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Today's News

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - June 28, 2013

    THUMBS DOWN! AT THE BOTTOM OF THE HEAP
    The latest Kids Count survey has found that New Mexico, for the first time, has slipped to worst in the nation when it comes to child well-being. According to the survey, more than 30 percent of children in New Mexico were living in poverty in 2011 and nearly two-fifths had parents who lacked secure employment. The results of that report are sobering. Rather than pointing fingers at one another and trying to assign blame, we all need to roll up our sleeves and get to work on improving the situation for our kids. We owe them that much.

  • Nuestra Historia: The rocky road to consolidation

    Forty-five years ago, the night of Feb. 27, 1968, East Las Vegas Mayor Ben Lingnau and West Las Vegas Mayor Fidel “Chief” Gonzales, symbolically buried the hatchet which had divided the twin cities for almost a century. Joined by a crowd of hundreds, the two mayors stood at the very center of the bridge which separated East from West, as they celebrated the successful referendum of that momentous day, merging Old Town and New Town, and establishing one unified Las Vegas.

  • Editorial Roundup: Newspaper opinions from around the nation - June 28, 2013

    Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette on organ donors (June 24) — About one-third of Americans are registered to be organ donors after death, federal health agencies say — but there’s always a shortage of available organs. There’s an urgent need for more  ... folks to join the potential donor rolls.
    The Department of Health and Human Services says more than 100,000 sick Americans are on waiting lists, each desperately hoping that an organ will become available for them. ...

  • Tied for first - Robbers moving up

    Ted LeMasters was one of three Las Vegas Train Robbers to hit the long ball Wednesday in Alpine, Texas, staking the team to a share of first place in the Pecos League North.

    LeMasters went 3 for 3 with a home run, a double and two runs batted in to lead a Las Vegas offense that produced 15 hits in a 9-4 victory.

    Randy Wells and Gary Stauff also homered for the Train Robbers, whose 24-16 record had them tied momentarily with the Trinidad Triggers, division leaders all spring.

  • Fiesta Run approaches

    Time’s running out for early registration as the annual Las Vegas Fiesta Memorial Run quickly approaches.

    The event, which includes 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer runs, a 5K walk and a 1-mile children’s run, is scheduled for the morning of Sunday, July 7, as part of the city’s annual fiesta celebrations.

    Adult entry fee is $20 before June 30 but goes up to $30 after that and up until race day. Likewise, the entry fee for the children’s run is $5 prior to June 30 but increases to $10 after that.

  • Little League All-Star tourneys set

    Las Vegas’ two Little Leagues will field 10 All-Star teams in the upcoming District 4 baseball and softball tournaments July 5-11 in Santa Rosa.

    Head-to-head matchups between Las Vegas Little League and La Plaza Little League are guaranteed to happen in two brackets — the baseball 10-11 first round on Friday, July 5, and the softball 10-11 draw on Saturday, July 6.

  • Go Fish - June 28, 2013

    FISHING REPORT, June 25  
    Charette Lakes: We had no reports from anglers this week.
    Cimarron River: Water flow below Eagle Nest on Monday was 60 cfs. The increased flow slowed trout fishing a bit but anglers still managed some good catches. They were using streamers and weighted nymphs. Watch for hatches in the early morning and late evening hours for good dry fly action. Fishing at the Gravel Pit Lakes was slow with a few trout caught by anglers using salmon eggs and Pistol Petes.

  • BREAKING: Gay rights supporters erupt in cheers over ruling

    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Chanting "DOMA is Dead," supporters of same-sex marriage burst into cheers Wednesday at news of the Supreme Court's decision invalidating part of a law denying gay marriage partners the same federal benefits heterosexual couples enjoy.

    Sarah Prager, 26, cried when she heard the news standing outside the court. Prager married her wife in Massachusetts in 2011 and now lives in Maryland.

  • NM lowest in child well-being

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — It wasn’t so long ago that David Hutchinson spent a month sleeping under a bridge while his wife and young daughter spent their nights at a domestic violence shelter.

    But this wasn’t a case of domestic violence. The couple simply had no choice. There were just no shelters in Phoenix with room for another homeless family, and their top priority was finding a safe place for their daughter.

  • Hands-on learning: Workshops to teach creative arts

    It’s not every day that you hear about coffee being used to develop photographs. On Saturday, community members will actually get an opportunity to learn how to develop film using a good old cup of Joe. The local Parachute Factory organization, located on Bridge Street, is hosting several workshops featuring the coffee film developing technique and other creative arts.