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Today's News

  • As It Is: Low-profile lawmakers

    Last week, state Rep. Eleanor Chavez, D-Albuquerque, wrote on Facebook that she held a town hall with her constituents. She said they told her they opposed a food tax and education cuts, wanted to close corporate loopholes and pushed reform of the tax structure.

    She said she walked away impressed.

    Wait a minute. State lawmakers hold town halls?

    Apparently, some do. Our lawmakers held one at Luna Community College in the summer, but they haven’t held one in the months leading up to the annual legislative session, which starts this week.

  • Dons fifth in Dexter tourney

    Tomas Benavidez scored 14 points and Ambrosio Castellano tallied 13 for West Las Vegas, helping the Dons to a 51-42 win over Cloudcroft Saturday in the fifth-place game of the Dexter Invitational.

    It was an uplifting weekend for the West boys, who bounced back from a 79-64 opening round loss to Hagerman to win their last two games. The Dons defeated Hot Springs 64-52 on Friday, reaching the consolation final.

    On Saturday, WLV built a modest early lead on Cloudcroft and began to pull away in the second quarter, taking a 31-22 halftime lead.

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  • Mil Gracias letter

    The West Las Vegas Valley Elementary and Middle School would like to express our appreciation to the following businesses and people for their donations and support in helping to make our winter concert and winter festivities a success:  Walgreens, Community First Bank, Elks Lodge, Walmart, Christine Ludi, Rep. and Mrs. Richard Vigil and Mr. and Mrs. Tony Vigil Jr.

    Becky Gallegos

    Principal

    Valley Elementary and Middle School

  • Mora school officials in dispute

    The chairman and the vice chairman of the Mora school board have gotten into a war of words via e-mail.

    Their differences are over the use of a district credit card and issues surrounding the hiring of Leroy “Huero” Sanchez as interim superintendent.

    On Dec. 16, Vice Chairman George Trujillo sent an e-mail to Chairman Joseph Griego, copied to other board members. He questioned what the pay and length of the contract would be for Sanchez, who took over just days before when the district put the superintendent, Dora Romero, on leave.

  • Marquez: City team '2nd to none'

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez says he is handing his successor a “great administration.”

    At last week’s City Council meeting, Marquez recognized the municipal candidates who were in the audience — mayoral candidate Alfonso Ortiz, Ward 1 council candidate Bruce McAllister, and Ward 4 council candidates David Romero and Joseph R. Baca.

    Marquez, elected in 2008 after more than a decade on the council, isn’t running for a second two-year term. Ortiz faces two write-in candidates, Patrick Romero and Daniel Holguin, in the March 2 election.

  • County enacts drilling moratorium

    The San Miguel County Commission passed a year-long moratorium on permits for oil and gas drilling — a move supported by everyone who spoke before the panel, including an industry spokeswoman.

    No one has approached the county about possible drilling, but companies have proposed such activity in neighboring Mora and Santa Fe counties.

    In calling for the moratorium, the county plans to form a task force and seek the advice of experts to develop a new ordinance for drilling. The current land-use ordinance includes just a half page dealing with such activity.

  • Hospital payment delayed

    No show, no money.

    That was the County Commission’s position this week when it rejected Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s request for nearly $42,000 in indigent funds.

    In November, the county started requesting that representatives from both Alta Vista and Santa Fe’s Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center appear before the commission to get their portion of county indigent funds.

    Such money helps the hospitals cover the costs of people too poor to pay for health care.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN to ... A BAD THUMB. Last week we paid tribute to the Robertson High School boys’ basketball team championship at the Stu Clark Tournament, intending to give the Cardinals a thumbs up for their accomplishment. But we went the wrong direction and accidentally used a down thumb instead, thereby leading some of our readers to a bad impression.

  • Letter: Accused DWI offender was hurt

    In reporting the story on John Roybal, the words allegation and allegedly were used loosely. The word “fact,” I believe, did not appear. Here are some points to consider.

  • Hometown Heroes: Woman leaves forest agency after 32 years

    Dolores Maese told a large audience of family and friends that for the last 32 years she loved to go to work because every day she worked with heroes.

    “I have so much respect for those who lay their lives on the line, those who are on the front lines fighting fires, and those who manage the forests and state parks,” Maese said.

    Maese started with the U.S. Forest Service in 1978, rising from a clerk-typist at the Las Vegas Ranger District to a public affairs officer at the regional office in Santa Fe.