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    NECESSARY DISMISSAL. Yes, the presumption of innocence until proven guilty applies to all, including Ramon Montoya, the Mora County Sheriff’s Department transport officer who is accused of getting drunk and passing out alongside Interstate 25. He deserves his day in court. But his employer isn’t obligated to wait until the judicial system reaches a verdict, and was therefore justified in firing him after an internal investigation.

  • Keeping It Simple: Renovation projects

    The Grand Avenue renovation project seems to be coming along nicely. The summer travelers had some maneuvering to do in order to find their destination and local residents are still having to find new routes to get around.


    Since the renovation involves Grand Avenue from Tilden to National Avenue, I am wondering how the abyss at the corner of Lincoln and Grand Avenue is going to be resolved.  This ugly hole in the ground has been with us far too long.

  • Changing of guard

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said with greater power comes greater responsibility. The former deputy chief was sworn in Friday as interim chief by Mayor Alfonso Ortiz.


    Montaño replaces Gary Gold, who retired Friday after more than three years on the job.

  • Highlands gets USDA funding

    Highlands University was awarded a new $290,000 USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant aimed at increasing student interest in science majors and professions.


    “The primary purpose of this new grant is to motivate students to major in science, technology, engineering, agriculture and math — the STEAM disciplines,” said Edward Martinez, a Highlands University natural resources professor who is the project administrator for the grant.

  • Woman killed in crash near Pecos

    An Albuquerque woman was killed late Sunday evening when the car she was driving crashed just north of Pecos.


    Just before 11 p.m. Sunday, state police officers from the Pecos office responded to the scene of a single-vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 25 near mile post 316.  


    Upon the officers’ arrival and through their investigation, they found out that Angelica Gallegos, 18, was driving southbound on Interstate 25 in a 2006 Pontiac.

  • Las Vegas Arts Council hosts show, workshop

    The Las Vegas Arts Council celebrates creative tinwork in its first Northern New Mexico Tin Art-Contemporary and Traditional Show in progress through Nov. 29 at the arts council gallery, 140 Bridge St.


    Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, or by appointment.


    Everyone is invited to a public reception with refreshments and an ongoing tin holiday ornament sale to benefit the council, from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13. The arts council will also host a tin ornament workshop Saturday, Dec. 4.

  • Cowgirls get nationals bid!

    New Mexico Highlands’ women’s soccer team will play on after earning its first-ever NCAA Division II tournament selection.


    Highlands (12-6-2 overall, 10-3-2 in league play) will play Regis (14-4-1) in a rematch of their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference semifinal. The match will take place at noon Friday in Winona, Minn.
    The NCAA announced the 48-team field Monday night.

  • Varela leads Pecos; Mora runners exceed expectations

    Mora’s cross country teams were one of the pleasant surprises of this past weekend’s state championships.


    Pecos’ Antonio Varela, on the other hand, didn’t surprise too many people.


    Varela, a juniorstandout for the Panthers all season, jammed to a time of 16:05, which not only won him his second consecutive individual title among Class 1A-2A boys, it also was the fastest of any classification.


    The meet was held along with those for all classes on Saturday in Rio Rancho.

  • YAFL 49ers strike silver
  • Addressing bullying

    It’s good to see Las Vegas City school officials grappling with the problem of bullying. Not only are they taking the matter seriously, but they’re being open about how the problem exists, persists and must be addressed.


    Superintendent Richard Romero is right to make it a top priority. Bullying isn’t a “kids will be kids” issue; at best, it’s a form of harassment, at worst it’s, well, terrorism. In a few cases, it even results in someone’s death.