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Today's News

  • Editorial: City should be very wary

    The Las Vegas City Council should think long and hard before it makes a decision on what to do with its vacant land along Mills Avenue, where the city demolished a public housing development a couple of years ago.

    Originally, the city has planned to have homes built there for a homeownership program for low-income people. Then, in 2005, the council entered a public-private partnership with Farmington-based JL Gray for tax-credit housing for a portion of the vacant land.

    That arrangement fell through. And the city hasn’t provided a clear explanation why.

  • Dog attacks elderly man

    A loose dog attacked a 74-year-old man in a wheelchair last week, city police said.

    According to the police, the dog attacked another canine and then it went after the victim, Jose Gurulé, in the 400 block of Blanchard Street around 7 p.m. Thursday.

    A witness said Gurulé was knocked down to the ground, Deputy Police Chief Christian Montaño said. The dog didn’t bite the man, Montaño said.

  • State throws out drug charges

    The state has dropped drug charges against Anthony Leroy Benavidez.

    Marc Grano, Benavidez’s attorney, said the dismissal came less than two hours before a hearing that would have brought into question the reliability of Michael Strand Jr., the confidential informant in the case.

    Strand is currently in custody awaiting trial on charges that he stabbed to death, and then set on fire, Roberto Mendez in Mora.

    District Attorney Richard Flores said the decision to dismiss the case was based in part on a recording provided by Grano the day before.

  • Pro-Am in area Monday

    More than 100 golfers are due to compete in the annual  Pendaries Pro-Am tournament, set to begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the Pendaries Golf Course in Rociada.

    Entering its sixth year, the Pendaries Pro-Am has — through the help of sponsors — raised more than $20,000 for charity, said local golf pro Larry Webb.

    For the first three years, the Rotary Club administered the tourney’s donation. The past two years, it’s been the Adele Ilfeld Foundation. Much of the proceeds have benefitted indigent health care funding, Webb said.

  • ONLINE STORY: Ex-RHS football player enrolls at West

    Lucas Martinez, who was implicated in the assaults at last year's Robertson High School football camp, registered Tuesday as a student at West Las Vegas High School.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    thumb DOWN for ...AN INNOCENT VICTIM. We’re always dismayed when we hear about a dog attack. It’s even worse when the victim is a 74-year-old man in a wheelchair. Recently, Jose Gurule was reportedly knocked down to the ground as a neighbor’s canine attacked him.

    The police are looking into whether they should charge the owner criminally. If officers establish the elements of a crime, they should charge. Owners need to be held accountable when their dogs attack innocent victims.

  • Ex-RHS players register at West

    Lucas Martinez, one of the suspects in the assaults at last year’s Robertson High School football camp, registered this as a student at West Las Vegas High School.

    Marcus Gutierrez, another one of the suspects, enrolled a few weeks ago, officials said.

    Superintendent Jim Abreu said the district had heard Martinez has been planning on enrolling. He said Martinez, who received a long-term suspension from the Las Vegas City Schools, came in with his mother to register.

  • Letter: Time to crack down on burglars

    The San Miguel District Attorney’s Office recently prosecuted and received a conviction on a San Geronimo resident who has been plaguing the Mineral Hill area with burglaries. This individual along with two, and at times, three others have burglarized numerous residences in the area. One home has been burglarized four times now and there is now virtually nothing left to steal.

  • Teachers getting ready for class

    West Las Vegas High School teacher John Duran says he’s ready for school to start, and like many other teachers in Las Vegas, he spent most of his summer vacation in the teaching mode.

    If that sounds boring, Duran quickly dispels the notion.

    “I took a week off, and then began getting ready to teach engineering, graphics, and auto computer-aided design for the New Mexico MESA Summer Enrichment Program,” he said.

  • Rancho Valmora is closing

    Rancho Valmora, a residential treatment center for troubled teens, is in the process of closing.

    The facility’s parent organization, Social Learning Environments, is consolidating Rancho Valmora’s operations into centers in Fort Davis, Texas, and Missoula, Mont.

    Rancho Valmora started near Watrous in the early 1990s and is believed to have been the largest private employer in Mora County at one point. It is unclear how many employees will lose their jobs as a result of the shutdown.