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Today's News

  • COLUMN: Here's a capital idea

    For experimental purposes only, I wanted to test the frequency of capital letters adorning products. Accordingly, I’ve arrayed a dozen items in front of me to test the theory.

    My belief is that most people overuse capital letters, LIKE THIS. And they like to play with exclamations marks as well!!!!!

    But it’s hard to hear anything or anybody when everyone’s shouting.

    Let me explain:

  • Las Vegas may be at risk for hunger

    If national trends are an indication, Las Vegas may have more than its share of people without enough food.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in its annual survey of food security, found that 11.9 million Americans suffered a substantial disruption in their food supply during the year, reflecting an increase of 40 percent since 2000.

    New Mexico was reported to be the second worst state in the nation for food insecurity, being beaten out only by Mississippi.

  • Have a Tim Burton Christmas

    The HU Singers will perform “A Tim Burton Christmas” at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, and Saturday, Dec. 6, in New Mexico Highlands’ Ilfeld Auditorium. The program features musical numbers from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “The Corpse Bride.” 

  • More construction on Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Road has plenty of government offices these days — including those for the Social Security Administration and the Division of Motor Vehicles.

    Yet another building is going up at the end of the street. The developer, Carlos Lopez, who owns Northern Builders, is constructing the building. Lopez said he plans to lease it to the state Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

    The division already has an office on the street. Lopez is not sure what will take the place of the division in its current office.

  • EDITORIAL: Embarrassing conditions

    The list is long. Broken fences and bent basketball rims, overgrown  weeds and trash scattered about, a lack of working restroom facilities, graffiti — these are just a few of the items found to be at Las Vegas’ 14 public parks and recreation facilities. Scores of items were on the list. No wonder the mayor and city councilors described it as “embarrassing.”

  • COLUMN: The risk of Obama’s choice

    The die is nearly cast and America’s newest presidential hope has chosen Hillary Clinton, the senator from New York and the spouse of an aberrantly brilliant American politician, for the important post of Secretary of State.  

    Bill Richardson, the affable, ingenious, out-of-the box guy, our ever-popular governor, ended up a distant second in the competition for this post. Those of us who like Bill and know of his uncanny capacity for insight and sound analysis — Wen Ho Lee excepted — are saddened and a bit querulous.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    As an elementary teacher at Legion Park Elementary School, I am fortunate to work with some of the greatest people on this earth — the families of Las Vegas and their children. But even with such a great job, there are moments that stand out as spectacular events. The evening of Nov. 20, when we celebrated Harvest Night, was just such a moment.

  • Officials leave City Council in dark

    For months, city staffers worked to change the purpose for more than $1 million designated for a water project.

    They kept a local developer in the loop. But no one apparently bothered to inform the City Council.

    A couple of years ago, the city obtained $1.2 million from the state Water Trust Board for a study to build pipes for the Storrie Project Water Users Association — to reduce the more than 40 percent loss in evaporation. In return, the association was expected to provide the city with more badly needed storage of water at Storrie Lake.

  • Unpaid bills discovered

    City officials say they are finding old unpaid bills in some unusual places, including desk drawers. And they contend the unexpected discoveries are having a big impact on this year’s budget.

    City Manager Sharon Caballero told the City Council on Wednesday that the city has paid $300,000 in old bills during this fiscal year, which began July 1. Some go back as far as 2006, but most are from 2007, she said.

    The bills come from different departments, Caballero said.

    “As employees have left, we have found bills in desk drawers,” Caballero said.

  • EDITORIAL: Select Balderas

    It’s all but certain that Gov. Bill Richardson is on the way to becoming the secretary of commerce in the Obama administration.

    For the last year, Richardson has given all the signs that he wants to get out of New Mexico and work the corridors of power in Washington, D.C. As such, we’re sure that Lt. Gov. Diane Denish has been preparing for the likely transition to the governor’s office, even though she has joined with Richardson in being annoyingly coy about the possibility.