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Today's News

  • Official says city revenue 'coming in pretty steadily'

    The city of Las Vegas is loosening its financial spigot.

    Despite a tough economy, the city was within a percentage point of its projected revenue for the last fiscal year, which ended June 30. City officials said they had prepared a conservative budget for this year to prepare for difficult times.

    But City Manager Timothy Dodge told the City Council last week that things are better than expected.

    “The general fund revenues are coming in pretty steadily,” he said.

  • Work of Art: Currency and language

    PORTO, Portugal -- Why can’t all countries agree on their currency? Why must travelers take along an MBA or at least a banking expert any time they wish to go beyond San Miguel County, or in our case, the U.S?

    We’re preparing for a boat tour of Portugal, the last leg of a trip to Copenhagen where we will visit our son Stan’s family. The tour is a round trip, from Porto, in northern Portugal, back to Porto. It was my friend Pedro Carrico who encouraged me to travel to his homeland.

  • Short-staffed village hall closes for day

    Wagon Mound’s village hall was closed Monday because the only remaining office employee called in sick.

    The only employee is an office aide. The former clerk-treasurer, who runs the village’s day-to-day operations, left last Friday after only a few weeks on the job.

    The utilities clerk’s position has been vacant since the village terminated Gloria Mejillas a few months ago.

    Meanwhile, Mayor Art Arguello has placed the utilities superintendent on unpaid administrative leave. Arguello didn’t reveal the reasons in an interview.

  • Valley's Gurule track All-American

    Little did Nicholas Gurule know that when he launched the javelin on July 29, the object would slice out a piece of history.

    Gurule, who competes as part of the Valley Track Club in nearby Villanueva, placed seventh in the turbo javelin throw, clearing a distance of 129 feet, 9 inches (39.56 meters) in the United States Track and Field National Junior Olympic Championships in Sacramento, Calif.

    As one of the top eight throws among 11- and 12-year-old boys in the event, Gurule’s performance earned the area native a USATF All-American honor.

  • Editorial: Takeover, no; changes, yes

    With the recent meltdown of the Fiesta Council, it’s clear that changes are needed. At a recent Las Vegas City Council meeting, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz suggested the possibility of the city taking over Fiestas de Las Vegas, held annually around the Fourth of July.

  • National Ave. may go one-way

    Las Vegas' traffic patterns could be changed dramatically if Highlands University makes National Avenue into a one-way street.

    The Highlands Board of Regents last week approved a master plan that includes that change to National. It was part of a plan designed by Denver-based architectural firm StudioINSITE.

  • Repeat DWI suspects charged

    The state police have arrested two more repeat DWI offenders, reports state.

    Alfred M. Ulibarri, 39, 1317 Keen St., was charged with aggravated DWI for his fourth offense, and Jose A. Mendoza, 40, of Los Lunas, was arrested for his third DWI, state police said.

    Shortly before midnight July 22, a state police officer noticed Ulibarri on New Mexico Avenue speeding a few miles per hour over the limit, so the officer stopped him, according to a police report.

  • Gerhardts' 'Too Icy' wins Rainbow

    Owners Bob and Dolores Gerhardt of Las Vegas found themselves celebrating as First Down Dash colt He’s Too Icy For Me picked up his first stakes win in the $625,000 Rainbow Futurity at Ruidoso Downs.

    He’s Too Icy For Me broke ninth but quickly made his way to second, then first to cross the wire a nose ahead of favorite American Runaway.

    The favorite gave a good bid for the win but in the end was outnodded. Despite showery weather and a sloppy track, He’s Too Icy For Me ran the 400 yards with a time of :19.409.

  • Editorial: Improve planning

    The state Transportation Department needs to improve its planning. The Associated Press reported that the state sold a piece of land next to an Albuquerque interchange for $306,000  in 2005, but bought it back for triple that price per square foot just four years later.

    Even when the state sold the land, top officials were seeking money to expand the interchange. Those plans came to fruition, and the state needed the old land back. It was a bad deal for taxpayers.

  • Ortiz: City may run Fiestas

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said last week it’s possible that the city could take over the operations of Fiestas de Las Vegas. He called it a “viable option.”

    For years, a nonprofit group known as the Fiesta Council has run the annual event, which is during the Fourth of July weekend.

    Still, the city is heavily involved with the festivities. It sets up the dance floor and bleachers, readies the park and provides help with public works, solid waste, fire protection and law enforcement.