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Today's News

  • Letter: Thanks for county responsiveness

    In the past, I’ve written two letters expressing my concern, and that of my neighbors, about the issue of oil and gas drilling in San Miguel County.  The subjects of these letters were the unbalanced weighting of the ordinance task force toward those sympathetic with the oil and gas industry and the equivocal and dodgy responses people got when they asked whether or not the task force meetings would be open to the public for observation.

  • Elkette star delivers for North girls

    The last stand and fond farewell of three Meadow City girls’ basketball standouts — West Las Vegas’ Linda Esquibel and Robertson’s Daniella Montoya and Karlee Bradley — was a sentimental favorite of the home crowd at Friday’s North-South game.

    But with the explosiveness she brought to the Wilson Complex, Dionna Montoya of Pojoaque looked like she was roaring “hello,” not saying “goodbye.”

  • Fiesta members ousted

    The Las Vegas Fiesta Council has ousted six of its members — some of whom have spent many years helping organize the annual event.

    On June 30, Fiesta President Mathew Martinez sent certified letters to the six volunteers, informing them that they were “terminated effective immediately.”

    Most of the six apparently didn’t get the letters until after the Fourth of July weekend, when the fiesta is held. The six make up a third of the council’s membership.

  • Mallette in national rodeo

    Deming Mallette, an 11th grader at Dora Cyber Academy, will compete on Team New Mexico in the upcoming National High School Finals Rodeo.

    The national rodeo — boasting more than 1,500 contestants — will take place July 18-24 in Gillette, Wyo.

    Mallette has qualified in the event of pole bending.

  • North-South time in Vegas

    Fifteen Meadow City athletes will be among those playing in the Class 3A North-South games this weekend, bidding adieu to their glory days as prep stars.

    The girls’ basketball all-star game tips off at 5 p.m. Friday at the Wilson Complex, followed immediately by the boys’ game.

    The football all-star game kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday at Perkins Stadium.

    Sanctioned by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association and staged by a volunteer committee, the North-South games have been situated in Las Vegas through the last decade.

  • 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.