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Today's News

  • Mayor urges strict compliance with Open Meetings Act

    Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said last week that he wants to avoid even the appearance of holding secret meetings.

    At his first City Council meeting as mayor, he said council members shouldn’t even sit next to each other during events they attend outside of council meetings.

    He said he wanted to make sure the council strictly followed the state Open Meetings Act, which prevents a quorum of members from talking about public business outside of advertised meetings.

  • Unforgettable!

    Even before tipoff Friday night, this already was a season for the history books as far as West Las Vegas girls’ basketball is concerned.

    But with a gritty overtime finish in the state championship game, the Lady Dons and rival Santa Fe Indian School ensured the last game of 2009-10 is one that fans are unlikely to forget.

    SFIS came out on top 56-50 after outscoring West 11-5 in the extra period Friday, claiming a state title in Class 3A.

  • Lawmaker's memorial service set

    The memorial service for former local lawmaker David Salman will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the state Capitol.

    Salman died Feb. 28, 2010. He was 74.

  • Vikings 'tougher team' vs. Highlands

    The learning curve was harsh Saturday for the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys in their first-ever NCAA postseason appearance.

    After a promising start in the Central Regional opener against Augustana (S.D.), Highlands fell into a shooting funk midway through the first half and couldn’t recover. Final score: Vikings 87, Cowboys 73.

  • As It Is: Not getting the whole story

    Many people have left the journalism profession to get more money. I don’t fault them for doing so.

    But it’s frustrating when they join government agencies and push for greater secrecy.

    At newspapers, we admittedly have an agenda: Promoting governmental openness.

    After all, taxpayers are footing the bills. They ought to know what’s going on.

  • Letter: Tribute to an educator

    Mr. Elias Hurtado has gone to a better life, but like most good educators he has left his footprints in the valley.

  • Alamo Street residents upset

    There’s no sugarcoating the condition of a portion of Alamo Street: It’s a muddy messy.

    And some residents there are fed up.

    The city suspended construction on Alamo from McRae to South Pacific streets at the onset of winter in mid-December. The same went for Piñon Street.

    With 18 snows so far this season, Alamo has become muddier and muddier. Two weeks ago, a garbage truck got struck. And the street contractor, Sangre de Cristo Gravel, found its tractors sliding around when it tried to fix after a recent rain.

  • Wright a national champ!

    New Mexico Highlands University athletes Seth Wright and Angella Graham have made the most of their time in the national spotlight.

    Wright became the school’s first NCAA Division II national champion in any sport, after winning the 125-pound tournament over the weekend in Omaha, Neb.

  • Editorial: Spreading sunshine

    This is Sunshine Week, a time to recognize the importance of openness in local, state and national government. It’s a good time to remind ourselves that open government is necessary to maintain the ideal that government should be an institution of, by and for the people.

  • Rangers, Lady Panthers make it to quarters

    Northeastern New Mexico carved out its corner of the Class 2A state basketball tournaments this past week, with the Mora Rangers and the Pecos’ Lady Panthers both advancing to the round of eight in their respective brackets.

    Alas, that’s where their runs would end, with neither team reaching the semifinals.

    Pecos lost 57-8 to Texico, the top-ranked team in the classification.

    The Wolverines joined Peñasco, Navajo Pine and Santa Rosa in the 2A girls’ Final Four.