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Today's News

  • Letter: Time to crack down on burglars

    The San Miguel District Attorney’s Office recently prosecuted and received a conviction on a San Geronimo resident who has been plaguing the Mineral Hill area with burglaries. This individual along with two, and at times, three others have burglarized numerous residences in the area. One home has been burglarized four times now and there is now virtually nothing left to steal.

  • Teachers getting ready for class

    West Las Vegas High School teacher John Duran says he’s ready for school to start, and like many other teachers in Las Vegas, he spent most of his summer vacation in the teaching mode.

    If that sounds boring, Duran quickly dispels the notion.

    “I took a week off, and then began getting ready to teach engineering, graphics, and auto computer-aided design for the New Mexico MESA Summer Enrichment Program,” he said.

  • Rancho Valmora is closing

    Rancho Valmora, a residential treatment center for troubled teens, is in the process of closing.

    The facility’s parent organization, Social Learning Environments, is consolidating Rancho Valmora’s operations into centers in Fort Davis, Texas, and Missoula, Mont.

    Rancho Valmora started near Watrous in the early 1990s and is believed to have been the largest private employer in Mora County at one point. It is unclear how many employees will lose their jobs as a result of the shutdown.

  • EDITORIAL: Make them live here

    At a recent public forum on the proposed city charter, some said they liked the idea that the city require its managers to live right here in Las Vegas.

    This may seem like a no-brainer, but it hasn’t always been the case. Remember that City Manager John Avila, who served from 2005 to 2008, kept his main residence in the Albuquerque area and only stayed in a local apartment during the week. That likely made him less effective.

  • EDITORIAL: Let’s see the audit

    Earlier this year, the city commissioned a special audit into billing adjustments in the utilities department. Mayor Tony Marquez said Councilman Andrew Feldman and Utilities Director George DuFour may have reduced people’s bills in violation of the law. (The mayor didn’t mention Feldman’s name specifically, but it was clear who he was talking about when he said “a councilman.”)

    DuFour lost his job over the issue. Both DuFour and Feldman have insisted for months they did nothing wrong.

  • Fall slate begins

    Although summer won’t technically be over until midnight Sept. 22, vacation time for area student-athletes is done.

    Today is the official first day of full practices for state high school sports programs, as regulated by the New Mexico Activities Association.

  • AS IT IS: Sugar goes a long way

    When a police officer stops you, it’s always advisable to cooperate. That’s been my usual method of dealing with law enforcement.

    Only one time did I cop an attitude with an officer. And it didn’t work — I still got a speeding ticket.

    A couple of weeks ago, I was stopped by state police Officer Frank Chavez for speeding, as I reported in my column last week. He was professional, just like nearly every officer I have encountered over the years. But sometimes, cops can get out of hand, just like those in any profession.

  • West board argues, then hears input

    About 40 people turned out for a special West Las Vegas school board forum called to hear concerns from parents, staff, students and concerned citizens. 

    After the meeting was gaveled to order, a good portion of her meeting was taken by board members arguing about what direction the meeting should take, what kind of questions would be heard, or if there would be any kind of interaction between the board and the audience. 

  • City urged to act on housing

    The city demolished the old public housing development along Mills Avenue a couple of years ago.

    Nothing has replaced it, but Santa Fe businessman Frank Koppler wants to change that.

    He spoke to the City Council last week about reviving plans to put affordable housing on the site. He wants to pick up where the city left off with such a project a couple of years ago.

  • LETTER: Parking signs were misleading

    I love Las Vegas and all the people. I worked there for 12 years, but I have a compliant. This past weekend, there was a bike rally in old town.

    My husband and I are both bike lovers. We were looking around for a place to park and finally saw a sign that read: “Public Parking.” No sooner had we parked when a security officer told us to move since that was “private parking.”