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Today's News

  • Letter: Teachers need more support

    To anyone who has ever had a teacher: It takes more education and more money out of pocket than at any time in our country’s history to become and remain a teacher. Our student loan reform is a very good start, however, there are thousands of teachers out there now who have high-interest loans and old loans for teaching that are not forgiven.

  • Rules for wind farms debated

    Many area residents opposed to wind farms near their neighborhoods said Wednesday they liked a proposed three-mile setback from their homes.

    But an industry representative contended that the setback rule in a proposed San Miguel County ordinance would keep wind farms out of the county.

    On a windy afternoon, nearly 100 people packed into the County Commission’s chambers for a discussion on the county’s proposed wind ordinance. A task force has been meeting since early last year on the subject.

  • Top Vegas official charged

    Ken Garcia, the city’s utilities director, has been charged in connection with a fight at a local bar.

    Garcia, 44, who has an Albuquerque address,  faces a felony charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

    Garcia has been placed on paid administrative leave, while the city looks into the matter, City Attorney Dave Romero said.

    “A primary question for us is whether the incident was related to city activity or not,” Romero said.

  • Las Vegas sluggers look for progress

    With the state tournaments less than a month away, Las Vegas’ high school baseball teams are looking to cure what ails them in time to make a run.

    Robertson baseball, once ranked third in Class 3A, is trying to get back on track. Coach Shannon Aragon said playing well throughout a game is key.  

    “It has been frustrating because the team has so much potential and we are underachieving,” he said.  “We have been committing too many errors, and the players need to continue battling until the game is over.”

  • Rodeo safe for now

    One of two endangered sports programs at New Mexico Highlands University is reportedly safe — at least through the 2010-11 academic year.

    Citing what it called “a very generous gift” of $100,000 from two state officials — Gov. Bill Richardson and state Sen. Phil Griego — the school’s sports information department on Wednesday announced that NMHU’s rodeo club would be spared the ax, at least for the time being.

  • Letter: Wind project jobs will be replaced

    In regards to the mesa wind project, I’d like to express caution about relying on corporate promises of long-term jobs for the area.

    In business terms, jobs are labor expenses. These dirty and dangerous jobs eventually will be engineered out of the equation, replaced by computers. Since the priority is profit, there is no social contract obligating this company to employ anyone at all.

  • Mora has new AD

    The Mora Independent Schools district has a new athletic coordinator.

    Marco Sanchez is not new to the Mora Schools. He graduated from Mora High School in 1998. Nor is he new to athletics, as he was a member of the Mora basketball team that were the state basketball champions in 1998.

    Sanchez, who notes that the champion Rangers were guided by Manuel Romero, says he has the highest regard  for his former coach. He says he appreciates Romero’s positive attitude and counts him as one of his mentors as well as a good athlete himself.

  • Work of Art: A midnight dive into Storrie

    Back in the olden days, before Storrie Lake became a state park and when entry was free, I once took a couple of neighbor-acquaintances swimming. I call them acquaintances because they were not exactly my friends.

    Without getting into the semantics of what a friend is, let me explain that they were simply young men my age whom I saw regularly but who weren’t part of my circle.

  • Editorial: Don't fence out public

    Storrie Lake has been in the state park system for decades. So it’s no surprise that Las Vegas residents see this attraction as the domain of no particular group or person but, rather, as public property.

    The state, however, doesn’t own most of the park’s land. Instead, it’s the property of the Storrie Project Water Users Association, which serves ranchers, farmers and government agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • Top state official travels to Las Vegas in chopper

    State Department of Public Safety Secretary John Denko came to Las Vegas last week in a state police helicopter.

    It costs $600 an hour to run the chopper.

    But Denko said the trip to the Meadow City wasn’t for him. He said the two pilots needed some training time —  one of whom hadn’t flown in the Las Vegas area before.

    He said he came along because he has much experience piloting helicopters.