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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Big turnout for Fiesta Run

    A record 421 participants — ranging from 1-year-old toddler Micah Padilla in the children’s event to octogenarian Donilia Nieto in the 5-kilometer walk — made this year’s Fiesta Memorial Run a runaway success.

    Sean Stan, 19, nipped Patrick Ortiz, 21, for the 10-kilometer run overall title on Sunday morning; three seconds separated the two at the front of the pack, which traversed from Montezuma to the heart of Old Town.

  • Letter: Mil Gracias

    The Meadow City Umpires Tournament, held June 18-19 at the Rodriquez Baseball Complex, was a successful event. My gratitude is extended to all the participants — players, umpires, bookkeepers, and fans — and certainly to the sponsors whose contributions allowed the two-day tourney to become a reality.

    Sponsors were All-Terrain Transmissions, Community First Bank, Divine Dental, Expert Auto Detail, Hair Innovations, Hillcrest Restaurant, Pam’s Flowers, Subway and Urban Wear.

  • Local fans can see top athletes in action

    It’s North-South week in Las Vegas, and that means local fans will have one last chance to see some of the Class of 2010’s premier athletes in action before they leave their high school heroics in the rear-view mirror.

    A week full of practices and activities culminates with the Class 3A girls’ and boys’ basketball games beginning at 5 p.m. Friday at the Wilson Complex, followed by the Class 3A football game kicking off at 6 on Saturday evening at Perkins Stadium.

  • Letter: A dangerous precedent

    I’m angry. I’m angry at the depth and breadth of the hypocrisy exposed by this Val Kilmer “issue.” What happened to the “clear and present danger” that could have affected the county’s health and safety county attorney Jesus Lopez advised would result if the commission approved Mr. Kilmer’s application?