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Today's News

  • HOMETOWN HEROES: Couple end long careers in education

    Between them, Josephine and Don Romero have given 65 years to educating children, mostly in the Las Vegas area.

    Josephine will leave her post as West Las Vegas Middle School principal after 32 years in education, and Don spent 34 years in music education. Through the years, the couple have received local, state and national honors.

    Don’s transition into civilian life has been made easier because he finds an open-door policy at the band room on the west campus that is named after his father.

  • Officials question expenses

    West Las Vegas school board members questioned recently what they called “extravagant” spending related to recent trips.

    Board member Kenny Lujan asked about an expenditure at the Hyatt Regency’s exclusive Tamaya Resort, which is in the Albuquerque area.

    “With budget restraints, we need to start looking at where and how we are spending money (for these kinds of trips),” Lujan said.

    Looking at a line item in the budget, Lujan noted there were also more days spent at the resort than the days of the actual workshop.

  • LETTERS: Mil Gracias

    On behalf of the West Las Vegas Middle School, I would like to thank the community for making our second annual “Education Awareness Expo” held on March 23 such a success.  

  • Postmaster is target of petition

    Hundreds of residents want to send a message — one that doesn’t require postage.

    A total of 308 people have signed a petition for the removal, transfer or termination of Las Vegas Postmaster Alberta Ellis. The petition calls Ellis “abusive, disrespectful, unprofessional and derelict in her duty.”

  • West focuses on green projects

    When West Las Vegas High School students turn on the ignition switch of a 1970 Porsche 914 they have been working on this year, there is silence.

    That’s because the sports car is powered by six 12-volt batteries that will accelerate to a cruising speed of 60-80 mph and get around 80 miles per charge.

    Teacher Kirk Ludi said more batteries can be installed for greater power and range, and plugs into a regular outlet. He said students completely replaced the gasoline motor with an electric motor.

  • LETTER: Mud racers good for community

    During the last several months there have been many news stories that have cast a dark cloud over Las Vegas. We as a community have taken a beating and need to stand up a support our young community members by acknowledging and focusing on the many positive activities that go on around us. We need to put the bad stuff behind us and call attention to those who have made us proud and focus on what is good about our youth.

  • COLUMN: Proudly independent sheriffs

    If a Martian landed in a Western county, he wouldn’t ask to see the head of the state police or the county manager. He’d demand to speak to the sheriff.

    In the West and throughout the United States, the sheriff is an enduring symbol of power. He runs law enforcement in his county, and he won’t let anyone mess with him, let alone bureaucrats.

    It may work that way in some places, but not in most of the counties in northern New Mexico.

  • EDITORIAL: Inappropriate spending spree

    We wish public officials would more frequently ask the question, “What if this makes the newspaper?”

    It’s likely that Mora school officials didn’t ask this question when they went on a spending spree for legislators. Through a public records request, this newspaper discovered that the district spent thousands of dollars for perks for state legislators and Mora school officials.

  • Rancher says county owes him

    Trementina rancher Lawrence Lujan contends he has lost two cows because San Miguel County hasn’t maintained a cattle guard near his property. He wants the county to pay up.

    Last year, he wrote a letter to the county detailing the problems with cattle guards in his area. He said dirt builds up underneath them, which makes his cattle believe that they can walk on them. When they do, they get their legs caught, breaking them and making them useless for his ranching operation.

    It happened twice on Lujan’s ranch last year, he contends.

  • Jail: Cop abused woman

    A number of jailers have filed reports stating that a Las Vegas police officer threatened to hurt a woman when he was booking her into the jail. Jailers said she had already been injured before her arrival.

    Several of the reports quote Las Vegas police Officer Martin Salazar as saying to the jailers, “Get this (expletive deleted) good for nothing piece of s--- out of my car before I hurt her.”