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Today's News

  • 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

  • City stops accepting septic tanks’ waste

    The city of Las Vegas’ wastewater plant recently stopped accepting the contents of septic tanks. Officials say the plant is unable to handle the waste.

    But they expect it to be able to do so in a few weeks, although the city is quick to point out that there are no guarantees.

    The city has taken such waste from haulers for years from residents all over northeastern New Mexico. Now, the haulers must take it to facilities in Santa Fe and Pojoaque, which will likely increase the costs for owners of septic tanks.

  • County departments didn’t submit written opinions

    San Miguel County collects opinions on proposed developments from various agencies as part of its approval process.

    That’s what it did for the proposed 46-lot Óxido development just north of Las Vegas.

    It received written responses from such state agencies as the state engineer’s office and the state Cultural Affairs Department. But the county got nothing in writing from its own public works and fire departments.

  • Development gets green light

    The San Miguel County Commission last week approved the preliminary plans for what would be the largest new housing development outside of Las Vegas in many years.

    The commission approved the plat for the 46-lot development about a mile north of Las Vegas city limits. It would be on the west side of N.M. Highway 518, south of Pork Chop Hill Road.

    The development would exclude mobile homes and regulate architectural styles. The lots would range from three-fourth of an acre to 10 acres.

  • Police: Man gets 5th DWI

    A Las Vegas man was stopped recently for his fifth DWI, state police said. That was after he allegedly attempted to change seats with a passenger.

    Paul E. Sanchez, 45, 2700 Hot Springs Blvd Space 4, was charged with DWI, driving with a suspended or revoked license, and failure to maintain a lane of traffic.

    According to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court, a state police officer noticed that the driver of a white Chevrolet crossed the centerline several times around 11:30 p.m. June 25.

  • Local cowboys are event’s focus

    Pull on your boots on and head for the historic Plaza Hotel for the Cowboy Shindig on Sunday July 11.

    The event will be at 2 p.m. Entertainment will be by Rod Taylor.

    Mingle with the famous and not-so famous stars of the film. Grab a refreshment and get ready to watch on the big screen a flick featuring local cowboys and cowgirls and the ranches where they work.

  • Letter: Let’s make city a safe place

    Now a 9-year-old girl has been hit by a driver allegedly using a cell phone. What is going to be done about this?

    The judge must fine offenders.  Police must write tickets. The city has a responsibility to increase educational efforts. The ordinance must be modified to increase fines for the offense.

    Let’s make our city a better place, a safe place for our children.

    Bruce G. McAllister

    Las Vegas

  • Work of Art: A melon collie tail

    What are the chances? There are about a third of a billion people in the U.S., and two of us see the same person — a stranger — twice, though we’re hundreds of miles away?

    That’s too much of a coincidence, but stay with me and help me unravel this sighting matter.

    A while back, on the first Rail Runner trip for most of us, my family and I drove to Santa Fe’s South Capital Station to board the train for Albuquerque. There, I saw a man I swore had donned a half cantaloupe as a way of keeping cool.

  • Editorial: A Campos coverup?

    The administration of the Las Vegas City Schools should keep the school board in the loop on major developments — good or bad.

    But it looks as if former Superintendent Pete Campos fell far short of that goal when the state activities association placed Robertson High School’s football team on probation for two years. He apparently didn’t even bother to tell the board.

    We found out about the probation last week from a lawsuit filed by the victims of the sexual assaults at the varsity football team’s camp in the Gallinas Canyon in August 2008.