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Today's News

  • Lopers pull away from ‘Pokes

    The 12th ranked team in NCAA Division II football, Nebraska-Kearney won its 16th consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular-season football game Saturday at the expense of visiting New Mexico Highlands.


    The Cowboys played fairly close much of the game, but the Lopers, aided by a couple of key turnovers, pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 38-13 final.


    NMHU (1-7, 1-5 RMAC) trailed just 21-13 at halftime and 24-13 to start the final period.

  • Our take on amendments

    On Nov. 2, voters will decide on five proposed state constitutional amendments. Here are our opinions on them:

  • As It Is: How to get things done

    Las Vegas is a spirited town, and we certainly have our fair share of activists.


    Two local activists, Pat Leahan and Catherine Montaño, are good examples to show what to do and what not to do.


    Both women agree on most controversial local issues — oil and gas drilling, wind turbines, low-flying Air Force jets.


    But Leahan gets things done and Montaño doesn’t.

  • Que Pasa-Oct. 25, 2010

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    • The Kenya Safari Acrobats will perform at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, at Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium. The Kenya Safari Acrobats, who perform across the country, include death-defying stunts, comedy, audience participation, and heart-pounding music to create a production that will have all ages on the edge of their seats. General admission tickets are $5, Highlands faculty and staff tickets are $3, and Highlands students with a valid HU ID get in free.

  • County nixes buffers for turbines

    A majority of the San Miguel County Commission this week rejected the idea of creating special zones to keep out wind turbines in the areas along the Pecos and Gallinas rivers.


    County Manager Les Montoya had pushed the idea since August, and at a meeting this week, he and others presented a proposal that would ban wind turbines from being seen from the beds of either of the two rivers.


    “We considered visibility of wind towers as a principal concern within these areas,” the manager said.

  • East chief unhappy with bond adviser

    The top Las Vegas City Schools official said this week that he wasn’t satisfied with the performance of the school district’s bond adviser. 

    Rick Romero, the district’s superintendent, said he had many questions for the adviser, Al Clemmons, in the wake of an unexpected 30 percent property tax increase.


    A taxpayer who forked out $1,500 in property taxes last year will be paying nearly $2,000 this year.

  • Man charged in string of burglaries

    State police earlier this month apprehended a Ribera man for allegedly breaking into seven cars and taking two others at several properties in the Valley.


    Eloi A. “Rambo” Leyba, 22, was arrested on suspicion of seven counts of burglary of cars and, two counts of auto theft, two counts of burglaries to structures, aggravated burglary to a house and evading a police officer.


    Police said Leyba committed the burglaries during daylight on Oct. 7 in the Valley.

  • Problem at Mora poll site alleged

    Janelle Sanchez went to the Mora County clerk’s office on Monday to vote for her father, John Sanchez, the Republican incumbent running for magistrate judge.


    But while she was there to early vote, she said she was encouraged to support Charles Trujillo, her father’s Democratic opponent in the Nov. 2 election.

  • 2 groundbreaking ceremonies, 1 project

    A bunch of officials gathered this week to break ground for the new nursing home at the state hospital. Armed with shovels, some of them gave speeches.


    It was a case of déja vu.


    Three years ago, the officials held a similar ceremony for the same project.


    There was one major difference this time — construction had already begun.

  • Above and Beyond: Student rep plans to go into Marines

    Westly Cole was sworn in Tuesday as the student representative on the Las Vegas City Schools board for the 2010-11 school year.
    Cole became a Las Vegas resident during his second semester as an eighth-grader at Memorial Middle School. He said since then, he considers himself a friend to all groups and cliques.


    Cole’s voice can be heard every morning via the Robertson High School intercom system, a job he has held for the past three years. He is also a reporter for the school newspaper.