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Today's News

  • COLUMN: Sons becoming fathers

    My dad, who lived to be 94, might have been called a dandy in his younger days. We don’t use the term much nowadays, and for those too young to have heard it, it describes someone overly concerned with appearance.

    Today’s most proximate term might be “metrosexual,” although not all the connotations of the term apply to Dad. And in absolute fairness to him, I emphasize he worked hard to support his family of eight. But he still liked being dressed up.

  • Solar homes tour a shining success

    “We succeeded beyond my wildest expectations,” said Emelie Olson, organizer of the Solar Homes Tour on Feb. 7.

    “Over 100 people visited each of the three houses during the tour, far more than any of us expected.” 

    Most of these visitors apparently attended all three houses, each of which conducted their tours somewhat differently. At Linda Halouzka’s house, she showed people around her house and yard informally.

  • The dandelion gospel

    Back when I was a young fella, and attending public schools, the little bit we were taught about ecology, biology and the laws of nature could be summed up as follows: “Everything competes, the strong eat the weak, survival of the fittest is the rule, and the devil takes the hindmost.”

    This was the conventional take on Darwinism, and when used to justify laissez faire economics and cutthroat capitalism, such thinking was called “social Darwinism.”

  • Official: City may lose Grand funds

    The City Council is expected to decide this week whether to reduce the downtown portion of Grand Avenue from four lanes to two.

    Merchants groups are pushing for two lanes, while some leaders on Las Vegas’ west side are pushing to keep it four, contending that slower traffic means more motorists would use New Mexico Avenue instead.

    Meanwhile, an official warns that the city could lose $1.2 million in federal funds if a decision isn’t made soon.

  • NEW DEVELOPMENT: Mora High School student appears in court

    Authorities have charged a boy in connection with sexual assaults at Mora High School. He appeared in court Wednesday afternoon.

    Around 2 p.m. Monday, the Mora County Sheriff's Department responded to the alleged attacks at the school. Three girls reported that a boy assaulted them, officials said.

    Authorities said they believe the four were wrestling in the Mora High School gym when one of them got carried away and began to inappropriately touch the others.

  • Voters reject Luna tax increase

    In big numbers, northern New Mexico voters on Tuesday rejected a proposed tax increase to pay for capital improvements and new buildings for Luna Community College.

    Meanwhile, Board of Trustees member Tony Valdez, an investigator with the district attorney’s office, who represents parts of Las Vegas, defeated his two rivals, Marsha Archuleta and Tommy Ortiz, with 44 percent of the vote. Archuleta came in second with 33 percent, followed by Ortiz with 22 percent.

  • DA plans to retry suspect

    The district attorney plans to retry Gilberto Reyes, the man who has been in the county jail for 14 months on a charge of distribution of drugs.

    Last week, a two-day trial resulted in a hung jury in state District Court. Judge Eugenio Mathis said he wouldn’t be able to hold the next trial until July at the earliest.

    Flores said he felt compelled to try the matter again because families are ruined by drug use and sales.

  • Program called ‘dumping ground’

    In-school detention at Robertson High School has become a “dumping ground,” and changes should be made, a top official says.

    Rick Romero, superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools, said he wants to seek the input from teachers and administrators to make the program more effective, possibly instituting a Saturday school.

    “We seriously need to evaluate how the program is used and how it can be used,” Romero said.

  • Kids told about DWI dangers

    San Miguel County DWI administrative assistant Gina Medina takes the “Protecting You, Protecting Me” program to area schools, with a lesson focusing on the deadly situation called “drinking while intoxicated.”

    The program is once a week for two months.

  • Miss Teen Las Vegas named

    Amber Lynn Lucero is the 2009 Miss Teen Las Vegas, and Devon Briana Rogers is the alternate in the Miss Teen Pageant at West Las Vegas High School on Saturday.

    Mistress of ceremonies Miss Las Vegas Stacy K. Romero announced the winner who will go on to compete in the state competition in June.

    “I feel really excited. This has been a fun learning experience and I will never forget this moment,” said Lucero, a West Las Vegas junior. She said she wants to go to UCLA after graduation to study to become a doctor.