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Today's News

  • Man gets 10 years for bar murder

    A man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing another man at a bar in 2007.

    Michael Esquibel, 28, of San Juan Pueblo, N.M., was originally charged with an open count of murder in the death of Manuel Ramirez Rodriguez, a Mexican citizen, on Oct. 7, 2007, at Artie’s Place, a bar at the Inn of Las Vegas.

    However, as part of a plea agreement, Esquibel pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to the district attorney’s office.

  • EDITORIAL: Growing the economy

    Last week President-elect Barack Obama laid the hammer down. On Thursday he called upon Congress to “act boldly and act now” to address an economy in peril, by enacting tax cuts and government spending measures totaling as much as $1 trillion. Using his strongest words so far, Obama outlined a nightmare scenario that included a recession that lasts for years and unemployment in the double digits.

  • Man dies on icy portion of I-25

    A Las Vegas man died in an accident after the car he was riding in rolled over on Interstate 25 Sunday morning, state police said.

    Daniel Garcia Jr., 22, of El Llano Road, was a passenger in the car, police said. He wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

    The driver, Adam Ortiz, 22, of Catalina Court, declined to go to the hospital and was able to walk away, said state police Lt. Craig Martin.

  • Candidates can file for Luna posts

    Wednesday is filing day for candidates for the Luna Community College Board of Trustees for the March 3 election. The hours for filing are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    The seats up for election are those held by Kenneth Flores in the Santa Rosa-based District 4, Don Shaw in the Springer-based District 6 and Tony Valdez in the Las Vegas-based District 2. The board consists of seven trustees.

    In the last election, incumbents won all the seats up for election.

  • Highlands seeks to take over college

    Highlands University took its first official step toward taking over the College of Santa Fe — a major expansion for the local four-year institution.

    The acquisition is contingent upon the approval of the state Legislature and the state Board of Finance, among other agencies.

    After an hourlong closed session, Highlands’ Board of Regents voted 3-0 in favor of a letter of intent, which gives the university a 120-day window to buy the financially struggling Santa Fe school.

  • Filmmaking forum set for Wednesday

    The Las Vegas Film Advisory Council is reviewing the city’s ordinance on filmmaking. The group is inviting the public to a forum with Lisa Strout, director of the New Mexico Film Office. The event, called the “Reel Deal,” is planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday at Highlands University’s Leveo Sanchez lecture hall.

    “This will provide a forum to better understanding and address issues related to filming,” said Elmer Martinez, the city’s community development director.

  • Cardinal wrestlers second in Moriarty Duals

    Even shorthanded, the Robertson wrestling team is a force to behold.

    The Cardinals came away with a second-place finish in the 10-team Moriarty Duals over the weekend despite missing three weight classes. They defeated Eldorado, Valley, Del Norte and Los Alamos in pool wrestling, losing only in head-to-head competition with tourney host Moriarty. And 152-pounder Daniel Martinez added to his collection of Outstanding Wrestler awards with another strong showing.

    All that said, RHS head coach Richard Martinez said his team still has to get better and stay hungry.

  • The New Year is here

    So finally 2009 is here. This has been a year I’ve been anticipating for a really long time. This is the year I finally start my life. Graduation is around the corner and so are all the opportunities that lie ahead.

    I have to say, bringing in the New Year was not so shabby. All my family was together and having a blast. Now I don’t think you could call my aunty’s party a party — a fiesta sounds more like it.

  • COLUMN: What it was — back then

    The New Year has ushered in some nice or not-so-nice weather — wind, snow, even sunshine. It reminds one of the old exaggeration, “When I was your age, we had to walk X miles to school in all kinds of weather, uphill both ways.”

    Incidentally, in my hometown, Gallup, walking uphill both ways was a truism; no matter where you started out, there was a hill to climb — no kidding! We call our residential Green Street “Elephant Hill.”

  • Narcotics suspect convicted

    A man accused of selling crack cocaine was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to the crime.

    With a warrant to search a home, authorities found Manuel “Melo” Aragon with 52 rocks of crack cocaine, according to a press release from District Attorney Richard Flores.