Today's News

  • Letter: Professor, program has support

    In John Loehr’s Nov. 13 column, he rightly praised the efforts of Dr. David Olivas to improve the developmental and introductory math program at Highlands. However, John incorrectly described those improvements as the result of an individual effort on the part of Dr. Olivas, with no support from the Highlands administration, and with no equivalent effort in the English program.

  • Boxing promoter wants city money

    A local boxing promoter is seeking city money to help with a youth tournament set for next month.

    Carlos Crespin of Crespin’s Boxing has applied for $1,500 in lodger’s tax funds. The money would help pay for advertising and trophies for winners — all of which would include the city’s logo.

    Crespin said the three-day tournament would bring up to 100 boxers to Las Vegas, giving business to motels, restaurants and other local businesses.

    “This will bring money into the city. I’m not making any money off this,” he said.

  • Mora runners, coach start strong

    Coach Mark Cassidy has had a stunning season coaching the Mora boys’ cross country program.

    With several of his boys placing among the top ten throughout the season, Cassidy’s debut guiding the distance runners has been a success.  

    Henrique Chávez was the only returning runner top ten state contender for Class A-AA from the 2008 team.

    Cassidy had never coached cross country but said he was excited to take it on this year. With a very young and inexperienced team he has brought home individual medals and team trophies.  

  • Council favors idea on runoffs

    The City Council has taken another step toward getting a new municipal constitution before voters.

    Last week, the council voted 2-1 to include instant runoff elections in the proposed city charter, which a panel of citizens drafted.

    Council members have said they wanted some type of runoff in the charter to make sure that the mayor and council members get the support of a majority of voters. As it stands, only Councilwoman Diane Moore got more than 50 percent.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    I recently had surgery in Alta Vista Hospital. I want to thank and praise Dr. Malik, Dr. Chaffee and the entire surgical team and hospital staff for their comforting, professional care. I am proud we have such a wonderful regional hospital in Las Vegas, so we don’t have to travel elsewhere for great medical care.

    On all other occasions at Alta Vista, I have always been treated compassionately and professionally.

    Thank you, Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

    Marylena Melton

    Las Vegas

  • Woman reports shooting on campus

    A 19-year-old woman reported that someone fired shots at her on the campus of Highlands University last week, state police said.

    The alleged shooting occurred around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    Capt. Toby Dolan said the state police couldn’t substantiate many of the woman’s claims. Officers couldn’t find casings and the woman couldn’t produce the book she was holding that she said was struck, Dolan said.

    “There were no witnesses who heard the gunshots. We are continuing the investigation,” Dolan said.

  • Letter: The 'good people of Las Vegas'

    I read the letter to the editor (about prayer at Las Vegas City Council meetings) titled “Why fix what isn’t broken?” OK, supposing many of us do think it is broken. Then what?

  • Cowgirls pluck Eagles

    In its final tuneup before opening the regular season the NMHU Cowgirl basketball team bullied NAIA opponent Northern New Mexico College 123-51 on Saturday in Española.

    “Our girls are making huge strides towards our goal this season,” said NMHU coach Tiffany Darling in a news release. “They are playing harder and harder with each passing day. I am so proud of what they have accomplished in one year. We are ready to start the regular season and start turning some heads.”

  • Decision on propane tank delayed

    The Mora County Commission is delaying a decision on whether to allow a large propane tank near houses in Mora.

    Earlier this month, the county Planning and Zoning Committee approved the tank in the area of the Allsup’s convenience store. But nearby residents appealed that decision to the commission. They argued that it threatened their safety and ruined the area’s scenery.

    County commissioners last week decided to put off a decision until next month so that they could get a chance to review all of the documents associated with the tank.

  • Editorial: A good move by the county

    More than two years ago, employees at Alta Vista Regional Hospital overwhelmingly approved a union to represent them. But the hospital — run by Tennessee-based Community Health Systems — has refused to talk with the organization, District 1199 of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees.