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Today's News

  • Mentor of the Month: Director seeks more time in classroom

    Conni Reichert, director of Allied Health Sciences at Luna Community College, has taught hundreds of students throughout her years as a nursing instructor.

    Reichert, a native of Iowa, started her career at Luna in 1999 as a part-time nursing instructor following a self-directed tour of New Mexico with her husband Steve.


    “We love this area,” Reichert said. “I wanted to teach nursing. We also found that Las Vegas had a rich post-secondary education infrastructure for our children.”

  • Medical pot user to lose rent subsidy

    Las Vegas resident Robert Jones isn’t shy about saying that he grows marijuana plants in his house. His cancer qualifies him as a legal user.
    But that apparently doesn’t matter to San Miguel County’s housing voucher program — known as Section 8.
    On Oct. 12, the program’s executive director, Gilbert Almanza, informed Jones that he would no longer be getting the Section 8 benefit, effective Nov. 30.

  • Trick or treating to be on Sunday

    The city of Las Vegas is encouraging children to trick-or-treat on Sunday after all.

    Last week, the mayor said the city would ask that kids go trick-or-treating on Saturday.

    But he said the city had a “change of heart” after protests.

    “City Hall was bombarded with calls. People said they wanted Sunday. I hadn’t heard nice comments about Saturday,” the mayor said.
    Old Town merchants are still inviting trick-or-treaters to go to their area Friday afternoon.

  • Las Vegan helps tell region’s story

    Patricia Crespin, who calls Las Vegas home, is set to appear on stage for the upcoming “Bless Me, Ultima” show.

    Crespin is part of award-winning Vortex Theatre’s performance of Rudolfo Anaya’s book- turned-into-play. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Highlands University’s historic Ilfeld Auditorium.

  • State representative faces retired educator in House race

    Retired educator Mel Root is facing state Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, in the District 70 House race.

    Vigil, a bus contractor, has represented the district since 1999 and beat the Republican Root with 70 percent of the vote two years ago.


    The heavily Democratic district covers much of San Miguel County, including most of Las Vegas, and a small portion of Torrance County.

  • RHS-WLV rematch Thursday

    West Las Vegas has designs on the regular-season District 2-3A volleyball title.


    Robertson is looking to play spoiler.


    And both of the Meadow City’s prep volleyball teams  are eyeing the upcoming district tournament as Thursday night’s East-West rematch rolls around.


    Action begins with the freshman match’s first serve 4 p.m. at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • Beasties state-bound!

    Robertson’s Lady Cardinals are a state tournament team again despite having lost in their bid for a fifth consecutive district championship.


    The Lady Cards are the No. 10 seed and will play at No. 7 Portales this coming weekend, Oct. 29-30. The specific time had not been set as of press time. This year’s tourney will run by a 12-team, single-elimination format.


    The winner of the Portales-Robertson matchup will move on to play No. 2 Hope Christian at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 4 on the campus of Rio Rancho High.

  • Cowgirls’ upset bid falls short

    It wasn’t a repeat of the last meeting, but it wasn’t the signature upset they were hoping for, either.


    New Mexico Highlands kept things close in a 2-0 loss Sunday to Fort Lewis College, which came into Perkins Stadium as the No. 5 ranked women’s soccer team in NCAA Division II.


    The Skyhawks (15-1-1) had vanquished NMHU 6-0 back on Oct. 1 in Durango, Colo. At that time, they were the 11th rated team in the nation.

  • Support the bond issues

    As in many elections years, voters next week will be asked to approve the issuance of bonds to pay for capital improvements across the state.


    The four bond issues before the electorate are senior center improvements and acquisitions, library acquisitions, public school capital improvements, and capital improvements and acquisitions for institutions of higher education.

  • Accept the contract

    The city of Las Vegas should be commended for its proposed contract with the Fiesta Council, which organizes the annual Fiestas de Las Vegas.


    The agreement would only last through July 15, a couple of weeks after the 2011 Fiestas. The city would provide the council with enhanced oversight because of the group’s many problems recently. Hopefully, it’s only a temporary arrangement.