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Today's News

  • Man accused of defrauding residents out of thousands

    A Las Vegas man has defrauded at least five residents out of thousands of dollars on the promise that he would repair their roofs or do other construction work, court documents state.

    But after getting the money, the suspect, Mario Mendoza, either hasn’t started the work or did very little, according to documents filed in Magistrate Court on Nov. 1. And the victims told authorities that they couldn’t reach Mendoza by phone or find him at his listed address.

  • Local choirs fill Las Vegas with holiday music

    Andre Garcia-Nuthmann’s voice swells with pride when he speaks of his choirs.

    “Last Spring we did a huge Vivaldi concert with the Santa Fe Symphony. We performed this summer at the National Hispanic Center in Albuquerque, again with the Santa Fe Symphony, and we travelled to Europe to perform at the Classical Music Festival celebrating Haydn’s 275th Birthday. Every year we just get better and better. And all of this is due to our incredibly loyal community members.”

  • Handling of sex cases questioned

    Relatives of victims in two different sex crimes cases wonder why it’s taking so long to prosecute the suspects. And they question why the alleged offenders aren’t in jail while awaiting trial.

    However, an official from the district attorney’s office said it takes time to investigate such cases as they go through the judicial process.

  • Nap in Las Vegas, wake up in London

    Most of us who were born in Las Vegas never leave the area. Trips to Albuquerque and Denver normally shape the edge of the world we live in. But I have discovered that places like Mexico, Europe and Japan are not that far away and you should take advantage. Start finding out about the programs with your counselor at school. He or she can show you programs that help you experience Washington, D.C., for week-long seminar or live with a family in Denmark. Rotary and People to People Student Ambassador have international exchange programs.

  • Acting out the truth about AIDS

    Eleven teenagers swayed in formation on the carpeted floor of the United World College Student Center. Their bodies dipped low, hips rocking to an a cappella beat. Their audience — a group of 20 local middle school students — watched, eyes wide, surprised to hear young men and women chant about a subject usually taboo.

    “We’re rapping, we’re rapping, and you should, too! Wearing a condom will help protect you!”

  • Principal: Parents like immersion classes

    Los Nios Elementary students are excelling at their studies, school officials say. And the children continue to do well in the adequate yearly progress test as more parents request additional classes in the city’s lone immersion program, the officials say.

  • Heaters broken at high school

    West Las Vegas schools have had an ongoing issue with broken heaters and water pipes for years.

    Superintendent Jim Abreu is now saying enough is enough and wants the problems fixed once and for all.

    At almost every school board meeting, principals from the elementary, middle and high schools have shared their frustration with cold classrooms, malfunctioning heaters and broken water pipes.

    Abreu, who started as superintendent in the summer, said that since the high school was built five or six years ago, broken water pipes and heating have been constant problems.

  • Local businessman merges his three newspapers

    A local businessman has merged his newspapers in Las Vegas, Mora and Santa Rosa.

    Chris Lopez, owner of the Las Vegas Times, the Mora Times and the Santa Rosa News, made the announcement in the Friday edition of his new combined paper, the Tri-County News-Times.

    He started the Las Vegas Times in June 2006 with the stated intent of providing residents with a “non-biased” news source. A few months later, he started the Mora Times and bought the Santa Rosa News.

  • Las Vegas man dies in accident

    A 76-year-old man from Las Vegas was killed when he lost control of his pickup truck, slid across Interstate 25 and collided with a semi-truck near Santa Fe last week, an official said this morning.

    Joe Armijo, who taken to St. Vincent Hospital, was pronounced dead shortly after the accident, which occurred at 8:15 a.m. Friday, said Capt. Robert Riggs of the San Fe County Sheriff’s Department.

  • Man is facing fraud charges

    From the Las Vegas Optic

    Local authorities have apprehended a man on charges of fraud and doing construction work without a license.

    Mario Mendoza, 50, was recently arrested by the Las Vegas police and charged in San Miguel Magistrate Court with three counts of fraud, each a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years with the state Department of Correction, a $5,000 fine or both, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office.