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  • Noticias - Sept. 16, 2015

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    • Casa de Samaritan Homeless Shelter at 716 Grand Ave. is operating every night, providing meals, laundry and hot showers from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The shelter is open for overnight stays Nov. 1 to March 31. The Thrift Store, at Seventh and Legion, offers vouchers for clothing. Samaritan House offers a food pantry distribution every second and fifth Wednesday. Applications for rental services for those who may qualify are available call 454-1390.

  • Secretary of state pleads not guilty to fraud

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — One of New Mexico’s highest-ranking officials pleaded not guilty Tuesday to fraud, embezzlement and other charges after being accused of funneling campaign contributions to her personal bank accounts and withdrawing large sums of money at casinos around the state.

    An attorney entered the pleas for two-term Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran in state district court, marking her first public appearance since the charges were leveled in a 64-count complaint more than two weeks ago.

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  • Suicide attempts among NM teens drop

    The Associated Press

    The number of New Mexico teenagers who reported attempting suicide in 2013 has decreased by more than a third from a decade earlier, but the rate of young people in the state who kill themselves still remains above the national average, according to a report from health officials.

    The New Mexico Department of Health’s Youth Risk & Resiliency Survey found that 9.4 percent of high school students reported attempting suicide in 2013, down from 14.5 percent in 2003, reported the Albuquerque Journal Monday.

  • Governor unveils new state energy plan

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Oil and natural gas won’t be the only game in town under a new state energy policy unveiled Monday by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

    “New Mexico is one of the most energy-rich and energy-diverse states in the nation, and we have an excellent opportunity to utilize this position to grow our economy and create more jobs,” Martinez said in a statement before detailing elements of the plan during an annual energy summit in southeastern New Mexico.

  • See something, say something

    The horrific images of Hubble and many of the other dogs that have been rescued from Las Vegas and San Miguel County in recent years are shocking. Unfortunately, those images are nothing new to animal rescue workers who consistently see some of the worst animal abuse and neglect cases coming out of our city and county.

    Veterinarians say that Hubble was 12 to 24 hours away from death. He was so malnourished that his body looked like a bag of bones, and maggots were already eating on him.

  • Editorial cartoon - Sept. 16
  • Work of Art: Las Vegas and compass points

    Remember General Halftrack, the occasional character in the Beetle Bailey comic strip, who lamented being ignored, as he never seemed to get mail from the Pentagon? Remember Rodney Dangerfield, the comedian who “didn’t get any respect?”

    Las Vegas, one of 104 incorporated communities in New Mexico, seldom gets acknowledgement and could reasonably compare itself to the general or to Dangerfield.

    Let me explain:

  • Beasties win Rehoboth title

    With a troika of decisive wins over the weekend, Robertson’s girls’ soccer team captured the Rehoboth tournament championship yet again, this time under first-year coach Jeff Houdek.

    Robertson defeated Academy for Technology and the Classics 3-1 on Friday, then shut out Navajo Prep 2-0 and tourney host Rehoboth Christian 3-0 on Saturday.

  • Cards cage Lions 21-12

    So 21-12 isn’t just the title of a Rush album; it’s also the score of Robertson football’s first win of the fall.

    Robertson’s defense cracked the code of Santa Rosa’s fabled single-wing offense Friday night at Cardinal Stadium, allowing its offense to set the tone despite several turnovers.

    Arjay Ortiz’s quarterback keeper for a 39-yard touchdown gave the Redbirds a 6-0 lead with 2:10 left in the first half.