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Today's News

  • Residents sign up for fair

    The 35th annual San Miguel-Mora County Fair is under way with 4-H and FFA entrants bringing their goods to the indoor and horticulture barn. The first full day of competition is today and continues through Saturday.

    Robertson High School sophomore Joanne Schafer is an all-around cowgirl and has been involved rodeo and raising farm animals for most of her young life.

  • Kids learn play in a week

    The Missoula Children’s Theatre group breezed through town last week to teach kids the finer points of acting, culminating in a performance of “Robin Hood.”

    Husband and wife team Emily and Evan Karewicz are one of 45 touring teams that travel the world giving kids a crash course in acting and getting the chance to be a part of an original musical production.

    “It’s fun to inspire kids with what we wanted to do when we were their age,” Emily Karewicz said.

  • Agents cite two bars

    The state cited two Las Vegas bars and three of their servers for violations of state liquor control laws last month.

    During the weekend of the Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally, the state Department of Public Safety sent six agents to Las Vegas and Mora to determine whether bars were complying with state laws. Their operation was conducted on the nights of July 25 and 26

  • Momentum with Obama

    In politics, you should never admit that you’re jealous of the other side. Recently, however, Americans have seen much envy in the GOP.

    Republicans obviously know that Democrat Barack Obama had a picture-perfect trip to the Middle East and Europe, showing that he can do just fine on the world stage. As such, they are accusing the presidential candidate of acting as if he were already the president. This ignores the fact that their own candidate, John McCain, goaded Obama into taking the trip.

  • Vegas schools get assessments

    All but one of West Las Vegas’ elementary schools has made the federal standard of adequate yearly progress.

    At the Las Vegas City Schools, only Robertson High School met the standard, according to a state report.

    West Las Vegas Superintendent Jim Abreu said his district has made some great strides with adequate yearly progress, or AYP.

    That standard tracks how students test in reading and math and other indicators schools must reach in order to be 100 percent proficient by 2014 — as is required under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

  • Police pick up 14 on arrest warrants

    Las Vegas police officers served 14 Municipal Court arrest warrants over the course of a day last week, a top police official said.

    “That’s quite a bit. That’s officers taking the initiative to get it done on their own,” Deputy Police Chief Christian Montao said.

    Last month, Municipal Judge Eddie Trujillo told the City Council that his court had a pile of 1,532 warrants and $350,000 in fines more than 180 days past due.

  • HU to inform public about dorms

    Highlands University will host a community open house Wednesday about the new residence hall being built near Washington and Ninth streets.

    The open house will be at 6 p.m. at the Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall at 905 University Ave. Light refreshments will be served.

    Architectural plans will be displayed at the open house so the community can visualize how the 100,000-square-foot residence hall will look at completion.

    The new building will house 276 students in 89 apartment-style suites and is geared toward incoming freshman.

  • DA throws out marijuana charges

    Prosecutors have dismissed drug charges against a woman who says she was growing marijuana to help with her cancer.

    District Attorney Richard Flores confirmed Monday that he dismissed the charges last week because of “potential” problems with the search that resulted in the discovery of the marijuana plants at Vicky Harvey’s house in Holman.

    He stated in an e-mail that District Judge Gerald Baca had ruled that the search was not valid.

  • County workers get raises

    The San Miguel County Commission approved its final budget for this fiscal year last week — on the same day as the deadline to turn in the document to the state.

  • Hospital has fewer vacant positions

    The state hospital has brought down the number of vacancies in its workforce over the last couple of years, officials say.

    With 930 employees, the hospital — known formally as the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute — is Las Vegas’ largest employer. The hospital is authorized for 1,025 positions — with a vacancy rate of 9.3 percent. That’s down from 13.2 percent in 2006.