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Today's News

  • Editorial: A divisive decision

    As further evidence of just how divided Las Vegas is, let us turn our attention to the recent decision by the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce to let go of Vince Howell, who was serving as marketing coordinator. Last month, Howell’s $32,000 annual contract was ended because, according to chamber President Matt Martinez, is was too pricey.

    That was a weak excuse for a bad decision that only takes Las Vegas further down the road to self-destruction. This town is already a rough place to do business, and the chamber’s action only makes it worse.

  • Hospital expected to take questions

    The top official at Alta Vista Regional Hospital is expected to appear before the County Commission next week.

    County Manager Les Montoya said that Richard Grogan, the privately run hospital’s CEO, has agreed to attend the county meeting, which is set for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the meeting room at the West Las Vegas administration building.  

  • Delay sought for school project

    The $2.9 million Tony Serna Elementary School construction project will go forward — it’s just a question of when.

    The West Las Vegas district has requested to delay the project’s start to May, rather than January, as originally planned.

    Superintendent Jim Abreu said during a recent school board meeting that there were three sites that children would be sent during the year-long renovation. However, board members Caroline Lopez , Kenny Lujan and David Romero were not keen on the plan.

  • Work of Art: 'Official U.S. mail recipient'

    With trembling hands, I slid my thumb under the perforated seal in anticipation of news that could be only good or bad.

    The envelope had the image of the bald eagle, a line of stars and the word “official” two places in front and once in back. It came with the familiar no-nonsense san-serif font we’re all familiar with, and it bore specific instructions:

    • “To be opened by addressee only.” Darn! I was hoping my neighbor James Sandoval would be the first to open it.

  • Short but sweet

    High school wrestling season is officially under way, but only a small local contingent represented the city in this past weekend’s Española Sundevil Classic.

    Defending Class 1A-3A state champion Robertson had a strong weekend, albeit with a short lineup of grapplers. Only four varsity wrestlers entered the tournament.

  • Editorial: High-handed process

    State Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons has tried to bypass the public with his proposal to trade White’s Peak land near Ocaté with apparently well-off ranchers. He has disregarded the input of the sportsmen of northern New Mexico, whose families have hunted at White’s Peak for generations.

    Lyons’ office maintains that it has no legal duty to hold a public hearing on the transfer. But what would it hurt if the agency actually went the extra mile to keep the public it serves in the loop?

  • Cowgirls 3-0 after thumping USW

    Briana Gholston’s double-double (a game-high 15 rebounds along with 12 points) propelled New Mexico Highlands over the University of the Southwest 62-50 on Saturday night in Hobbs.

    With its third win in as many games, NMHU is off to its best start in recent history, and the three wins have already matched the total from last year, coach Tiffany Darling’s debut season.

    “This is a great start for us. We are playing with confidence and are playing together,” Darling said via a news release from NMHU.

  • Tang is RMAC player of week

    Highlands basketball player Chop Tang has been selected as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference-Baden Player of the Week for the RMAC West Division for his accomplishments in week five of the season.

    Tang is the first Cowboy this season to earn such recognition.

  • Fourteen locals named All-2-3A in football

    After a season in which he piled up roughly 1,100 rushing yards and an additional 600 through the air, Robertson High School junior quarterback Daniel Martinez has been named one of District 2-3A’s most valuable players in football for 2009.

    Martinez leads a list of 14 Meadow City football players to be recognized by the district. Honors were announced Monday by district chairman Matt Martinez of Pojoaque Valley.

  • Agency works to stop erosion

    Much of your property taxes go to the city, the county, the schools and the state — and residents often see how that money is spent.

    A much smaller portion goes to a less visible entity — Tierra y Montes Soil and Water Conservation District, which covers nearly all of San Miguel County.

    For instance, the owner of an $80,000 house pays around $25 a year to Tierra y Montes.

    So what does that organization do?

    It works to prevent erosion, preserve river habitats and undertake efforts to lessen the chance of wildfires.