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Today's News

  • Letter: Giuliani's opinions aren't truth-based

    Calling opinion the truth does not make it so! In David Giuliani’s July 5 column, he opined that racial profiling will follow from the Arizona immigration law, in direct violation of that same law. Are some law enforcement officials criminals? Obviously some may be — it has been known to happen here in New Mexico, too. However, I believe that the vast majority of Arizona officers are honorable. (And my naturalized daughter’s rights are riding upon this; she was born in Paraguay.)

  • Colfax fair hosts volleyball

    Neighbors to the north, the Colfax County Fair organizers are inviting participation in its first sand volleyball tournament.

    The tournament will carry a three-on-three co-ed format, with a maximum of four players per team, and it will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, at Springer’s POW Park. Team captains are asked to meet at 8:30 a.m.

    Entry fee is $60 a team, and deadline for entry is 8 a.m. the day of the event. To register, or more more information, contact Miguel Vasquez at 429-9962.

  • Work of Art: Where's the beef? Not in tacos

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Anyone who’s been around long enough for a green-and-red chile (notice the word ends in an “e,” not an “i”) inauguration knows the beneficial effects of eating it. It can cure gout, asthma, the common cold, rheumatism, depression, indigestion and a bad attitude.

  • Mayor says he won't run again

    Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz says he won’t run for a second term.

    Ortiz, the San Miguel County treasurer and a former city councilman, won a two-year term in March. But he said he never intended to serve more than two years.

    “I want to get the city moving in a positive direction,”  he said.

    Ortiz, 70, said he was hoping that someone younger and more dynamic would run for mayor in 2012.

  • Commentary: McDonald is the stuff of legend

    I believe that it is almost impossible to compare athletes from different eras because of all the variables involved. Yet, after saying this, I offer you the legend of Tommy McDonald.

    He was born on July 16, 1934, on a farm just outside of Roy, N.M.

  • City to consider trash rate hike

    The Las Vegas City Council will be asked to raise trash rates by 43 percent at its meeting today.

    Under the city staff’s proposal, residents’ bills would be increased from $14 a month to $20. Additionally, the rate structure would include automatic 5 percent yearly increases from 2012 to 2015.

    That’s too much at once, Councilman David Romero said this week.

  • Regent objects to use of buildings

    A Highlands University official says the university’s practice of renting out its facilities for private events needs to stop.

    Last week, Regent Jesus Lopez told the finance and administration committee that he chairs that he would like to see an outright ban on the practice.

    “The risks are incredible,” said Lopez, a Las Vegas lawyer.

    The matter of renting out campus space came before the finance committee in the form of an updated policy and price list.

  • Bar defends itself

    Leger's Liquors disputes allegations that repeat DWI offenders were at the local bar beforehand.

    Last week, Starkie Montaño, 60, of Las Vegas was charged with his 12th DWI on Collins Drive, state police said.

    According to a criminal complaint, Montaño told officers that he had had three beers at Leger’s bar, 2404 Seventh St., before the state police stopped him on Collins, which is near Leger’s and Montaño’s home.

    Evelyn Ortega, Leger’s co-owner, said it wasn’t true that Montaño had been at her bar.

  • LV 9-10 girls make a run

    A 7-2 heartbreaker against Mile High All-Stars on Monday night in Los Lunas brought a close to a spirited run by Las Vegas Little League’s 9-10 softball team.

    The outcome left LVLL just a couple victories short of a berth in the state championship game.

    Manager Angela Pino’s team, which earned a trip to state by winning the District 4 title earlier this month in Raton, won two of four games in the state tournament.

    The first of those games — Friday evening’s opener against Deming — may have been the most memorable.

  • Editorial: Ortiz ignores political rule

    Sometimes it seems as if there’s a rule in politics that officeholders must run for re-election — or at least leave the question open until the very end. But if it’s a rule, Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz is ignoring it.

    This week, Ortiz, just five months into his two-year term, revealed that he doesn’t plan to run again in 2012.