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Today's News

  • Little League All-Stars hit Raton

    Top Little Leaguers from Las Vegas will join counterparts from Mora, Clayton, Taos, Springer, Questa and host city Raton this week for the district all-star tournaments.

    The action begins bright and early Saturday morning in Raton. Each bracket is double-elimination.

    Weekend early-round games, by division:

    Baseball, 9-10

  • Report: Head Start turns around

    In a big turnaround, the West Las Vegas Head Start program is now fully compliant with regulations, a federal agency has determined.

    This will mean that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will end its heightened oversight of the program, said Joseph Griego, the local Head Start director. The oversight was the result of problems the agency found in the local program years ago.

    The program provides early education to low-income children from throughout the area, including the east side.

  • ‘Lady Liberty’ takes prize

    Carmel Pacheco-Aragon didn’t have to look far for inspiration when she decided to try for the Fiesta Memorial Run’s new prize for outlandish racing attire.

    Perhaps caught up in the patriotism of the Independence Day holiday, she crafted a costume based on the Statue of Liberty. She donned a head ornament, wrapped herself in a robe and completed the outfit with a torch replicating the one held aloft by Lady Liberty.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news

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    SUCCESSFUL FIESTAS. Kudos to the volunteers who put on the annual Fiestas de Las Vegas. Once again, they did an outstanding job. And the credit goes to the volunteers who remain with the Fiesta Council and those who were let go.

     

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  • Dulcey Amargo: Conspicuous construction

    Obviously, I’m playing on economist Thorstein Veblen’s concept of “Conspicuous Consumption,” in his 1899 publication “The Theory of the Leisure Class.”

    Veblen, a Norwegian-American, promulgates the idea that people purchase certain goods and services not to survive, but rather to identify themselves as having superior wealth and social standing. Well, our Las Vegas Conspicuous Construction is resultant of a different motive, I suspect.

  • RHS girls’ soccer camp next week

    Local girls’ soccer players age 5 to 11 are invited to take part in an upcoming camp hosted by Robertson High  girls’ coach Ray Parks.

    The camp runs next week at the RHS field. Daily camp hours Monday through Thursday are 8 a.m. to noon.

    On-site registration will be available the first day of camp; for advance registration or other information, parents may call Parks at (505) 795-9256. The cost per camper is a $20 fee.

    Parks has guided the RHS Lady Cardinals to consecutive district championships and state tournament appearances.

  • Vaulting regional event in town

    Part sport, part art form, part stuntman work. That is a way to describe equestrian vaulting, which will be showcased this weekend at Santa Fe Trail Event Center.

    A regional vaulting competition, in Las Vegas for the first time, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 9 to 1 on Sunday.

  • Couple suspected of attacking teen

    A couple has been accused of attacking their daughter’s former best friend, state police said.

    Brenda Parks, 41, of Sapello, was charged with aggravated battery, a third-degree felony.

    Her husband, Raymond Parks, 43, also of Sapello, will face a misdemeanor charge of battery, according to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court.

    The alleged victim was a 17-year-old girl, who was at a Fourth of July party in the Sapello area where the couple was.

  • Letter: Editha Bartley jerks out memories

    Editha Bartley’s stories always jerk great memories back to the present for a timeless moment. When we cut our fingers trying to whittle a forked stick into a sling shot, Mom dabbed the injury with iodine or silver nitrate after kissing it. Or Grandpa would suck some white gas out of his four-door Studebaker convertible and slosh that on the wound hoping to prevent lock jaw. No Band-aids at our farm, which was two points east by south of Shangri-la.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    We wish to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to everyone who participated in the first annual Parent/Community Institute on June 19. We extend a special “thank you” to exhibitors, guest presenters and the local businesses who provided door prizes. It would not have been possible to implement this function without the help of our volunteers, so a special thanks to you as well. Last but not least, we would like to thank West Las Vegas High School for the use of its facilities. We look forward to providing this training again next year.

    Maria Montoya