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Today's News

  • Feldman won't run for mayor

    Las Vegas City Councilman Andrew Feldman said last week that he won’t run for mayor next year.

    “I feel I can be more effective as a councilor working for the betterment of Las Vegas if we get a good mayor in the 2010 election,” he said.

    Feldman said he hasn’t endorsed anyone for mayor yet.

    No one has announced for mayor so far, but several have expressed interest, including San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz, former City Councilman Louie Trujillo and former state employee Tonita Gurulé-Giron.

  • Council enacts new ethics rule

    The City Council enacted a resolution last week to establish a protocol for how the mayor and council members can communicate with bidders and contractors.

    The resolution bans governing body members from talking with bidders about negotiations or procurement of contracts. The officials can talk to the bidders about other subjects.

  • Work of Art: 'Whatever' a huge put-down

    On a recent talk show, a caller said the radio guest had “hit the nail on the head.” Wow, what perception!

    I don’t mean to appear haughty, but I find it hard — always have — to commend such a caller for profundity. “Hit the nail on the head” is a metaphor meaning that what the guest said was absolutely correct. Up to that time, I’d never met-a-phor I didn’t like.

    How is it possible to comment further without carting out the vitriol and sarcasm? I’ll try.

  • Local dancers take their moves to Caribbean

    Ten local dancers got to show off their moves far away from the Meadow City.

    In August, the dancers between the ages of 12 and 15 attended a weeklong global dance conference in Kingston, Jamaica. Sponsored by Dance and the Child International and hosted jointly by the University of the West Indies and Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, the conference was open to dancers and dance companies.

    The dancers are members of the Las Vegas Children’s Dance Theater under the direction of Kathleen Kingsley.

  • Editorial: Tasers not the sheriff's call

    For months, the San Miguel County Commission has been considering whether the Sheriff’s Department should use Tasers.

    Last week, the commission held a public hearing on the electroshock weapon. Sheriff Benjie Vigil invited several other sheriffs; speaking for them was the director of the New Mexico Sheriffs and Chiefs Association, Jim Burleson.

    Burleson’s message was simple: The sheriff should decide whether to use Tasers, not the County Commission.

  • Lawyer: Give power to mayor

    Members of a committee drafting a new city constitution want to give more powers to the council and the people — at the expense of the mayor.

    But a former city attorney says that would be unwise and make city government less efficient.

    For more than a half hour at a hearing last week, local attorney Dave Romero spelled out his objections to the City Council about the 35-page proposed city charter.  

  • LETTER: Personal opposition goes long way back

    I would like to offer some of my reasons for opposing consolidation of the East and West school administrations. First of all, I finished my elementary education in West Las Vegas in 1947. At that time, few of the kids from West Las Vegas would attend Highlands High School. Some of the West kids whose families could afford it attended Highlands High School or the I.C. Catholic School. ...

  • No. 13 unlucky for 'Pokes

    Defense kept New Mexico Highlands in the game for most of the first half, but the overwhelming strength of Nebraska-Kearney prevailed in a 52-3 rout Saturday at Perkins Stadium.

    UNK, which jumped from 21st to 13th in the NCAA Division II national rankings this past week, is the No. 1 team in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference at 6-1 overall and 5-0 in league play.

    Highlands fell to 0-7, 0-5, and will try again for its first win Saturday when Colorado State-Pueblo comes to town.

  • AS IT IS: Transparently untransparent

    A few weeks ago, a political observer told me that he was hearing reports that Mayor Tony Marquez wouldn’t run for a second term.

    I didn’t really believe that at the time. Marquez is a relatively young, ambitious guy. Why would he voluntarily relinquish his throne?

    Of course, the mayor won’t show his cards about his plans for next year. He won’t even return my calls or e-mails.

    Marquez works in Santa Fe, so people around here don’t see him much. He’s removed from the town he leads.

  • Man dies in crash

    A man was killed while crossing Grand Avenue on Thursday night, city police said.

    Joseph Guerin, 73, was crossing Grand in the 1100 block of Grand Avenue wearing dark clothing when he was hit by a 1987 Ford pickup, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

    He was taken by ambulance to Alta Vista Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Herminia Romero, 62, was the pickup driver traveling south on Grand, police said. She took a blood test and was determined to be completely sober, police said.