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Today's News

  • COLUMN: Political quotations

    SANTA FE — Ever since legislative bodies were created, observers, ranging from philosophers to comedians, have showered us with cynical assessments of these bodies.

    Somehow legislatures and Congress always are the easiest to dislike and demean. Their popularity rating always is lowest. Governors and presidents can charm their way along but legislative bodies have no personality. Constituents often like their own legislator but dislike all the rest.

  • EDITORIAL: Still waiting

    In today’s newspaper, we have yet another story about Gilberto Reyes, who has been in jail for 13 months without his day in court. His trial is set for late February. We don’t know about his guilt or innocence, but we know he hasn’t enjoyed his constitutional right to a speedy trial. It would be nice if the justice system would take care of this matter.

  • RHS principal on leave

    Richard Lopez, principal of Robertson High School, was placed on paid administrative leave Monday, officials said.

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero said he made the decision, but he wouldn’t reveal the reasons, saying it was a personnel matter.

    Lopez became assistant principal and athletic director in 1999 and was promoted to principal in 2001.

  • Council to decide Du Four’s future

    It’s pretty clear that Mayor Tony Marquez wants to get rid of Utilities Director George Du Four.

    Now, all he needs is a city manager who will make such a recommendation.

    Late last month, Marquez placed Du Four on unpaid leave until Wednesday’s City Council meeting, in which members would decide the director’s fate.

    But the city charter requires that a dismissal or appointment of a director be on the recommendation of the city manager.

  • Five vying to become manager

    The city is looking at five candidates for city manager, a position the mayor is hoping to fill quickly.

    Las Vegas resident Barbara Perea Casey, a former superintendent of West Las Vegas schools, had been on the list but she withdrew.  There are no local residents among the finalists.

    The Mercer Group Inc., a nationwide recruiting firm, presented the names of the finalists to Mayor Tony Marquez over the weekend. The mayor has said he wants a candidate with municipal government experience, which the five remaining finalists have.

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Cowboys rise in RMAC West

    The Highlands Cowboys overthrew the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference West Division leaders and then punctuated the weekend with another victory against a divisional rival.

    On Friday night, NMHU (13-5, 8-3 RMAC) dominated visiting Fort Lewis by a 93-80 count.

  • LETTER: Letter from Pecos requires response

    Response to Friday’s letter to Eddie Roy Duran of Pecos: The Pecos Independent School District bond election on ... in help our district do necessary repairs, remodels, and purchase equipment as allowed by state law. This important bond will help our bonding capacity when we ask for state monies. Passing the bond will answer legislative questions regarding “How is your community supporting the schools?”

  • Program sends actors to check liquor store compliance

    A local program has sent actors to liquor stores to determine whether the retailers are following state law.  

    The Responsible Retailing Forum Prevention Program has been in effect for a few months in Las Vegas.

    This project is not connected to law enforcement and is not meant to entrap establishments or staff — rather results are to be used as educational feedback for participating establishments, according to a press release.  

  • LETTER: Solar, wind provide LV with opportunity

    Solar, wind provide LV with opportunity

    My brother recently submitted a letter to your paper lamenting the decline of civility and pride in Las Vegas. Anyone who lived there during the ‘40s and ‘50s and sees it now would be hard put to dispute his observations.

  • EDITORIAL: Your vote matters

    On Tuesday, voters in San Miguel and Mora counties will go to the polls to elect school board members. We urge people to do their duty.

    In recent years, school boards in New Mexico have lost some of their powers. They don’t have hiring authority other than picking a superintendent. That’s a good thing; we don’t want elected bodies getting into the day-to-day process of hiring new employees.

    At the same time, boards still have much authority over the purse strings. And this is a vitally important responsibility.