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Today's News

  • Mayor's prayer idea voted down

    Mayor Tony Marquez may not have had his prayer answered Wednesday night.

    The Las Vegas City Council unanimously rejected his proposal to have an invocation, or prayer, at the beginning of each meeting.

    Marquez noted that he proposed prayer during meetings when he was a councilman four years ago — an idea his colleagues rejected back then.

    In arguing for his proposal, Marquez said the U.S. Congress and state Legislature have prayers to begin their sessions.

    “It’s my opinion that it will help us get along better,” he said.

  • Mora schools leader on leave

    The Mora school board has placed the district’s superintendent on paid administrative leave.

    Dora Romero, who has been the superintendent since 2008, is on leave pending a discharge hearing, said Joseph Griego, the board’s chairman.

    The vote to put the superintendent on leave was 4-1, with member George Trujillo dissenting.

    Romero didn’t return a message for comment left on her home phone Wednesday.

  • FYI column: Educational cooperative

    When you think of the Las Vegas City Schools and West Las Vegas Schools, you also need to keep in mind a little known local agency of the New Mexico Public Education Department, the Northeast Regional Education Cooperative.

    The cooperative was established in 1984 and is housed at the Teacher Education Building on the New Mexico Highlands Campus.  It is one of nine in the state — the others are located in Gallina, Raton, Albuquerque, Clovis,  Hobbs, Artesia, Ruidoso, and Truth or Consequences.  

  • Letter: No respect for the public good

    I guess Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons’ true colors are coming to their true light. In spite of absolutely no public support, and no support from the governor’s office, the attorney general’s office and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish or its commission, Commissioner Lyons will shove the proposed land trades down our throats and negate all of the opposition to this travesty and move forward with his proposed deal with his friends.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN for ... STILL PENDING. Once again, a habitually divided Las Vegas City Council has rejected the Charter Commission’s recommendation to establish a runoff process for municipal elections. This time, it was a new idea — to allow the council to decide with each election whether to go with instant runoffs or a separate, second election between the top two vote-getters — that derailed the recommendation.

  • Letter: Speeding is lawbreaking

    Today and almost everyday I see lawbreakers at work. In the streets especially.

    I consider myself a law-abiding citizen with good intentions for all.

    People do not drive the speed limit posted in this town. Many people drive 10 to 25 mph above the speed limit on Grand avenue and other roads.

    If we are to have peace and less rage and road killings, we the citizens must report these law breakers.

    Get the license plate numbers and descriptions of the vehicles. Call police.

    What happened to respect? Why do they do that? Where is the love?

  • Letter: Gratitude for first responders

    The Fernandez, Quintana, Brito, Armijo and Valdez families would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all first responders and the staff of the Air Ambulance who were present the day our precious family member, Glenda Fernandez, was involved in a head-on crash in Sapello.

  • Letter: Friendly reminder from the sheriff

    Friendly reminder from the sheriff

    We would like to wish all the citizens of San Miguel County and our visitors Happy Holidays. The San Miguel Sheriff’s Department will be enforcing all laws to ensure that everyone is safe.

    We would like to remind everyone not to drive if you plan to drink alcohol. Together we can make a difference in keeping our roads safe for everyone.

    Benjie Vigil

    San Miguel County Sheriff

     

  • Letter: Paying only for what they use

    After years of paying a flat fee for 2,000 gallons of water, whether we used 2,000 gallons or not, I have decided to pay for what we use.

    I believe in conservation and efficiency. I believe that my city should encourage conservation and efficiency.

    With the $5.82 saved, Betty Quick and I will go out on the town! We will go to the Travelers Café and treat ourselves to two small coffees and two oatmeal-raisin cookies.

    Happy Holidays.   

    Bob Wallace

    Las Vegas

  • Man charged with DWI after crash

    A Chacon man who rolled over his car in Holman is accused of drunken driving, state police said.

    Edwardo Gallegos, 22, faces charges of DWI and careless driving.

    His car rolled over by the Holman school around 1:30 p.m. Nov. 6, state police said. Before officers got there, a passerby had taken Gallegos to a Mora ambulance, which took Gallegos to Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

    Gallegos had allegedly been taking prescription drugs that are illegal to consume before driving, state police said.