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Today's News

  • Funding questions lead to caution

    The potential for more budget cuts are motivating the two local school superintendents to act cautiously to address staffing issues -- as is evident in a couple of recent vacancies.

    At Robertson High School in the East district, two English teachers, Marguerite Keane and Terri Alderete,  gave their 30-day notices at the start of the school year. But only one new teacher will be hired, according to Superintendent Richard Romero.

  • Unrealistic promises

    In their gubernatorial campaigns, Republican Susana Martinez and Democrat Diane Denish are trying to point out their differences.

    But on major budgetary issues, they are very much aligned. Both candidates promise not to raise taxes and pledge to protect schools and Medicaid from cutbacks.

    Of course, both are politicians and know it’s bad politics to advocate budget hikes and spending reductions.

  • Turnovers doom Cowboys vs. Ags

    GOODWELL, Okla. -- Turnovers are costly.

    That line held true on Saturday as the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys fell to the Aggies of Oklahoma Panhandle State University by a score of 14-6.

    The Cowboys offense threw three interceptions during their tangle with the Aggies and all three would prove detrimental to Highlands.

  • Rattlers slither around Dons

    Little did West Las Vegas freshman Nathan Vigil know when he woke up Friday that before the day was over, he’d be quarterbacking the Dons’ varsity for the first time.

    Vigil was pressed into action in West’s game at Tucumcari because starting QB George Martinez got hurt early in the third quarter Friday. The Dons trailed 22-6 at that point and wound up on the short end of a 43-6 defeat.

    Still, WLV coach Mike Ulibarri said he thought Vigil and the Dons acquitted themselves fairly well and hold promise for the future.

  • Letter: Massive publicity is noteworthy

    The Heritage Week Committee — consisting of the Las Vegas Arts Council, El Zocalo Gallery, Meadow City Camera Club, Las Vegas First Independent Business Alliance, Immaculate Conception School, Hispanic Folk Art  Show,  Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation, and Blessing of the Waters (a collaboration between Our Lady of Sorrows Church and Immaculate Conception Church),  MainStreet Las Vegas, Fort Union National Monument, Tome on the Range, Ilfeld Auditorium, Ray Drew Gallery, Plaza Hotel,  Fort Union Drive-In Theater, Arts & Cultural District of L

  • Letter: Few jobs, but lots of problems

    I sympathize with A.M. Maestas about lack of work in the county. I would love to see full employment here in El Valle. I’m one of many who are underemployed, and I don’t want to see anyone unemployed.

    At the same time, I’m thankful that the county commissioners are taking a hard look at what an industrial wind facility would bring; besides a few jobs for local residents (the vast majority of the work would go to out-of-state people).

  • Recycling 'hub' being proposed

    Is Las Vegas ready to get serious about recycling? A meeting on Monday morning could answer that question.

    The Las Vegas Recycling Task Force and the New Mexico Recycling Coalition are teaming up for a community meeting to discuss the city’s recycling program. The discussion will be not only about the city’s current recycling program, but also what it could be in the near future.

    The coalition has received more than $2 million in stimulus money to develop a recycling infrastructure called “hub and spoke” recycling.

  • Letter: Give city a seat, then move forward

    Las Vegas is the annual Fourth of July Fiesta, and the Fiesta is Las Vegas.

    The enormous undertaking of the Fiesta Council may not be fully realized by the rest of us.  For years the council has successfully put on the best Fiestas, second to none. We owe much gratitude to those serving and those who have served on this very important council.

    Not being privy to all the facts of what happened this year, I can only say that since the city contributes a large amount in services, it seems logical that the city be represented in this council.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN for ... SEPTEMBER 11 RESIDUALS. On the eve of the ninth year since “our world changed,” we can’t help but ponder our national condition. We are winding down one war that we were deceptively pushed in to, while escalating another war that, had we kept our focus, may have been resolved years ago. And at home, we’re arguing over the right of a particular religion to build near our future national monument at ground zero.

    Let’s hope we’re doing better at the 10 anniversary.

  • NMHU junior honored

    It looks like Justin Wagar’s wishes for big-time offense on his New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer team are coming true.

    Julissa Rodriguez, one of the Cowgirls’ key offseason acquisitions, scored three goals — a hat trick — and assisted on another in NMHU’s 4-1 defeat of St. Martin’s this past Sunday in Phoenix.

    In response, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference honored Rodriguez as its Player of the Week.