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Today's News

  • MONDAY ONLINE STORY: Power restored in Las Vegas

    Power was restored in much of Las Vegas at 9:40 a.m. Monday after being out for nearly an hour.

    The outage stated at 8:52 a.m., according to Public Service Company of New Mexico, the electric utility for Las Vegas.

    Power is reportedly out at Highlands University, among other places.

    A PNM spokeswoman said a cause hasn't been identified yet, but she said crews are working on the problem.

  • Chamber lets go of its marketing coordinator

    The local chamber of commerce let go its marketing coordinator last week — a decision that is angering some members.

    The board of directors unanimously voted against renewing the contract for Vince Howell, who has served as the coordinator since September 2008.

    This week, Howell called the action “retribution through association.”

    Matt Martinez, president of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce, said the contract was too pricey.

    “We want to get the best bang for the buck,” he said.

  • Letter: Ways to open up the community

    I also fell in love with this wonderful city. It was not in our retirement plans to move, but we did.

    I understand the statement of a closed community. The only way I know to deal with this is to open it up.

  • As It Is: People are watching

    Shortly after his arraignment, former Robertson High School teacher and coach Jay Quintana secured the money for his release from jail. His bail had been set at $100,000 cash-only.

    A day later, the manager of a Wagon Mound gasoline station told me that she had seen Jay Quintana, who is accused of sexually abusing a student, filling up.

    I called a magistrate judge and he told me that Quintana was allowed to go anywhere in New Mexico under the conditions of his release.

  • Editorial: Consider victims

    The four remaining defendants in the Robertson High School football assaults case are now seeking separate trails. Their attorneys say a single trial for all of them would make a fair trial difficult, if not impossible.

    We hope they don’t get their way.

    We understand that these defendants have the right to a fair trial, but severing these cases would be unfair to the victims. Imagine having to testify four times — once will be difficult enough. And once should be all that’s needed.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    The 2009 Apple Harvest is now history and the last event was very successfully completed.

    Thank you parishioners for buying apples during the recent fund-raising to benefit the Heating and Air Conditioning Project at the Our Lady of Sorrows Church and thank you very much to the individuals who helped selling the apples: Bernie and Dora Duran, Robert Tyrrell, Marty and Michael Sweeney, Lettie Martinez, Albert and Lorraine Gallegos, Gloria Roman and Ernie Montaño.

    Juan A. and Alice Sandoval

    Las Vegas

  • Murder suspect found guilty

    SANTA ROSA — The family of murder suspect David Levi Chavez thought it had good news when the judge read the jury’s verdict Friday afternoon — not guilty of first-degree murder.

    They erupted in loud cheers — prematurely as it turned out.

    District Judge Abigail Aragon then announced that the jury had found Chavez, 22, guilty of second-degree murder in the 2008 death of 6-year-old Jasmine Garcia. She had been sleeping in a house on Las Vegas‘ Union Street when she was struck by gunfire.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... STAYING PREPARED. Government always operates better when it takes the long view, rather than just responding to the latest crisis. Recently, San Miguel County Commission Chairman David Salazar asked to see what existing county rules may apply to any permits for oil and gas drilling.

  • Editorial: A giant in state politics

    Politics is a full-contact sport, especially in New Mexico. It’s all about power, competition, compromise, persuasion and relations, and in this rough-and-tumble world, Bruce King was a real pro.

  • Grizzlies spook Air Force

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Adams State College women's basketball team remained close until the bitter end but ultimately succumbed to some strong free-throw shooting from the NCAA Division I United States Air Force Academy Falcons in  a 65-59 win over the scrappy Division II Grizzlies, Tuesday night here in Clune Arena.

    ASC’s Vera Jo Bustos, a native of Las Vegas and graduate of West Las Vegas High, scored 12 points to move into fifth place on the school’s career scoring list since its move to D-II in 1992.