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Today's News

  • Ex-West official gets probation

    SANTA FE — A judge has sentenced the former bilingual coordinator for the West Las Vegas schools to three years on probation and ordered her to repay $13,856 in bilingual education funds to the district.

    State District Judge Stephen Pfeffer on Monday sentenced 48-year-old Roberta Vigil, who was convicted in May of fraud over $2,500 and conspiracy to commit fraud over $2,500.

    Vigil is the wife of state Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera.

  • EDITORIAL: Keep the public option

    Rep. Ben Ray Lujan’s public meeting this week in Santa Fe didn’t turn out like the other town hall meetings we’ve been hearing about across the country. Absent were the loud protests by those opposed to the Obama administration’s health-care plan. One reason, more than likely, is that organizers of the event took written questions instead of letting citizens shout out their questions and concerns from the floor. Smart move, since those who are so aggressively against President Obama’s plan have become a bullying, not-so-silent minority.

  • WORK OF ART: Asleep during grammar class

    Several of us were chatting about what we learned in elementary school, and most agreed the subject that caused the most difficulty was grammar.

    My wife and I visited with a new acquaintance, Meggie, at a staff party Saturday. I made the point — with as much veracity as I could muster — that I had slept through most grammar classes during my years at Immaculate Conception School.

    But years later, what I dozed through came back when I needed it. It gives credence to those learn-in-your-sleep foreign language lessons, which don’t work for me.

  • Serafina woman dies in crash

    A Serafina woman was killed when the vehicle she was in crashed.

    Carole Eagen-Floyd, 70, was pronounced dead at the site of the crash.  

    State police officers were alerted to a single-car crash around 11 p.m. Saturday. The crash occurred in the northbound lanes of Interstate 25 near Ilfeld.

    The officers’ investigation has revealed that David Floyd, 56, was driving a 2000 Dodge Neon north on Interstate 25 when the left rear tire blew out.

  • Power goes out in much of Vegas

    Power went out in a large section of Las Vegas early Monday morning.

    The outage affected more than 2,100 customers between Mills Avenue, East University Avenue, New Mexico Avenue and N.M. Highway 283, according to Public Service Company of New Mexico, Las Vegas’ electric utility.

    Kevin Fuller, a PNM spokesman, said the outage appears to have resulted from a problem with a line. But he said the utility hadn’t determined the exact cause.

  • Chadron rated in national polls

    Several football teams from the Rocky Mountain Athletic conference are among the top-rated in the nation, according to a pair of recent NCAA Division II preseason polls.

    D2Football.com, a Web-based publication, picked the RMAC’s Chadron State as the 15th best team in the country, as per its media poll.

    Chadron was 11-2 in 2008 and rolled up a league championship.

  • Closure tied to loss of state money

    The head of the Rancho Valmora treatment center near Watrous say it’s closing because of a state decision on funding for such services — a change supported by a state lawmaker who represents that area.

    The closure means the loss of 65 jobs, said Bill McKay, president of Social Learning Environments, which runs Rancho Valmora and similar centers in Fort Davis, Texas, and Missoula, Mont. Rancho Valmora was Mora County’s largest employer, he said.

  • Balderas wants audit out

    State Auditor Hector Balderas says that he may have to order the city of Las Vegas and an auditing firm to release a final audit on billing in the utilities department.

    The audit started earlier this year after Mayor Tony Marquez alleged publicly that then-Utilities Director George DuFour and a city councilman, later identified as Andrew Feldman, may have illegally adjusted customers’ utilities bills.

    Recently, Feldman demanded the city release the audit, saying it had cleared him of Marquez’s allegations.

  • Voting project reveals oddities

    Paul Maez, who works in the county clerk’s office, is closely examining registrations to make sure voters are assigned to the right political districts.

    In so doing, he’s finding some oddities.

    At the beginning of the year, Maez, who is now the elections bureau supervisor, essentially swapped jobs with Melanie Rivera, who was elected county clerk. Maez served as county clerk for two four-year terms, but state law bars him from running for a third term in a row.

  • EDITORIAL: Counties are outgunned

    A federal whistleblower lawsuit alleges that Community Health Systems bilked Medicaid at three of its New Mexico hospitals, including Las Vegas’ Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

    The Tennessee-based company has yet to gets its day in court, and its spokesman is not commenting on the litigation.