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Today's News

  • Mayor to nominate Caballero

    Mayor Tony Marquez has called another special Las Vegas City Council meeting for tonight — to address two issues.

    One is that he wants Sharon Caballero as the new city manager. Caballero is the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation’s executive director and a former Highlands University president.

    “Sharon Caballero is the best qualified candidate for the job,” Marquez said. “She has a passion to move Las Vegas forward.”

  • New library groundbreaking set for Saturday

    A groundbreaking ceremony for the new David Cargo Library will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Anton Chico. Expected guests include Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., State Auditor Hector Balderas and former Lt. Gov. Roberto Mondragon.

    “Tom (Udall) said he hoped to be here but it depends on how long the Congress is in session,” Cargo said.

  • Pecos hires Sanchez to head hoops program

    Hoops coaching veteran Clyde Sanchez has accepted the head boys’ basketball position at Pecos High School.

    Sanchez, formerly the team’s assistant coach, succeeds his former boss, David Bustos. Bustos recently was hired as Robertson’s head boys’ basketball coach after a two-year run at Pecos.

    Sanchez is a native of San Juan, an alumnus of Pecos and a former coach at West Las Vegas and Pecos. He has been coaching approximately 25 years including head coaching stints at all levels but varsity.

  • Carnegie gets new library director

    By Raven Romero

    Las Vegas Optic

    One hundred years ago a man had an idea. He valued books and he believed that everybody should have access to them, so he established a trust, to build libraries in small communities throughout the United States.

    His name was Andrew Carnegie, and one of these libraries was constructed in Las Vegas. With it, a long line of librarians have kept the books flowing. Leo McCormick joins these people as the new librarian for Carnegie Library.

  • District says farewell to Campos

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Pete Campos leaves the district’s top job with fond memories and a list of accomplishments remembered during a surprise farewell party preceding this week’s school board meeting.

    Board vice president Ramon “Swoops” Montao said this was a way to say thanks to Campos for his service during his last board meeting with City Schools. He also recognized Campos’ wife Lori, son Peter, parents and other family members in the audience.

  • 'Topes make Mulder's night one to 'X' out

    Mark Mulder’s scheduled swan song on his rehab stint with the Memphis Redbirds didn’t go as well as he might’ve expected.

    In fact, you might classify it as an “X-File.”

    Sorry about that.

    On their way to an 11-6 road win Thursday night, Albuquerque Isotopes battered Mulder with six runs on six. hits and two walks in the first inning and led 6-2 by inning’s end. Mulder ended up getting yanked after three and two-thirds innings after surrendering six runs, all earned, and 10 hits.

  • IN THE ROUGH: Take me out to the golf course

    Ordinarily, I don’t watch hours upon hours of televised golf.

    Don’t get me wrong. I have a lot of respect for competitive golfers, who possess a combination of dexterity, skill, patience and perseverance I can’t help but envy. It’s just that as far as good times go, I usually find about a thousand things more appealing than the Golf Channel.

    Say, for instance, the National Spelling Bee finals — the best comedy value on T.V. Cinemax is good, too, at certain times of the day.

  • GO FISH: Weekly fishing report for June 17

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, compiled by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, however, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities.

    Fishing report, June 17

  • Still no answers regarding fatal fire

    Four months after a fire that took the life of Laurencio Via, the state fire marshal has yet to release a report, but his grandson and some of his neighbors believe they know what caused it.

    Via, 82, died from smoke inhalation in a blaze that started around 9 p.m. on Feb. 8 in his mobile home in Watrous. Power had been out the better part of that day, and when it came back on at roughly 8:45 p.m., it did so with a power surge that neighbors say destroyed some electrical appliances and caused others to catch fire and even explode.

  • Here we go again

    There’s quite a bit of concern among residents in Mora and San Miguel counties about a potential increase in property taxes for grazing land. In a time when we hear more and more about the common sense of healthy, locally grown food products (for example, beef), our state government seems to be pushing small livestock operators to the edge of extinction.