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Today's News

  • Letter: Noise pollution needs addressing

    Mayor Ortiz, it’s time to revise our town’s noise ordinance. It’s also time to get out the ear plugs. I heard some robins singing until they were drowned out by the too-familiar warm weather cacophony of motorcycles without mufflers, loud cars and boom boxes. Damn!

    Does it bother anybody else? Why are these noise polluters allowed to make as much noise as they want to? There’s no control. It’s not fair, it’s rude and inconsiderate, bad for our health, and an invasion of privacy. Something should change, and I’m not moving out of town.

  • Editorial: A disturbing petition

    LeeEtte Quintana, the associate superintendent for the Las Vegas City Schools, should not be tied to the alleged actions of her husband, Jay Quintana, the former Robertson High School coach and teacher accused of repeatedly having sex with a student.

    At the same time, Quintana, the district’s second in command, should have nothing to do with the case when she is acting in her capacity as associate superintendent. And if she does, her actions deserve the greatest of public scrutiny.

  • Cold won't stop them

    Three local athletes covering a spectrum of age groups continue to represent the Meadow City in a series of area distance running events.

    Tony Gallegos and Howard Dunbar braved cold temperatures, high winds, and a sandy course at the 10-mile portion of the Shamrock Shuffle held Sunday morning in Rio Rancho. Gallegos covered  the course in a time of 1:18:04, which was good for an overall 17th place and fifth in his age group. Dunbar finished in 1:35:58 to finish 53rd overall and third in his age group.

  • City judge's pay hike irks council

    With his new term in office, Municipal Judge Eddie Trujillo will now make $80,000 a year, up from $68,000.

    That’s because of a 2003 City Council ordinance that ties the pay of the municipal judge to that of state magistrate judges.

    It’s not a change that members of the City Council are happy with. At a meeting last week, some suggested the possibility of repealing the ordinance that calls for the pay hike.

  • Cardinals champs of Socorro tourney

    Robertson baseball kept its strong start going Saturday with a resounding 20-7 win over Socorro in the championship game of the Warriors’ own invitational.

    The Cardinals, who placed third in the season-opening Cobre Invite, are 7-1 under first-year head coach Shannon Aragon.

    In other diamond action over the weekend, West Las Vegas opened its home baseball schedule with 4-0 and 11-0 losses to Valencia; NMHU baseball won two of its first three with Metro State (8-12, 8-4, 4-1); and NMHU softball split at Colorado Mines (6-3, 7-2, 1-5, 8-9).

  • Letter: School a primer for prison life

    The prison industrial complex continues to exert pressure on our citizens to comply with a very dangerous trend.  Drive by any middle school or high school and you see a primer for the prison lifestyle.  Fenced-in campuses are guarded by personnel at a security gate, much like a military or prison complex.  

  • Mayor urges strict compliance with Open Meetings Act

    Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said last week that he wants to avoid even the appearance of holding secret meetings.

    At his first City Council meeting as mayor, he said council members shouldn’t even sit next to each other during events they attend outside of council meetings.

    He said he wanted to make sure the council strictly followed the state Open Meetings Act, which prevents a quorum of members from talking about public business outside of advertised meetings.

  • Unforgettable!

    Even before tipoff Friday night, this already was a season for the history books as far as West Las Vegas girls’ basketball is concerned.

    But with a gritty overtime finish in the state championship game, the Lady Dons and rival Santa Fe Indian School ensured the last game of 2009-10 is one that fans are unlikely to forget.

    SFIS came out on top 56-50 after outscoring West 11-5 in the extra period Friday, claiming a state title in Class 3A.

  • Lawmaker's memorial service set

    The memorial service for former local lawmaker David Salman will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the state Capitol.

    Salman died Feb. 28, 2010. He was 74.

  • Vikings 'tougher team' vs. Highlands

    The learning curve was harsh Saturday for the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys in their first-ever NCAA postseason appearance.

    After a promising start in the Central Regional opener against Augustana (S.D.), Highlands fell into a shooting funk midway through the first half and couldn’t recover. Final score: Vikings 87, Cowboys 73.