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Today's News

  • Still needed in the GOP

    Recently, former New Mexico Gov. David Cargo visited Las Vegas, as he has done so many times before. And true to his nature, this lifelong Republican found friends at every turn in this overwhelmingly Democratic town.

    On radio and at this newspaper, he told the tales of his political trials and tribulations as though he were reliving the glory days of his illustrious past. Anyone who is familiar with him knows he’s quite the storyteller — he has a lot of fun remembering days gone by.

  • Letter: Seeking items from New Mexico

    Hi! I am a fifth-grade student at West Ridge Elementary School in Harlan, Iowa. My class is studying geography and the history of the United States. I’m glad I have New Mexico because I like studying Native Americans. I would appreciate it if you could send me a map, some souvenirs, and some pictures.

    My teacher would like a car license plate for a school project, if possible. I appreciate your time. Thank you!

    Greg S. of Mrs Newlin’s Social Studies class

    West Ridge Elementary School

    1401 19th St., Harlan, IA 51537

  • Police watching for traffic violators near mayor's house

    Motorists may want to slow down and obey the stop sign at Tecolote and Chavez streets. The police are watching.

    On Thursday, an officer pulled over violators of traffic laws at that intersection, which is next to Mayor Alfonso Ortiz’s house. The officer was stationed on Chavez, far enough away that drivers on Tecolote couldn’t see him.

    Chavez and Tecolote is a T-intersection, with Chavez ending in front of the mayor’s four-bay garage.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN to ... AGENDAS NOT HELPFUL. The state Open Meetings Act requires that governing bodies produce a list of specific items -- otherwise known as an agenda -- to be discussed for their meetings. The attorney general’s office interprets this requirement to mean that interested members of the public are given reasonable notice about the topics a public body plans to address. It advises against using broad or vague terms.

  • Vatos blaze past Montana

    With a convincing 34-10 win our the 30-year-old University of Montana rugby club on Monday night at Perkins Stadium, the NMHU Rugby Club Vatos improved their spring record to 3-2.

  • Letter: Letter to a group of special youth

    This letter is addressed to the students from San Miguel and Mora counties who were pictured in the paper on March 19.

    Congratulations to all of you for your accomplishment, your academic achievements are a pride to your parents, your school and your community.

    You are all very special youth, with special talents.

    Follow your dreams and don’t even give up. You were chosen to be leaders and role models for your peers.

  • District baseball, softball under way

    One step forward, two steps back, one step forward again.

    Robertson High’s baseball team jumped to a No. 3 ranking in Class 3A on Wednesday, one day after a solid win at Santa Fe Indian School to open the District 2-3A schedule.

    Beating SFIS 8-7 gave first-year skipper Shannon Aragon reason to exhale again. Robertson had been rated fourth in the state by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association poll before it stumbled in a doubleheader defeat (16-3, 16-5) at Bernalillo on Saturday.

  • Man gets seventh DWI, police say

    A Las Vegas man was arrested earlier this week for his seventh DWI offense, state police said.

    Dennis Barela, 48, 116 Independence, was also charged with driving on a suspended or revoked license and weaving between lanes.

    According to a state police report, an officer stopped Barela shortly after midnight Tuesday on N.M. Highway 518 north of Las Vegas. The officer stated in his report that he saw Barela drive over the double-painted center divider line.

  • County says it's saving tax dollars

    San Miguel County is seeing big savings as it improves roads, thanks to the new crusher plant north of town, an official said.

    Harold Garcia, the county’s public service foreman, said the county put new base course on nearly two miles of Pork Chop Hill Road about four months ago.

    The improvements cost $30,000, far less than the estimated $150,000 it would have taken to hire a contractor for the same job, Garcia said.

  • Letter: Don't gamble with our future

    Mora County voters have put together an effective team of county commissioners who have made significant accomplishments. Through their leadership and vision, Mora County has made several improvements on many fronts, such as:

    • The county budget has been balanced and has been brought out of the red, in spite of the difficult economic times.

    • County employees were brought from a 32-hour work week to a 40-hours work week in order to serve the public effectively.