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Today's News

  • Moore won't run for mayor

    City Councilwoman Diane Moore, who had considered running for mayor, announced Wednesday that she planned instead to run again for her eastside Ward 2 seat.

    “I have thoroughly enjoyed my current term as councilwoman and the close working relationship I have with my constituents in Ward 2,” Moore said in a statement.

  • Handgun found near site of murders

    State police revealed Wednesday that they found a handgun at the site of the Dec. 20 killings of a Las Vegas couple.

    Authorities are tightlipped on the details of the murders, saying they don’t want to compromise their investigation.

    Lt. David Martinez confirmed the discovery of the handgun at the crime scene, but he wouldn’t say where precisely it was found. He said police haven’t determined if it was the weapon used in the fatal shootings.

  • Sanchez relooks at decision

    Mayor Henry Sanchez may join the race for mayor after all.

    On Dec. 21, the mayor announced that he wouldn’t run for a fourth two-year term. But on Wednesday night, Sanchez said he had received so much support from residents since his announcement, he is reconsidering his decision.

    Sanchez said people have called or paid visits urging him to change his mind. “People have been coming from different walks of life,” the mayor said.

  • My favorite holiday

    New Year’s Eve is one of my favorite holidays, but it always seems to let me down. Some time around November, I begin to anticipate the coming of the new year, imagining that it will contain only good news and happy surprises. In order to ring in such a magnificent year, I imagine, I will have to attend a rather lavish party at which very hip, young people will drink sparkling cider and wear shiny New Year’s Eve party hats to match their sequined dresses (men in this daydream simply wear tuxes and top hats).

  • Prof files bias suit against Highlands

    A tenured professor at New Mexico Highlands University is the latest in a string of current and former faculty members and administrators to file a civil lawsuit against the university and its former president Manny Aragon.

    The lawsuit by Joseph Sabutis, who has taught at Highlands since 2000, accuses Aragon of trying to get rid of non-Hispanic faculty members and alleges retaliation that cost the university research funding from NASA.

  • Waggin' Tail reborn as Abundancia

    The Waggin’ Tail Mercantile, long the thrift store that raised money for The Animal Support Center, or TASC, is no more.

    Linzy Behrs, former acting chairwoman of CATS (which has now merged with animal support group ASAP), recently accepted the assignment of renovating the establishment, which now has new looks, new merchandise, and a new name - Abundancia.

  • Dozens jump into Storrie Lake

    Las Vegas Polar Bears brought in 2008 with a splash into icy waters at Storrie Lake, with more than 200 jumpers and spectators gathering as men were breaking through about eight inches of ice to accommodate the plunge.

    Some call it invigorating, stimulating, refreshing, revitalizing and energizing, while others just call it crazy. Las Vegas Polar Bears just laugh and agree that jumping into frigid waters on New Year's Day is a bit crazy but once the deed is done, they feel totally alive.

  • The hidden sweetness inside

    Consuela Silva, 94, likes to be called by her late husband’s name, Mrs. Eduardo Silva. He passed away 16 years ago, after a vacation to his native Brazil, where they dined on fried bananas, ambrosia and spicy feijoada, a meat stew made with sausage, black beans and handfuls of pressed garlic.

  • Alex Ellis paints the parsonage

    A wood stove belches ash into a shotgun space that once housed the carriage belonging to Nuestra Senora de los Dolores’ Padre Tehane.

    Artist Alex Ellis stokes the fire, a shelf of stacked paintings to his left, exposed layered stone behind him. The paintings almost whisper, almost shimmer, their layers of rich color deposited on old wood, on marcasite panel. The scent of melting beeswax mingles with the rising heat. Ellis stands. His close-cropped beard and simple knit cap echo his spartan surroundings — a man in holy communion with his art.

  • Attacker gets more lenient sentence

    The district attorney’s office had hoped to get the maximum sentence for a man convicted in an ax attack. Instead, he got probation.

    In May, a jury found Richard Bustamante guilty of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was found not guilty of attempted murder.

    But his defense attorney, Joe Romero, requested a new trial, alleging that prosecutors hadn’t provided all of the necessary medical records in the case. Prosecutor Tom Clayton called that assertion “dead wrong.”