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  • State Supreme Court intervenes in investment suit

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico’s highest court has temporarily put on hold a lawsuit by a state agency seeking to recover money for investment deals it contends were influenced by political considerations during former Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration.

    The move by the Supreme Court came earlier this week at the request of former pension fund investment officer Frank Foy, who brought whistleblower lawsuits in 2008 and 2009 alleging a pay-to-play scheme involving state investments.

  • Castañeda Hotel deal a go

    Break out the champagne.

    Arizona hotelier Alan Affeldt is moving forward with his plans to purchase the historic Castañeda Hotel, with the deal scheduled to close on Tuesday.

    And Gov. Susana Martinez and other state officials will be in Las Vegas on April 14 for a celebration to mark the milestone and welcome the new owners, Affeldt, Tina Mion and Daniel Lutzick. MainStreet de Las Vegas sent out invitations Thursday inviting the entire community to the event.

  • Two vying to head East schools

    Two familiar longtime educators are in the running for the superintendent position at Las Vegas City Schools.

    Barbara Perea Casey and Ruben Cordova recently submitted their applications for the position and both will be interviewed by the board on Saturday. Board President Gloria Lovato Pacheco said the board received three applications, although one of the applicants — a current principal at the district — did not meet the minimum qualifications.

  • Public service project
  • Conchas area ranchers for drilling

    CONCHAS DAM — San Miguel County commissioners got an earful from constituents Wednesday on the draft oil and gas ordinance that they are considering.

    But this time around, most of the speakers complained that the proposed ordinance goes too far in its efforts to regulate oil and gas drilling in San Miguel County, and that it is so restrictive that it amounts to an unlawful taking of private property without compensation.

  • Child welfare reforms unveiled

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Responding to what she called the tragic death of a 9-year-old Albuquerque boy, Gov. Susana Martinez unveiled more than a dozen policy changes and directives on Wednesday intended to reform the way child abuse cases are investigated in New Mexico.

    The moves came in response to criticism that the system did not do enough to protect Omaree Varela, who police said was kicked to death by his mother after previous reports of abuse.

  • Looking Back - April 4, 2014

    In 1964

    Thursday, April 2 — The Litra J. Romero Music Building at West Las Vegas will be dedicated Sunday at 2 p.m. in the West Las Vegas Gym. An open house will follow the ceremonies at the Music Building, which has been remodeled this year and five new rooms added. The building was formerly the Knights of Columbus Hall, which the WLV schools purchased last year. Student Louis Clayton will direct the band in one number and practice teacher Jim Rodriguez will direct the other band numbers. The chorus is under the direction of Vidal Gallegos.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 4, 2014

    Spring into fitness
    “Spring into Fitness” is a six-week fitness challenge running from April 7 to May 17. The purpose is to improve overall health and to encourage healthy lifestyles. There will be a weigh-in from April 4 to 7. A membership also includes a discounted pass and access to many facilities at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.

  • Weather - April 4, 2014

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Breezy, with a south wind 5-15 mph, increasing to 15-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 30. Breezy, with a south wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph after midnight.

    Saturday
    Isolated showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 57. South wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.

    Sunday

  • Jail Log - April 4, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 23 and March 28.