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Today's News

  • City eyes housing needs

    The city has been talking with developers about the possibility of building new public housing, officials said last week.

    But they said no company will get any kind of advantage in the process.

    Three years ago, the city demolished the housing at the old public development along Mills Avenue. Officials have long planned to replace that housing.  

  • Council rejects proposed charter

    The Charter Commission, which has been drafting a new constitution for the city of Las Vegas, has been getting mixed messages from the City Council.

    Everyone involved in the drafting of the charter agrees on one thing: Winners of mayoral and council races must have the support of a majority of voters.

    But they part ways over how to make this happen.

    Last month, the council voted 2-1 in favor of instant runoffs, in which voters rank candidates in a single election. That results in a candidate with a majority, the idea’s supporters contend.

  • Lady Cards' Harge signs with NMHU

    A top Lady Cardinal is going to be a Cowgirl.

    New Mexico Highlands volleyball coach Jim Deisler this week announced the early signing of Robertson senior Jazmine Harge for the 2010 team.

    Harge played a major role in Robertson’s successful 2009 season that culminated in a state semifinals appearance.

  • Big 'O' for Cowboys

    For the third outing in a row, New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball rocketed over the 100-point threshold on Monday night in a 109-61 blowout of NAIA school University of the Southwest in Hobbs.

    Notably, the three games took place within a four-day span. Monday’s win followed a pair of victories in the Cowboys’ own NMHU Thanksgiving Classic that also saw them generate big offense. Highlands routed Jarvis Christian 106-75 on Nov. 27, then beat a solid Angelo State squad 109-100 the following night.

  • To the Point: Consolidation inadequate

    The flames of the local public school consolidation fires will be fanned by the latest front-page revelations of fiscal mismanagement, inattentive governance and incompetent leadership in the local school systems.  

    These continue a cycle of previous front-page revelations of cheating, stealing, assaults, sexual predation(s) and other underachievements of our educational organizations.  

  • Mil Gracias letter

    This from a canine perspective:

    Hello to the fantastic city of Las Vegas and to those of you in the surrounding areas as well! My tail hasn’t stopped wagging since the Sweetie Pie Initiative, named after me of course, held it’s Halloween Carnival. I would like to give four paws up to the anything-but-bare-bones support we received.  

    Thanks to you, many dogs and cats will be spayed and neutered and live happier, healthier lives! We sniffed all over town for support and we found it, right under our noses.

  • Editorial: A divisive decision

    As further evidence of just how divided Las Vegas is, let us turn our attention to the recent decision by the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce to let go of Vince Howell, who was serving as marketing coordinator. Last month, Howell’s $32,000 annual contract was ended because, according to chamber President Matt Martinez, is was too pricey.

    That was a weak excuse for a bad decision that only takes Las Vegas further down the road to self-destruction. This town is already a rough place to do business, and the chamber’s action only makes it worse.

  • Hospital expected to take questions

    The top official at Alta Vista Regional Hospital is expected to appear before the County Commission next week.

    County Manager Les Montoya said that Richard Grogan, the privately run hospital’s CEO, has agreed to attend the county meeting, which is set for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the meeting room at the West Las Vegas administration building.  

  • Delay sought for school project

    The $2.9 million Tony Serna Elementary School construction project will go forward — it’s just a question of when.

    The West Las Vegas district has requested to delay the project’s start to May, rather than January, as originally planned.

    Superintendent Jim Abreu said during a recent school board meeting that there were three sites that children would be sent during the year-long renovation. However, board members Caroline Lopez , Kenny Lujan and David Romero were not keen on the plan.

  • Work of Art: 'Official U.S. mail recipient'

    With trembling hands, I slid my thumb under the perforated seal in anticipation of news that could be only good or bad.

    The envelope had the image of the bald eagle, a line of stars and the word “official” two places in front and once in back. It came with the familiar no-nonsense san-serif font we’re all familiar with, and it bore specific instructions:

    • “To be opened by addressee only.” Darn! I was hoping my neighbor James Sandoval would be the first to open it.