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Today's News

  • Feast and family at the Fiesta de Santiago

    James sat on the edge of the Sea of Galilee. The water shimmered, its choppy surface echoing the deep azure of Israel’s morning sky. He held a fishing net in his hands, his fingers carefully darning small holes ripped by the tides.

    His brother and father sat near him, and as they worked, they noticed a peaceful man striding with purpose toward them. Follow me, the man said. James and his brother felt the tug of something divine, something clear and wondrous. They handed their father the repaired nets and placed sandaled feet into wet sand, into a new life with Jesus.

  • All-Star fracas embarrassing end to otherwise beautiful week

    By Richard Tripp

    At what point is the North-South All-Star game not an exhibition and things go too far?

  • Childrens' Theater comes to town

    If it’s summer in Las Vegas, that must mean Missoula Children’s theatre.

    This acclaimed performance group is once again headed to our city. This year, their touring production is Robin Hood. And, this also means that local children from the first through 12th grades will have the opportunity to audition for the play. The touring group is scheduled for Las Vegas from July 28 through August 2.

  • County takes step toward liens

    The San Miguel County Commission has taken another step toward revising its solid waste ordinance to slap liens on properties in which trash bills are unpaid.

    At this week’s meeting, the commission unanimously voted for the ordinance to be published in the newspaper, a required step before voting on it.

    The ordinance also would increase fines for illegal dumping from a maximum of $300 to $1,000.

  • District leader's wife gets waiver

    The Las Vegas City Schools board was asked to do something it hadn’t done in a while — get involved in the hiring of a district employee.

    Superintendent Rick Romero asked the board to consider granting a waiver to his wife, Eloisa, for a teaching position at Paul D. Henry Elementary School.

  • Men accused in explosion

    Two Las Vegas men were arrested early Tuesday morning after police were called to investigate an explosion at the Dairy Queen at 2408 Seventh St.

    Chad Zamora, 21, 2028 Mark Drive, and Matthew Almanzar, 19, 870 Castle View Drive, were each charged with the dangerous use of explosives and criminal damage to property.

  • Suspect pays $8,840 to Watrous water association

    A former treasurer for the Watrous Mutual Domestic Water Association has paid the group more than $8,000 in funds she allegedly embezzled a few years ago.

    Maxine Gonzales, 43, of Watrous never admitted to any of the crimes and the district attorney’s office dismissed all charges.

    Instead, she entered into the DA’s office’s pre-prosecution program, which means she won’t see a judge and won’t ever be considered convicted as long as she follows a number of conditions. She has no prior criminal record.

  • County planning complex

    San Miguel County expects to seek bids in a couple of months for a planned public works complex that would, among other things, make it easier to haul trash to the landfill in Wagon Mound.

    County Manager Les Montoya said Tuesday that the county has a budget of $1.5 million for the facility. It is planned for the wood industrial park, which is at the site of the old Medite of New Mexico plant.

  • Griego rides first bull of national finals rodeo

    Jose Griego made it to the buzzer Tuesday in his first bull ride at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington.

    So far, so good.

    The Las Vegas native scored a 65, currently tying him for 16th place in the bull riding standings. He’s due to ride again on Thursday.

    Cody Case of Fulton, Mo., is the top rider to date with a 77 in the first go-round. Just 26 competitors have completed the eight-second ride; more will make the attempt today.

  • A green-and-gold game plan

    West Las Vegas football players logged quite a few rushing yards over the weekend.

    But they weren’t on the gridiron. They were delivering meals to customers at Sonic Drive-in.

    The team wants to start the season in style with new uniforms they are purchasing with money they earn themselves.