchased $140 worth of prescription drugs at 2034 East Drive in Las Vegas from a youth. Benavidez said he left, but later returned to get his money back because the drugs were the wrong kind.

  • COLUMN: That reminds me ...

    During the Punic Wars, my high school girlfriend and I went steady by telephone. A house full of teenagers placed demands on our phone, so my slot had to be early in the evening, lest I interfere with my three sisters’ more important calls.

    One time, after having been on the line for an ungodly amount of time — six minutes — I mentioned something in Mad Magazine.

  • The new EDC boss

    Roberto Rios, the new executive director of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corp., expects the group to take strong stands under his management.

    But he said the EDC would study issues closely before making any decisions.

    Rios took his new job June 1. Just two days later, he witnessed one of the bigger controversies that pit one part of the business community against another.

    At issue was a proposed film moratorium, which would have stopped all movie productions in Las Vegas until the city revised its regulations to better deal with them.

  • Kryptonite take 3 of 5

    The Las Vegas Kryptonite played five games over the last week, pushing their record to 16-7.

    Las Vegas opened with two games against the Española Devils and the Española Trojans.

    In game one, Las Vegas earned a 6-4 victory against the Devils. Dominic Yara, who pitched his first game of the season, earned a complete-game victory, allowing four runs on six hits and striking out eight batters. Leading hitters for Las Vegas were Joel Silva, 2 for 2; T.J. Esquibel, 1 for 1; eight other Kryptonite players had at least one hit.

  • Ex-West leader pleads no contest

    Former West Las Vegas Superintendent Joe Baca pleaded no contest on Wednesday to a charge of fraud in connection with the bilingual program.

    Baca, 56, of Las Vegas entered the plea as part of an agreement with the attorney general’s office in Santa Fe District Court. He was convicted on a count of fraud of $250 or less.

    As part of the deal, Baca, who resigned in 2007, has agreed to pay the state $2,750 in restitution.

  • Fiesta run set for Friday morning

    The annual Fiestas de Las Vegas are a time for funnel cakes, turkey legs, cotton candy and green chile cheeseburgers — and a whole lot of calories that accompany such culinary delights.

    But thanks to the traditional Las Vegas Fiesta Memorial Run, the city’s biggest party also features one of its premier fitness events.

    This year, the run takes place Friday morning, serving to help kick off the fiesta weekend and — with a nod to the less healthful temptations available — get things off on the right foot, so to speak.

  • Claims allege cop misconduct

    Four tort claims notices have been filed against the city of Las Vegas in the past two weeks — all involving alleged police misconduct.

    The damages sought are more than $2.6 million.

    Tort claim notices are documents that must be filed within 90 days of injury in the state of New Mexico if one intends to sue the state, county or city governments.

  • K-aos softball in state tourney

    A new 16-and-under softball team, the K-aos is battling in a double-elimination state tournament this weekend in Albuquerque and representing much of northern New Mexico.

    The team — managed by Steve Montoya and Coached by Dominique Montoya, Anthony Lovato and Pete Garcia — includes girls from Pojoaque, Española and Las Vegas who were in need of a program to continue playing through the summer.

  • Official: Railroad safety is on track

    It has been six months since a car-train collision at the Arriba Road railroad crossing north of Las Vegas claimed the life of Las Vegan Michael Esquibel. It was the second fatality at the site in less than a year.

    Four months earlier, Fred Stark, a Denver man in town for his daughter’s wedding, was also hit and killed by a train at the same crossing.

    In February, New Mexico Public Regulation Commission member Jerome Block said he was “taking the bull by the horns” and was taking initial steps to get safety equipment installed at the site.