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Today's News

  • Murder suspect was informant

    The Police Department has used informants who have records of violence, one of whom is now suspected of murder.

    Two residents who are threatening lawsuits against the city of Las Vegas are alleging misconduct by the city police involving the issue of police informants.

    In the last few weeks, they have filed tort claim notices, which inform the city of possible litigation.

  • 4-H rodeo Saturday, Sunday in town

    The San Miguel County 4-H organization and rodeo council, under the coordination of the County Extension Office, invites the public to the fourth annual sanctioned 4-H rodeos on Saturday and Sunday at the Santa Fe Trails Event Center (Zamora Arena).

    Four-H members from across the state will compete in two rodeos for points toward all-around  and reserve awards and total weekend saddles.  Many local 4-Hers will be competing and are sitting well in standings after rodeos held in other counties.

  • EDITORIAL: Another matter entirely

    In another matter pending before the district, we don’t think high school teacher and coach Jay Quintana should be allowed back into the classroom — not as long as there are legal questions pending about his behavior with students. So far, no criminal charges have been filed against Quintana, but an outstanding tort claim alleges that he had sex, repeatedly and over several years, with a student.

    As long as such a serious issue remains unresolved, parents would be understandably outraged if he were allowed back into the classroom with their children.

  • 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.