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Today's News

  • City backs for-profit health firm

    The Las Vegas City Council and mayor recently endorsed a medical discount plan called Health Care Partners. It is not insurance, but some local officials appear to believe it is. One councilman has since withdrawn his endorsement. The Health Care Partners plan is a for-profit plan which, for a monthly fee, gives enrollees a discount on medical services from participating healthcare providers. Such plans are not insurance; they simply offer discounts on some medical bills.

  • Students exchange Valentine's cards

    The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that about 1 billion Valentines are sent each year worldwide, but students at Tony Serna Elementary are doing it the old-fashioned way, making their own Valentine’s Day cards to give to classmates and family members.Adriana Herrera was busy in Fred Silva’s art class but was happy to enlighten a reporter on exactly what second-graders think about the day dedicated to love.“You give out cards and you have parties at your house sometimes and you get to eat candy and stuff.

  • Mora County resident charged with sex crime

    A Cleveland, N.M., man has been charged with improperly touching a 4-year-old boy while holding him in his lap, state police said.

    The 34-year-old man is facing a charge of criminal sexual contact of a minor.

    According to state police, a doctor on Feb. 7 noticed that the boy shied away from him anytime he tried to touch him as part of his work. The doctor even asked the mother if the boy had had any unwanted contact while at his father’s home. The mother and father are separated.

  • County seeking land for crusher

    San Miguel County has advertised that it wants to purchase land to set up a road materials plant, but so far, it has had no takers.

    On Tuesday, the County Commission authorized county staff to contact property owners with land that is conducive to a rock-crushing operation.

    A couple of years ago, County Commissioner David Salazar came up with the idea for such a plant. He said he was frustrated with the limited number of roads the county could improve each year, saying he felt as if the county was “spinning its wheels.”

  • Commission picks new EMS firm

    The San Miguel County Commission on Tuesday decided to go with a new ambulance service, despite the current provider’s objections.

    The commissioners unanimously voted for Albuquerque-based Superior Ambulance as the new emergency medical services provider, which ended a process that lasted for years. Both the city and the county have complained about the performance of Santa Fe-based Rocky Mountain EMS, the current ambulance service; the city remains with Rocky Mountain.

  • Three films at one time

    A hot-dog stand was set up in the middle of the Plaza on Monday morning, but the vendor was picky about his customers.

    That’s because the stand was part of a scene in the movie “Not Forgotten.”

    Over the last several days, Las Vegas has been the site for the filming of three movies — “Not Forgotten,” “Brothers” and “Beer For My Horses.”

    As usual, some residents talk about the economic benefits to Las Vegas of the filming, while others note the hassles in traffic and detours.

  • Union leader's firing at issue

    A former Las Vegas firefighter contends he was fired last week because of his role in trying to form a union.

    Richard Carrillo, who had been vice president of the Las Vegas Professional Firefighters Association Local 4625, said Fire Chief Andrew Duran didn’t give any reasons for his dismissal last Wednesday.

    Carrillo said that after he made initial contacts to form the union last fall, Duran warned him to be careful because he was still a probationary employee.

  • State: Jury tampering causes mistrial

    A mistrial was declared this month in the case of a man accused of trafficking drugs, officials said.

    Timothy Bachicha, 25, who is represented by Anna Aragon, was in a jury trial earlier this month, but District Judge Eugenio Mathis declared a mistrial after a report of jury tampering, said Tom Clayton, the prosecutor.

    Clayton said a juror was seen talking to a member of Bachicha’s family. As such, the district attorney’s office is investigating the matter and may charge anyone who attempted to threaten, coerce or create a false verdict, Clayton said.

  • Memorial service set for tonight

    A memorial service is planned for tonight for the two Highlands University students who were murdered in their home at 728 Dora Celeste.

    The bodies of Stephanie Dimas, 25, and Damian Lucero-Ortiz, 24, were found in their mobile home on Dec. 20. Both were students in the School of Education.

    The memorial service is set for 7 p.m. in Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium. The school’s student affairs office is working with the students and families on the program.

  • Luna: Enrollment increase significantly

    Student enrollment this spring at Luna Community College shows a significant increase from spring 2007, the school reports.

    Luna Registrar Johnathan Ortiz indicated that as of the census date, or Day 15, of the spring semester, unofficial numbers pointed out that student head count increased by 6.2 percent in relation to where Luna Community College was at the end of term for spring 2007. As of Day 15 of this semester, there were 2,098 student head count, compared to 1,976 at the end of the 2007 spring semester.