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Today's News

  • Suspect admits to multiple sex crimes

    A man charged with inappropriately touching seven underage victims and hurting an adult pleaded guilty to most of the crimes Tuesday.

    But Clifford Gutierrez, 34, of Cleveland, N.M., didn’t get any prison time — a decision the victims’ families apparently supported.

    Under the terms of a plea agreement, Gutierrez will serve at least five years of probation and must live in Albuquerque-based Bernalillo County or suburban Sandoval County. He also must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

  • 5 in running for superintendent

    The Las Vegas City Schools board on Tuesday narrowed the list of eight applicants for the superintendent’s position to five.

  • Third-grade class studies dinosaurs

    Students in Nina Melendrez’s third-grade class at Paul D. Henry Elementary are becoming junior paleontologists by learning about dinosaurs, their habitat and the time they walked the earth.

    “Kids will always be interested in dinosaurs. It doesn’t matter how young or how old they are. The love it; it’s such a high interest topic that you can do anything and everything with it,” Melendrez said.

    Christina Padilla studied the allosaurus and will write a report and give an oral presentation on the giant reptile.

  • Proposed treatment center rejected

    A city panel has rejected a request for a counseling center on Pecos Street, with members saying they didn’t want spot zoning.

    Alejandro Rivera of New Choices, a nonprofit group, requested permission to establish a home office at 1119 Pecos St., which is a residential area. He stated in his request letter that the property contains an existing structure, which he said would be built out to include an on-site residence.

  • Man nabbed in drive-by shooting

    A man upset that his girlfriend had broken up with him is accused in a weekend drive-by shooting, police said.

    Mario Baca, 20, 1409 Seventh St., was arrested on charges of shooting at a dwelling and aggravated battery, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

    Shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday, Baca shot into a house in the 900 block of Pecos Street, hitting a man who was on his couch, Gold said.

    Police said Baca became enraged that his girlfriend had ended their relationship, and he believed that a man in the Pecos Street house had been seeing his girlfriend.

  • Panel OKs dorms; Highlands criticized

    A city panel on Monday recommended the closure of a portion of Washington Street and a nearby alley for a proposed Highlands University residence hall.

    That decision came after a number of neighboring residents told the city Planning and Zoning Commission that the university should have informed the public about its plans earlier and sought its input.

    The City Council is expected to consider the commission’s recommendation at its meeting on Wednesday, April 30.

    The proposed residence hall would cover 100,000 square feet and house 284 students.

  • Author promotes Spanish

    A former professor and author told a crowd of dozens last week about her obstacles in promoting the Spanish language.

    Erlinda Gonzales-Berry, a Harding County native, spoke as part of the Highlands University Department of Humanities lecture series on Chicano literature.

    Following introductions, Gonzales-Berry related themes of language and society, crossing the color line, and the loneliness and alienation associated with these issues, in the context of her role as a writer.

  • City to consider closing loophole

    The City Council on Wednesday will consider a change in its zoning ordinance that officials say would close a loophole that allows some to avoid a higher property tax rate.

    Gerald Garcia, the city’s zoning and licensing supervisor, is requesting the council remove the words “public building” from the existing ordinance. Public buildings have been allowed in residential zones through the section of the ordinance devoted to special uses, Garcia stated in a memo.

  • City gets money for Alamo St.

    The city of Las Vegas last week received $400,000 in federal grants for the second phase of the Alamo Street roadway and drainage improvements project, city officials reported.

    The city will provide a match of $125,000. Alamo Street is on the city’s southwest side.

  • County looking to ban wolves

    Federal officials may be considering expanding their wolf reintroduction program to other parts of the state, but it looks as if San Miguel County won’t be putting down any welcome mat.

    The County Commission last week took the first step to amend the county’s wild animals ordinance to include banning wolves. Currently, the ordinance just prohibits wolf hybrids.

    Rancher Andres Aragon of the Northern New Mexico Stockmen’s Association said his group would back a change to the ordinance to protect the livestock industry..