Today's News

  • Local Briefs - May 14, 2012

    Plane crash claims pilot
    A 63-year-old Scotsdale, Ariz., man died after his plane crashed in San Miguel County late Friday.

    Robert Seigal was the sole occupant of the plane, state police Lt. Robert McDonald said. McDonald said Seigal left Nevada on Friday and was heading to Athens, Ga.

    “For unknown reason his plane crashed east of las Vegas off of (N.M) 104, sometime late on (Friday),” McDonald said in an email.

  • Supremacist prison gang numbers grow

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico’s prisons have seen a rise in white supremacist gang membership as some inmates seek protection against largely Hispanic gangs, according to state officials.

    State numbers show that membership in white supremacist gangs has doubled in prisons during the past 10 years, and state officials worry the numbers may keep climbing.

  • Doctor pleads in trafficking case

    The Associated Press

    RATON — Federal prosecutors say a northern New Mexico doctor has pleaded guilty to trafficking prescription drugs.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 48-year-old Gilbert Christopher Aragon Jr. entered his plea to a five-count indictment during a hearing in federal court Friday in Albuquerque.

    Aragon works at the Family Practice Clinic in Raton.

    The trafficking took place between July 2009 and July 2010 while he worked at the clinic.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 14, 2012

    East board meeting is Tuesday

    The Las Vegas City Schools Board will meet at 5 p.m. this Tuesday at the Central Office board room, located on Douglas Avenue. Among the items to be covered is the proposal to move the district to a four-day school week next year.

  • Weather - May 14, 2012

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 65. East wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.Isolated showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. East wind 5-10 mph, becoming west. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. North wind 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 48.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 51.

  • Graduation Luncheon
  • Que Pasa - May 14, 2012

    • Tierra y Montes Soil and Water Conservation District meeting, 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15 at the U.S. Forest Service Building. For more information, cal 425-9088.

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 16, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “    Thomas and Percy and the Dragon” based on the Railway Series by the Rev. W. Awdry. Free and open to the public.

  • Slow down on the 4 days

    Moving to a four-day classroom schedule in the Las Vegas City School District is an easy sale to most students — they’d love to enjoy a three-day weekend. Moreover, we suspect that most teachers also like the idea, since it would give them a day for training, planning and collaborating.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 14, 2012
  • Editor's Note - School daze in May

    May is always a crazy month. The end of a school year can come at a dizzying speed for a lot of people.

    Now comes a big question about how best to shape the 2012-13 school year in the Las Vegas City Schools district.

    Of course I’m talking about East Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez’s proposal to move the district from a five-day-a-week classroom schedule to four days, with Fridays set aside for teachers to improve their skills and some miscellaneous student activities, including tutoring and various extracurricular activities.